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NRS 37.009 Definitions.
APPLICABILITY OF CHAPTER
NRS 37.0095 Persons or agencies who may exercise power of eminent domain; exceptions.
NRS 37.0097 Unit-owners’ association may not exercise power of eminent domain.
SCOPE OF POWER
NRS 37.010 Public uses for which eminent domain may be exercised.
NRS 37.015 Necessary access for owners, occupants of ranges, grazing lands: Exercise of power of eminent domain.
NRS 37.020 Estates in property subject to condemnation.
NRS 37.030 Private property subject to condemnation.
NRS 37.035 Monorails and other overhead or underground systems for public transportation: Acquisition by public agency of rights and easements on public streets by condemnation.
NRS 37.036 Rights of owner of monorail; acquirer shall hold owner and operator harmless from liability.
NRS 37.038 Conditions precedent to taking property within historic district.
NRS 37.039 Conditions precedent to acquiring certain parcels of property for purpose of open-space use.
NRS 37.040 Conditions precedent to entry of judgment of condemnation; findings.
NRS 37.050 Location of and entry upon land; damages.
NRS 37.055 Eminent domain proceedings take precedence over certain other proceedings and must be quickly heard and determined.
NRS 37.060 Verified complaint filed in district court in county in which property is situated; notice of pending litigation; effect.
NRS 37.070 Contents of complaint; inclusion of separate parcels in same or separate proceedings.
NRS 37.075 Summons.
NRS 37.080 All parties in interest may appear.
NRS 37.083 Default of defendant: Entry; effect.
NRS 37.085 Hearing after defendant’s default: Determination of value and damages by court; judgment.
NRS 37.090 Power of court.
NRS 37.095 Restrictions concerning appraisal of real property.
NRS 37.100 Plaintiff shall give property owner a copy of all appraisals before obtaining possession; motion by plaintiff for order permitting occupancy pending entry of judgment; notice; determination of public use at hearing; proof; bond or deposit in court; defendant may be restrained.
NRS 37.110 Ascertainment and assessment of damages.
NRS 37.111 Additional compensation for loss of goodwill.
NRS 37.112 Valuation of property subject to condemnation as result of public work or project.
NRS 37.115 Distribution of award among joint defendants by separate proceeding.
NRS 37.120 Assessment of compensation and damages: Date of valuation; exception; just compensation.
NRS 37.130 New proceedings may be instituted when title found defective.
NRS 37.140 Damages to be paid within 30 days after judgment; bond for railroad fence.
NRS 37.150 Award deposited in court; execution; when proceedings may be annulled.
NRS 37.160 Entry of final order of condemnation on deposit of award; recording; when title vests.
NRS 37.170 Plaintiff may continue in or be placed in possession pending conclusion of litigation; effect of defendant’s receipt of money on deposit; judgments.
NRS 37.175 Interest paid by plaintiff; posttrial hearing to determine award of interest.
NRS 37.180 Abandonment of condemnation proceedings; defendant’s damages for plaintiff’s occupancy.
NRS 37.185 Party not liable for attorney’s fees of other party; exception.
NRS 37.200 Rules of practice.
NRS 37.210 Rights of cities and towns not affected.
NRS 37.220 Crossings to be made and kept in repair.
NRS 37.230 Condemnation by railroad companies.
NRS 37.240 Two railroad companies may have right-of-way over same passes; change and expense of reconstruction of public highway.
NRS 37.250 Right of eminent domain granted to nonresident or foreign corporations or partnerships; conditions.
NRS 37.260 Disposal of real property and improvements acquired by exercise of power of eminent domain: Procedure; presumption; conveyance.
NRS 37.270 Reversion of property upon repayment of original purchase price; conditions.
NRS 37.280 Distribution of interest earned from investment of money deposited in court.
1. ”Date of valuation” means the date on which the value of the property actually taken, and the damages, if any, to the remaining property, must be determined.
2. ”Final judgment” means a judgment which cannot be directly attacked by appeal, motion for new trial or motion to vacate the judgment.
3. ”Judgment” means the judgment determining the right to condemn property and fixing the amount of compensation to be paid by the plaintiff.
4. ”Partnership” includes a limited partnership.
5. ”Person” includes a government, governmental agency or political subdivision of a government.
6. ”Value” means the highest price, on the date of valuation, that would be agreed to by a seller, who is willing to sell on the open market and has reasonable time to find a purchaser, and a buyer, who is ready, willing and able to buy, if both the seller and the buyer had full knowledge of all the uses and purposes for which the property is reasonably adaptable and available. In determining value, except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the property sought to be condemned must be valued at its highest and best use without considering any future dedication requirements imposed by the entity that is taking the property. If the property is condemned primarily for a profit-making purpose, the property sought to be condemned must be valued at the use to which the entity that is condemning the property intends to put the property, if such use results in a higher value for the property.
APPLICABILITY OF CHAPTER
1. Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2, only a public agency may exercise the power of eminent domain pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.
2. Except as otherwise provided in NRS 37.0097, the power of eminent domain may be exercised by a person who is not a public agency pursuant to NRS 37.230 and paragraphs (g), (i), (k) and (n) of subsection 1 of NRS 37.010.
3. As used in this section, “public agency” means an agency or political subdivision of this State or the United States.
1. A unit-owners’ association may not exercise the power of eminent domain pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.
SCOPE OF POWER
1. Subject to the provisions of this chapter and the limitations in subsections 2 and 3, the right of eminent domain may be exercised in behalf of the following public uses:
(a) Federal activities. All public purposes authorized by the Government of the United States.
