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.

The license division also 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.

To get started, check out the license application process to learn how to apply for your City of Reno business license and visit to our Frequently Asked Questions for additional information on the process. If you plan to conduct business in the City of Sparks and/or Washoe County please contact them to apply for a license in their jurisdiction. 

You can apply for a business license or renewal and existing business license at our ONE Regional Licensing and Permits Portal, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also apply in person at our office or mail your complete application, with fees, to our mailing address. Learn how to use the regional portal and register for a customer account.

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 City Council is scheduled to consider adoption of proposed amendments to Reno Municipal Code Titles 4, 5, and 8 specific to adult business regulations on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 10:00 AM.

Notice: Limit on Retail Marijuana Stores

Marijuana Establishment Licenses

The City Council adopted ordinance amendments to Reno Municipal Code (RMC) Title 5 and Title 18 to provide for the permanent business licensing, land-use, and operational regulations for existing Medical Marijuana Establishments (MME) and Marijuana Establishments (ME) allowing recreational use of marijuana by individuals aged 21 or over.

The Business License Division licenses each type of medical and recreational marijuana establishment separately through the business license regulations in RMC Title 4 and Title 5.  The new Chapter 5.22 - Marijuana Establishments established five new ME business license categories for recreational marijuana establishments:

  • Retail Marijuana Store
  • Marijuana Cultivation Facility
  • Marijuana Product Manufacturing
  • Marijuana Distributor, and
  • Marijuana Testing Facility

Please note: The use, cultivation, distribution, production, possession, and transportation of marijuana remains illegal under federal law and marijuana remains classified as a "controlled substance" by both Nevada and federal law.  Nothing in the marijuana establishment codes, adopted by the City of Reno or the business licenses issued by the Business License Division, are intended to authorize, promote, condone, or aid the production, distribution, or possession in violation of any applicable law. 

Marijuana Establishment Quarterly License Fees

Effective July 1, 2018, the quarterly license fee will be 3% of a marijuana establishment's reported gross revenue received from customers for the preceding calendar quarter ending on the license expiration date. The gross revenue shall be determined by using the same method the Nevada Department of Taxation uses to calculate the sales price of the marijuana for the purposes of excise taxes due to the State under the regulations and Chapter 372A and 453D, known as the Fair Market Value at Wholesale.

Marijuana Establishment License Renewal   

 License fees are due at the start of each calendar quarter (January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1). Gross revenue is reported for the previous calendar quarter and must be paid in full no later than 15 calendar days after the start of the calendar quarter or a 50% penalty will be assessed. All license fees and applicable penalties must be paid before next quarterly license or renewal will be issued. Any underpayment of fees is also subject to a 50% penalty (RMC4.04.140). 

Appointments must be scheduled for cash payments over $1,000 with the Reno City Clerk’s Office at (775) 334-2030. Payments by check or credit card are processed through the normal renewal process.

Due to the July 1, 2018 effective date of the new license fee, actual gross revenue for the July 1st - September 30th period will be reported on the October 1, 2018 renewal application. Existing MME quarterly licenses will be automatically renewed by the Business License Division on July 1, 2018. No license fee will be due until the October 1, 2018 renewal period. The Annual General Business license is not affected by these changes and should be renewed on the annual business license expiration date.

Marijuana Establishment License Application and Information

Medical Marijuana Establishments operating under the recreational marijuana early start program or the emergency regulations adopted by the State must apply with the Business License Division by July 13, 2018 to option a Marijuana Establishment (ME) license to continue recreational marijuana cultivation, production and testing (if applicable). 

We recommend a Business First Appointment to review the application processThe application checklist follows:

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 Record Search

License Renewal  

You can renewal your business license online at our ONE Regional Licensing and Permits Portal, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Learn how to use the regional portal and register for a customer account.

  • Annual business licenses that expired November 30, 2018 are due for renewal on or before January 29, 2019.
  • 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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Multi-Jurisdictional License Process

If you are a business owner who plans to conduct your business or offer your business services within Reno, Sparks and/or Washoe County, you will need a separate business license from each jurisdiction. In the past, you would be required to visit each jurisdiction separately to obtain a license in that jurisdiction. This required separate trips to each jurisdiction, separate application packets, and separate license fees.

