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

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:

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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!

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License Renewal  

  • Annual licenses that expired April 30, 2018 are due for renewal on or before June 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!