Governor Sisolak signs emergency directive to order non-essential businesses to close

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For Customers:
The Community Development Department is adjusting its processes and procedures in response to COVID-19. The changes allow business operations to continue for customers without requiring face-to-face interactions. Read this information for how these changes may impact you if you normally do business with the Community Development Department.

For Businesses:
Per the Nevada Health Response COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Initiative, all non-essential businesses have been ordered to temporarily close to the public until April 16, 2020. Read this guide for additional information on operational restrictions and mandatory closures for certain types of businesses. The latest information will be available at Reno.Gov/COVID19.

In an effort to provide relief for businesses affected by the COVID-19 business restrictions, the City of Reno is extending the time for businesses to pay their license fees. The deadline for any business license fees due between March 27, 2020 and April 30, 2020 may be extended 30 days. Any other business that has been unable to pay fees due to the COVID-19 state of emergency may request an extension on a case by case basis. If you have questions, please call 775-334-2090 or email Due to high call volume, please leave a voicemail and a staff member will call you back as soon as possible. 


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Electronic Building Permit Submissions

We are now accepting electronic submittal of building permit applications and plans.

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Free social media class for businesses offered at Reno City Hall

Post Date:10/17/2016 3:35 PM
The City of Reno continues to partner with two University of Nevada, Reno College of Business programs — the Nevada Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship — to provide a how-to series called Assess | License | Launch. Free classes, focused on starting a business in The Biggest Little City, are hosted on a quarterly basis at Reno City Hall.

The next class in the series will take place on Friday, October 21, 2016, and will cover the Business Benefits of Social Media. Presenter Alex Soeth, MBA Grad Assistant representing the Nevada SBDC, will speak at the free event from 7:15 to 9 a.m. on the first floor of Reno City Hall.

Participants are asked to register online for the free class:

More About the October 21 Presentation:

Social media has many platforms and is constantly changing and updating, providing vast opportunities for business owners. Entrepreneurs wear many hats, and relying on experts to keep them current and relevant is a smart practice to keep their businesses thriving, while others try to figure things out alone. How are you keeping current with your social media marketing and branding?

Agenda items will include:

  • Why your business should be on Facebook
  • How to increase sales with Facebook
  • How to increase traffic to your Facebook
  • Why every brand should be on Instagram
  • Primary business benefits of Twitter
  • Pinned Tweets
  • What the app does
  • Why people like this platform
  • The most transparent/personable way to interact with customers
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