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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

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.


Important Information

Re: Business Impact Statement for amendments to Reno Municipal Code (RMC) Title 4, Chapter 4.04, entitled “General Provisions”. 

The Business Impact Statement was prepared pursuant to Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 237.090 to address the proposed impact of amendments to Reno Municipal Code (RMC) Title 4, Chapter 4.04, Section 4.04.008 entitled “Other Definitions” by adding new definitions of Distribution Center, Manufacturing Facility, Warehouse, clarifying language to the definition of Gross Receipts, and a new business license fee structure to determine licensing fees for Distribution Centers, Manufacturing Facilities and Warehouses. The final draft ordinance, revised as of March 9, 2017, and the Business Impact Statement are complete and available for review. 

The Council will be considering adoption of the proposed amendment at their regularly scheduled City Council meetings on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, and Wednesday, April 12, 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 www.reno.gov on the Friday before each meeting.  

Please direct any questions or comments to Michael Chaump, Business Relations Manager, at (775) 334-2090 or via email at businesslic@reno.gov. Copies of the proposed ordinance amendment and Business Impact Statement are also available at the Reno City Clerk’s Office.

Third Business License Fee Follow-up Workshop on Proposed Amendment to Reno Municipal Code Title 4 “Business License Code”, Chapter 4.04 “General Provisions” Scheduled

We want to thank everyone again for providing feedback and staying engaged in the process. City staff is finalizing the analysis of the proposed business license fee concepts for different Manufacturing Facilities, Warehouses and Distribution Centers. Based on comments at the second workshop on February 23, 2017, the Council presentation scheduled for Wednesday, March 8, 2017 has been cancelled and a third workshop has been scheduled to share a revised, specific fee scenario.

The third public workshop has been scheduled for Friday, March 10, 2017 at 1:30 PM in the Reno Council Chambers, 1 East First Street, Reno, NV 89501. The timeline for City Council review is as follows:

  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017 – Approval of the Business Impact Statement, First reading of the proposed ordinance, and review of the draft fee schedule. 
  • Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - Second reading and possible adoption of the proposed ordinance and resolution to approved the new fee schedule. 

City Council meetings take place at 12:00 PM in the Reno City Council Chambers, located at 1 East First Street, Reno, NV 89501. The agendas for these meetings will be posted at Reno City Hall and at www.reno.gov the Friday before each meeting.

Business Impact Statement
Read the comments submitted as of 3/22/2017
Proposed Draft Ordinance as of 3/9/2017
Proposed Draft Ordinance as of 12/27/2016
Proposed Fee Schedule as of 12/27/2017

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Thank you to all who provided comments to the Community Development Department regarding the proposed amendment to the City of Reno business license fee calculations for Manufacturing Facilities, Warehouses and Distribution Centers. The feedback has been insightful as we continue to analyze the impact to affected businesses. In an effort to continue our outreach and analysis, we have extended the public comment period and revised City Council review. 

A second public workshop has been scheduled for Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 3:30 PM in the Reno Council Chambers, 1 East First Street, Reno, Nevada, 89501. The revised timeline for City Council review is as follows:

  • Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - Discuss and seek direction on the proposed ordinance and fee schedule concept with the City Council and public. Council will not take formal action at this meeting; everyone is welcome to attend to provide input for their consideration.
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017 – Approval of the Business Impact Statement, First reading of the proposed ordinance, and review of the draft fee schedule. 
  • Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - Second reading and possible adoption of the proposed ordinance and resolution to approved the new fee schedule. 

City Council meetings take place at 12:00 PM in the Reno City Council Chambers, located at 1 East First Street, Reno, NV 89501. The agendas for these meetings will be posted at Reno City Hall and at www.reno.gov the Friday before each meeting. 

Please direct any additional comments, data or arguments in writing to the Business License Division by 5:00 PM on February 24, 2017 at businesslic@reno.gov. You can download a copy of the proposed ordinance and fee schedule here for review.

Thank you again for your involvement in this process. We hope to see you at the February 23, 2017 workshop!


Read the comments submitted as of 2/10/2017

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 was held on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 3:30 PM in the Reno Council Chambers, 1 East First Street, Reno, Nevada, 89501.

Please note date change: The Council will consider adoption of the proposed amendment on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, and Wednesday, March 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 January 31, 2017 are due for renewal on or before March 31, 2017.

Our office will be closed on Monday, May 29, 2017 in observance of Memorial Day.

Stay in touch and sign-up for business license news and updates.


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!

 

We want to thank everyone again for providing feedback and staying engaged in this process. 
City staff is finalizing the analysis of the different business license fee concepts discussed over the last few weeks. Based on the comments at the second workshop, the Council presentation on 3/8 has been cancelled and a third workshop has been scheduled to share a revised, specific fee scenario. The workshop is scheduled for Friday, 3/10 at 1:30 p.m. at Reno City Hall in Council Chambers.
We want to thank everyone again for providing feedback and staying engaged in this process. 
City staff is finalizing the analysis of the different business license fee concepts discussed over the last few weeks. Based on the comments at the second workshop, the Council presentation on 3/8 has been cancelled and a third workshop has been scheduled to share a revised, specific fee scenario. The workshop is scheduled for Friday, 3/10 at 1:30 p.m. at Reno City Hall in Council Chambers.
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