Service Commercial (SC)

INTENT: The “SC” designation is intended to provide for a wide variety of wholesale, retail and service uses that are not normally compatible with uses permitted in other commercial districts; e.g., enclosed light manufacturing of a non-polluting type, limited outdoor storage.


  • Any proposed change of use when conducted within an existing conforming, legally developed structure. Exterior structural alterations, additional parking or outdoor storage shall require a use permit. The following uses are examples of such permitted uses within existing structures:
  • Cottage industry – e.g., limited recreational equipment, apparel and other finished products, crafts, printing, etc.;
  • Repair services – e.g., car repair and parts, plumbing, electrical, etc.;
  • Construction services – e.g., contractor or building services, engineering contractorrp, cabinet-making, roofing, water-well drilling, contractor storage, etc.;
  • Transportation services, limited travel agents, bus terminals, enclosed packing and shipping terminals, existing truck and trailer parking – heavy- equipment storagerp;
  • Warehousing, enclosed retail and wholesale storage;
  • Sale lots – e.g., car sales, (requires a minimum one-half acre area);
  • Any combination of the permitted service commercial uses;
  • All permitted uses in the C designation; and
  • Construction supplies, materials and equipment storagerp


  • All uses subject to Director Review in the C designation
  •  Collection, sorting and transportation of recyclables.


  • All uses subject to a use permit in the C designation
  • All permitted uses in the C designation, but requiring new construction or alterations
  • All uses utilizing outdoor storage


Minimum Lot Area:    10,000 sf 4

Minimum District Area:  3 acres

If abutting land use designations have a commercial or industrial land use designation, and existing uses in these abutting properties are compatible, a minimum district area of two acres may be considered.

Minimum Lot Dimensions:  Width – 60’                       

                                           Depth – 100’

Maximum Lot Coverage:     70%

Minimum Setbacks:

Front:              10’                      Rear:            5’                           Side: 0’

See Section 04.120 for other provisions.

Building Density: one du/lot and Accessory Dwelling Unit (see Ch. 16, Development Standards – Accessory Dwelling Units). Employee housing for those working on the premises subject to use permit. rp

Density: Maximum population density is 5.02 persons per five acres or approximately one person per acre. rp

Maximum Building Height:          35’         See Table 04.010 for other provisions.

Landscaping: Any uses subject to use permit shall be required to either landscape (per approved landscape plan) or leave in natural open space (i.e., ungraded) all areas not covered by impervious surfaces. Fencing, berms and/or landscaping may be required to buffer incompatible land uses as determined by the Director or the Commission.

Fences: None required, except when adjoining a residential district, then a screening fence or wall not less than 5 feet high or more than 6 feet in height shall be erected along adjoining residential district.


  1. Accessory buildings and uses customarily incidental to any of the permitted uses are permitted only when located on the same lot and constructed simultaneously with or subsequent to the main building.
  2. Densities stated are based upon availability of both community water and sewer.
  3. Uses may have been omitted from the list of those specified, hence the Commission may find other uses to be similar and not more obnoxious or detrimental to the public health, safety and welfare. See explanation of interpreting "similar uses" Chapter 04, Uses not listed as permitted.
  4. Lots requiring individual septic systems are subject to minimum dimensions as determined by the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board.


Land Development Regulations – 

Ch. 04             Development Standards – General

Ch. 06             Development Standards – Parking

Ch. 07             Development Standards – Signs

Table 04.010   Building Heights


rp.        Recommendation from the Regional Planning Advisory Committee

sl.        State Law requirement