Planning Department

Beginning October 1, 2021, Douglas County Planning Department will be taking in all applications electronically. The actual review time does not commence until we have accepted the application fee. To ensure accurate submittals for Planning, please complete the following:

    1)  All major applications must have an appointment - request one by emailing [email protected]. Check submittal deadline here.
    2)  Temporary applications, minor applications (see General Planning Application), Boundary Line Adjustments and Reversion/Lot Consolidation map can be submitted by emailing the Planning Department. These applications do not need an appointment.
    3)  Submit electronically via a file sharing program (ie Dropbox, etc) to the above email address by the appointment time given to you by the Development Coordinator. If you do not have a file sharing program account you can request a folder with us.
    4) Planning staff will do a cursory review and respond to your electronic submittal with the required fees. You will be given information to pay online via Echeck or Credit Card. The planner may request hard copies during the review. 
    5)  For “Re-submittals” submit electronic files to [email protected].
    6)  Our counter hours still apply and these submittals will be considered Monday-Friday 8 am to 4 pm.

What We Do

The Planning Division is responsible for protecting the public health, safety, and general welfare of Douglas County residents and property owners by reviewing development proposals to insure compliance with the Douglas County Master Plan (2020) and related zoning and land division regulations contained in the Consolidated Development Code (Title 20). The Planning Division provides the staff support for the Douglas County Planning Commission.

Master Plan

The Land Use Element of the Douglas County Master Plan (2020) contains the future land uses for Douglas County. Douglas County has regional and community plans which cover all 737.7 square miles of the county, There are 5 regional plans and 17 community plans in Douglas County. The future land use for each area or an individual parcel may be viewed here.


There are 26 base zoning districts and 8 zoning overlay districts in Douglas County. Each zoning district regulates the type and intensity of land uses permitted in each district. The Douglas County Official Zoning Maps may be viewed here.

Additional Information

For information on land uses or development regulations in Douglas County, please contact the Planning Technician at 775-782-6217 or email the Planning Department.

The Public Counter is located on the second floor of the Minden Inn in Room 202.

Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm 

Email the Planning Department



Helpful links:

Application & Fees

Master Plan (Land Use)

Title 20 - Development Regulations

Floodplain Information

Documents & Informational Guides

Douglas County Planning Commission

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Principal Planner


Principal Planner

1594 Esmeralda Avenue

PO Box 218

Minden, NV 89423


Fx: 775-782-9007

Planning Division
Staff Directory

Coleen Zepeda
Development Coordinator
Lucille Rao
Assistant Planner
Senior Planner