Research Reno Real Property Issues

Below you will find several tools that will help you research issues that are important to look into if you plan on purchasing real property in Reno, Washoe County, or the State of Nevada.  All tools are provided by third parties, therefore I do not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided.

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National Transportation Noise Map

This map gives you a general idea of how loud the air and ground traffic is around specific areas.


What You Need To Know About Installing Wood, Pellet, and Gas Stoves in Washoe County

Wood stoves and fireplaces are regulated by the Washoe County Health District because they are major contributors to air pollution in the Truckee Meadows. Therefore before you make a purchase, it is important for you to spend some time researching whether it is legal to place a wood burning appliance in your home.


Living With Fire

Many Nevada homes and communities are in areas susceptible to wildfire hazard. Learn more here.


Underground Storage Tanks

NDEP administers the Underground Storage Tank (UST) Program for the State. Clark County Health District and Washoe County District Health Department perform UST inspections in their jurisdictions via inter-local contracts with the NDEP. In all other counties the NDEP performs UST inspections.


Nevada Radon Education Program

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that has no odor, color or taste and is produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water.


Noxious Weeds

The noxious weed program mission is to effectively coordinate resources and efforts toward proactive prevention, control and management of invasive weed species in Nevada to benefit all land users in the state.


Washoe County Health District

Great for learning about our air quality and several other local health issues.


Nevada Seismological Laboratory

Nevada has earthquakes.  Learn more here.


Electric and Magnetic Fields

“EMF” is a convenient acronym for electric and magnetic fields or electromagnetic fields. These fields are part of our everyday lives and are present around such things as appliances, electronics, power lines and electric wiring.



Molds are part of the natural environment, and can be found everywhere, indoors and outdoors. Mold is not usually a problem, unless it begins growing indoors. The best way to control mold growth is to control moisture. This website provides guidance about mold and moisture for homes, schools, multifamily and commercial buildings.


About Lead-Based Paint

Lead is a highly toxic metal that may cause a range of health problems, especially in young children. When lead is absorbed into the body, it can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs, like the kidneys, nerves and blood.


State of Nevada Division of Water Resources

The mission of the Nevada Division of Water Resources (NDWR) is to conserve, protect, manage and enhance the State’s water resources for Nevada’s citizens through the appropriation and reallocation of the public waters. In addition, the Division is responsible for quantifying existing water rights; monitoring water use; distributing water in accordance with court decrees; reviewing water availability for new subdivisions and condominiums; reviewing the construction and operation of dams; appropriating geothermal water; licensing and regulating well drillers and water rights surveyors; reviewing flood control projects; monitoring water resource data and records; and providing technical assistance to the public and governmental agencies.


HOMEOWNER’S GUIDE to an Energy Smart, Healthy Home

This is a good starting point if you are interested in making an environmentally friendly home purchase, or remodel.


FEMA’s National Flood Hazard Layer (Official)

Washoe County Flood Zone Map:

Flood Zones | Flood Zone Codes | Flood Zone Information

The Truckee River, and many smaller streams and tributaries throughout our community, are susceptible to annual flooding events. Washoe County has more than 100,000 acres of floodplain and nearly 4,400 individual parcels that are partially or entirely located within the floodplain. While winter flooding is most common in our community, river and urban flooding can happen anytime of year.


Washoe County Assessor

Basic, factual real property data provided by the Washoe County Assessor.


Nevada Real Estate Division

Check to ensure any real estate professional that you choose to work with is licensed by the State of Nevada.