Orange Book

RTC Washoe Resources - The Orange Book

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, 1105 Terminal Way, Reno NV 89502, or call (775) 348-0171.

Orange Books are available for purchase at the RTC building, located at 1105 Terminal Way. The cost of the Orange Book is $40 if purchased at the RTC 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.


It’s come to the RTC’s attention that the 2016 Version of the Orange Book may not be utilized on all projects by the local jurisdictions.  Interested parties should check with the local jurisdiction of where your project is located to determine whether the 2012 Version or 2016 Version will be used.  We apologize for any confusion.  Thank you.


Reno, Sparks and Washoe County have accepted sections 202, 206, 311, 312, 313 & 314 of the 2016 Standard Specifications for Public Works Construction (SSPWC) changes that were approved by the Orange Book Committee.  These sections represent primarily the Concrete sections and have been incorporated into the 2012 Standard Specifications for Public Works Construction (SSPWC) as Revision 8.  The 2012 revision 8 shall be used for all p