Reno, Sparks and Washoe County are pleased to announce that, you are now able to process your application and pay your combined licensing fees using the multi-jurisdictional license process. This license process is only for new license applications and not for license renewal.

To determine if you qualify for the multi-jurisdictional license process, just answer two questions and follow these few simple steps:

  1. Do I qualify to use the multi-jurisdictional license process? If you are a new business and intend to conduct business or offer your business services within Reno, Sparks, or Washoe County you qualify to use the multi-jurisdictional license process. If you are an existing or currently licensed business within one jurisdiction, you do not qualify for the multi-jurisdictional license process. You must visit the other jurisdictions separately to apply for and obtain their licenses. Be sure to also check business activities not eligible to use the multi-jurisdictional license process under Important Notes.
  2. I qualify, so how do I start? You can visit the ONE Regional Licensing and Permit Portal or your home jurisdiction to get started. Your home jurisdiction is where your business office is physical located, or will be, located. Follow the easy steps below on how to use the multi-jurisdictional license process. Once your complete application packet is accepted, your application will first be reviewed by your home jurisdiction. Upon approval, your home jurisdiction will provide your license application and information to the jurisdictions you selected on the application. Each jurisdiction will review the application and issue your new license to you through the mail or the ONE Regional Licensing and Permits Portal.

Please, do not start your business in a jurisdiction until you receive your new license from that jurisdiction. For businesses operating in the City of Reno before obtaining a business license, a penalty of 50% of the license fee shall be imposed (RMC 4.04.140).  

Follow these easy steps to obtain your business licenses using the multi-jurisdictional license process. 

  • Determine your home jurisdiction. This is the jurisdiction within which your business office is physically located. Your business office may be a commercial location or a home-based business. If your business office is located outside of Reno, Sparks and/or Washoe County, we encourage you to visit the ONE Regional Licensing and Permit Portal or any of the 3 jurisdictions to start the multi-jurisdictional license process.
  • Visit the home jurisdiction’s business license web page for instructions on completing a business license application OR visit the home jurisdiction’s business license office to obtain the required application forms and instructions.
  • Obtain a Nevada State Business License, complete the Department of Taxation registration, Workers Compensation forms and file for a Fictitious Name Certificate with the Washoe County Clerk (if appropriate).
  • Complete the jurisdictions license application forms. Check the boxes of the jurisdictions within which you plan to conduct business or offer business services.
  • Collect the completed license application forms with all required Nevada State forms or licenses and the Fictitious Name Certificate (if required).
  • Submit your completed application packet to you home Jurisdiction’s licensing offices.
  • The home jurisdiction may have additional inspection and/or reviewing fees which will be collected as part of the application process.
  • Pay the combined multi-jurisdictional license fee (one fee for all jurisdictions) when requested. The fees may vary by jurisdiction. You may pay by cash, check or credit card. Fees are as follows:

Reno:                                $ 85.00
Sparks:                           $ 109.00
Washoe County:              $ 77.75
Your combined fee is:    $271.75

  • Once your license application is approved by your home jurisdiction, your home jurisdiction will provide your license application and information to the jurisdictions you selected on the application for review and approval. Each jurisdiction will mail its business license and future notifications to you separately.
  • After you receive your licenses, begin your business and Good Luck!

Important Note

The following business activities are not eligible to use the multi-jurisdictional license process. Businesses must apply in each jurisdiction to obtain a business license:

  • Second hand merchandise sales
  • Alcohol (intoxicating liquor) including:
    • Alcohol catering
    • Alcohol wholesale and/or importing
  • Auctioneers
  • Escort/Outcall services
  • Gaming including:
    • Slot Route Operators
  • Locksmith
  • Peddlers/solicitors including:
    • Ice Cream Trucks
  • Mobil Food Vending (Truck)
  • Towing & Booting
  • Vehicles for Hire
  • Residential House Cleaning