(b) State activities. Public buildings and grounds for the use of the State, the Nevada System of Higher Education and all other public purposes authorized by the Legislature.
(c) County, city, town and school district activities. Public buildings and grounds for the use of any county, incorporated city or town, or school district, reservoirs, water rights, canals, aqueducts, flumes, ditches or pipes for conducting water for the use of the inhabitants of any county, incorporated city or town, for draining any county, incorporated city or town, for raising the banks of streams, removing obstructions therefrom, and widening, deepening or straightening their channels, for roads, streets and alleys, and all other public purposes for the benefit of any county, incorporated city or town, or the inhabitants thereof.
(d) Bridges, toll roads, railroads, street railways and similar uses. Wharves, docks, piers, chutes, booms, ferries, bridges, toll roads, byroads, plank and turnpike roads, roads for transportation by traction engines or locomotives, roads for logging or lumbering purposes, and railroads and street railways for public transportation.
(e) Ditches, canals, aqueducts for smelting, domestic uses, irrigation and reclamation. Reservoirs, dams, water gates, canals, ditches, flumes, tunnels, aqueducts and pipes for supplying persons, mines, mills, smelters or other works for the reduction of ores, with water for domestic and other uses, for irrigating purposes, for draining and reclaiming lands, or for floating logs and lumber on streams not navigable.
(f) Byroads. Byroads leading from highways to residences and farms.
(g) Public utilities. Lines for telephone, electric light and electric power and sites for plants for electric light and power.
(h) Sewerage. Sewerage of any city, town, settlement of not less than 10 families or any public building belonging to the State or college or university.
(i) Water for generation and transmission of electricity. Canals, reservoirs, dams, ditches, flumes, aqueducts and pipes for supplying and storing water for the operation of machinery to generate and transmit electricity for power, light or heat.
(j) Cemeteries, public parks. Cemeteries or public parks.
(k) Pipelines for petroleum products, natural gas. Pipelines for the transportation of crude petroleum, petroleum products or natural gas, whether interstate or intrastate.
(l) Aviation. Airports, facilities for air navigation and aerial rights-of-way.
(m) Monorails. Monorails and any other overhead or underground system used for public transportation.
(n) Video service providers. Video service providers that are authorized pursuant to chapter 711 of NRS to operate a video service network. The exercise of the power of eminent domain may include the right to use the wires, conduits, cables or poles of any public utility if:
(1) It creates no substantial detriment to the service provided by the utility;
(2) It causes no irreparable injury to the utility; and
(3) The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, after giving notice and affording a hearing to all persons affected by the proposed use of the wires, conduits, cables or poles, has found that it is in the public interest.
(o) Redevelopment. The acquisition of property pursuant to chapter 279 of NRS.
2. Notwithstanding any other provision of law and except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the public uses for which private property may be taken by the exercise of eminent domain do not include the direct or indirect transfer of any interest in the property to another private person or entity. Property taken by the exercise of eminent domain may be transferred to another private person or entity in the following circumstances:
(a) The entity that took the property transfers the property to a private person or entity and the private person or entity uses the property primarily to benefit a public service, including, without limitation, a utility, railroad, public transportation project, pipeline, road, bridge, airport or facility that is owned by a governmental entity.
(b) The entity that took the property leases the property to a private person or entity that occupies an incidental part of an airport or a facility that is owned by a governmental entity and, before leasing the property:
(1) Uses its best efforts to notify the person from whom the property was taken that the property will be leased to a private person or entity that will occupy an incidental part of an airport or facility that is owned by a governmental entity; and
(2) Provides the person from whom the property was taken with an opportunity to bid or propose on any such lease.
(c) The entity that took the property:
(1) Took the property in order to acquire property that was abandoned by the owner, abate an immediate threat to the safety of the public or remediate hazardous waste; and
(2) Grants a right of first refusal to the person from whom the property was taken that allows that person to reacquire the property on the same terms and conditions that are offered to the other private person or entity.
(d) The entity that took the property exchanges it for other property acquired or being acquired by eminent domain or under the threat of eminent domain for roadway or highway purposes, to relocate public or private structures or to avoid payment of excessive compensation or damages.
(e) The person from whom the property is taken consents to the taking.
3. The entity that is taking property by the exercise of eminent domain has the burden of proving that the taking is for a public use.
4. For the purposes of this section, an airport authority or any public airport is not a private person or entity.
[1911 CPA § 664; A 1921, 262; 1937, 351; 1931 NCL § 9153]—(NRS A 1961, 170; 1967, 868, 1228; 1969, 246; 1977, 652; 1983, 2008; 1985, 2080; 1987, 1297; 1993, 361; 1997, 1961, 3365; 1999, 677, 679; 2007, 332, 1375; 2011, 57; 2013, 1957)
NRS 37.015 Necessary access for owners, occupants of ranges, grazing lands: Exercise of power of eminent domain. The State of Nevada or any political subdivision or district which possesses the power of eminent domain may, in addition to other uses for which the power may be exercised, exercise the power of eminent domain for the purpose of providing necessary access for the owners or occupants thereof to ranges and grazing lands.
(Added to NRS by 1969, 224)
1. The fee simple or lesser estate in real property, and any other property, are subject to be taken for public use from the owners thereof.
2. The right to take property under this chapter includes the right to acquire and take the fee to the whole of a particular parcel of land whenever the acquisition of the portion thereof actually needed would leave the remainder of such parcel in such irregular shape, uneconomical size, utility or condition as to be of little value or would give rise to claims or litigation concerning damages which, when added to the compensation for the portion taken, would equal or exceed the value of the parcel as a whole.
