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20.01 General Provisions; Consistency with Master Plan; Right to Farm
20.02 Development Permits
20.04 Application Process and Official Filing Date
20.06 Decision by the Director
20.08 Review by Advisory Body
20.10 Review and Decision by Planning Commission
20.100 Public Facilities and Improvement Standards
20.12 Review and Decision by Board of County Commissioners
20.14 Conditional Approval
20.20 Notice Provisions
20.200 Surveys
20.220 Installing Utilities Underground
20.24 Public Hearing Procedures
20.28 Post Decision Proceedings
20.30 Expiration of Approval of Development Permit
20.300 Impact Fees
20.32 Revocation of Permit
20.34 Enforcement
20.38 Board of Adjustment
20.40 Fees
20.400 Development Agreements
20.44 Rounding of Quantities
20.440 Density Bonus Agreements
20.460 Reimbursement Agreements
20.470 Maintenance Districts
20.471 Maintenance District 1 - Monterra
20.50 Floodplain Management
20.500 Transfer Development Rights
20.550 Growth Management
20.560 Building Permit Allocation and Growth Management
20.600 General Provisions
20.602 Pre-application Conference
20.604 Special use permits
20.606 Variances
20.608 Amendment to Master Plan
20.610 Zoning Administration
20.612 Specific Plan
20.614 Design Review
20.618 Sign Permit
20.620 Temporary Use Permit
20.650 Zoning Districts and Standards
20.654 Agriculture and Forestry and Range Districts
20.656 Residential Districts
20.658 Non-Residential Districts
20.660 Use Regulations
20.662 Agricultural, Forest and Range, and Residential Land Use District Specific Standards (Table)
20.664 Agricultural, Forest and Range, and Residential Land Use Specific Standards
20.666 Non-Residential Specific Standards for Permitted, Development Permitted and Special use permit Uses (Table)
20.668 Non-Residential Uses Specific Standards
20.672 Livestock Overlay (LO) Zoning District
20.674 Manufactures Housing (MH) District
20.675 Mixed-use Commercial (MUC) Overlay District
20.676 Planned Development (PD) Overlay District
20.678 Residential Office (RO) Overlay District
20.680 Genoa Historic (GH) Overlay District
20.682 Clustered Residential Subdivision (CR) Overlay
20.685 Gaming District (GD) Overlay
20.690 Property Standards
20.691 Property Maintenance
20.692 Off-Street Parking and Loading
20.694 Landscape Standards
20.696 Sign and Advertising Control
20.698 Nonconforming Uses and Structures
20.700 Applicability and Procedures
20.702 Zoning Districts and Standards
20.703 Tahoe Area Plan Regulations
20.704 General Provisions
20.708 Subdivision Application Procedure and Approval Process
20.712 Parcel Maps
20.714 Division of Agricultural Land for Conservation Purposes
20.716 Division of Land into Large Parcels
20.718 Division of Land for Agricultural Purposes
20.720 Assurance for Completion and Maintenance of Improvements
20.768 Land Readjustment
20.770 Boundary Line Adjustment
20.800 General Provisions
20.810 Administration
20.820 Building Permits
20.830 Site Improvement Permits
20.840 Encroachment Permits
20.900 Numbering Structures and Naming Streets
Effective Date
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County Codes
Title 20 Consolidated Development Code
20.840 Encroachment Permits
20.840.010 Encroachment permit defined
20.840.020 Permits required
20.840.030 Encroachment permit procedures
20.840.040 Retention of plans
20.840.050 Expiration of permits
20.840.060 Collection of Fees
20.840.070 Payment of Fees
20.840.080 Appeal of Accounting

