Apply for a business license online or visit City Hall to pick up an application.
All applicants are required to register at the Nevada Secretary of State Office located at 202 N. Carson St., Carson City, Nevada.
- We cannot process applications unless State Business Licenses are included.
- Filing is available online or in person.
Call 775-684-5708 for more information.
Proof of Taxation Registration
All applicants will need to provide proof of registration from the Nevada Department of Taxation located at 4600 Kietzke Lane, Bldg L, Suite 235, Reno, Nevada.
- Registration is available online or in person.
Call 866-962-3707 for more information.
All applicants will need to provide proof of compliance with Workers Comp requirements.
- If you have employees, you will need the insurance policy number and expiration date of your policy.
- You can register online or submit the form with your business license application.
Call the Industrial Insurance Regulation Section at 775-684-7270 for more information.
Proof of Fictitious Name Registration
If you are using a business name other than your first and last name, a corporate name, or a DBA (Doing Business As) filed with the Nevada Secretary of State, you must file that name with the Washoe County Clerk's Office located at 1001 East Ninth Street, Building A, Reno, Nevada.
- This is not necessary if your business is a Corporation, LLC, etc. and has been registered with the Secretary of State.
- Filing is available online or in person.
Call 775-784-7287 for more information.
Zoning approval by the City Planning Department
Inspection and approval by the Fire Department
Inspection fees are due before a license can be issued.
Call 775-334-2300 for more information.
Permit from the Department of Building & Safety
Call 775-334-2063 for more information.
Washoe County Health District
Call 775-328-2434 for more information.
A State Certificate
Required for employment agencies and banking/lending companies requiring State registration.
Call 775-687-4850 for more information.
Police Department and City Council approval
Call 775-334-3875 for more information.
Multi-Jurisdictional License Process
- If you are a business owner who plans to conduct your business within Reno, Sparks and/or Washoe County, you will need a separate business license from each jurisdiction.
- If you are a currently licensed business within one jurisdiction, you must visit the other jurisdictions separately to apply for and obtain their licenses.
- If you are a new business, you can process your application and pay your combined licensing fees using the multi-jurisdictional license process.
Steps to obtain your business licenses using the multi-jurisdictional license process
1. Determine your home jurisdiction. This is the jurisdiction within which your commercial location or home-based business office is physically located.
2. Visit the home jurisdiction’s business license office or web page for instructions on completing a business license application.
3. 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 required).
4. Complete the jurisdictions license application forms making sure to check the boxes of the jurisdictions within which you plan to conduct business.
5. Collect the completed license application forms with all required Nevada State forms or licenses and the Fictitious Name Certificate (if required).
6. Submit your completed application packet to your home jurisdiction’s licensing office.
7. The home jurisdiction may have additional inspection and/or reviewing fees which will be collected as part of the application process.
8. Pay the combined multi-jurisdictional license fee by cash, check or credit card. Fees are as follows:
Washoe County: $77.75
Combined fee: $271.75
9. Once your license application is approved by your home jurisdiction, your license application information will be forwarded 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. Contact City of Sparks (775-353-2360) or Washoe County (775-328-3733) to inquire about your license application in those jurisdictions.
The following business activities are not eligible to use the multi-jurisdictional license process
- Alcohol (intoxicating liquor) including:
- Alcohol catering
- Alcohol wholesale and/or importing
- Escort/Outcall services
- Gaming including:
- Slot Route Operators
- Peddlers/solicitors including:
- Ice Cream Trucks
- Mobile Food Vending (Truck)
- Towing & Booting
- Vehicles for Hire
- Residential House Cleaning
Contact the following departments or agencies to make sure your business is ready to license before submitting your application to expedite the approval process:
Contact the Building Department if you are making any construction changes to the space or changing the use of the previous business (if any) in that location.
Call 775-334-2063 or visit City Hall, 1 East First Street, 2nd Floor for more information.
Contact the Fire Department if your business will be occupied by several people at one time or if your business uses fire/pyrotechnics.
Call 775-334-2300 or visit City Hall, 1 East First Street, 4th Floor for more information.
Contact Environmental Control if your business might produce hazardous waste that can damage sewer and storm drain systems (i.e. auto repair, manufacturing, restaurant, painting).
Watch an informational video about environmental control.
Call 775-334-2350 or visit City Hall, 1 East First Street, 7th Floor for more information.
Contact Washoe County Health Department if you are going to be serving or selling food to the public.
Call 775-328-2434 or visit 1001 E. 9th Street, Reno, NV for more information.
Planning review is required for every business license application with a physical address in Reno. The Planning Division will review the address provided to ensure that your business description meets zoning code requirements for that location.
Certain uses may require a Special Use Permit, subject to review and approval by the City Planning Commission.
Call 775-321-8309 for more information
Council review is required for business whose activities include gaming, liquor, medical marijuana, pawnbroker, secondhand merchandise, escort services, and interactive cabarets.
After you receive all of the necessary approvals and pays the required fees, the business license will be issued.
- A minimum of four weeks should be allowed for a non-regulatory license.
- A minimum of sixty days should be allowed for regulatory-privilege businesses requiring police and City Council approval.
- All accounts with the City must be kept current.