[1911 CPA § 665; RL § 5607; NCL § 9154]—(NRS A 1969, 1051)
1. All real property belonging to any person, company or corporation.
2. Lands belonging to the State, or to any county, or incorporated city or town, not appropriated to some public use.
3. Property appropriated to public use; but such property shall not be taken unless for a more necessary public use than that to which it has been already appropriated.
4. Franchises for toll roads, toll bridges, ferries, and all other franchises; but such franchises shall not be taken unless for free highways, railroads or other more necessary public use.
5. All rights-of-way for any and all purposes mentioned in NRS 37.010, and any and all structures and improvements thereon, and the lands held or used in connection therewith, shall be subject to be connected with, crossed, or intersected by any other right-of-way or improvement or structure thereon. They shall also be subject to a limited use in common with the owner thereof, when necessary; but such uses of crossings, intersections and connections shall be made in the manner most compatible with the greatest public benefit and the least private injury.
6. All classes of private property not enumerated may be taken for public use when such taking is authorized by law.
[1911 CPA § 666; RL § 5608; NCL § 9155]
1. Only a public agency may exercise the power of eminent domain on behalf of a monorail or any other overhead or underground system used for public transportation, whether the monorail or other system is owned by a private person or a public agency.
2. In addition to property subject to condemnation pursuant to NRS 37.030, a public agency on behalf of a monorail or any other overhead or underground system used for public transportation may acquire, by condemnation, rights and easements across, over, under and along public streets and roadways, but such rights may not be exercised in such a manner as will permanently interfere with the existing use of such streets or roadways.
3. To exercise the power of eminent domain on behalf of a monorail or any other overhead or underground system used for public transportation, a public agency must issue an order approving the exercise of that power. A public agency may issue such an order if:
(a) The use to which the private property is to be applied is a public use;
(b) The property is necessary for that public use;
(c) The intended public use of the property will be of greater public benefit than the current private use of the property; and
(d) The proposed exercise of the power of eminent domain is not unreasonable and will not result in a taking of private property that is not fully compensable at law.
4. As used in this section, “public agency” means:
(a) Any agency of this state or the United States.
(b) Any political subdivision of this state, including a regional transportation district or other district.
(Added to NRS by 1967, 869; A 1991, 1139)
1. If the State of Nevada or a city or county seeks to acquire through exercise, or the threat of exercise, of the power of eminent domain all or part of, or the right to operate, a monorail installed or operated pursuant to NRS 705.610 to 705.700, inclusive, the owner is entitled, in addition to any other right provided by law:
(a) To adequate contractual assurance that, after acquisition, the acquirer will provide service, fares and performance conforming to those existing at the time of acquisition, for the period necessary to protect the usefulness of the monorail to the owner; and
(b) To approve any future deletions from or reconfigurations of the monorail, including passenger stations.
2. The acquirer shall hold the owner and operator harmless from any liability or claim arising after the acquisition from the operation or any change made in the installation of the monorail or from any act or omission of the acquirer or its employees, contractors or agents.
(Added to NRS by 1997, 2441)
1. Before any person, other than a government or public utility, may exercise the right of eminent domain to take any real property within a historic district organized under chapter 384 of NRS, the person must first obtain the approval of the board of county commissioners of the county or the governing body of the city in which that real property is situated. This consent must not be withheld if the person seeking to exercise the right of eminent domain shows that:
(a) The property will be put to a public use;
(b) The property is necessary for that public use; and
(c) The intended public use will be of great public benefit to the immediate community or area in which the real property is situated and not significantly harmful to historic landmarks or features.
2. In any subsequent judicial proceeding to condemn that real property, the determinations of the board of county commissioners or the governing body whether the property will be put to a public use and whether it is necessary for that use are prima facie evidence of those facts, respectively, unless the court specifically finds that the determinations were:
(a) Arbitrary and capricious; or
(b) Not supported by substantial evidence.
1. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, an agency may not exercise the power of eminent domain to acquire a parcel of property or group of contiguous parcels of property that is more than 40 acres in area for the purpose of open-space use unless:
(a) Before the governing body of the agency votes to commence an action in eminent domain to acquire the property, the agency has negotiated with the owner of the property, in good faith, for a period of not less than 24 months beginning on the date on which the agency provided the written offer of compensation to the owner of the property pursuant to subsection 2, to reach an agreement regarding the amount of compensation to be paid for the property;
(b) The use of property for the purpose of open-space use conforms with any applicable provisions of the applicable:
(1) Master plan adopted pursuant to chapter 278 of NRS;
(2) Zoning regulations adopted pursuant to chapter 278 of NRS; and
(3) Open-space plan adopted pursuant to chapter 376A of NRS;
(c) Each acre of the property is necessary for the purpose of open-space use and will be devoted to open-space use for not less than 50 years; and
(d) If the agency is seeking to acquire water rights appurtenant to the property, the agency uses the water beneficially on the property for the purpose of open-space use.
2. To satisfy the requirement to have negotiated with the owner of the property in good faith, pursuant to paragraph (a) of subsection 1, an agency must, at a minimum:
(a) Provide to the owner of the property, by personal delivery or by certified mail, return receipt requested, a written offer of compensation that includes:
(1) A copy of the appraisal report upon which the offer of compensation is based;
(2) A detailed description of the nature of the intended use of each acre of the property and the specific reasons for the necessity of acquiring each acre of the property for the purpose of open-space use;
(3) If the agency is seeking to acquire any water rights appurtenant to the property, a detailed description of the intended beneficial use of the water rights on the property and the specific reasons for the necessity of acquiring the water rights; and
(4) The value of the property, plus damages, if any, as appraised by the agency; and
(b) Attempt to engage in meaningful negotiations with the owner of the property at least once per calendar month during the period described in paragraph (a) of subsection 1.
