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How to Get a Business License in Nevada
Written by: Coralee Bechteler
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Edited by: David Lepeska
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Published on July 11, 2022
Updated on May 2, 2023
One of the most important elements of starting a business in Nevada is making sure you have all the requisite licenses and permits. The requirements vary by state, some of which have as many as 300 different licenses and permits.
This article is too short to list them all, but it’s crucial that you’re aware of which ones your business needs and that you follow the steps for application and put your business on the road to success.
In Nevada, businesses need certain licenses and permits to legally operate as a business. The regulatory hurdles required vary depending on the type of business, its location, and the products and services offered.
To help you launch your new business, this article lays out the most commonly needed permits and licenses in Nevada— and details the steps required to acquire them.
Why are business licenses required in Nevada?
Business licenses and permits are issued to certify that a business and its products and services are safe for the public. This explains why food businesses, for instance, require more licenses than most other business types.
In Nevada, all businesses are required to acquire a State Business License from the Secretary of State, as well as a local business license from the City or County Clerk where the business is located.
Which agency issues business licenses in Nevada?
In Nevada, the Secretary of State issues the vast majority of licenses and permits, though some are issued by the state Transportation Authority and the Department of Taxation. For instance, the state Department of Health and Human Services issues food establishment permits, while the Department of Motor Vehicles issues truck driver’s permits.
Some licenses and permits are issued by cities or counties. So if you live in Elko, you’ll need to check with the city to see if licenses or permits are required for your business.
Before you apply, it’s important to know which state or local agency issues the license you need. Check the state’s guidelines here to learn more.
You could also check this SBA guide for your state’s requirements, but we recommend using MyCorporation’s Business License Compliance Package. They will research the exact forms you need for your business and state and provide them to ensure you’re fully compliant.
Steps to Get a Nevada Business License
In Nevada, the steps for acquiring specific licenses and permits vary widely, so it’s important to be aware of what you need, and how to get it.
Determine the Types of Licenses That You Need
All businesses must obtain a Nevada State Business License from the Secretary of State to conduct business.
The additional licenses your business needs in Nevada depend on the city or county your business is located in, as well as the general type and nature of your business.
Submit Your Business License Application
You can apply for your Nevada State Business License with the Secretary of State here.
Additional licenses are filed with the relevant City Clerks or other various state departments, so it’s best to double-check where to file a given form with your business’s City Clerk.
How much does a Nevada business license cost?
A Nevada State Business License for LLCs costs $200 to initially acquire and $200 to renew.
Additional business license fees vary in Nevada and depend on both the city being applied in as well as the application itself. For example, a utility business license costs $330 a year in the City of Carlin.
In Nevada, and most US states, jumping through all the hoops to acquire the necessary licenses and permits can be exhausting. But if you want to operate your business, you’ll have to wade through all the red tape. So get started on these regulatory hurdles as early as possible and clear the way for your entrepreneurial journey to success.
How fast can I get a business license in Nevada?
You can expect your Nevada State Business License application to take about 30 days to process.
For other licenses, the processing time varies from city to city, but filing online can help speed up the process.
Renew Your Licences When Needed
The Nevada State Business License must be renewed every year. Other license renewal requirements vary, but most cities require business licenses to be renewed annually. Be sure to check with the state for renewal regulations and fees regarding the licenses your business needs.
Types of Business Licenses
Your business may need local, state, and/or federal licenses and permits, depending on your type of business. Fees for these vary, but most costs are minimal.
Federal regulations associated with starting your business include doing business as (DBA), health licenses and permits from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), trademarks, copyrights, patents, and other intellectual properties, as well as industry-specific permits.
The most common permits and licenses include:
- Business operating licenses may be required by the city and the state to allow you to operate.
- Industry-specific licenses may be required, depending on your type of business. Businesses involved in construction, childcare, plumbing, electrical, food and liquor, insurance, finance, landscaping, and architecture all require licensing, for example. In some highly regulated industries, you may require licensing from a federal agency, such as the FDA or Department of Transportation.
- Zoning permits are issued by municipalities to ensure you’re operating in an area in which you’re allowed to operate.
- Building permits verify that the building you’re operating in is up to code. Home occupation permits, which some areas require, allow you to operate a business from your home.
- DBA permits allow you to do business under a name that is different from your legally registered business name.
- Sales tax permits allow you to sell products and collect sales tax.
- An employer identification number (EIN) is required if you plan to have employees, no matter what your business entity type.
- Health licenses and permits are required for certain businesses based on industry, and you will be required to maintain health and safety standards. Environmental permits are also required for certain industries in some locations.
- Fire permits certify that your business is up to fire safety codes. Depending on your location, this may be required for all businesses, while in other areas it’s required only if you work with flammable materials.
- Sign permits may be required for your location or other signage if there are rules about sign size and location.
Check with the state and local government offices for specific requirements for your location and industry.
How to Get a Business License in Nevada
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