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

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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.

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Open Houses Scheduled in December to Introduce Next Section of Draft Zoning Code

Post Date:12/05/2019 10:38 AM

Two more open houses are scheduled in December 2019 as a part of the City of Reno's project to update its zoning code. The community is invited to attend and learn how to get involved in the process.

The meetings will introduce the next part of the draft zoning code on administration and procedures. The document with the draft code language will be released in mid-December for detailed review and public feedback. Members of community who are interested in attending can RSVP below.

December will mark the release of the last draft section of code. The initial drafts were released in three sections. Part 1, which focuses on zoning districts and uses, was released in August. Part 2 on development standards was released in November. The community is still encouraged to review and provide comments on those chapters. More information about how to provide feedback is available at Reno.Gov/Zoning.

After collecting input on all three sections through mid-January 2020, the City will be creating a revised consolidated draft. The revised document will be released in April 2020 for a second round of public review.

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