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

Washoe County, City of Reno & City of Sparks Unveil Reopening Plan

Regional Phase 1 Guidance shares specifics for businesses and public

Post Date:05/08/2020 1:44 PM

The Regional Information Center is unveiling the reopening plan, Washoe County Phase 1 Guidelines, based on the state's Roadmap to Recovery for Nevada guidelines. During a press conference today with local officials from Washoe County, the City of Reno and the City of Sparks, they collectively shared the new regional guidelines and answered questions from the media.
The seven industry categories in Washoe County that will be allowed to reopen under the Governor’s Phase 1 directive are:

  1. Restaurants & Food Trucks
  2. Barber Shops, Hair Salons & Nail Salons
  3. Consumer & Retail
  4. General Office Environments
  5. Real Estate & Property Leasing
  6. Farmer’s Markets
  7. Alcohol Guidelines

For quick reference guides by industry, visit In the Washoe County Phase 1 Guidelines, all the specific criteria to safely and responsibly reopen for each category are outlined. In addition, there is guidance for the public including the recommendation to wear face masks in public, maintain social distancing, staying home, and limiting trips outside of homes.

Businesses that are currently allowed to be open can also download a poster, with the message, "This business is COVID compliant."

Reno Fire Department: Phase 1 Occupancy Limits for Retail and Restaurants

On May 7, Governor Sisolak announced plans for the reopening of restaurants and retail establishments starting Saturday, May 9. Restaurants can only use 50% of their available seating capacity. Retail businesses shall limit the number of customers in their facility at any given time to no more than 50% of allowed occupancy based on applicable fire code. 

The City of Reno has adopted the 2018 International Fire Code. The Reno Fire Department (RFD) would like to invite any business seeking to reopen to contact the Fire Prevention Bureau for any assistance needed in determining what their allowable occupancy is. Unlike restaurants, most retail establishments are not issued an initial occupant load, so there may be some confusion on what the occupancy allowed is.

Businesses can email or call the Reno Fire Prevention Bureau a or 775-334-2300. Please leave your address, name of business, square footage, number of exit doors, and contact information. RFD will have inspectors working Saturday, May 9 to assist those businesses and will strive to return messages by end of work days.

View RFD's Business Owner’s Guide for Calculating Maximum Occupancy for Retail and Restaurant during the State's Phase 1 Reopening Plan.

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