3. As used in this section:
(a) “Agency” means the State of Nevada, any political subdivision of the State or any other governmental entity that possesses the power of eminent domain.
(b) “Open-space plan” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 376A.010.
(c) “Open-space use” means the use of property:
(1) To promote the conservation of open space and the protection of other natural and scenic resources from unreasonable impairment; or
(2) To protect, conserve or preserve wildlife habitat.
1. The use to which the property is to be applied is a public use.
2. The property is necessary to such public use.
3. If the property is already appropriated to some public use, the public use to which it is to be applied is a more necessary public use.
[1911 CPA § 667; RL § 5609; NCL § 9156]—(NRS A 1965, 994)
1. If land is required for public use, the person, corporation or partnership or its agents in charge of the use may survey and locate it. The land must be located in the manner most compatible with the greatest public good and the least private injury, and subject to this chapter. The person, corporation or partnership or its agents may, with the consent of the owner or under a court order entered pursuant to subsection 2, enter upon the land and make examinations, surveys and maps thereof, including soil investigations, test borings and the appraisal and valuation of the land and any improvements thereon.
2. If the owner or occupant of the land fails or refuses to permit entry on the land for the purposes set forth in subsection 1, the person, corporation or partnership may petition the district court of the county in which the land is situated for an order permitting entry on the land for those purposes. If the court ascertains, by affidavit or otherwise, that the person, corporation or partnership in good faith desires to enter the land for those purposes, the court shall grant an order permitting that entry, conditioned upon the examination being made at reasonable times and in such a manner as to cause the least inconvenience to the owner or occupant of the land.
3. Entry upon land pursuant to this section does not give rise to any cause of action in favor of the owner or occupant of the land, except for actual damages sustained to the land or any improvements thereon and all injuries resulting from negligence, wantonness or malice.
NRS 37.055 Eminent domain proceedings take precedence over certain other proceedings and must be quickly heard and determined. All proceedings in all courts brought under this chapter to exercise the right of eminent domain take precedence over all other causes and actions not involving the public interest, to the end that all such proceedings must be quickly heard and determined.
(Added to NRS by 1999, 3533)
1. All proceedings under this chapter must be brought in the district court for the county in which the property or a part thereof is situated. The complaint in such cases must be verified, and the party instituting any such proceedings shall record with the recorder of each county in which any of the property is situated a notice of the pendency of the action.
2. From the time of such recording every purchaser or encumbrancer whose conveyance or encumbrance is not then recorded or docketed shall be deemed a subsequent purchaser or encumbrancer and is bound by the proceedings to the same extent and in the same manner as if the purchaser or encumbrancer were a party therein. The purchaser or encumbrancer may intervene in the manner provided by NRS 37.080.
[1911 CPA § 669; RL § 5611; NCL § 9158]—(NRS A 1965, 994; 2001, 1749)
1. The complaint must contain:
(a) The name of the court in which the action is commenced.
(b) The name of the corporation, partnership, association, commission or person in charge of the public use for which the property is sought, who must be styled plaintiff.
(c) The names of all owners, occupants and claimants of the property, if known, or a statement that they are unknown, who must be styled defendants.
(d) A statement of the right of the plaintiff.
(e) If a right-of-way is sought, the complaint must show the location, general route and termini, and must be accompanied with a map thereof, so far as the right-of-way is involved in the action or proceeding.
(f) A description of each piece of land sought to be taken, and whether it includes the whole or only part of an entire parcel or tract.
2. All parcels lying in the county and required for the same public use may be included in the same or separate proceedings, at the option of the plaintiff, but the court may consolidate or separate them to suit the conveniences of parties. Each defendant, at the defendant’s option, may have a separate trial.
NRS 37.075 Summons. A summons shall be served with the complaint as in civil actions and shall contain a direction that the defendant appear and answer the complaint within 30 days after service of the summons and complaint, and a further direction that unless the defendant so appears and answers, the plaintiff will be entitled to a judgment of condemnation by default.
(Added to NRS by 1965, 996)
NRS 37.080 All parties in interest may appear. All persons in occupation of, or having or claiming an interest in, any of the property described in the complaint, or in the damages for the taking thereof, though not named, may appear, plead and defend, each in respect to that person’s own property or interest, or that claimed by the person, in like manner as if named in the complaint.
[1911 CPA § 671; RL § 5613; NCL § 9160]
NRS 37.083 Default of defendant: Entry; effect. If the defendant fails to file an answer within 30 days after service of the summons and complaint, the clerk shall, upon application of the plaintiff, enter the defendant’s default, and the defendant shall be deemed to have waived all defenses and objections to the sufficiency and validity of the complaint and to the right of plaintiff to condemn the described property for the purposes stated therein.
(Added to NRS by 1965, 997)
1. Where any defendant has failed to:
(a) Answer within the time allowed, and the clerk has entered the defendant’s default; or
(b) Appear at the time set for trial, whether such trial be before the court with or without a jury, and the court has directed that the defendant’s default be entered,
Ê the court shall proceed to conduct a hearing to determine the value of the property and any damages.
2. For the purpose of the hearing required by this section, the court may consider, by affidavit or otherwise:
(a) Proof of the value of the property taken;
(b) The damages, if any, which may result from the condemnation; and
(c) The amount, if any, alleged in the complaint to be just compensation, and shall enter such judgment as it deems proper.
(Added to NRS by 1965, 997; A 1967, 814)
1. To determine the places of making connections, crossings, cattle guards and culverts, and to regulate the manner thereof, and of enjoying the common use mentioned in subsection 5 of NRS 37.030.
