View of the Reno Sparks night skyline from Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
View of the Reno Sparks night skyline from Rancho San Rafael Regional Park

Can I build a granny flat or second unit on my property?
Maybe. If your property is 12,000 square feet in size or greater, you may apply for a special use permit (or on larger parcels, an administrative review) for a separate dwelling unit with certain size restrictions. In nearly all cases, you may be able to add an attached apartment up to 40% the size of the main dwelling.

For more information, see Division Three - Regulation of Uses, Article 306, Accessory Uses and Structures, of the Washoe County Development Code. To go to the Development Code home page, click here.