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How to Get a Business License in Nevada

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How to Get a Business License in Nevada

How to Get a Business License in Nevada

A crucial step in starting a limited liability company (LLC) in Nevada is acquiring all the necessary licenses and permits. Depending on your business, you may need them at the federal, state, and local levels. 

Without them, you could face major penalties and even business closure. This guide lays out all you need to know to ensure full compliance in Nevada.

Which Department Issues Business Licenses and Permits?

In most states, many agencies and departments issue licenses and permits depending on industry and location. For example, the Department of Business and Industry issues most licenses in Nevada, while the Secretary of State issues some, including a state general business license. 

The Taxation Department issues sales tax permits through the Nevada SilverFlume website.

Federally, different departments oversee different industries. As a result, licenses and permits are generally industry-specific, except for health permits from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Your business may need a U.S. Department of Agriculture license if you run a farm. In addition, if your business sells fireworks, you must register with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Most industries, however, do not require licensing at the federal level. 

The Small Business Association (SBA) has put together a handy guide that details which licenses and permits are needed for various types of businesses. 

Common Business Licenses and Permits

Here are some common licenses and permits you may need.

Federal Licenses

If a federal agency regulates your industry, you’ll need a license from that agency. Federal agencies that may require licenses include:

  • Department of Agriculture
  • Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
  • Department of Transportation

State Licenses

Common licenses at the state level include:

  • Industry-specific licenses for certain professions and industries, such as construction, plumbing, electrical, childcare, food handling, liquor, architecture, and finance
  • Health licenses and permits
  • Doing business as (DBA) permits if you’re doing business using a name other than your LLC name
  • Sales tax permit

Local Licenses

At the municipal or county level, you may need the following:

  • Building and zoning permits
  • Health licenses and permits
  • Fire permits
  • Sign permits

How to Obtain a Business License in Nevada

In Nevada, a general business license is required. 

  1. To obtain a Nevada general business license, register on the Nevada SilverFlume website.
  2. Unless you’re operating as a sole proprietorship or partnership, you’ll need to register your business entity with the state, usually as an LLC or a corporation. 

You can do so on the Nevada SilverFlume website.

  1. You’ll need to register for sales tax on the Nevada SilverFlume website if you sell goods or services.
  2. Other licenses require applications with specific departments. For example, in Nevada, if you run a business that sells alcohol, you’ll need a liquor license. For this, you’ll apply with the Department of Taxation.  
  3. Check with local governments for required licenses and permits at the local level. 

How Much Does a Business License Cost in Nevada?

License and permit fees vary. A sales tax permit, for instance, costs $15 in Nevada, while forming an LLC costs $75. A general business license costs $500 for corporations and $200 for LLCs. 

Do Licenses and Permits Have to Be Renewed?

Some licenses and permits must be renewed annually. For example, a sales tax permit in Nevada does not expire. A general business license must be renewed annually. 

Check with issuing departments for renewal requirements for other licenses and permits.

In Closing

Obtaining licenses and permits is a critical step when starting an LLC in Nevada, so check with state and local government offices and fully comply with their requirements. If you operate without the proper licenses and permits, you could face steep fines or even the closure of your business. 

If you’re unsure of state or local regulations and need help, consult a business attorney, as proper licensing is an absolute must.