2. To hear and determine all adverse or conflicting claims to the property sought to be condemned, and to the damages therefor.
3. To determine the respective rights of different parties asking condemnation of the same property.
[1911 CPA § 672; RL § 5614; NCL § 9161]—(NRS A 1965, 995)
NRS 37.095 Restrictions concerning appraisal of real property. An appraiser shall not use a Restricted Use Appraisal Report which is prepared in accordance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice as adopted by the Appraisal Standards Board of The Appraisal Foundation to determine, establish or assess the nature, value, quality or use of real property in a judicial proceeding for eminent domain brought pursuant to this chapter.
(Added to NRS by 2011, 682)
NRS 37.100 Plaintiff shall give property owner a copy of all appraisals before obtaining possession; motion by plaintiff for order permitting occupancy pending entry of judgment; notice; determination of public use at hearing; proof; bond or deposit in court; defendant may be restrained.
1. Before the plaintiff obtains possession of the property, the plaintiff shall give to the owner of the property a copy of all appraisals of the property obtained by the plaintiff.
2. The plaintiff may move the court or a judge thereof at any time after the commencement of suit, on notice for such time as the court or judge may direct to the defendant if the defendant is a resident of the county or has appeared in the action, otherwise by serving a notice directed to the defendant on the clerk of the court, for an order permitting the plaintiff to occupy the premises sought to be condemned, pending the entry of judgment, and to do such work thereon as may be required for the easement, fee or property rights sought, according to its nature.
3. At the occupancy hearing, the court shall make a separate and distinct determination as to whether the property is being taken for a public use pursuant to NRS 37.010, if the defendant requests such a determination.
4. If the defendant does not request a determination pursuant to subsection 3 or if the court determines that the property is being taken for a public use pursuant to NRS 37.010, the court or judge shall take proof, by affidavit or otherwise, of the value of the premises sought to be condemned, the damages which will accrue from the condemnation and the reasons for requiring a speedy occupation, and shall grant or refuse the motion according to the equity of the case and the relative damages which may accrue to the parties.
5. If the motion is granted, the court or judge shall require the plaintiff to execute and file in court a bond to the defendant, with sureties, to be approved by the court or judge in a penal sum to be fixed by the court or judge, not less than double the value of the premises sought to be condemned and the damages which will ensue from condemnation and occupation, as the value and damages may appear to the court or judge on the hearing, and conditioned to pay the adjudged value of the premises and all damages if the property is condemned, and to pay all damages arising from occupation before judgment if the premises are not condemned, and all costs adjudged to the defendant in the action. The sureties shall justify before the court or judge, after a reasonable notice to the defendant of the time and place of justification.
6. In lieu of a bond the plaintiff, with the consent of the court, may deposit with the clerk of the court a sum equal to the value of the premises plus damages, as appraised by the plaintiff. Upon application of the defendant and upon notice to all parties, the court or judge may order the money deposited with the clerk of the court or any part thereof to be paid to the defendant. If the amount of the compensation awarded upon judgment is less than the sum deposited and paid to the defendant, the court shall enter judgment in favor of the plaintiff and against the defendant for the amount of the excess. Application by the defendant to the court for withdrawal of part or all of the money deposited and the payment of that money to the defendant does not prejudice the right of the defendant to contest the amount of compensation to be finally awarded. The receipt by the defendant of a part or all of the money deposited must be conditioned upon the waiver of all defenses except those relating to the amount of compensation.
7. The amount of the penal bond or the deposit is for the purpose of the motion only and is not admissible in evidence on final hearing.
8. The court or judge may also restrain the defendant from hindering or interfering with the occupation of the premises and the doing thereon of the work required for the easement, fee or property rights.
9. The provisions of this section requiring the execution and filing of a bond do not apply in any action or proceeding in which the State of Nevada is the plaintiff, but the public faith and credit of the State of Nevada is hereby pledged as security in lieu of the bond. The provisions of this subsection do not prevent the State of Nevada from depositing, in lieu of a pledge of the public faith and credit, with the clerk of the court a sum equal to the value of the premises plus any damages as appraised by the State.
NRS 37.110 Ascertainment and assessment of damages. The court, jury, commissioners or master must hear such legal testimony as may be offered by any of the parties to the proceedings, and thereupon must ascertain and assess:
1. The value of the property sought to be condemned and all improvements thereon pertaining to the realty, and of each and every separate estate or interest therein; if it consists of different parcels, the value of each parcel and of each estate or interest therein shall be separately assessed.
2. If the property sought to be condemned constitutes only a part of a large parcel, the damages which will accrue to the portion not sought to be condemned, by reason of its severance from the portion sought to be condemned, and the construction of the improvement in the manner proposed by the plaintiff.
3. If the property, though no part thereof is taken, will be damaged by the construction of the proposed improvement, the amount of such damages.
4. Separately, how much the portion not sought to be condemned, and each estate or interest therein, will be benefited, if at all, by the construction of the improvement proposed by the plaintiff; and if the benefit shall be equal to the damages assessed, under subsection 2 of this section, the owner of the parcel shall be allowed no compensation except the value of the portion taken; but if the benefit shall be less than the damages so assessed, the former shall be deducted from the latter, and the remainder shall be the only damages allowed in addition to the value of the portion taken.
5. If the property sought to be condemned be for a railroad, the cost of good and sufficient fences along the line of such railroad between such railroad and other adjoining lands of the defendant; and the costs of cattle guards where fences may cross the line of such railroads.
Ê As far as practicable, compensation must be assessed for each source of damages separately.
