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:

General Construction Requirement

    • Basement finishes
    • Garage conversions
    • Kitchen expansions
    • Renovations
  • 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

New Structure Inspections Include:

Inspections will be required to be performed by a Building Inspector at various stages of construction. Below is a list of mandatory inspections that must be scheduled before moving on to the next phase of construction. You may schedule these inspection by calling (775) 847-0966.  

  1. Plot Plan – This inspection is addressed above.

  1. Footings and Stem Wall – The trenches, holes, reinforcements and forms must be inspected BEFORE concrete is poured. The inspector will also look at service grounding and any plumbing that will be buried under concrete.

  1. Rough Framing – This includes underfloor spaces such as plumbing or mechanical devices that will be beneath the floor. Do not cover the floor framing with sheathing until an inspector has looked at those items. The inspector will also want to look at the framing and connecting methods as well.

  1. Sheer and Hold Downs – The inspector will look at the nailing in the sheer panels and confirm that all hold downs called out for in the plans are in place. Washers and nuts should be in place and will be checked that they are properly tightened and all hold downs, ties, straps etc. are properly nailed. The inspector will also ensure that nails did not miss the studs. Numerous misses can lower the shear value of the walls. Counter-sinking fastener heads too deeply in a panel can affect the sheer value as well.

  1. Roof Nailing – The inspector will want to visualize the roof sheathing and confirm that all nailing is correct. At this time, the inspector will be looking for “shiners”, or nails that missed the studs. Again, excessive counter-sinking and too many misses decreases the strength of the sheathing.

  1. Rough Electrical and Plumbing – Typically, these can be inspected together as they must be inspected before being covered with insulation. Plumbing will need to be pressure tested using either the 10 foot head pressure test or an air pressure test.  All electrical wiring must be in place and secured 12 inches or less from any box. If wiring is run through wall studs, any hole closer than ½ inch from the edge must be fitted with nailing protection on the edge of the stud to protect the wiring from future drywall nails and screws.

  1. Insulation – After all insulation is installed, the inspector will want to confirm that all insulation has been installed properly and in accordance with what has been called out on the plans.

  1. Drywall Nailing – Before any tape or mud can be applied. The inspector will be looking at all areas to ensure no area has been missed. Minimum drywall nailing should be every 6 inches on the edges and 12 inches in the field of each sheet of drywall. The inspector will confirm that the appropriate type and thickness of drywall has been used.

  1. SPECIAL INSPECTIONS: At certain times and for various reasons, Community Development personnel may require a special inspection. These are inspections for items that may not be typical or have attributes too complex to visualize with just a walk though. This may include laboratory testing which Community Development does not have the ability to conduct. Example of special inspection may include;

  1. Concrete – There are several things related to concrete that may require a special inspection. For example, the compressive strength must be within a certain value.

This type of inspection is conducted by a third party company using a lab. They will test a sample taken at the time of pour. It would be rare for this type of test to be required for a residential building.

  1. Compaction – The soils upon which the building is constructed must be within certain limits in order to support the weight of the construction. Compaction must be at 90% or better. Improper soils compaction could lead to cracks in concrete slabs and could later destabilize the home. Generally these are required when new fill material is used to build up the pad where the home will be built. If the fill has been in one place without being moved for several years, a special inspection would not be required. Your inspector will be able to assess the situation during the initial plot inspection to determine if a compaction test would be needed.

  1. Structural Steel – In some cases, structural steel is called for in the construction of certain parts of the home. If steel construction is called out, then certain welds, pins or bolts may need to have a special inspection. Again, the Plans Examiner or your Inspector will be able to guide you if a special inspection is recommended. 
Other Requirements

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

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