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  News As Of October, 2013 

TRPA Grading Season

Seasonal Limitations:  Excavation, filling, and clearing of vegetation or other disturbance of the soil shall not occur between October 15 and May 1 of each year, unless approval has b een granted by TRPA pursuant to subparagraph B.  Prior to October 15, all construction sites shall be winterized.

Grading Season Exceptions:  TRPA may approve grading after October 15 if TRPA finds either that an emergency exists and the grading is necessary for the protection of public health or safety, or that the grading is for erosion control purposes or protection of water quality.

Grading Season Exception are on the new TRPA web page are located here…

The online application is located here…

Instructions for completing an application for a Grading Season Exception:

1) Fill out and submit the online application.  It is very important that you provide an email address. Please do not attach additional documents.

2) After receiving your application, TRPA will email you a notice containing a TRPA file number. The file number will be GEXC2013-????. Please allow up to 3 business days before your file number is issued. This first email is not an approval.

3) Submit appropriate fees (Single Family Dwelling – $60, Commercial or Linear – $148, Environmental Improvement – free). Be sure to write file number on checks. You may also call in with credit card information; however, do not leave credit card numbers on voice mail messages or emails.

4) If your application is approved, you will receive a confirmation email and occasional updates. Print this approval email and maintain a copy on site during construction. A list of approved GSE’s will also be available at TRPA and County/City Building Departments. You do not need to reapply for additional time or pay an additional fee unless you change the description of work to be completed.

5) Check the weather daily at

6) Check GSE information daily on the TRPA web page.  

Adoption of New Codes Now in Effect

As of September 1, 2013, the Washoe County Building & Safety Division has adopted the following codes:

2012 International Building Code
2012 International Residential Code
2012 International Existing Building Code
2009 International Energy Conservation Code
2012 International Fuel Gas Code
2012 International Green Construction Code
2012 International Mechanical Code
2012 International Wildland-Urban Interface Code
2012 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code
2012 Uniform Plumbing Code
2012 Uniform Mechanical Code
2011 National Electrical Code
2011 Northern Nevada Energy Code Amendments by the NNICC
2012 Northern Nevada Amendments by the NNICC


Building Safety Month 2013


Sponsored by the International Code Council (ICC), Building Safety Month (BSM) is celebrated by jurisdictions worldwide during the month of May.

Building Safety Month is a public awareness campaign offered each year to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create and sustain safe and sustainable structures. The campaign reinforces the need for adoption of modern, model building codes, a strong and efficient system of code enforcement and a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain the system.

The campaign is presented by the ICC and its 50,000 members worldwide along with a diverse partnership of professionals from the building construction, design and safety community. Corporations, government agencies, professional association, nonprofits and more come together to support Building Safety Month because they understand the need for safe and sustainable structures where we live, work and play.

This year’s theme is Building Safety Month: Code Officials Keep You Safe. Each week of Building Safety Month spotlights a specific area of building safety.:

Weekly Themes

Week One // May 6-12, 2013
Fire Safety and Awareness

Week Two // May 13-19, 2013
Disaster Safety and Mitigation

Week Three // May 20-26, 2013
Backyard and Pool Safety

Week Four // May 27-31, 2013
Energy and Green Building


Adoption of the 2009 IECC

As of July 1, 2012, the Washoe County Department of Building & Safety plans on adopting the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code.

The Northern Nevada Chapter of the Internatioal Code Council's 2011 Amendments to the 2009 IECC

Due to the unpredictability of daily field inspection numbers we will have to stop over the counter plan checks.  There is no way of knowing how many plans examiners, if any, we will have on a given day. 

  Our New Permit Search Page is now available online.  You can search for permits on a property either by Address, Assessor Parcel Number (APN) or by the Permit Number.  The search results also include inspection results and comments for all active permits.  This allows property owners and builders to access inspection corrections right from the web.

Building Permit Search

This search feature can be found on our Applications Page, FAQ's Page, Office Page & Statistical Data Page.


Please Help Us, Help You!

1.  Corrections will only be accepted after the initial review has first been completed by all departments.
2.  All department corrections must be submitted at the same time to continue the review process.
3.  Subsequent corrections or revisions will not be accepted until the previous correction review has been completed by all departments

New Procedure for Submitting Plans Located within a Registered Architectural Committee Area

Washoe County Department of Building & Safety does not require nor allow architectural review

committees to stamp plans for committee approval. All plans submitted for a building permit which have a construction valuation over $500 and are located within an area controlled by an “active, sanctioned” architectural review committee shall instead include a letter or written report from the committee as stated by NRS 278.566.

Washoe County Department of Building & Safety does not enforce applicable CC&R provisions for each subdivision, nor is the department required to under state statutes. The intent of the policy is to establish a method which ensures the architectural committee’s right of notification under state statute and to give the committee additional time to take legal action to enforce their requirements if necessary. (See NRS 278.5646 for specific requirements.)

The following policy guidelines are in line with NRS 278.5646 requirements:

1. The department encourages all applicants to obtain architectural review committee’s written approval first before submitting plans for review. Otherwise, the applicant or the County must send a letter to the committee advising them of the intentions of the applicant to submit an application for a permit to construct. This must be sent to the committee by certified mail (return receipt requested).

2. The architectural committee has 20 calendar days to respond to the letter once the letter has been received.

3. If the architectural committee does not respond in writing and if the plans meet the County Building Code requirements and are approved, the County is required to issue the permit after the 20-calendar day period.


Code History

A history of the Building Codes that have been adopted by the Washoe County Department of Building & Safety has been added to the Codes page. Dated July 6, 2004; Revised 07/01/2005



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