What Business Licenses & Permits are Needed in Nevada?

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Starting a business in Nevada will mean potentially registering with a number of federal, state and local agencies.  Let’s take a look at common licenses and permits a business will register for in Nevada.

Business License – State law requires that every person or entity doing business in the state of Nevada to obtain a State of Nevada Business License from the Secretary of State.  The cost of a State Business License in Nevada is $200 and is renewable annually.

In addition, many cities also require businesses to be licensed in order to operate. Rules for business registration vary depending on location and what the business does.  Below are a few cities that have licensing requirements.  See the full list of all local business licenses in Nevada.

Las Vegas – All businesses operating in Las Vegas will need to obtain a business license.  In addition, some types of businesses will need additional permits such as daycares, restaurants, contractors and more.

The cost of a business license in Las Vegas will vary by jurisdiction and type of business, most businesses will spend $100 for the license fee and an additional $50 for processing.

Henderson The City of Henderson requires all businesses to have a business license.  Some businesses such as locksmiths, massage establishments, pawnbrokers and others have additional requirements.

Reno – Businesses operating in Reno will need to obtain a business license from the Reno Community development Department.  In order to get a license several items will need to be obtained before starting:

    • Zoning approval through the City Planning Department and Fire Department
    • Permit from the Department of Building & Safety
    • Food service operations obtaining approval through the Washoe County Health District
    • Police Department and City Council approval for businesses that conduct privileged business activities such as second hand sales, businesses selling alcohol, locksmiths and others.

The City of Reno offers the Business First Program to help people navigate the licensing process.

Sparks – Businesses operating in the city limits will need to obtain a City of Sparks business license

Carson City – The Business License Division of Carson City issues business licenses for all business activity within city limits

Employer Identification Number (EIN) – Many businesses will register with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for an EIN or Employer Identification Number.  The EIN is the business equivalent for a Social Security Number for an individual.  Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, Partnerships and Sole Proprietorships with employees will all need to register for one. Sole Proprietorships without employees can use the owner’s Social Security Number. 

There is no cost for an EIN and it only takes a few minutes to get.

Learn how to apply for an EIN.

Nevada Business Identification Number – Anybody engaging in business selling physical products and some services or hiring employees will need to apply for a Business Identification Number through the State’s business registration portal SilverFlume.  A common permit businesses applied through SilverFlume is the Seller’s Permit.

Resale Certificate – After applying for the sales tax permit and receiving a Seller’s Permit Number, businesses are able to purchase inventory for resale and not pay sales tax as they will charge the final customer.  In order to not pay sales tax, the business will need to fill out a Nevada Resale Certificate.

Occupational Permits – A variety of professions in the state are regulated and need to be registered before offering certain services.  A few common professions that require permitting in Nevada include; contractors, child care, cosmetologists and many more.  

Businesses involved with vehicles such as body shops, dealers, manufacturers, rebuilders, tow trucks and more will need to register with the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

Fictitious Firm Name Registration – While not a business license, it’s common for Sole Proprietorships and Partnerships operating under a name that is different from the full name of the owner(s) to register for a Fictitious Firm Name (also known as a Doing Business As or DBA) with the County Clerk’s Office in the county where the business is located.

These are a few of the most common business licenses, but there are way too many licenses and permits in Nevada for us to keep track of. Before starting your business, check with the City Hall, County Clerk, Chamber of Commerce and/or Economic Developer in your area to get more information regarding business licensing.  Additionally, there are companies like IncFile or CorpNet that can do the research to ensure you have the proper federal, state and local licenses.