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The purpose of the Orange Book is to fulfill the need for uniform rules governing public works construction performed in Churchill County, Carson City, the Cities of Reno and Sparks, the City of Yerington, and Washoe County. Uniform specifications help to eliminate conflicts and confusion, lower construction costs, and encourage more competitive bidding by private contractors. The Standard Specifications for Public Works Construction book was first published in 1978 and it has proven to be an invaluable document to its users.

These specifications represent the highest level of professional thinking of representatives from the Public Works Departments.  As construction materials and methods are ever changing, this document is revised and republished periodically to reflect the changing technology of the industry.  A Specifications Revisions Committee has been formed to study and recommend appropriate changes. Interested parties may suggest changes and address questions to the Specifications Revisions Committee, c/o The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, PO Box 30002, Reno NV 89520, or call (775) 348-0171.

Orange Books are available for purchase at the RTC Century Park Building, located at 1105 Terminal Way. The cost of the Orange Book is $40 if purchased at the Century Park Building. You can have it mailed to you; the cost is an additional $5 per book, or you can supply your own FedEx or UPS account number and the shipping will be directly billed to your shipping account. Cash, checks, money orders, and purchase orders are the only acceptable payment for the Orange Book. Credit and ATM cards are not accepted at this time. For questions relating to the purchase of the Orange Book, call (775) 348-0171. 

There is no cost to download the Orange Book; however, the Orange Book will take up to 15 minutes to download onto your computer.