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Administration & Contact Information

Community Development Department Management Team

  • Fred Turnier, Community Development Director
    • Bill Gall, Senior Civil Engineer
    • Claudia Hanson, Planning Manager
    • Vacant, Housing & Neighborhood Development Administrator
    • Eric Simonson, Building and Safety Manager
    • Alex Woodley, Customer and Code Services Manager (currently on special assignment)

Community Development Department Divisions

The Community Development Department is responsible for the physical development of the City.  The activities of the Department range from maintaining the long range plans for the City to reviewing plans for new buildings and houses to issuing business licenses to assessing the community needs.  The Community Development Department organizational chart rev 04-08-2014 depicts the various divisions within the department.


Building and Safety

Building General: (775) 334-2063 

Building and Safety Manager Eric Simonson(775) 334-2387 

This division is responsible for providing public safety to this community's citizens by ensuring that structures are designed and built in compliance with state-of-the-art construction codes.  It is also charged with processing applications and providing inspection services in a timely manner in order to provide quality customer service.


Code Enforcement and Business License

Business License General:  (775) 334-2090

Business License Fax Number: (775) 334-6336  

Code Enforcement General:  (775) 334-4636

Customer and Code Services Manager Alex Woodley:  (775) 334-2229

Senior Code Compliance Officer Joe Henry:  (775) 334-2360

For code violations or complaints, please contact Reno Direct.  The Code Enforcement division ensures properties in the City comply with various code requirements, minimum housing standards, applicable zoning, ordinances, regulations and coordinates with other City programs to systematically improve neighborhoods.  Mr. Woodley is also responsible for Business Licenses in the City of Reno.

Business Relations Program Manager Michael Chaump, contact (775) 334-2090, oversees the Business License division which is located at Reno City Hall on the second floor of One East First Street.  In addition to handling the business license process from application to certificate issuance, this division also has an Enforcement and Investigations unit that investigates business complaints.



Engineering General  (775) 334-2063

Senior Civil Engineer Bill Gall:  (775) 334-2028

Engineering is responsible for review, approval, inspection, and acceptance of public facilities that are built as part of private developments (e.g., streets, sewers, storm drains, etc.).  Planning case reviews and building permit application reviews are also handled by Engineering staff.



Planning General:  (775) 321-8309 

Planning Manager Claudia Hanson(775) 334-2381

Planning is responsible for current and long range planning.  Current planning reviews administrative and discretionary applications for existing or new development.  Long range planning includes the City Master Plan (citywide plans, regional center plans, transit corridor plans and neighborhood plans) and coordinating with other planning agencies such as the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency and the Regional Transportation Commission Planning Department.  This section of the division is also responsible for reviewing all business license applications, building permit applications and entitlement requests for compliance with the Master PlanMunicipal Code and adopted policies of the City Council.  Case administration for the Planning Commission is handled by this division.


Housing and Neighborhood Development

HAND General: (775) 334-4228

This division proactively addresses community needs, including neighborhood revitalization, housing development and homeless programs, in an effort to benefit residents of the Truckee Meadows.  Housing and Neighborhood Development is located on the 12th floor of Reno City Hall at One East First Street.


Addresses and Contact Information

Community Development Department 
Reno City Hall 
One East First Street, 2nd Floor 
Reno, NV 89501

P.O. Box 1900 
Reno, NV 89505

Business License Division
(775) 334-2090 
Fax: (775) 334-6336 

Monday - Friday excluding holidays 
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Housing and Neighborhood Development Division 
Reno City Hall 
One East First Street, 12th Floor 
Reno, NV 89501


Permit Place
(775) 334-2063  
Fax: (775) 334-2043 

Monday - Friday excluding holidays 
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Plan revision desk closed from 12 noon - 1 p.m.

 Need to contact us?  Please check the telephone directory or email address list.

To learn more about the Community Development Department, please view the Community Development presentation slides and the Business License presentation slides from the 2012 Spring Reno Citizens Institute.  The Community Development presentation slides are very informative, and may take a bit of time to load.  Thank you for your patience.

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