Nevada Business License

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General Business License Requirements for Nevada.

Business licenses are often required of business entities, regardless of their products and services. This page provides an overview of business license requirements in Nevada.

Nevada General Business Licenses

Nevada State Business License

Agency:Nevada Secretary of State
Law:

NRS § 76.020.

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

One-Time Exemption Registration

Form:

Initial/Annual List Application (Exemption)

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

Nonprofits that are qualified 501(c) organizations are eligible for exemption from the business license requirement.

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$500 for business corporations and $200 for all other entities.

Penalties:

The entity will be subject to additional penalties if the annual list and declaration form are not returned and in filing order by the due date of the annual list.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$500 for business corporations and $200 for all other entities.

Due:

File annually along with the annual list of officers. 

Local General Business Licenses

Boulder City Business License

Agency:Boulder City Business Licensing Department (NV)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Insurance Requirements:

Workers Compensation Insurance 

Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Registration Application 

Instructions:

Upon submission to the Business License Office, your application information will be forwarded to the Fire Department and the Building & Safety Division, you are responsible for scheduling inspections with each department. Licenses cannot be issued until all inspections have been approved. After approvals, your license will be invoiced and can be issued upon paymen

Filing Method:

Mail or online

Agency Fee:

Fee determined by business type. See fee schedule here. 

Turnaround:

10 business days

Notes:
  • Three levels of approvals are
    needed:
    • City Planner (zoning)
    • Building Official (onsite inspection)
    • Fire & Safety (onsite inspection) 
Required Attachments:
  • Nevada State Business License 
  • Workers Comp Insurance 
  • Nevada Sales Tax Permit
  • Copy of Fictitious Name certificate 
  • Copy of any other state license that is applicable 
  • Copy of health permit, if applicable 
  • Copy of any required Federal license
  • Copy of drivers license or government-issued ID
  • Proof of Boulder City residency 

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Fee determined by business type. See fee schedule here. 

Due:

Annually by June 30. 

Carson City Business License

Agency:Carson City Business License Office (NV)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Agency Fee:

$25 application fee + additional fees depending on business type

Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Form:

No application is needed for renewal, just the renewal fee.

Agency Fee:

Renewal fees are based on business type and size.

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Notarize:Required

City of Ely Business License

Agency:City of Ely (NV)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Bond Requirements:

Every person applying for a license as a pawnbroker shall, before receiving such license, execute a bond to the City, with two (2) or more sufficient sureties, to be approved by the Mayor, or furnish a surety company bond as provided by State law, in the penal sum of five hundred dollars ($500.00) conditioned for the faithful compliance with the laws of the State and the ordinances of the City.

Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Registration Application 

Filing Method:

Mail 

Agency Fee:

Fee Dtermined by business type. 

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business License Application

Filing Method:

Mail 

Agency Fee:

Fee determined by business type. 

Due:

Annually by June 30. 

City of Henderson Business License

Agency:City of Henderson Finance Department - Business License Division (NV)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Privilged Business License Application, Contractor Packet, Nonprivilged Business License Application 

Filing Method:

Mail or online

Agency Fee:

Payment for the initial six-month business license period + $25 processing fee . See fee schedule on application. 

Required Attachments:
  • All applicants must submit documentation issued by the State showing a current and active Nevada Business Identification Number and Nevada Sales or Use Tax Permit information.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Determined by gross recipets. 

Due:

Semiannually by date of issuance. 

City of North Las Vegas Business License

Agency:City of North Las Vegas Business License Department (NV)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Fee determined by business type. 

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Fee determined by business type. 

Due:

Based on gross sales shall be due and payable semi-annually the last day of January and the last day of July of each year

City of Pahrump Business License

Agency:City of Pahrump Business License Department (NV)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:
Filing Method:

Mail or online

Agency Fee:
  • $150 Companies without a Pahrump Location
  • $100 Local Companies with more than 100 employees
  • $75 Corporation or LLC
  • $50 Sole Proprietor
  • $60 Partnership
  • $5 Non-profit Corporations
Turnaround:

3-5 business days

Required Attachments:
  • EIN 
  • Nevada State Business License 
  • Register with the Nevada Department of Taxation, if applicable 
  • Workers Comp Insurance
  • Business Fictious Firm Name Form 

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:
  • $150 Companies without a Pahrump Location
  • $100 Local Companies with more than 100 employees
  • $75 Corporation or LLC
  • $50 Sole Proprietor
  • $60 Partnership
  • $5 Non-profit Corporations
Due:

Annually by date of issuance. 

Penalties:

Should said payment be more than ten (10) days late, but less than thirty (30) days late, a penalty fee of twenty-five ($25.00) shall be added to the renewal fee.

