- 2021 Code Adoption
- The Southern Nevada Building Officials have decided to not pursue the regional adoption to the 2021 International Building Code, International Fire Code, International Residential Code, International Existing Building Code, International Energy Conservation Code, International Swimming Pool and Spa Code; the 2021 Uniform Plumbing Code and the Uniform Mechanical Code; and the 2020 National Electrical Code.The SNBO decision does not preclude individual jurisdictions from adopting some or all of the current construction codes, or portions of these codes, independently, to serve the constituents of the individual jurisdictions.
- Residential Air Conditioning Interim SolutionThe Southern Nevada Building Officials (SNBO) is aware of potential shortages that may exist within the supply chain because of the Covid-19 pandemic of residential air conditioning condenser units. In order to maintain occupant safety and allow a temporary solution for residential projects, where a full Certificate of Occupancy (C-of-O) or a full final inspection of the building is required, the jurisdictions in Southern Nevada have agreed to a set of solutions where the air conditioning condensers are not available and there is a need to complete the inspection process for occupancy. Click here to read the proposed process.
NV Board of Professional Engineers/Land Surveyors Electronic Submittal Digital Signature Guide
Nevada Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors drafted this guide in collaboration with agencies and professionals. In moving to paperless submittals, agencies and professionals experienced various challenges with different approaches to resolving those challenges. Rather than professionals individually doing what they thought was best to comply with agency requirements and Nevada regulations and each agency developing its own guide to meet its unique submittal processes, it was agreed the board would facilitate the development of a guide that could be adopted by agencies and provide uniform guidance to professionals. Click here to access the Digital Signature Guide.
AFCI/GFCI Interim Solution
The Southern Nevada Building Officials (SNBO) is aware of potential shortages because of the COVID-19 pandemic that may exist within the supply chain of two-pole AFCI Circuit Breakers used in residential construction. In order to maintain both occupant safety and allowing a temporary solution for residential projects, where a full Certificate of Occupancy or a full final inspection of the building is required. Click here to read the full notice from SNBO.
- COVID-19 Update:
The Governor of the State declared and maintained that construction was an essential business; therefore building permits and inspection were continuing to ensure a safe built environment. The Southern Nevada Building Official met digitally in an executive session to discuss the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) virus had on their business practices. The effect COVID-19 has on each jurisdiction is significant, and several members have been forthcoming to industry in announcing changes through various formats to our partners in the construction community during this crisis. Chick here for
- Below is a summary of changes made to business practices and effects of the virus on the workload by the SNBO membership:
- Building Official is in the office every day
- Outsource plan review has self-quarantined not accepting any paper plans
- Instituted eplan process using the Munis platform; accepting plans in email, this process is being sent out today (4/9/20)
- Workload is staying constant
- Completing all inspections, no video inspections are being performed.
Clark County Building & Fire Safety
- Building Official is in the office every day
- Inspectors are working from home; including the supervisors
- All plans are electronic other than mylars.
- In office some work shifts are staggered to have fewer people working at the same time in the building
- Inspectors using PPE in the field; gloves, hand sanitizer and safe distance; video inspection implemented.
- Inspection workload decreased about 20%, between building and fire, currently.
Clark County School District
- All office staff not working in the offices.
- Plan review being done electronically and remotely
- Inspectors still working; no decrease in inspection activity;
- Food service working; 50 sites delivering 40,000 meals a day
City of Henderson
- Almost all Building and Safety staff, with the exception of inspectors, are working from home.
- Building Official work from home, but visits the office occasionally.
- All plan review is performed electronically.
- Almost all permits and other documents are submitted electronically.
- Our Records Section had a backlog of submitted documents. There is still a backlog of resubmittals and revisions; this affected plan review and we will probably miss a few service targets.
- Our workload has not dropped much. Rough estimate would be about 10%.
- We don’t perform inspections inside occupied residential units
- We have been performing video inspections for simple permit types.
City of Las Vegas
- Director and Deputy Director split shifts during the week; working remotely and in the office.
- Some plans examiners, administrative staff and permit techs working from home with remote access
- Inspectors working from home; parking city vehicles in one of the city lots or taking them home
- Ended Saturday inspections; canceled all inspections inside occupied dwellings
- Instituted video inspections for some inspection types
- Created new process to convert paper applications to eplan
- Inspection workload has decreased 20% to date.
- Office is open regular hours
- Sneeze-guards have been installed at counters
- Paper plans are being accepted (no eplan has been implemented)
- Inspections still working as normal; no video inspection program has been implemented.
- Completing photo inspections for water heaters, water softeners and HVAC
- Workload is down 10-15%
North Las Vegas
- Office is closed; Building Official in the office periodically during the week; everyone working remotely.
- 100 % of work is submitted on line
- 100% Video inspections
- Inspectors are doing in person inspections only with Building Official approval
- Building Official is in the office daily
- Permit applications and small plans are received by email, otherwise a drop box is located at the entrance
- Inspections are being performed except for in-home type inspections
- Office staff are working, sanitizing everything and no physical contact with customers