Application Process

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Electronic Application Submittal

Change to the application submittal process

While City Hall has re-opened, it has done so with limited staff presence. We still encourage applications to be submitted electronically. In the event you are unable to submit electronically, you can submit the application to our staff in City Hall.

Submittal Process

Except for Development Services Center applications, please email the completed application and required information to: Applications can be found on the Applications Form page.

COMPLETE APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED PRIOR TO 3PM TO BE CONSIDERED FOR DEADLINE DAY.  Starting January 2023, the deadline for submittals will be moved to 11AM.

  • All files need to be legible and submitted in a PDF format.
  • Provide a separate file for each required item on the application checklist, and name each file as listed on the checklist (i.e., Application; Deed(s), Legal Description, Site Plan, etc.).
  • We can accept up to 25 MB per email.
  • If your files are larger than that, email us and we can send you a link to the City’s FTP site to upload the files for submittal.
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Once we receive it:

  • Staff will review for completeness.
  • Your application is not accepted until it is reviewed by staff.
  • If accepted, we will send the application number and invoice.

Application Payment

  • Application payments would need to be made electronically through DSC Online.
  • Enter your Application number and click, “search”.
  • Follow the steps to make payment of your application.



Temporary and Special Events

Most temporary and special events require various City permits. Please contact the Community Development and Services Department with questions regarding Temporary Use Permits.

Additionally, depending on the size, scope, and location of the event, permits may be required from other City Departments as well. Please see the contact information below to obtain more details on what permits may be required.

Development Application Review Process

Below is a generic outline of the steps a development application takes. Please be aware that some applications can be approved at staff level (Weeks 1 through 5), some are approved by Planning Commission (Weeks 1 through 8), and some by City Council (through Week 10).

Week 1

Deadline Day is the final day to submit a development application to the Community Development Department to be scheduled for a particular Planning Commission meeting. Deadline days are Mondays, occurring once a month. In order to make the deadline, your completed application must arrive by 11am on the deadline day. To see the schedule of deadline days and Planning Commission meetings, see the current Filing Schedule.

The day following a deadline day is the day for Distribution of Exhibits. Along with a copy of the application, 11" x 17" copies of the exhibits submitted such as elevations, and site plans are distributed to each member of the Staff Review Committee. You may access a copy of the current agenda and packet by clicking on the link above.

Projects assigned to project planners. Each application is assigned to a staff planner who will review the application and write a staff report for the project.

Applicants notified of Staff Review Meeting Appointments. If an application is scheduled for Staff Review, the applicant will be called and notified of their scheduled Staff Review Meeting time for the following Thursday.

Week 2

Representatives from various departments at the City of Henderson participate in Staff Review Meetings. The applicant is given the opportunity to present their project and hear initial feedback from departments such as Fire, New Development, Traffic, Parks and Recreation, Utilities, Economic Development, and Planning. If any aspect of the project is unclear, additional information or clarification may be requested at this time. The applicant will be asked to sign an additional information request form detailing the deficiencies in the application. This can consist of, but is not limited to, a revised justification letter, revised site plans, or revised elevations. The form will also specify a due date for this information, which is typically one week. If the deadline is not met, the application will be forwarded to the next Planning Commission meeting.

Week 3

On the additional information request form detailing the deficiencies of the application, there is a due date to resubmit this information in order to keep the application on the scheduled Planning Commission meeting. The applicant is typically given one week, until the following Wednesday, in which to resubmit the required plans or else the application will automatically be continued for two weeks.

Weeks 4 & 5

The planner assigned to the project will use this time to evaluate the application and exhibits presented and complete Staff Reports, which are then reviewed prior to printing.

Week 7

10 days prior to the Planning Commission Meeting, the Public Notice Signs are posted on the property and Public Hearing Notices are mailed. Approximately 8 days prior to the Planning Commission Meeting, Staff Reports are delivered to the Planning Commissioners, and mailed to the applicant.

Planning Commission Agendas are posted at least three working days prior to Planning Commission meetings at the following locations: Henderson City Hall, 240 Water Street; Fire Station No. 86, 96 Via Anticendio; Paseo Verde Library, 280 South Green Valley Parkway; Whitney Ranch Recreation Center, 1575 Galleria Drive.

Copies of Staff Reports are available to the general public on the City of Henderson website or at the Community Development Department on the Thursday prior to the Planning Commission Meeting.

Week 8

Planning Commission Briefings occur on the Monday prior to the Planning Commission meeting and are as scheduled per the applicant.

Planning Commission Meetings take place Thursday evenings and begin at 4pm in the City Council Chambers, unless otherwise noticed. The Planning Commission takes this opportunity to review and discuss all applications. If an item requires a public hearing, this process will occur at this time with the Planning Commission asking if there is anyone wishing to speak on an item. If you would like to voice your support or opposition to the proposed project you may do so at this time. Once all of the public testimony has been taken, the Planning Commission votes on the item. Their recommendation for approval or denial and any specific conditions of that recommendation are forwarded to the City Council.

Week 10

City Council Meeting. The City Council has authority to make final action on an application. This means an item may be forwarded from the Planning Commission with a recommendation and the City Council has the authority to approve or deny the project. An appeal of a decision from the City Council must be made to the District Court.

For additional information, please contact the Community Development Department at 702-267-1500 or

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