[1911 CPA § 674; RL § 5616; NCL § 9163]
1. In addition to any amount of compensation determined pursuant to NRS 37.110, the owner of a business conducted on property that is acquired pursuant to this chapter must be compensated for loss of goodwill if:
(a) The condemnation causes the business to be dissolved and the business cannot be relocated for reasons beyond the control of the owner, including, without limitation, the unavailability of a new franchise or when the value of the business is inextricably tied to the unique location of the property being condemned; and
(b) The owner of the business has a property interest in the property acquired pursuant to this chapter.
2. As used in this section, “goodwill” means the component of value attributed to the reputation, loyal customer base, ability to attract new customers and location of a business. The term does not include the loss of anticipated profits or loss of business opportunity.
(Added to NRS by 2005, 1787)
1. Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2, if the property is subject to condemnation as a result of a public work or public improvement, any decrease or increase in the fair market value of the property before the date of valuation which is caused by:
(a) The public work or public improvement for which the property is acquired; or
(b) The likelihood that the property would be acquired for such a purpose,
Ê must be disregarded when assessing the value of the property pursuant to NRS 37.110.
2. Any decrease or increase in the fair market value of the property before the date of valuation resulting from physical deterioration within the reasonable control of the owner is not required to be disregarded pursuant to subsection 1.
(Added to NRS by 1993, 525)
NRS 37.115 Distribution of award among joint defendants by separate proceeding. Where there are two or more estates or divided interests property sought to be condemned, the plaintiff is entitled to have the amount of the award for such property first determined as between plaintiff and all defendants claiming any interest therein. The respective rights of such defendants in and to such award shall be determined by the court, jury, or master in a later and separate hearing in the same proceeding and the amount apportioned by order accordingly.
(Added to NRS by 1965, 997; A 1967, 815)
1. To assess compensation and damages as provided in NRS 37.110, the date of the first service of the summons is the date of valuation, except that, if the action is not tried within 2 years after the date of the first service of the summons, and the court makes a written finding that the delay is caused primarily by the plaintiff or is caused by congestion or backlog in the calendar of the court, the date of valuation is the date of the actual commencement of the trial. If a new trial is ordered by a court, the date of valuation used in the new trial must be the date of valuation used in the original trial.
2. No improvements put upon the property after the date of the service of the summons may be included in the assessment of compensation or damages, regardless of the date of valuation.
3. In all actions in eminent domain, the court shall award just compensation to the owner of the property that is being taken. Just compensation is that sum of money necessary to place the property owner in the same position monetarily as if the property had never been taken, excluding any governmental offsets except special benefits. Special benefits may only offset severance damages and may not offset the value for the property. Just compensation for the property taken by the exercise of eminent domain must include, without limitation, interest computed pursuant to NRS 37.175 and reasonable costs and expenses, except attorney’s fees, incurred by the owner of the property that is the subject of the action.
4. As used in this section, “primarily” means the greater amount, quantity or quality of acts of the plaintiff or the defendant or, if there is more than one defendant, the total delay caused by all the defendants, that would cause the date of the trial to be continued past 2 years after the date of the first service of the summons.
NRS 37.130 New proceedings may be instituted when title found defective. If the title attempted to be acquired is found to be defective from any cause, the plaintiff may again institute proceedings to acquire the same as in this chapter prescribed.
[1911 CPA § 676; RL § 5618; NCL § 9165]
NRS 37.140 Damages to be paid within 30 days after judgment; bond for railroad fence. The plaintiff must, within 30 days after final judgment, pay the sum of money assessed. If the plaintiff is a railroad company, it shall also execute to the defendant a bond, with sureties to be determined and approved by the court or judge, conditioned that the plaintiff shall build proper fences through any enclosed field before commencing actual construction. In an action on the bond all damages sustained and the cost of the construction of such fences and cattle guards, with a reasonable attorney fee, to be fixed by the court, may be recovered.
[1911 CPA § 677; RL § 5619; NCL § 9166]
NRS 37.150 Award deposited in court; execution; when proceedings may be annulled. The award shall be deposited in court for defendants and be distributed to those entitled thereto. If the award be not so deposited, the defendants may have execution as in civil cases; and if the award cannot be made on execution, the court, upon showing to that effect, must set aside and annul the entire proceedings, and restore possession of the property to the defendants, if possession has been taken by the plaintiff.
[1911 CPA § 678; RL § 5620; NCL § 9167]—(NRS A 1965, 995)
NRS 37.160 Entry of final order of condemnation on deposit of award; recording; when title vests. When the award has been deposited as required by NRS 37.150 and the bond given, if required by NRS 37.140, the court shall enter a final order of condemnation describing the property condemned and the purpose of such condemnation. A copy of the order shall be recorded in the office of the recorder of the county, and thereupon the title to the property described therein shall vest in the plaintiff for the purpose therein specified, except that when the State is the plaintiff, the property shall vest in the State for any public use.
[1911 CPA § 679; RL § 5621; NCL § 9168]—(NRS A 1965, 995; 1967, 815)
1. At any time after the entry of judgment, or pending an appeal by either party from the judgment to the appellate court of competent jurisdiction pursuant to the rules fixed by the Supreme Court pursuant to Section 4 of Article 6 of the Nevada Constitution, whenever the plaintiff has paid into court for the defendant the full amount of the judgment, and such further sum as may be required by the court as a fund to pay any further damages and costs that may be recovered in the proceedings, as well as all damages that may be sustained by the defendant, if for any cause the property is not finally taken for public use, the plaintiff, if already in possession, may continue therein, and if not, the court shall, upon motion of the plaintiff, authorize the plaintiff to take possession of and use the property during the pendency of and until the final conclusion of the litigation, and shall, if necessary, stay all actions and proceedings against the plaintiff on account thereof. The plaintiff must not be held to have abandoned or waived the right to appeal from the judgment by paying into court the amount of the judgment and such further sum as may be required by the court and taking possession of the property pursuant to this subsection.
