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Considering the new information given by Governor Sisolak regarding the Phase 1 reopening, the Carson City Fire Department understands that business owners may have questions regarding their occupant loads.  The following is a brief synopsis of how you can find or calculate your occupant load.

• If you have had a building permit within the past 5 years, you can find your occupant load on your building plans or on your permit information.
• Most larger restaurants should already have a posted occupant load sign

• If you do not meet any of the above, the following will help you calculate your occupant load.

2018 IFC Table 1004.5 – Note: occupant load includes employees and patrons

Restaurant – seating area 15 sqft. per person
Retail – sales floor 60 sqft. per person

Equation 1:
Square footage (length x width) / occupant load factor = occupant load / 2 = 50% capacity

Example 1: 
Restaurant – The dining area is 3000 square feet, divide square footage by 15, the occupant load will be 200.  Then divide the occupant load by 2 which will equal 100 for the 50% capacity per the phase 1 requirements.

• If you should have any further questions regarding your occupant load, please contact the Carson City Fire Department at 887-2210, or email James Wentworth with the Carson City Building Department at

The District Attorney's office is available to assist businesses with questions.  Attorneys are prohibited from giving specific legal advice to private businesses, but can help get you or your private attorney pointed in the right direction to find the answer. Call us at 775.887.2070 or e-mail me at  Messages will be monitored over the weekend of March 21 and 22 and we will try to respond as quickly as possible."

Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development 

Nevada businesses are facing an unprecedented drop in revenue. In order to respond quickly to Nevada’s businesses during this health crisis, GOED has developed a survey to help obtain crucial information from businesses so we can respond quickly.
Please take a few minutes to fill in this survey. Your input is necessary to support policy and decision makers as we respond to the needs of our business community during this pandemic. Visit to complete the survey. 

For information on the Nevada Health Response COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Initiative and “essential and non-essential services and sectors"  please visit

For guidance for mining, construction, and manufacturing please visit

For information and guidance for food establishments visit

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Carson City Community Development offices, located at 108 E. Proctor Street, are closed for walk-in services but remain open to process building permits, business licenses, and zoning permits. Applications may be submitted through the online permit portal at Those who need assistance can contact the applicable division by phone or email as follows:

• Building Permits: 887-2310 or 
• Business License: 887-2105 or 
• Planning & Zoning: 887-2180 or 
• Code Enforcement: 887-2599 or 
• Development Engineering: 887-2300 or