Governor Sisolak signs emergency directive to order non-essential businesses to close

Please pay attention to our COVID-19 web page, our social media, emails and other credible sources of news for the most recent updates and information.

For Customers:
The Community Development Department is adjusting its processes and procedures in response to COVID-19. The changes allow business operations to continue for customers without requiring face-to-face interactions. Read this information for how these changes may impact you if you normally do business with the Community Development Department.

For Businesses:
Per the Nevada Health Response COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Initiative, all non-essential businesses have been ordered to temporarily close to the public until April 16, 2020. Read this guide for additional information on operational restrictions and mandatory closures for certain types of businesses. The latest information will be available at Reno.Gov/COVID19.

In an effort to provide relief for businesses affected by the COVID-19 business restrictions, the City of Reno is extending the time for businesses to pay their license fees. The deadline for any business license fees due between March 27, 2020 and April 30, 2020 may be extended 30 days. Any other business that has been unable to pay fees due to the COVID-19 state of emergency may request an extension on a case by case basis. If you have questions, please call 775-334-2090 or email Due to high call volume, please leave a voicemail and a staff member will call you back as soon as possible. 


The Community Development Department is responsible for the physical development of the City. The core service areas of the department include: housing and neighborhood development, planning, engineering, building and safety inspections, and business licensing.

Electronic Building Permit Submissions

We are now accepting electronic submittal of building permit applications and plans.

Learn more about Electronic Building Permit Submissions

Community Development News

Community asked for input during first stage of the Zoning Code RENOvation

Open house and survey available to the public

Post Date:07/25/2018 1:35 PM

As the comprehensive update to the City’s zoning code gets started, the community is invited to get involved in the first stage of the initiative by participating in an upcoming open house and taking an online survey. 

During this first step in the Zoning Code RENOvation, the City is seeking input on:

Community members can learn more about the Zoning Code RENOvation at a public open house on Thursday, August 9 at 6 p.m. at the McKinley Arts and Culture Center. During this meeting, City staff members will provide additional information about the targeted code assessment report and ask for the community’s input on the preliminary recommendations. Participants are asked to RSVP for planning purposes. 

An online survey is also available. The survey seeks feedback on usage of the current zoning code, how easy or difficult the code is to use, and the targeted code assessment report. The survey will be available through August 16.

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