2. The defendant, who is entitled to the money paid into court for the defendant upon any judgment, is entitled to demand and receive that money at any time after obtaining an order therefor from the court. The court or judge thereof shall, upon application being made by the defendant and notice to all parties, order and direct that the money so paid into court be delivered to the defendant upon the defendant’s filing a satisfaction of the judgment, or upon the defendant’s filing a receipt for the money and an abandonment of all defenses to the action or proceeding, except as to the amount of damages that the defendant may be entitled to if a new trial is granted. A payment to a defendant pursuant to this subsection shall be deemed to be an abandonment by that defendant of all defenses interposed by the defendant excepting his or her claim for greater compensation.
3. If the amount of the compensation awarded upon final judgment exceeds the sum paid into court, the court shall enter judgment against the plaintiff and in favor of the defendant for the amount of the excess plus interest. If the amount of the compensation awarded upon final judgment is less than the sum paid into court and paid to the defendant, the court shall enter judgment in favor of the plaintiff and against the defendant for the amount of the excess plus interest.
1. Except as otherwise provided in this section, the plaintiff shall pay interest on the final judgment on the difference between the amount deposited pursuant to NRS 37.100 or 37.170 and the sum of the amount awarded for the taking and any damages awarded for the severance of the property, excluding costs and attorney’s fees, from the date ordered by the district court pursuant to paragraph (a) of subsection 4 until the date the judgment is satisfied, at the rate provided in paragraph (b) of subsection 4.
3. No interest is required to be paid for the period from the date of a trial which is continued past 2 years after the date of the first service of the summons, until the date of entry of judgment, if the continuance was caused primarily by the defendant or, if there is more than one defendant, the total delay caused by all the defendants. As used in this subsection, “primarily” means the greater amount, quantity or quality of acts of the plaintiff or the defendant or, if there is more than one defendant, the total delay caused by all defendants, that would cause the trial to be continued past 2 years after the date of the first service of the summons.
4. The court shall determine, in a posttrial hearing, the award of interest and award as interest the amount of money which will put the person from whom the property is taken in as good a position monetarily as if the property had not been taken. The district court shall enter an order concerning:
(a) The date on which the computation of interest will commence;
(b) The rate of interest to be used to compute the award of interest, which must not be less than the prime rate of interest plus 2 percent; and
(c) Whether the interest will be compounded annually.
1. The plaintiff may abandon the proceedings at any time after filing the complaint and before the expiration of 30 days after final judgment by serving on defendants and filing in court a written notice of abandonment. Upon that abandonment, on motion of any party, a judgment must be entered dismissing the proceedings and awarding the defendants their costs and disbursements, which must include all necessary expenses incurred in preparing for trial and reasonable attorney fees. Those costs and disbursements may be claimed in and by a cost bill, to be prepared, served, filed and taxed as in civil actions, except that, upon a judgment of dismissal on motion of the plaintiff, any defendant may file a cost bill within 30 days after notice of entry of that judgment.
2. If the plaintiff has been placed in possession of the premises under the provisions of NRS 37.100 or 37.170, the defendant is entitled to all damages arising from that occupancy of the abandoned property.
[1911 CPA § 681.5; added 1955, 284]—(NRS A 1959, 597; 1965, 996; 1973, 152; 1989, 635)
NRS 37.185 Party not liable for attorney’s fees of other party; exception. Except as otherwise provided in this section, in all actions in eminent domain, neither the entity that is taking property nor the owner of the property is liable for the attorney’s fees of the other party. This section does not apply in an inverse condemnation action if the owner of the property that is the subject of the action makes a request for attorney’s fees from the other party to the action.
(Added to NRS by 2007, 331)
NRS 37.200 Rules of practice. Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, the provisions of NRS, Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure and Nevada Rules of Appellate Procedure relative to civil actions, new trials and appeals shall be applicable to and constitute the rules of practice in the proceedings in this chapter.
[1911 CPA § 682; RL § 5624; NCL § 9171]
NRS 37.210 Rights of cities and towns not affected. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to abrogate or repeal any statute provided for the taking of property in any city, town or county for street or highway purposes.
[1911 CPA § 683; RL § 5625; NCL § 9172]
NRS 37.220 Crossings to be made and kept in repair. A party obtaining a right-of-way shall, without delay, construct such crossings and culverts as may be required by the court or judge, and shall keep them and the way itself in good repair.
[1911 CPA § 684; RL § 5626; NCL § 9173]
NRS 37.230 Condemnation by railroad companies. Any company incorporated under the laws of this state, or constructing or operating a railway in this state, in addition to other rights conferred, shall have power:
1. To enter, by its servants, upon the real property of any person, for the purpose of selecting an advantageous route for its main line or any branch thereof, or for the purpose of relocating its line, subject to responsibility for all damages resulting therefrom.
2. To acquire by purchase, donation or otherwise, all such real and personal property as may be necessary for, or may be given to aid or encourage the construction and maintenance of its railroad and for its buildings and yards.
3. To condemn, in the manner provided by law, a right-of-way with such additional lands as may be necessary for depot grounds or for the purpose of constructing necessary embankments, excavations, ditches, drains and culverts.