City of Reno Business License

Agency:City of Reno Department of Community Development - Business License Division (NV)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Insurance Requirements:
  • Industrial Insurance Coverage or certificate of self-insurance from the Nevada Commissioner of Insurance
  • Worker's Compensation Insurance as required by State Law
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Annual Business License Application

Not in City Business License Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online

Agency Fee:

Fees vary based on the nature of the business and estimated gross receipts

Required Attachments:
  • State of Nevada Business License
  • Nevada Sales and Use Tax Permit
  • Affidavit of Compliance with Industrial Relations Requirements (provided in application packet)
  • Washoe Fictitious Name Filing, if applicable

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Fees vary based on annual gross receipts

Due:

Annually by the first day of the month that business began in the city

City of Sparks Business License

Agency:City of Sparks Business License Department (NV)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Insurance Requirements:

Proof of worker's compensation insurance required. All businesses doing business within the city limits of Sparks, with or without employees,  MUST complete the State of Nevada, Division of Industrial Relations form.

Notes:

Applicants must have a Nevada State Business License, contact the Nevada Department of Taxation, a Fictitious Firm Name filing for Washoe County and a Home Occupation Permit if business is home based. 

Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Registration Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online

Agency Fee:

See Annual License Fee Schedule here.

Turnaround:

2 to 4 weeks. 

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business License Registration Application (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail or online

Agency Fee:

See Annual License Fee Schedule here.

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

Clark County General Business License

Agency:Clark County - Business Licensing Department (NV)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Notes:

Required for entities doing business within the unincorporated areas of Clark County. This license does not replace the Nevada State Business License or any business license required by cities located within Clark County.

Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$45 application fee + any license fees (variable based on the nature of the business)

Original Ink:Not required
Notes:

Certain regulated industries must provide additional documentation to obtain licensure. Instructions for both general and regulated business licensing can be found here.

Required Attachments:
  • State of Nevada Business License

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Fees vary based on the nature of the business. 

A convenience fee of 2.65% of total fees will apply to each credit/debit card payment. 

Due:

Annually by date of issuance

Original Ink:Not required
Notes:

Renewal notices with instructions and the amount due will be mailed out approximately 30 days prior to the expiration of the license.

Elko City Business License

Agency:Elko City Business License Department (NV)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Notes:

All business licenses are issued on a yearly basis. A renewal reminder will be mailed to you each year as a courtesy. If you do not receive the reminder you are responsible for renewing your license by the due date. Failure to renew your license by the required deadline will result in a 25% penalty after (30) thirty days and a 50% penalty after (60) sixty days and possible closure of your business.

Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Requirement Notes:



  • State of Nevada Occupational Licensing: Certain occupations operating in the State of Nevada are required to obtain licensing from the state (i.e. Contractors, Cosmetologists, Realtors, Finance Companies, etc.) This licensing must be obtained prior to applying for your Elko City license and a copy attached to your application.




  • State of Nevada Business License: All businesses operating in the State of Nevada must obtain a state business license from the Secretary of State or apply for exempt status. Then provide a copy of the state
    license, confirmation letter or exemption letter with the City application. Please visit the Secretary of State’s website at www.nvsos.gov or apply online at www.nvsilverflume.gov, or call 775-684-5708.




  • State of Nevada Department of Taxation: Pursuant to NRS 268.095 (6) all new businesses must register with the Nevada Department of Taxation. Applicants must contact Taxation for a determination
    of requirements. Verification from Taxation must be provided to the City which may include a copy of a sales or use tax permit, a copy of a confirmation letter or exemption letter. You can contact the
    Nevada Department of Taxation at their website at www.tax.state.nv.us or apply online at www.nvsilverflume.gov, via email at www.renoevents@tax.state.nv.us or phone at 775-687-9999.




  • Fictitious Firm Name: Contact the Elko County Clerk for requirements for filing a fictitious firm name for your business. The number for the County Clerk’s office is 775-753-4600.
    Elko City Water Dept.: Please contact this department for questions regarding water billing for your business at 775-777-7135.




  • Home-Based Businesses: If your business operations will be operated out of your home located within the city limits of Elko, a Home Occupation Permit through the Elko City Planning Department is required
    prior to applying for your license. This office is located at the above address and the phone number is 775-777-7160. Please provide a copy of the Home Occupation Permit with your business license application.




  • Food Service/Sales Businesses: If your business sells or serves food or drink it must meet all requirements of the Nevada State Health Department. This department is located at 1020 Ruby Vista Dr. Suite 103, Elko. The phone number is 775-753-1138. Please contact them and provide a copy of your Health Permit with your business license application.


