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

Please pay attention to our COVID-19 web page, our social media, emails and other credible sources of news for the most recent updates and information.

Patio area with tables and chairs at a local business
View from street of businesses with shopping and dining area located in Midtown Reno

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. You can also check Reno.Gov/COVID19 for the latest information from the City of Reno. 

During this time, the Business License Division is adjusting its procedures to allow you to continue to apply for and renew business licenses without face-to-face contact with staff. Read more on how this may impact you.


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.

You can renew a business license, track applications, and access Reno, Sparks and Washoe County licensing all in one place at

*Learn how to use the online portal and register for a customer account


Business First Program

The Business First Program helps prospective business owners or existing businesses to obtain or expand their business license in the City of Reno. The program allows the ability to schedule an appointment with our license professionals and essential resources to facilitate obtaining your City of Reno business license.