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

The Washoe County Community Services Department continues to respond to the COVID-19 developments.


  • Ensure personal safety, safety of our co-workers and safety of our family
  • Continue to provide life safety and essential activities for community
  • Support life safety and essential activities
  • Continuity of economic drivers for community (ie. building permits, inspections and plan reviews)


The Washoe County Community Services Department is dedicated to providing excellent service while protecting the health of our employees, families and our customers. Our professional office teams will remain available to the public through our online and electronic tools. CSD public offices and entry points remain closed to the public. Any emergency or critical meetings with customers will be by appointment only and expect the following:

  • Customers will be requested to wash or sanitize hands upon entering facilities.
  • Each building entrance will require temperature checks of customers. Any person with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or more will not be allowed in the building.
  • Customers will be required to wear face coverings.

For the most expedient service, email our professional team below for help on our most common questions, such as:

  • Questions about land use, development standards, setbacks, etc.
  • Questions about planning/land use applications (special use permits, tentative maps, etc)
  • Support for online submission of business licenses for unincorporated Washoe County

Planning - Planner of the Day (P.O.D)
Main Phone: (775) 328-6100
Email: planning@washoecounty.us

Business License
Main Phone: (775) 328-3733
Email: businesslicense@washoecounty.us 

COVID-19 Business Operations Guide


We also encourage you to visit the Washoe County Health District coronavirus webpage for updates and information on COVID-19.

Beginning July 2020, All planning applications are due on the 8th of the month.

*** For general Planning questions, please call 775-328-6100 ***

** The Washoe County Tahoe Area Plan Draft is available for review at the blue link below: ** 
Tahoe Area Plan - Draft

The Planning and Building Division guides the creation of livable and sustainable communities in unincorporated Washoe County.  The Division prepares and implements the County's Master Plan, to include distinct plans for the varied communities within the County.  The Master Plan is implemented through regulatory zoning, the review of development applications, instituting and enforcing land use, business licensing, and nuisance codes.  The Division is also responsible for providing key support to the Regional Emergency Operations Center (REOC) and offers Pre-development Meetings.

Mojra Hauenstein, Architect, AICP Planner, LEED AP Neighborhood Development  
Director of Planning and Building

Office Hours:  Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  
Phone: 775.328.6100  Fax: 775.328.6133           
Email: planning@washoecounty.us
Mailing Address:
1001 E. Ninth Street, Reno, NV 89512
  Physical Address: 1001 E. Ninth Street, Reno, NV  89512
               Building A, Second Floor