Plan Checks

Prior to the issuance of most building permits, you must arrange for a plan review to ensure safe and appropriate construction methods and materials. Plan review is done as follows within Storey County. 

Plan Review

Storey County has successfully utilized electronic plan review procedures since 2009. We have a strategic partner with Nevada Blue who is a ReproMax company. This allows for plan submittals at any internationally located ReproMax vendor. When submitting outside of the Northern Nevada area, you will simply contact your closest ReproMax vendor and let them know you are submitting to Storey County, Nevada’s portal, through Nevada Blue, located at the below address in Reno, Nevada.

Nevada Blue Ltd. Is a full service reprographics firm, in business since 1992. Since that time, they have strived to produce top quality products using the latest technology and the finest materials available. They use the power of ReproMax International Network to stay on top of technology’s latest developments.

Nevada Blue Ltd has two locations in the Northern Nevada area. They are:

Reno, Nevada at phone number (775) 827-4441

Carson City, Nevada at phone number (775) 883-6011

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Most items can be done online or through your personal webhosting or business portals for downloads directly to Nevada Blue.

We hope that this service provides value to you our customer. It certainly gives us the ability to expedite permit applications and plan reviews. 


Each application for a grading permit shall be accompanied by a plan in sufficient clarity to indicate the nature and extent of the work. The plans shall give the location of the work, the name of the owner and the name of the person who prepared the plans. The plans shall be submitted only by State of Nevada licensed engineers, design professionals or general contractors (or any other professional as identified in 2012 IBC). The plan shall include the following information:

  1. General vicinity of the proposed site.
  2. Limiting dimensions and depth of cut and fill.
  3. Location of any buildings or structures where work is to be performed and the location of any buildings or structures within 15 feet of the proposed grading.
  4. Location of any natural or engineered drainage and plans must indicate how drainage will either not be impacted or will be improved by work being performed.

The building official may require professional inspections through the Storey County Special Inspector program (see Tab #14 for application packet).

Fees shall be assessed in accordance with the fee schedule as adopted by Storey County Board of Commissioners. When a plan or other data are required to be submitted, a plan review fee shall be paid at the time of submitting plans and specifications for review. Said plan review fees shall apply to retaining walls or major drainage structures as required within the 2012 IBC. For excavation and fill on the same site, the fee shall be based on the volume of excavation or fill, whichever is greater.

Grading Plan Review Fees (based upon 1997 Uniform Building Code as Adopted by Commission):

50 Cubic Yards or less

No fee

51 to 100 Cubic Yards


101 to 10,000 Cubic Yards


10,001 to 100,000 Cubic Yards

$49.25 for the first 10,000 plus $24.50 for each additional 10,000 cubic yards or fraction thereof

100,001 to 200,000 Cubic Yards

$269.75 for the first 100,000 cubic yards plus $13.25 for each additional 10,000 cubic yards or fraction thereof

200,001 Cubic Yards or more

$402.25 for the first 200,000 plus $7.25 for each additional 10,000 cubic yards or fraction thereof

Grading Permit Fees (based upon 1997 Uniform Building Code as Adopted by Commission):

50 Cubic Yards or less


51 to 100 Cubic Yards


101 to 10,000 Cubic Yards

$37.00 for the first 100 cubic yards plus $17.50 for each additional 100 cubic yards or fraction thereof

10,001 to 100,000 Cubic Yards

$194.50 for the first 1000 cubic yards plus $14.50 for each additional 1,000 cubic yards or fraction thereof

100,001 Cubic Yard or more

$919.00 for the first 100,000 cubic yards plus $36.50 for each additional 10,000 cubic yards or fraction thereof

Excavation and Grading Requirements:

  1. All construction materials shall conform to the standard specifications for Public Works Construction (SSPWC) and the Standard Details for Public Works Construction (SDPWC), latest edition, as adopted by Storey County and shall be subject to the approval of the owner. All specifications referenced herein refer to the SSPWC unless indicated otherwise (re: Green Book).
  2. The contractor shall provide and maintain all necessary traffic control, throughout construction, in accordance with the applicable parts of the specification section 332, the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, (MUTCD, latest edition) and the Nevada Department of Transportation traffic control standards as well as Storey County Public Works traffic control requirements.
  3. The contractor shall be responsible for the general safety during construction and all work shall conform to pertinent safety regulations and codes. The contractor shall fence and/or barricade the construction area as required to protect adjacent sites, vehicular traffic and pedestrian traffic. The contractor shall be solely and completely responsible for compliance with all applicable provisions of OSHA and NRS Chapter 618, in the construction practices for all employees directly engaged in the construction of said project.
  4. The contractor shall be responsible for the location and/or protection of all existing and proposed piping, utilities, structures adjacent to streets and all other existing improvements.
  5. The contractor shall incorporate adequate drainage procedures during the construction process to eliminate excessive ponding and/or erosion. The contractor shall also install erosion and run-off control measures at County roads and drainage ways.
  6. The contractor shall be responsible for maintaining the site in a neat and orderly manner throughout the construction process. All materials shall be stored within approved construction areas.
  7. The contractor shall be responsible for obtaining the NDEP Dust Control Permit and for the continuous dust control throughout the constriction project. The contractor shall be responsible for the regular cleaning of all mud, dirt, debris, etc. from any and all adjacent streets and sidewalks.
  8. No materials of any kind shall be stockpiled or construction equipment parked on concrete or asphalt surfaces.
  9. Construction of street improvements must allow for the perpetuation of all existing legal accesses and existing driveways.