4. To cross natural or artificial streams or bodies of water, streets, highways or railroads which its road may intersect, and in such manner as to afford security for life and property and subject to the duty of immediately restoring such course or body of water, street, highway, or railway to its former condition, as nearly as may be.
5. To cross, intersect, join or unite its railroad with any other railroad, either before or after the construction, at any point upon its route, and upon the grounds of such other railroad corporation, with the necessary turnouts, sidings and switches, and other conveniences in furtherance of the objects of its connections, and every corporation whose railroad is or shall be hereafter intersected by any new railroad, shall unite with the owners of such new railroad in forming such intersections and connections, and grant facilities therefor.
6. To construct and operate spurs or branch lines of railroad connecting with the main line or any branch thereof, not to exceed 5 miles in length each, though such spurs or branch lines be not named or described in the articles of incorporation, and to relocate any section or sections of its lines between the principal termini, with the same powers as in the case of original or first locations.
[1911 CPA § 685; RL § 5627; NCL § 9174]
NRS 37.240 Two railroad companies may have right-of-way over same passes; change and expense of reconstruction of public highway. Any railroad company whose right-of-way, or whose track or roadbed upon such right-of-way passes through any canyon, pass or defile, shall not prevent any other railroad company from the use or occupancy of such canyon, pass or defile for the purposes of its road, in common with the road first located, or the crossing of other railroads at grade; and the location of such right-of-way through any canyon, pass or defile shall not cause the disuse of any public highway now located therein, nor prevent the location through the same of any such highway where such highway may be necessary for the public accommodation; and where any change in the location of such highway is necessary to permit the passage of such railroad through any canyon, pass or defile, the railroad company shall, before entering upon the ground occupied by such highway, cause the same to be reconstructed at its own expense in the most favorable location, and in as perfect a manner as the original highway. Such expenses shall be equitably divided between any number of railroad companies occupying and using the same canyon, pass or defile.
[1911 CPA § 686; RL § 5628; NCL § 9175]
NRS 37.250 Right of eminent domain granted to nonresident or foreign corporations or partnerships; conditions. The right of eminent domain is hereby granted to nonresident or foreign corporations or partnerships which are now organized or may be organized under the laws of another state or territory, or under any act of Congress, and upon the same terms and conditions as any resident citizen, domestic corporation or partnership. Before any corporation or partnership organized or incorporated otherwise than under the laws of this state is entitled to any of the rights granted by this chapter, it must first comply with all laws of this state prescribing the conditions in which the corporation or partnership may be authorized to do business within the State or within any county of the State in which it seeks to exercise the right of eminent domain.
[1911 CPA § 687; RL § 5629; NCL § 9176]—(NRS A 1989, 549)
1. Except as otherwise provided in NRS 37.270, any real property, interest therein or improvement thereon which has been acquired in accordance with the provisions of this chapter or purchased under the threat of eminent domain proceedings by an association, commission, corporation, partnership or political subdivision other than a county or incorporated city may be disposed of as surplus by that entity only in accordance with the provisions of this section.
2. The governing body of the entity desiring to dispose of the property pursuant to this section must first adopt a resolution declaring that the property is no longer required for the purposes for which it was acquired or for other reasonable public use.
3. The property, interest or improvement disposed of pursuant to this section must be sold by the entity to the highest bidder bidding for the property, either at public auction or by sealed bids, the notice and terms of which must be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the county where the property is situated at least once not less than 15 nor more than 45 days before the sale. When, in the opinion of the governing body of the entity, the property cannot be sold by means of public auction or sealed bids without working an undue hardship upon a property owner either as a result of a severance of that owner’s property or a denial of access to a public street or highway, the governing body may first offer the property to that owner at a price determined by the governing body to be in the best interest of the corporation, partnership, association, commission or political subdivision.
4. If property is disposed of pursuant to this section, it is conclusively presumed in favor of any purchaser for value and without notice of any such real property, interest therein or improvement thereon conveyed pursuant to this section that the entity disposing of it acted within its lawful authority in acquiring and disposing of the property, and that the officers thereof acted within their lawful authority in executing any conveyance vesting title in the purchaser. All such conveyances must be quitclaim in nature and must not carry any warranty of title.
NRS 37.270 Reversion of property upon repayment of original purchase price; conditions. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, property taken pursuant to the provisions of this chapter must be offered to and reverts to the person from whom the property was taken upon repayment of the original purchase price if, within 15 years after obtaining possession of the property, the entity that took the property:
1. Fails to use the property for the public use for which the property was taken or for any public use reasonably related to the public use for which the property was taken; or
2. Seeks to convey the right, title or interest in all or part of that property to any person and the conveyance is not occurring pursuant to subsection 2 of NRS 37.010.
Ê The entity that has taken the property does not fail to use the property under subsection 1 if the entity has begun active planning for or design of the public use, the assembling of land in furtherance of planning for or design of the public use or construction related to the public use.
NRS 37.280 Distribution of interest earned from investment of money deposited in court. The interest earned from any investment of money that has been deposited in any court pursuant to this chapter must be distributed in the following manner:
1. If the amount of the compensation awarded upon final judgment, not including any interest upon the judgment, is equal to or greater than the amount of money deposited in the court, the defendant is entitled to receive all the interest earned.
2. If the amount of the compensation awarded upon final judgment, not including any interest upon the judgment, is less than the amount of money deposited in the court:
(a) The defendant is entitled to receive a percentage of the interest earned that represents the amount of money deposited in the court as compared to the amount of the compensation awarded upon final judgment, not including any interest upon the judgment.
(b) The plaintiff is entitled to receive any interest remaining following the distribution to the defendant pursuant to paragraph (a).
(Added to NRS by 2007, 752)