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View Washoe County Phase 2 Guidelines for businesses. Also see: Governor Sisolak's May 26, 2020 Phase 2 update and the Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery infographic.


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:
Check out Reno.Gov/BusinessLicense:

  • For information on Phase 2 reopening requirements
  • To learn about and apply for the business license relief program. 


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.

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Community Development News

City Seeks Input on Potential Ordinance to Ban the Sale of Dogs and Cats in Commercial Establishments

Post Date:03/16/2020 11:35 AM

The City of Reno is seeking input on a draft ordinance amendment to Reno Municipal Code related to a ban on the retail sale of dogs and cats in commercial establishments.  

The draft ordinance under consideration would apply to pet stores and retail businesses that sell dogs and cats. This would not apply to home breeders. The draft ordinance amendments include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Prohibiting the retail sale of dogs and cats in commercial establishments.
  • Allowing pet stores to provide space to animal rescue organizations for the adoption of dogs and cats.
  • Allowing existing legally established pet stores to continue the retail sale of dogs and cats for up to six months from the date of the ordinance adoption. 

In an effort to protect public health related to COVID-19, we are asking that all comments be submitted in writing, in lieu of a public workshop, to the Business License Division at or via US Postal Service to the City of Reno, Business License Division, P.O. Box 1900, Reno, NV, 89505 by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. 

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