Business License

Before engaging in business, the following trades or occupations must obtain a Business License from the City Clerk's Office:

  • Pawn Shops
  • Loan Agencies
  • Cannabis Establishments (click here to view Municipal Code)
  • Secondhand Goods

Prospective Cannabis Operations must first verify the zoning designation for the proposed location with the Development Services Department. Please call 505-891-5005 or email for this information.

Step 1 –  The following forms will need to be filled out completely and returned to the City Clerk’s office to begin the process of obtaining a Business License. 

Commercial Businesses will need:    

  1.     Business License Application
  2.     Wastewater Survey
  3.     Business Emergency Contacts/Alarm Information

Cannabis Establishment License Packet

*A valid State issued BTIN# (Tax ID) is required for ALL businesses. If you do not already have a BTIN, you can obtain one by contacting the New Mexico Taxation & Revenue Department at:  or 505-827-0700.

Step 2 – Where to Return All Completed Forms. Once all forms are filled out and signed, please return to the City Clerk’s office.

  • In-Person/Mailing Address: 3200 Civic Center Circle NE, Suite 150, Rio Rancho, NM 87144
  • Fax Number: 505-994 2557
  • Email Address:

If you have been issued a State or Federal License for your business, you MUST submit a copy with your application. A copy of your liability insurance MUST also be included.

Step 3 – Process Once Received in Clerk’s Office

Once the application has been received by our office, we will review the application to make sure all the information is complete. If there is missing information we will contact you via phone or email to obtain the missing information before submission to the Zoning Department. 

Each application will be forward to Development Services Department for approval. Once we receive the approved application back, we will contact you via e-mail with additional instructions for completing the process. 

Please refer to the Clerk's Office Schedule of Fees for applicable fee