Washoe County wants to improve the permitting process
Join us for a public workshop to discuss a new review process for permits


We realize that when reviewing a building permit, there may be a need to vary the development standards established in code  - less than 10 percent difference of the code standard. Instead of having the building plans go back into the review process all over again, Washoe County is proposing a development code change that would allow the request to be approved by the Division Director, depending if the changes are minor (less than 10% of the standard).

Code change:

1) within Article 804, (Variances), to allow minor deviations of standards within chapter 110 of the Washoe County Code for deviations less than 10 percent of the applicable Development Code Standard and,

2) within Article 808 (Administrative Permits), Section 110.808.40(b) to increase the number of days from acceptance of a complete application for an Administrative Permit to the public hearing on the application from fifty (50) to sixty-five (65).  This change will conform to the 65 days established in State Law and elsewhere in Chapter 110 for other planning permits.


The workshop will take place on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 and Washoe County staff will be available to discuss the proposed amendments until 6 p.m.

What: Public Workshop about proposed amendments to Chapter 110 Development Code, Articles 804, Variances and  Article 808, Administrative Permits .

When: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 from 5-6 p.m.

Where: Mount Rose Conference Room (Room A265) at the Washoe County Administration Complex

1001 East Ninth Street, Reno, NV  89512

Second Floor, West End, Building A

Contact: Washoe County Senior Planner, Roger Pelham, 775.328.3622 or  or Washoe County Senior Planner, Trevor Lloyd, 775.328.3620 or 

Review the proposed amendments here

Draft Ordinance – WDCA17-0005 (Administrative Permits)

Draft Ordinance – WDCA 17-0006 (Variances)

Next Steps:

Following public input, the amendments will be discussed by the Washoe County Planning Commission. The public hearing is tentatively scheduled for October 3, 2017. 

The facilities in which this workshop is being held are accessible to the disabled. Persons with disabilities who require special accommodations or assistance (e.g. sign language interpreters or assisted listening devices) at the meeting should notify the Washoe County Planning and Building Division at 775.328.3600 two working days prior to the meeting.


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