20.840.010 Encroachment permit defined
An encroachment permit authorizes construction within a public right-of-way. (Ord. 1477, 2016; Ord. 802, 1998)
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20.840.020 Permits required
The county engineer or his designee has exclusive jurisdiction and authority to issue an encroachment permit within the county.  Except as otherwise approved under a building permit or site improvement permit, no work of improvement, including grading, trenching or construction of public or private utilities and drainage structures is allowed within the public right-of-way unless an encroachment permit has first been obtained from the county engineer.  (Ord. 1477, 2016; Ord. 802, 1998)
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20.840.030 Encroachment permit procedures
    A. The applicant must tender a completed encroachment permit application to the county engineer on a form furnished by the county engineer.  The application must contain the following information:
1. A description of the work to be covered by the permit.
2. The street address or similar description of the land on which the proposed work is to be done that identifies and definitely locates the proposed work, and the parcel number assigned by the county assessor. 
3. The application must be accompanied by improvement plans, diagrams, studies, computations and specifications and other data drawn to scale and clarity to indicate the location, nature and extent of the work proposed and show in detail that it will conform to the provisions of this code and all relevant laws, ordinances, rules and regulations.  Evidence is required that the applicant has identified the location of all underground utilities in the vicinity of the project.  For applications which are located within the towns of Genoa, Gardnerville, or Minden, a 318 General Improvement District or TRPA, the applicant must provide a copy of any required permit or the plans must be reviewed by the respective agency.
4. The applicant must show all existing rights-of-way, edge of pavement, curb, gutter, sidewalks, and utilities on the plans.
5. The signature of the applicant or the applicant’s authorized representative.
6. Any other data and information as may be required by the county engineer.
B. The county will submit all completed encroachment permits to the town, General Improvement District, or District formed pursuant to chapter 318 of the Nevada Revised Statutes within whose jurisdiction the work of improvement is planned to occur for its review and comment.
C. The application, plans, specifications, computations and other data filed by an applicant for a permit must be reviewed by the county engineer or his designee.  The plans may be reviewed by other departments of this jurisdiction to verify compliance with any applicable laws under their jurisdiction.  If the county engineer or his designee finds that the work described in an application for a permit and the plans, specifications and other data filed with the application conform to the requirements of this code, other pertinent laws and ordinances, that security has been posted, where required, and that all required fees have been paid, the county engineer or his designee must issue an encroachment permit.  The county engineer or his designee must, at the time of permit issuance, provide the applicant with conditions, specifications and testing requirements for all work approved under the permit. 
D. Any town, General Improvement District, or District formed pursuant to chapter 318 of the Nevada Revised Statutes may accept responsibility to supervise and oversee materials testing and inspection for work performed under an encroachment permit.  By accepting responsibility for supervising testing and inspections related to an encroachment permit, a public entity agrees to hold the county harmless for any work performed under the encroachment permit. (Ord. 1477, 2016; Ord. 802, 1998)
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20.840.040 Retention of plans
    A.  One set of approved stamped plans, specifications and computations must be retained by the county engineer and one set of approved stamped plans and specifications must be kept on the site of the construction work at all times during which the work authorized is in progress. 
    B.  The county engineer must retain one permanent set of approved stamped improvement plans, specifications and computations. (Ord. 1477, 2016; Ord. 802, 1998)
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20.840.050 Expiration of permits
    A. Every encroachment permit issued by the county engineer or his designee under the provisions of this code will expire and become void if the work authorized by the permit is not commenced within 90 days from the date of the permit, or if the work authorized by the permit is suspended or abandoned at any time after the work is commenced for a period of 90 days.  Before work can be recommenced, a new permit must be first obtained and a fee in the amount of one half that required for a new permit for the work is paid, provided:
1. No changes have been made or will be made in the original plans and specifications for the work.
2. The plans were approved under the prevailing development code provisions; and 3. The suspension or abandonment has not exceeded 180 days.  In order to renew action on a permit after expiration, the permittee must obtain a new permit for the work and pay the full fee for a new permit.
B. Any permittee holding an unexpired permit may apply for an extension of the time within which work may commence under that permit when the permittee is unable to commence work within the time required by this section for good and satisfactory reason.  The county engineer may extend the time for action by the permittee for a period not exceeding 90 days on written request by the permittee showing that circumstances beyond the control of the permittee have prevented action from being taken.  No permit may be extended more than once. 
C. Every encroachment permit issued by the county engineer or his designee will expire by limitation and become null and void 180 days from the date of issuance, including any extensions that may have been granted.  (Ord. 1477, 2016; Ord. 802, 1998)

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20.840.060 Collection of Fees
Fees for encroachment permits are established, from time to time, by resolution of the board.  All fees authorized by the board and collected pursuant to the issuance of an encroachment permit must be paid to the county. (Ord. 1477, 2016; Ord. 802, 1998).
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20.840.070 Payment of Fees

A. The county will retain any base encroachment permit fee authorized by the board to defray the costs to process the encroachment permit.  All other fees authorized by the board and collected by the county related to the issuance of an encroachment permit, including fees for excavation, direct burial, street boring, street cutting, driveway connections, culvert placements and concrete curbs, gutters, pads and sidewalks, will be paid to the county, town or general improvement district within whose jurisdictional boundaries the work of improvement was conducted.
B. The county will track the number of encroachment permits it issues and the fees the county collects for each fiscal quarter and provide a written report accounting for the fees collected, and remit the fees due, to each town or general improvement district within 90 calendar days of the end of each fiscal quarter.  (Ord. 1477, 2016)

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20.840.080 Appeal of Accounting

Within 45 calendar days of the receipt of the monies paid by the county pursuant to section 20.840.070, any town or general improvement district who believes either the report provided by the county is inaccurate or the monies remitted to it by the county are incorrect, may challenge the county’s action after filing a written appeal in the following manner:
          1. The appellant must file a written notice of appeal to the county’s chief financial officer.  The written notice must state the reason for the appeal, include a statement of any facts that support the appellant’s claims, and a copy of any documents relevant to the appeal.  The county’s chief financial officer will provide a written decision within 45 days following receipt of the appeal.  The chief financial officer’s failure to render a decision within the prescribed period shall constitute a denial of the appeal.
          2. If the appeal is denied, the appellant may file a written request for reconsideration to the county manager within ten days of receipt of the county’s chief financial officer’s written decision on appeal or the expiration of the prescribed period to render a decision.  The county manager may rule upon the request for reconsideration based on the papers submitted or he may set the matter for a hearing.  The decision of the county manager shall be binding upon the appellant and the county and shall not be appealable.  (Ord. 1477, 2016)

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