  1. Inspection requirements shall be in accordance with the Storey County standards or the standard specifications; whichever is more stringent.
  2. The contractor shall be responsible for all layouts of lines and grades provided by a Nevada licensed surveyor.
  3. The contractor shall submit details and calculations for rockery walls to Storey County. These must be completed and stamped by a Nevada licensed engineer.
  4. All materials and equipment purchased for said project should be received in Storey County and the value reported as “County of Delivery” on the Nevada Department of Taxation form TPI-02.01 “Combined Sales and Use Tax Return”. You must also report the value for ALL materials and equipment (personal or rented) used on this project as “Use Tax” on TPI-02.02. Proof of appropriate reporting is required prior to a certificate of completion or certificate of occupancy may be issued.

Earth Work Requirements:

  1. Clearing and grubbing, sub-grade preparation and earthwork shall be performed in accordance with Storey County and NDEP requirements.
  2. Contractor shall maintain all existing drainage facilities within the construction area until new drainage improvements are in place and functioning. This will be inspected and approved by Storey County Planning Department at (775) 847-1144.
  3. No fence or other obstruction which interferes with discharge shall be constructed within the drainage or storm drain easements.
  4. All excess or unsuitable material shall be disposed of in accordance with the latest Storey County regulations.
  5. Mechanical slope stabilization is to be performed for slopes steeper than 3:1. When rock riprap is used for slope stabilization it shall contain a minimum of four fractured faces and be placed to a minimum depth of 12 inches. A minimum of 75% of the riprap shall be the specified diameter rock or greater.

Erosion Control Requirements:

  1. The contractor and/or their authorized agents shall each day remove all sediment, mud, construction debris or other potential pollutants that may have been discharged to, or accumulated in the public right-of-ways of Storey County as a result of construction activities associated with the site development or construction. Such material shall be prevented from entering the storm drain system.
  2. Additional construction site discharge best management practices (BMP) may be required of the owner or his or her agents due to unforeseen erosion problems or if the submitted plan does not meet the performance standards specified in Storey County construction site BMP handbook.
  3. Temporary or permanent stabilization practices will be installed on disturbed areas as soon as practicable and no later than 15-days after the start of construction activity in that portion of the site that has temporarily or permanently ceased.

  1. At a minimum, the contractor or his/her agent shall inspect all disturbed areas, areas used for storage of materials and equipment that are exposed to precipitation, vehicle entrance and exit locations and all BMPS weekly, prior to forecasted rain event and within 24-hours after any actual rain event. The contractor or his/her agent shall update or modify the storm water pollution prevention plan as necessary.
  2. Accumulated sediment in BMPS shall be removed within seven days after storm water runoff event prior to the next anticipated storm event whichever is earlier. Sediment must be removed when BMP design capacity has been reduced by 50% or more.
  3. All areas disturbed and left undeveloped for a period of more than fourteen (14) days shall be stabilized by the application of dust palliative and if left more than forty-five days must comply with Section 8 of Truckee Meadows Regional Storm Water Quality Management Program.
  4. All drainage swales where riprap is not required shall be revegetated with seed mixture as shown in note five.
  5. Mechanical slope stabilization for slopes (unless otherwise noted) greater than 3:1 shall be stabilized with riprap. Swales and V-ditches shall be riprapped as specified on plans. The rock shall contain a minimum of four fractured faces and be placed to a minimum depth of 12 inches. A minimum of 75% of the riprap shall be the specified rock diameter or greater.
  6. Stabilize construction entrances and equipment parking areas with gravel prior to grading.
  7. Install principal basins and sediment barriers before grading occurs. After construction, remove accumulated debris in the sediment barriers to prevent erosion. Install catch basins before culverts.
  8. Stabilize existing stream banks at culvert or drainage swale outfalls and install drainage systems as early as possible.
  9. Before construction begins, install silt control devices at storm drain inlets receiving runoff from the site and maintain them during construction.
  10. When the work, including vegetation, has been completed, the temporary erosion control measures shall be removed.
  11. Contractor shall comply with the storm water pollution prevention (SWPPP) and documents.