Building Department

Welcome to the City of Fernley Building Department Web Site. We would like to thank you for your interest and the services that we offer.  The Building Department is responsible for managing the construction permitting process. This process includes general public information, plan submittal, plan review, permit issuance, inspection, disaster assessment, and document retention. The Building Department is also charged with the task of assuring that all additional approvals required by Planning & Zoning, Fire Department, and Engineering are obtained prior to the issuance of both a building permit and receiving final inspection approval.

Process Overview

City of Fernley has a ONE-Stop Shop concept.  All applications and documents related to construction practices are submitted to the Building Department so the reviews from Planning & Zoning and Engineering are conduct concurrently. The following information is provided to help you understand and navigate the permit process. If you need assistance or need clarification regarding the permitting process, review the FAQ section and of course contact us directly.


The Building Division will strive to always achieve excellence; provide quality services to the community in a comprehensive, effective, knowledgeable and business-friendly manner; and partner with the construction industry and property owners to promote safety in all commercial and private development. We do this by:

Building positive working relationships with citizens, businesses and the construction industry through communication, information, education, and cooperation.

Promoting the orderly development of our communities through reasonable and enforceable building and land use regulations.

Striving to provide for the continued safety and optimal benefit to the citizens with the least possible intrusion into their lives.

Promoting awareness and understanding of the City’s codes and ordinances.

Striving to continually maintain and update the City’s codes and regulations in order to maintain the health, safety and well-being of our citizens.

Striving to gain compliance with and enforce the City’s building regulations in an equitable and professional manner.

Code Enforcement 784.9812 or visit the Code Enforcement webpage

*Note: Due to staff shortages, please expect delays in the processing and handling of code enforcement complaints. Complaints will be handled and triaged based on level of life and safety hazard.*

Thank you for your patience in this matter.


All requests for inspections must be called into our office no later than 4:00 pm the day before the inspection is needed. Please call the Building Department at (775)784-9829 to schedule inspection