COVID-19 Updates

Gov. Sisolak announces mandatory face covering policy in public. Also see: Guidance on Face Coverings.


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.

City Seeks Input on Potential Text Amendment to the Development Agreement Section of the Reno Development Code

Post Date:  June 25, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Reno is providing an additional opportunity to submit comments on the proposed draft ordinance amendment to Reno Municipal Code.

TXT20-00006 (Development Agreement) - A request has been made to amend Reno Municipal Code Title 18, specifically Chapter 18.20 (Development Agreements).  This request is associated with the Title 18 Code Update "Renovation" and will propose revised text intended to facilitate the use of voluntary agreements as allowed pursuant to NRS 278.0201 through 278.0207, inclusive.

The draft Text Amendment under consideration includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Enhanced reference to NRS requirements. 
  • Removal of regional requirements and discretionary permits (PRS, SUP, PUD, and SPD requirements).
  • Removal of text that is redundant of NRS requirements.

In an effort to protect public health, we are asking that all comments be submitted in writing, in lieu of a public workshop, to the Planning Division at or via US Postal Service to the City of Reno, Planning Division, P.O. Box 1900, Reno, NV, 89505 by 5 p.m. on July 15, 2020.

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

March 18, 2020 update regarding COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

City of Reno provides more details on Reno business closures

Post Date:03/18/2020 4:39 PM

The Reno Police Department (RPD), Business License and Code Enforcement divisions would like to advise the public of how business closures will occur for the next 30 days, and reiterate what types of businesses are affected.

Per the Nevada Health Response COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Initiative, which has been issued as guidance by Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak, all non-essential businesses have been ordered to temporarily close to the public, effective today, for 30 days.

The above-referenced Initiative identifies non-essential services and sectors, to include (but are not limited to):

  • Entertainment & hospitality, including but not limited to strip clubs and brothels, casinos, concert venues, arenas, auditoriums, stadiums, large conference rooms, meeting halls, and cafeterias

  • Recreation and athletic facilities, including but not limited to community and recreation centers, gyms, health clubs, fitness centers, yoga, barre and spin facilities

  • Beauty and personal care services and facilities, including but not limited to barber shops, beauty, tanning, waxing hair salons, and nail salons and spas

  • Retail facilities, including shopping malls except for pharmacy or other health care facilities within retail operations. Retailers are encouraged to continue online operations with pickup and delivery.

Essential services and sectors are covered in the Nevada Health Response COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Initiative.

The City of Reno is requesting and hoping that this current crisis can be addressed in collaboration with all our residents and business owners. The City of Reno has no desire to take enforcement action on businesses. However, under the authority provided in NRS 414 and RMC Chapters 4.04 and 8.34, the City can enforce the Governor’s order through multiple actions, which include, but are not limited to:

  • citations up to $1,000 per day

  • misdemeanor citations

  • summary suspension of a business license

  • revocation of a business license 

Enforcement action may be taken against owners or employees in control of the business. Read the Enforcement of Initiative notice for more information.

Please continue to pay attention to, our social media, emails and other credible sources of news for the most recent updates and information.

La Ciudad de Reno proporciona más detalles sobre los cierres de negocios

El Departamento de Policía de Reno (RPD), las divisiones de Licencia de Negocios y Código desean compartir detalles a los medios y al público sobre cómo ocurrirán los cierres de negocios durante los próximos 30 días, y reiterar qué tipos de negocios son afectados.

Según la Iniciativa de Mitigación de Riesgos COVID-19 de Nevada Health Response, que ha sido emitida como guía por el Gobernador de Nevada Steve Sisolak, a todos los negocios no esenciales se les ordenó cerrar temporalmente al público, efectivo hoy, durante 30 días.

La iniciativa identifica servicios y sectores no esenciales, incluyen (pero no se limita a):

Entretenimiento y hospitalidad, incluidos, entre otros, clubes de adultos y burdeles, casinos, salas de conciertos, arenas, auditorios, estadios, salas de conferencias grandes, salas de reuniones y cafeterías.

Instalaciones recreativas y deportivas, incluidas entre otras, centros comunitarios y recreativos, gimnasios, clubes de salud,, instalaciones de yoga, barra y spinning.

Servicios e instalaciones de belleza y cuidado personal, que incluyen, entre otros, peluquerías, salones de belleza, depilación con cera y salones de uñas y spas.

Instalaciones minoristas, incluidos centros comerciales, excepto farmacias u otras instalaciones de atención médica dentro de las operaciones minoristas. Se alienta a los minoristas a continuar las operaciones en línea con recogida y entrega.

Los servicios y sectores esenciales están cubiertos en la Iniciativa de mitigación de riesgos COVID-19 de Nevada Health Response.

La Ciudad de Reno solicita y espera que el crisis actual pueda abordarse en colaboración con todos nuestros residentes y dueños de negocios. La Ciudad de Reno no desea tomar medidas de aplicación con los negocios. Sin embargo, bajo la autoridad provista en NRS 414 y RMC Capítulos 4.04 y 8.34, la ciudad puede hacer cumplir la orden del Gobernador a través de múltiples acciones, que incluyen, entre otras:

Citas de hasta $ 1,000 por día
Citas de delitos menores
Suspensión de una licencia comercial
Revocación de una licencia comercial

Se pueden tomar medidas contra los propietarios o empleados en control del negocio. Lea el aviso de Cumplimiento de Iniciativa de la Ciudad de Reno para obtener más información.

Siga prestando atención a, nuestras redes sociales, correos electrónicos y otras fuentes de noticias para obtener las actualizaciones e información más recientes

Other City of Reno updates:

The Civil Service Commission will meet at its regularly scheduled day and time, Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held via teleconference with minimal staffing present. We encourage all public comments be submitted via email to the Chief Examiner.

The deadline for reports due under the Energy & Water Efficiency program is extended for 90 days to July 1, 2020.

The Community Foundation of Western Nevada has set up a COVID-19 Relief Fund in cooperation with the City of Reno, the City of Sparks, and Washoe County.

The Rose Pruning Demonstration at Idlewild Rose Garden, originally scheduled for March 29, is canceled.

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