Welcome to the Building Program, part of the Planning and Building Division.
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.
If you need assistance but are not sure who can help, please contact: Washoe311@washoecounty.us
For questions regarding:
Code, Plan Review, & Status Update - Dan Holly (775) 328-2027 firstname.lastname@example.org
Inspections - Shawn Keating (775) 784-7242 email@example.com
Plan Submittal - Stephanie Racy-McIntyre (775) 328-2031 firstname.lastname@example.org
For other issues please contact - Mojra Hauenstein, Planning & Building Director (775) 328-3619 email@example.com
See checklist for Engineering minimum permit submittal requirements for ANY BUILDING PERMIT that could impact drainage or grading.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Important Building Codes update:
Washoe County has adopted the following 2018 codes per Ordinance 1627 which will be in effect January 1, 2019.
Washoe County Building will provide a grace period from January 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019 during which applicants will be able to
use either the 2012 or 2018 Building Codes as long as one version of codes is used throughout the entire project (all 2012 family of codes or all 2018 codes).
The 2012 as well as the 2018 Codes are available online for free: https://codes.iccsafe.org/category/i-codes
The code books can be viewed at the Building Division as well.
The 2018 Northern Nevada Amendments to the 2018 Building Codes are available at: http://nnicc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/2018-NNICC-Amendments-Final-Document-11-2-18.pdf
Washoe County Code (Chapter 100 Building and Construction, Article 100.100.10) has adopted the following codes (to replace existing 2012 versions now in effect) pursuant to NRS 244.105 by reference, with any changes necessary to make it applicable to conditions within Washoe County:
1) 2018 International Building Code (“IBC First Print”), chapters 1 through 35 and Appendices C, E, and I;
2) 2018 International Residential Code (“IRC First Print”), chapters 1 through 44 and Appendices A, B, C, G, H, J, K, and Q;
3) 2018 International Existing Building Code (“IEBC First Print”), chapters 1 through 16 and Appendices;
4) 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (“IECC First Print”);
5) 2018 Uniform Plumbing Code (“UPC First Print”), chapters 1 through 17 and Appendices A, B, D, E, I, and L;
6) 2018 Uniform Mechanical Code (“UMC First Print”), chapters 1 through 17;
7) 2018 International Mechanical Code (“IMC First Print”) chapters 1 through 15;
8) 2018 International Fuel Gas Code (“IFGC First Print”), chapters 1 through 8 and Appendix A;
9) 2018 International Wildland-Urban Interface Code) (“IWUIC First Print”), chapter 5;
10) 2018 Swimming Pool and Spa Code (“ISPSC First Print”), chapters 1 through 11;
11) 2018 National Fire Protection Association (“NFPA”) 54 and 58 Code;
12) 2017 National Electrical Code (“NEC First Print”);
13) 2018 Northern Nevada Amendments by the Northern Nevada Chapter of the International Code Council; and
Other matters relating to the provisions of Chapter 100, effective July 1, 2019.
Reminder: It's time to confirm your HOA status with Washoe County. Pursuant to NRS 278.564 (https://www.leg.state.nv.us/NRS/NRS-278.html#NRS278Sec564), every year, homeowner associations and other construction committees within unincorporated Washoe County are required to connect with Washoe County CSD - Planning and Building to confirm that they are still active and the current boundaries. Complete the "Construction Committee Annual Notarized Affidavit" located here by January 1, 2019 and submit to Washoe County Planning and Building Department at 1001 E. 9th Street, Building A, Reno, NV 89512 by postal mail or in person. For more information email: email@example.com.
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.
1001 E Ninth Street
Phone (775) 328-2020
Fax (775) 328-6132
Hours of operation for the Washoe County Building Program
Monday through Friday - 7:30am to 4:30pm.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or T. 775-326-6005
For North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District:
Location: Administration Office, 866 Oriole Way, Incline Village, NV 89451
Contact: email@example.com 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.