    Inspections: All new businesses located in the Elko City limits will require inspections from the City Fire, Building, Planning, and Development Departments. These departments will be notified by our
    office once a complete application is turned in to the Business License Department. If you have questions regarding inspection requirements a list of the departments will be provided at the end of this document. Please note if you have an Elko City home-based business or your business is not located inside the City limits of Elko the city inspections will not be required.



Initial Registration
City of Elko Business License Application

Form:

Form

Instructions:

Following are the steps for completing the application for a new business license:


1. Please complete the application. Please legibly print or type.
2. Please complete the Non-Residential Wastewater Pretreatment Questionnaire and return with the application. (This is only for businesses with a physical commercial location in the City of Elko.)
3. The enclosed Duties as an Elko City Licensee form outlines licensing requirements, please read, sign and date it.
4. The Affirmation of Compliance form must be completed by all applicants and signed in the presence of an Elko City employee, or it must be notarized.
5. The Central Dispatch form updates contact information that maybe used in the case of an emergency. Please complete this form if your business is physically located in the city limits.
6. The Nevada Safety form and the Sign Regulations are for your information.

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

The fee for a new business license is $34.50 plus a $25.00 processing fee, unless your business is a Utility Company, Bank, Motel or Residential Property Rental those fees will be determined in person.

Penalties:

Failure to renew your license by the required deadline will result in a 25% penalty after (30) thirty days and a 50% penalty after (60) sixty days and possible closure of your business.

Notes:

According to Elko City Code 4-1-13, if you are conducting business either directly or indirectly inside the city limits of Elko, whether or not your actual business is located within the city limits, you must obtain an Elko City Business License prior to opening the business.

Registration Renewal

Form:

https://www.ci.elko.nv.us/government/licensing/index.php

Instructions:

Following are the steps for completing the application for a new business license:


1. Please complete the application. Please legibly print or type.
2. Please complete the Non-Residential Wastewater Pretreatment Questionnaire and return with the application. (This is only for businesses with a physical commercial location in the City of Elko.)
3. The enclosed Duties as an Elko City Licensee form outlines licensing requirements, please read, sign and date it.
4. The Affirmation of Compliance form must be completed by all applicants and signed in the presence of an Elko City employee, or it must be notarized.
5. The Central Dispatch form updates contact information that maybe used in the case of an emergency. Please complete this form if your business is physically located in the city limits.
6. The Nevada Safety form and the Sign Regulations are for your information.

Agency Fee:

The fee for a new business license is $34.50 plus a $25.00 processing fee, unless your business is a Utility Company, Bank, Motel or Residential Property Rental those fees will be determined in person.

Due:

Due annually.

Penalties:

Failure to renew your license by the required deadline will result in a 25% penalty after (30) thirty days and a 50% penalty after (60) sixty days and possible closure of your business.

Notes:

According to Elko City Code 4-1-13, if you are conducting business either directly or indirectly inside the city limits of Elko, whether or not your actual business is located within the city limits, you must obtain an Elko City Business License prior to opening the business.

 

 

Las Vegas Business License - General Retail Sales

Agency:Las Vegas Business Licensing Section (NV)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$100 license fee + $50 application fee

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Determined by gross reciepts. 

Notes:

There is no renewal application to maintain a business license, however, license holders must make semi-annual payments based on gross income to keep their license active. Fees can be paid online.

Las Vegas Business License - General Services

Agency:Las Vegas Business Licensing Section (NV)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$100 license fee + $50 application fee

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Determined by gross reciepts. 

Notes:

There is no renewal application to maintain a business license, however, license holders must make semi-annual payments based on gross income to keep their license active. Fees can be paid online.

Lyon County Business License

Agency:Lyon County Clerk and Treasurer (NV)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Agency Fee:

$25 application processing fee + fee based on the number of employyees: 1-3: $150; 4-15: $188; 16-50: $338; 51 or more: $900.

Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$25 application processing fee + fee based on the number of employyees: 1-3: $150; 4-15: $188; 16-50: $338; 51 or more: $900.

Due:

Annually by July 1.

Notarize:Required

Mesquite Gross Revenue Business License

Agency:City of Mesquite Business Licensing Office (NV)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$35 application fee + $100 license fee

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Varies based on gross revenue. See gross fee schedule for details.

Due:

Every 6 months starting on the initial date of commencing.

Washoe County Business License

Agency:Washoe County Community Services Department (NV)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application and Instructions

Filing Method:

Mail or online 

Agency Fee:

Determined by fee schedule and gross reciepts. 

Required Attachments:
  • Fictitious Firm Name
  • State Business Registration
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Taxation
  • Workers' Compensation

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Fee is determined by business type and gross reciepts. See fee schedule

Due:

Annually by date of issuance. 

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