911 Surcharge

911 Surcharge Business Impact Notice

During the 2017 State of Nevada Legislative session Senate Bill 176 (NV SB 176) was passed, amending Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 289.830 to require uniformed peace officers who routinely interact with the public to wear portable event recording devices (body-worn cameras) while on duty. The City of Reno, the City of Sparks, and Washoe County have subsequently initiated portable event recording device programs within each of their respective law enforcement organizations. The portable event recording device programs must be in place and operational no later than July 1, 2018. The 2017 Legislature also amended NRS 244A.7643 to allow for the use of 911 telephone line surcharge revenues for the purpose of paying the costs associated with the acquisition and maintenance of portable event recording devices and vehicular event recording devices. 

Because of these changes the Board of County Commissioners may elect to increase the 911 Surcharge with the intent of funding the portable event recording device programs at the respective law enforcement agencies. 

More information on the potential 911 Surcharge increase: 911 Surcharge Business Impact Notice

In accordance with Nevada law, Washoe County must notify business owners and trade association members likely to be impacted by an increase of the 911 telephone line surcharge. You are encouraged to provide any comments, arguments or data to Washoe County if you believe an increase in the 911 telephone line surcharge will: 

  • Impose a direct and significant economic burden upon your business; or,
  • Directly restrict the formation, operation, or expansion of your business.

Any comments, arguments or data should focus on the potential impacts of the proposed 911 telephone line surcharge increase on a business. This information will be included within the business impact statement to be considered by the elected officials prior to any action to approve a 911 surcharge increase.

Written comments, arguments or data must be submitted no later than fifteen (15) working days after the first publication of this notice, or by Friday December 15th, 2017, to:

Submit Comments Online

Postal mail (post-marked on or before December 15th, 2017): Washoe County Department of Technology Services, Attn: 911 Surcharge, P.O. Box 11130, Reno, NV 89520-0027

E-mail: Surcharge911@washoecounty.us  

Fax: (775)-328-3640 – Cover page, Attn 911 Surcharge


Washoe County will host two public workshops to discuss the potential impacts of the proposed surcharge increase on businesses in the region. You are invited to attend these workshops to ask questions, and to provide comments, arguments or data on the potential impacts of the proposed 911 surcharge increase.

Date: Monday, December 11th, 2017           Time: Noon – 1:00 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Location: Central Conference Room, Washoe County Administrative Complex, Building C, 1001 East Ninth Street, Reno, Nevada 89512.

911 Surcharge Remittance

An Enhanced 911 (E911) Fund was established to account for the surcharge dollars collected to enhance the telephone system for reporting emergencies. The 1995 Legislature enacted NRS 244A.7643 to allow up to a twenty-five cent surcharge per line on customers in Washoe County. The surcharge is imposed by the Board of County Commissioners. This surcharge was originally scheduled to sunset in December of 2001 but legislation in the 2001 Nevada Legislature made this a permanent funding source. Current rate is $0.25 cents per telephone service line or $2.50 per trunk.

Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS 244A.7641 to NRS 244A.777)

911 Surcharge Remittance Form