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  • Business License Fees

    • Can I pay my business license fees online?

    • How much does a business license cost?

    • What happens if my business license fees are late?

    • Why is there a fee to do business in Reno?

    • Will the City notify me when it is time to renew my license?

  • Business Licensing

    • Why do I need a Business License?

    • Are there any restrictions on where I conduct business?

    • Can I hang my business license at a P.O. box or similar location?

    • Can I hang signs or post flyers nearby or at my business location?

    • Do adult interactive cabaret employees need work cards?

    • Do employees of some businesses require a work card before they can work?

    • Do non-profit organizations need a business license?

    • Do state licensed contractors need a business license?

    • How do I apply for a business license?

    • How do I file a complaint against a business?

    • How long is a business license good for?

    • How long will it take to get a business license?

    • I conduct business in several cities. Can I get just one license to do business in all of them?

    • I just purchased a business. Can I use the existing business license from the previous owner?

    • I paid via "1099 form”—do I need a business license?

    • What if I want to move the business to another location within the City?

    • What is a business license?

    • What is considered as "conducting a business"?

    • What should I bring to apply for a business license?

    • Where is the business license office located?

  • Distribution Centers, Manufacturing Facilities, and Warehouses

    • How do I determine my business license fee?

    • I own three warehouses and/or manufacturing buildings under the same business. How do I calculate the fee?

    • If I have retail space at the same location as my distribution center, manufacturing facility or warehouse, how do I determine my license fee?

    • My business occupies a suite of a larger building, but not the entire building. How do I calculate the fee?

    • When calculating total square footage, should I include outdoor space at the property, such as a parking lot or storage yard?

    • When calculating total square footage, should I include spaces such as offices, bathrooms, mezzanines, etc.?

  • Multi-Jurisdictional Licensing

    • What is a multi-jurisdictional business license?

    • What is considered a jurisdiction?

    • How do I determine my home jurisdiction?

    • Are there any license types or activities which I cannot apply through the multi-jurisdictional process?

    • Are there any special requirements to complete my business license application?

    • I used the multi-jurisdictional license process last year to obtain all three of my licenses and I need to renew them. How do I proceed?

    • I used the multi-jurisdictional license process to obtain my licenses and now I need to make a change to my information (see the list immediately following for potential changes). How do I proceed?

    • What if my business is located outside of all three jurisdictions?

    • What is the combined multi-jurisdictional license fee?

  • Other Business Licenses/Permits

    • Can I get a temporary permit?

    • Do I need a business license to sell food?

    • Do I need a Fictitious Business Name/DBA (doing business as) before I apply for a City of Reno business license?

    • Do I need a license to play music for tips?

    • Do I need a license to sell from the sidewalk or in a park?

    • Do I need a State of Nevada Business License before I apply for a City of Reno business license?

    • Do I need to register with the Nevada State Department of Taxation before I apply for a City of Reno business license?

    • How do I get a childcare license?

    • How do I obtain a contractor's license?

    • When do I need to apply for a special event permit, special activity permit or other public event?

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