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What do I need to know about applying for a permit?

1. May plans and/or revisions be submitted by mail or the internet?

  • Currently, all applications and revisions must be submitted in person or by mail. We are currently working on a program that will allow for internet submittal so check back soon!

2. Are there any other departments I need to visit before applying for my permit?

  • If your project involves changing the footprint or adding square footage to a structure, you will need to find out from the Current Planning Division of Sparks Community Services Department if your proposed plans meet zoning and development standards. Call Current Planning Division at (775) 353-2340 or visit the department’s website for more information.

3. When are plans required for the permit application?

  • Minor Permit-Not Typically*
  • Water Heater-Not Typically*
  • HVAC-Not Typically*
  • Reroof-Not Typically*
  • Electrical Panel Change out-Not Typically*
  • Siding/Stucco-Not Typically*
  • Sewer/Water Line Replacement-Not Typically*
  • Whole House Rewire-Not Typically*
  • Plumbing-Not Typically*
  • Gas Line Replacement-Not Typically*
  • Electrical Circuits-Not Typically*
  • Room Additions-Yes
  • Structural Remodel-Yes
  • Single Family Residence-Yes

4. How many sets of plan do I need for my project?

  • For every project that requires plans, the minimum amount is 2 wet stamped sets. Depending on how many reviewing parties are involved, the amount could go up to 6 sets of plans. For help determining how many sets are required, please contact the Building and Safety department at 775-353-2306.

5. How much does a building permit cost?

  • The cost of the permit depends on the scope of work. Please see Permit Fees to calculate your fees. If you are having any trouble calculating fees, please call 775-353-2306 for more assistance.

6. How do I find out what the design standards are?

7. What is a site plan? What needs to be on it and what does “to-scale” mean?

  • A site plan is a “to-scale” drawing that shows an overhead view of your lot indicating existing and proposed structures. The basic information required for a site plan includes the lot and structure dimensions, the distance from the property line to the structure, the distance from the centerline of the street to the property line, the property address, north arrow and scale size. “To scale” means a drawing with dimensions at a specific ratio relative to the actual size of the object drawn. For tips and tricks on how to draw a site plan, please click here.

8. How do I find out the status of my permit application?

  • You may inquire about the status of a permit by using the online permit search here, contacting the Building and Safety Department at 775-353-2306, or visiting the Customer Service counter at 431 Prater Way.