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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. 

Location
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
Email: BusinessLic@reno.gov


Important Information

Notice to Act Upon A Regulation: Request for Comment on a Proposed Amendment to Reno Municipal Code Title 4 “Business License Code”, Chapter 4.04 “General Provisions”

In accordance with NRS 237.080, local governments are to notify trade associations or owners and officers of businesses that are likely to be affected by the adoption of a proposed new rule, that you may submit data or arguments to the governing body, or its designee, if you believe the adoption of the referenced rule 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 Reno City Council will be considering amendments to Reno Municipal Code Title 4, Chapter 4.04 “General Provisions”, Section 4.04.008 “Other Definitions”, by adding two new definitions entitled Manufacturing facility, Warehousing/Distribution center and clarifying language to the definition of Gross Receipts. This amendment will modify determination of license fees and create a new proposed annual license fee of ten cents ($0.10) per square foot for affected businesses; and providing other matters properly related thereto.  

A public workshop to review the proposed ordinance and collect comments is scheduled for Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 3:30 PM in the Reno Council Chambers, 1 East First Street, Reno, Nevada, 89501.

The Council will consider adoption of the proposed amendment on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, and Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 12 PM (Noon) in the City Council Chambers, 1 East First Street, Reno, NV 89501.

Any data, comments or arguments must be submitted in writing to the Business License Division by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at businesslic@reno.gov. You can download a copy of the proposed ordinance and fee schedule here for review.

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 and on Monday, January 2, 2017 in observance of New Years 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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