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Do I Need a Business License?

If you are conducting business within the city limits of Sparks, you will need to obtain a business license.

Per SMC 5.04.020, “Business” means and includes all professions, trades, occupations and callings of every kind carried on for profit, including labor unions, labor organizations and trade unions, but excepting activities conducted as a hobby or for the purpose of supplementing a person’s major income and which gross receipts do not exceed one thousand dollars per year. “Business” includes the renting or leasing of any commercial or industrial property or more than ten separate residential units or four or more residential units under one roof in the city.

You will be required to obtain a City of Sparks Business License if:

  • Your business occupies a commercial location within the city limits of Sparks.
  • You travel into the city limits of Sparks in order to conduct your business or provide services.
  • You or your company delivers goods within the city that are not delivered via common carrier.
  • You are renting or leasing commercial/industrial property within the city limits of Sparks.
  • You are renting more than ten residential properties or more than four residential units under one roof within the city.
  • You are using your residence located within the city as an office to conduct your business.


The penalties for failure to obtain a business license can be very large, so we encourage you to contact our office if you have any questions about whether or not you are required to obtain a City of Sparks Business License, please contact our office.