As a homeowner, you may not be aware when a permit is required. Therefore, we encourage you to contact our office at 775-847-0966, or by email, whenever any construction work will be undertaken on your property.

Work that is regulated by adopted building codes and fire and public safety regulations requires a permit before work can begin. Our staff is standing by to help you determine if your project requires a permit.

Here in Storey County, the following are common construction projects that require a building permit:

New Structure

  • Construction of a new structure on your property, such as:
    • Additions
    • Agricultural buildings
    • Decks
    • Garages
    • Manufactured/mobile homes
    • Swimming pools
  • Renovations
    • Basement finishes
    • Garage conversions
    • Kitchen expansions
  • Decks over 30 inches high
  • Fences greater than 6 inches high
  • Fireplace/wood stove installations
  • Propane installations
  • For any repairs which change or affect the structural nature of a building or structure
  • Fire alarms and sprinkler systems
  • Addition of or changing out air conditioning/heat systems
  • Water heaters
    • All new and any replacement not installed by State Licensed Plumber or increasing in size
  • Structural alterations or repairs
  • Signs and signage
    • Temporary or permanent
  • Roof repairs and re-roofing
  • Gas line installation and repairs
  • Siding
  • Retaining walls 4 feet or higher

Other Requirements

Additionally, several areas within Storey County have specific requirements for residential construction:

Download a Residential Building Packet (PDF), or contact the Building Department Office at 775-847-0966, or via email, for more information.