Welcome to the Building Program, part of the Planning & Building Division

Our AVR (Automated Voice Recording) System for Inspections is being replaced by the Washoe Building Inspection App - See link below.

The AVR system will no longer be available after 11/20/2018.

You can always call us for assistance at: 775-328-2020 or email us at:


Building Inspection App 

In an effort to continually improve the service to our customer,  the Building Program will be undergoing renovations beginning in November of 2018 and completed by the end of the year.

During this time, we ask for your patience and hope to minimize disruptions.

If you need assistance but are not sure who can help, please contact:

For questions regarding:     Code, Plan Review, & Status Update  -

Contact Dan Holly (775) 328-2027

Inspections - Contact Shawn Keating (775) 784-7242

Plan Submittals - Contact Stephanie Racy-McIntyre (775) 328-2031

For other issues please contact - Mojra Hauenstein, Planning & Building Director at (775) 328-3619

Thank you.


See checklist for Engineering minimum permit submittal requirements for ANY BUILDING PERMIT that could impact drainage or grading.


As of July 1st, 2017, the Washoe County Department of Building & Safety has merged with Planning & Development.  The Building Program ensures buildings/structures are safe, by applying nationally recognized codes and County adopted ordinances through our plan check and inspection services.  These standards are a vital part of Washoe County's  quality of life and play a key role in maintaining minimum acceptable construction standards and a predictable regulatory environment. Our goal is to assist our customers by providing exceptional public service and to foster a sustainably built environment.

Baby/Diaper Changing Table Policy - Effective October 1, 2017

Assembly Bill 241 from the 2017 Legislative Session changes NRS 278 to require baby changing tables in public restrooms (male and female, and if other exists) in each permanent building used by the public.   See attached checklist .   For any questions, please call (775) 328-2020, and ask to speak to a plans examiner.

Effective September 1, 2013, the Washoe County Building Program has adopted new codes.  Please visit our Codes Page.

As of March 1, 2009 the Washoe County Building & Safety's Incline Office was closed.  Permit submittals and issuances will be made at the Reno office located at the Washoe County Complex, 1001 E. Ninth St, Reno, NV.  Field inspections will continue as usual.

For other recent and past news, please visit our News Page

Washoe County Office 
1001 E Ninth Street
 P. O. Box 11130
Reno, NV 89520-0027
Phone (775) 328-2020
Fax (775) 328-6132
Automated Inspection Line  (775) 325-8000 
Online Permit Portal:

Hours of operation for the Washoe County Building Program 

 Monday through Friday - 7:30am to 4:30pm.   

* Any permits requiring monetary transactions must be completed by 4:00pm, including plan submittals.

In an attempt to streamline your permits, starting July 1st, 2018 all Fire Alarm and Fire Sprinkler Permits will be submitted directly to the appropriate Fire District:


For Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District:

Location: Washoe County Complex, 1001 East Ninth street, Reno, NV 89520, Building D, 2nd floor.


Contact:  Deputy Fire Chief, Lisa Beaver:  or T. 775-326-6005


For North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District:

Location: Administration Office, 866 Oriole Way, Incline Village, NV 89451


Contact:  or T. 775-831-0351


Don't Spark a Fire Wildfire is Coming...Are you ready?

With summer temperatures at hand and the landscape extremely dry across Nevada, our fire danger is extreme across our country side.  Use of tools that generate sparks, digging with earth moving equipment, dragging chains from trailers, tossing cigarette butts or parking in tall grass can start a fire.

With fire season upon us, Northern Nevada Fire Chiefs and Fire Prevention Officers offer the following: 

•           Do not use tools that alone or when in contact with other materials can generate sparks.

•           When digging with heavy equipment or using small mowers or other equipment, do so when the humidity is high and wind speed is less than 5 mph.  If you are able, pre-wet the area so that the moisture in the vegetation is higher.

•           When towing, ensure that all chains are high and do not come in contact with the ground.  Make sure that nothing is hanging beneath your vehicle and dragging on the pavement even when driving into ramped driveways.

•           Don’t toss any type of ignition source on the ground or out the window of your vehicle.

•           When parking along the roadway or any area for any period of time ensure that your vehicle does not come into contact with vegetation.  Always park in areas intended for vehicle parking.

•           Check tire pressure before you travel. Low air pressure in tires expose wheel rims so as to come in contact with the pavement and can cause sparks.

Besides the obvious danger to lives, property and the landscape, fires can change your life and the lives of others.  Dry fuels equate to very high fire danger across the state. One spark is really all it can take to start a fast-moving wildfire.

Thank You for visiting the Washoe County  Building Program website for Reno and Incline Village of Nevada.  If you have any problems or concerns regarding our website, please contact:
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