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Fee Increase Considered for Regional Business License, Permit Program


City of Reno Arch Photo by Miriam Wilding.

A consolidated business license and permit program is seeking a $4 per year increase to cover technology needed to combine business license and permit purchases from the City of Sparks, Washoe County, Washoe County Health District and the City of Reno.

“Existing business license fees are remaining the same, but the proposed fee is to recover the capital costs of Reno, Sparks and the County to purchase the new regional permits/license software application and for the annual subscription costs for each jurisdiction — subscription to the regional ‘cloud’ storage,” said Bob Webb, Washoe County’s planning manager.  “You will be able to pay for multiple licenses (e.g., a City and County business license) at the same time and with a single shopping cart transaction.

“You could also pay for any other required permits (e.g., health or building) at the same time.”

A business doing business in Sparks, Reno and Washoe County has to get and renew businesses licenses from the three separate governments. The new system combines the process, providing online access for:

  • Applying for a license or permit
  • Tracking the status of a license or permit application
  • Paying for a license or permit, and
  • Renewing licenses or permits.

“All new and renewals for business licenses will be part of the regional permits/license software application, and the $4 annual license fee applies to both new licenses and renewals,” Webb said. “The intent is to make the renewal process much easier than currently, hopefully completely on-line … translating into time and effort savings for those customers.”

Two workshops are being held about the fee increase so the public can ask questions and provide comments.

Workshop information:

  • Location: Washoe County buildings, Mt. Rose Conference Room, Building A, Second Floor, Room 1001 on East Ninth Street
  • Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2015
  • Times: 1 pm and again at 5:30 pm
Bob Conrad
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Bob Conrad is publisher, editor and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has served in communications positions for various state agencies and earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011. He is also a part time instructor at UNR and sits on the boards of the Nevada Press Association and Nevada Open Government Coalition.