COVID-19 Updates

Gov. Sisolak announces mandatory face covering policy in public. Also see: Guidance on Face Coverings.


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

COVID-19 Phase 2 Reopening Guidelines

Under the direction of Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak, certain businesses and industries will be able to reopen their doors to the public beginning on Friday, May 29, 2020 as long as certain requirements are in place for the health and safety of employees and the public. Read the Washoe County Phase 2 Guidelines to learn more about the requirements for businesses to reopen in Phase 2.

Economic Relief Programs for Businesses

The City of Reno is offering several options to provide economic relief to Reno business licensees impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency. The program offers payment extensions and fee reductions to eligible businesses.

Apply for the relief program


A number of other assistance and relief programs are available to businesses during this difficult time.

Application and Renewal Procedures During COVID-19

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.

Contact Information

If you have questions about any of these topics, 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.  


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.