You can also visit the Comprehensive Planning Departmental FAQ.

Zoning

Q - How do I find out if my property is located in unincorporated Clark County or in a city?  Why is that important?
A - Clark County and the various incorporated cities (Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Mesquite) have different rules for developing property, establishing a business license, etc.  Therefore, it is very important to determine which jurisdiction your property is located in.  To get information:

  • Visit OpenWeb Info Mapper
  • Stop at the Current Planning Division located in the Clark County Government Center, 500 South Grand Central Parkway Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Call Current Planning at (702) 455-4314

Q - How is my property zoned? What is the zoning used for?
A - OpenWeb Info Mapper has a "zoning view" for Clark County.  Locate the property by address, cross streets or parcel number and select view type selector, or simply click on the parcel.  Property zoning determines what a property can be used for and the applicable development standards such as setbacks, height restrictions, etc.  Current Planning staff can discuss the zoning rules and specific requirements for developing a parcel.

Q - Why does my business license application have to be signed off by Current Planning?
A - Current Planning verifies that the proposed business use is appropriate for the zoning of your property.

Q - How can I find out the rules for developing or making use of my property?
A - Zoning regulations for property development in unincorporated Clark County is governed by the Unified Development Code, Title 30.  There are also Building Division codes, Air Quality standards, Health District standards, Public Works regulations, and Fire Department codes you may need to comply with.  Please note that other departments and agencies may also need to be contacted for development of a property.

You can also speak with a Planner to ask specific questions about your project:

  • Stop at the Current Planning Division located in the Clark County Government Center, 500 South Grand Central Parkway Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Call Current Planning at (702) 455-4314 - use Option 2, then Option 1

Q - I want to build a (pool, garage, patio cover, carport, shed) on my property. Do I need zoning approval?  Why?
A - Demonstrating compliance with the Unified Development Code, Title 30 is one of many required steps for all building permits.  Even when a building permit is not required, all structures must meet Title 30 requirements.

To determine if a building permit is required, please contact the Building Division of Development Services at (702) 455-8983.  There are also Building Division codes, Air Quality standards, Health District standards, Public Works regulations, and Fire Department codes you may need to comply with.  Please note that other departments and agencies may also need to be contacted for development of a property.  

Q - My neighbor built a carport next to my fence without a building permit. Who do I report this to?
A - The Public Response Office, a division of Clark County Administrative Services, is responsible for code enforcement.  You can:

Q - What is a Land Use Plan?  What is it used for?
A - A Land Use Plan is an overall development guide for specific areas of Clark County.  It provides the appropriate mix of residential, commercial and industrial uses in a logically transitioned pattern.  It is used to decide if proposed development is in conformance with the plan.  Land use applications which are non-conforming to a Land Use Plan require additional notification of neighbors, public hearings and fees.

Q - What is a Town Board, and why do I have to submit my application to them?
A - The Clark County Commission appoints local town advisory boards or citizens' advisory councils for most unincorporated towns or rural communities in Clark County.  The Commissioners rely on these local entities for recommendations on all zoning requests to make sure the local viewpoint is considered.

Q - What is the difference between the Clark County Commission and the Planning Commission?
A - The Clark County Commission is comprised of elected officials who are responsible for all County government including land development in unincorporated areas.  The County Commissioners, who are elected from seven electoral districts, each appoint a Planning Commissioner to the Planning Commission (PC).  The PC is empowered by the County Commission to make final development decisions on many land use applications and make recommendations on nonconforming zone change requests.  The County Commission is the final authority on all zoning issues, including appealed decisions from the PC.

Q - Can I appeal a decision made by the Planning Commission?
A - Any decision made by the Planning Commission (PC) can be appealed to the Clark County Commission.  Appeals must be filed with the Comprehensive Planning Department using the Appeal Form within five business days from the PC meeting (instructions are included on the form), and may be faxed or delivered.  Appeals are scheduled to be heard by the County Commission one month later.  Comprehensive Planning is located at the Clark County Government Center, 500 South Grand Central Parkway Las Vegas, Nevada.

Q - When do I need a building permit?
A - To determine if a building permit is required, please contact the Building Division of Development Services at (702) 455-8983.  There are also Building Division codes, Air Quality standards, Health District standards, Public Works regulations, and Fire Department codes you may need to comply with.  Please note that other departments and agencies may also need to be contacted for development of a property.

Q - How do I find out the location of water, gas, power, TV and sewer lines in relation to my property?
A - You can find this information by contacting the utility company who has jurisdiction over the area in which the property is located.

Q - How do I find out the right-of-way width for a particular street?
A - A good place to start looking for this information is the Assessor's Office.  You can use Assessor's maps to determine street widths.  A good rule of thumb:

  • Section line streets are 100 feet wide
  • Township/Range line streets are 120 feet wide
  • Center section line (quarter dividers) are 80 feet wide
  • All others are approximately 60 feet wide

Another place to look is the the Clark County Comprehensive Plan Transportation Element.

Q - What are the appropriate standards and specifications for off-site improvements within unincorporated Clark County?
A - According to Unified Development Code, Chapter 30.52.050, the following manuals are to be used when constructing off-site improvements:

Q - Is my property in a flood zone?
A - You can:

Q - How can I obtain a copy of the staff report for my application?
A - The staff report is posted on Clark County's online Agenda on the Friday before your Clark County Commission or PC meeting date.  Select the agenda on which your item is scheduled, and then click on your application.  A copy of the staff report will be mailed to the contact listed on the application form approximately 1 week prior to the Planning Commission or Board of County Commissioners meeting.

To obtain a draft report approximately 4 business days prior to a town board meeting:

  • Call Comprehensive Planning staff at (702) 455-4314
  • Stop at Comprehensive Planning's front counter located in the Clark County Government Center, 500 South Grand Central Parkway Las Vegas, Nevada 

Q - How can I reach individual Comprehensive Planning staff members by telephone?
A - The telephone number for all Comprehensive Planning staff is (702) 455-4314.  When the automated service picks up, press 2, then when the next menu of options begins, press 9. A live operator will then assist you.

Q - What is the planned land use designation for my property?
A - You can:

Q - How can I obtain written confirmation of the zoning of my property?
A - Use the Zoning Confirmation Letter Request Form to request a Zoning Letter and pay the fee outlined on the form.  You can:

  • Drop these off at the Clark County Comprehensive Planning Department located in the Clark County Government Center, 500 South Grand Central Parkway Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Mail these to Clark County Comprehensive Planning, P. O. Box 551744, Las Vegas, NV 89155-1744

 

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