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Business License Division


About the Business License Division

The mission of the Business License Division is to guide customers through the process of starting or expanding a business in the City while building ongoing relationships to support business in our community. To get started, read about the license application process and get additional answers in our Frequently Asked Questions section. The City of Sparks and Washoe County license separately. Please contact them if you plan to conduct business in their jurisdiction. 

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Reno City Hall
Business License Division - 2nd Floor
1 East First Street | Reno | NV | 89501
Mail to: P.O. Box 1900 | Reno | NV | 89505

Office Hours
Monday - Friday | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Contact Information
Phone: 775-334-2090 | Fax: 775-334-1212

Important Information

Re: Business Impact Statement for ordinance amendment to Reno Municipal Code (RMC) Title 5, Chapter 5.07, adding a new Section 5.07.075, to provide the licensing requirements for a new Liquor Manufacturer’s Package Alcohol License and new license fee of  $351 per quarter.

The Business Impact Statement was prepared pursuant to Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 237.090 to determine if the adoption of the proposed ordinance to amend RMC Title 5, Chapter 5.07 will either: (a) impose a direct and significant economic burden upon business, or (b) directly restrict the formation, operation, or expansion of a business.

The addition of the new section to Chapter 5.07, entitled “Liquor Manufacturer’s Package Alcohol License”, will provide the licensing requirements for the retail sale of packaged alcohol legally produced and packaged by a licensed liquor manufacturer commonly known as a craft distillery or brew pub from the location where produced; and other matters properly related thereto.

The proposed license fee for the new Liquor Manufacturer’s Packaged Alcohol License is three hundred and fifty one dollars ($351) per quarter or fourteen hundred and four dollars ($1,404) annually plus any applicable application processing fees. Download the final draft ordinance and the Business Impact Statement here for review or the Reno City Clerk’s Office.

The Reno City Council will be considering adoption of the proposed amendment at their regularly scheduled City Council meetings on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, and Wednesday, January 11, 2017. City Council meetings take place in the City Council Chambers, 1 East First Street, Reno, NV 89501. The agendas for the meetings will be posted at Reno City Hall and on on the Friday before each meeting. 

Check out our Business First Program  

Through our Business First Program, we accept appointments to allow business owners the ability to meet face-to-face with essential resources to facilitate the business licensing process. Learn more about the program here!

Check out the Business License Search.  

Annual licenses that expired October 31, 2016 are due for renewal on or before December 30, 2016.

Our office will be closed on Monday, December 26, 2016 in observance of Christmas Day.

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What We Do

The Business License Division assists the public by ensuring businesses operating within Reno are properly licensed and are compliant with all applicable codes, regulations and health, safety and zoning requirements. This process includes coordinating license application review and approvals from all appropriate agencies. In addition, the license team answers inquiries for existing licensees, follows-up on the approval and issues business license certificates. We also have an enforcement and investigations unit that receives and follows-up on written business complaints.

Multi-Jurisdictional License Process
If you are a business owner who plans to conduct business, or offer your business services, within Reno, Sparks and/or Washoe County, you will need a separate business license for each jurisdiction. Now you can use the "Multi-Jurisdictional License Process" (pdf) to apply for licensing for each jurisdictions at your home jurisdiction. For example, if your business location is in Reno (and you plan to conduct business in Sparks as well) you can visit Reno's business license office and apply and pay a combined licensing fee without having to make a separate trip to Sparks!

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the complexity and volume of calls received, you may experience a lengthy delay before your call is answered.  All calls are answered in the order they are received.

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