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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

ReIgnite Reno offers temporary business operations flexibility

Post Date:05/21/2020 9:36 AM
The City of Reno is temporarily easing certain regulations to help businesses operate under social distancing requirements and to aid in the economic recovery from COVID-19.

“We recognize the current challenges facing businesses as they adapt to these new health and safety standards,” said Arlo Stockham, Acting Assistant City Manager for the City of Reno. “The Reno City Council has made it clear they want to find ways to assist our business community during the recovery phase of the pandemic while ensuring public health continues to be of the highest priority. These temporary regulatory adjustments offer the business community flexibility during these difficult times.”

Below is a summary of the key temporary changes:
  • Temporarily allow drive-through operations and curbside pick up for restaurants and retail businesses for the duration of social-distancing directives. No permit is needed.
  • Temporarily allow outdoor operations for restaurants and retail businesses on private property. No permit is needed.
  • Temporarily allow outdoor operations for restaurants and retail businesses on public sidewalks and rights-of-way.
    • Outdoor uses within public rights-of-way must obtain a Temporary Revocable Occupancy Permit with the City of Reno and comply with the terms and conditions. Fees will be waived for these permits.
  • Temporarily allow outdoor activities, including but not limited to distribution, warehousing, processing and assembly for the duration of social distancing directives.
    • Please review location and operating limits to prevent the creation of nuisances.
  • Temporarily allow for modifications to approved entitlement Conditions of Approval, to allow extended hours/days for indoor construction activities for the duration of social distancing directives.
Details on the temporary uses outlined above are available at, in the “Business Information” section. The temporary regulatory changes are part of ReIgnite Reno, a coordinated COVID-19 relief and recovery initiative aimed to help businesses and employees adapt to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As we work through the COVID-19 pandemic, please don’t hesitate to share other ideas for how the City can help your business succeed,” Stockham added.

Businesses that have additional ideas can call 775-334-2090 or email More information on Regional (Washoe County) Phase 1 Guidance is available at
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