Business License Division

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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. 

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

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

The Reno City Council will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 1:00 PM to consider adoption of the Fiscal Year 2018/19 final budget and business license fee schedule.

Staff will also reintroduce for a first reading, the new ordinance amending Reno Municipal Code Title 5 to provide the licensing and operational requirements for marijuana establishments. The City Council will also consider changing the quarterly business license fee, currently a flat fee, to 3% of the quarterly gross revenue of the marijuana establishment using the same method the department of taxation uses to calculate the sales price of the marijuana for the propose of excise taxes due to the state under the regulation and Chapter 372A and 453A of NRS. The new license fee will commence July 1, 2018. 

Notice of Hearing and Adoption of Regulations for Marijuana Establishments

City Explores Revisions to Adult Business Ordinances

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 Business First Program!

Business License Search

License Renewal  

  • Annual licenses that expired March 31, 2018 are due for renewal on or before May 30, 2018.
  • Quarterly licenses expire at the end of each calendar quarter and are due for renewal within the 15 days after the expiration date.
  • Telecommunications licenses expire at the end of each calendar quarter and are due for renewal within the 30 days after the expiration date.

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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!