Liquor and Gaming Licenses
Apply in person at:
At that time, we will provide you with instructions for obtaining approvals and initiating a background investigation. An application for a gaming and/or liquor license in unincorporated Washoe County is also an application for a business license, and applicable fees will be charged.
Washoe County collects gaming fees for games located at businesses inside the city limits of Reno and Sparks as well as those in Unincorporated Washoe County. These fees are divided among the three jurisdictions based on the location of the games, with 75% going to the city of origination. In addition, a tax (referred to as the Chapter 491 Tax) is collected on behalf of the State of Nevada.
Washoe County liquor and gaming licenses are renewed quarterly. Fees paid are not refundable. Gaming License fees are based on the number and type of games. Liquor license fees are billed at the minimum fee for the first year, and after that are based on the gross receipts you report to the Business License office once each year.
A Gaming Summary should be filled out and sent to this office with appropriate fees just before games/slots located within the city limits are due to begin operating.
Washoe County Code (WCC):
Washoe County Business License Contact:
Karin Kremers, Business License
Phone: 775.328.3733 -- Fax: 775.328.6133
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