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Business License/Registration Instructions
All persons proposing to engage in business within the municipal limits of the City of Rio Rancho shall apply for a business registration and pay a non-refundable $35.00 yearly fee for each registration.  However, businesses operating for less than a full year may be eligible for a limited-time registration.  Please see the limited-time registration section below.

Please refer to the categories below for requirements needed for each type of business.

If you are unsure if your business requires a license from the State of New Mexico you can call 505-476-4500.

For Daycare registrations please call the City Clerk's Office at 505-891-5004.

To contact the New Mexico Environmental Department, please call 505-771-5980

To reach New Mexico Contractor's Licensing, dial 877-663-9267

For the Taxation and Revenue Department, please call 505-841-6200

The City Clerk's Office also provides New Mexico State tax identification numbers for new businesses.  The forms can be picked up in the office and will be mailed to the IRS.

View additional information regarding proper location reporting of Rio Rancho gross receipts taxes.

Please take completed business registration paperwork to the City Clerk's Office in Rio Rancho City Hall, room 150

Commercial Businesses

Any company doing business from a commercial location within the municipal limits of the City of Rio Rancho.

Paperwork needed:
  • Fire inspection - Call 505-891-5871 to schedule inspection.
  • All applicable licensing or permits needed for the business (i.e. State issued licenses, permits, etc.)

*Completed Business Registration application must be signed off by the Development Services Department in City Hall, room 130, prior to issuing a registration.

Home Occupations
Any business that uses a residential address, within the municipal limits of the City of Rio Rancho, as the address of the business whether or not business will actually be conducted at the residence.

Paperwork needed:

All applicable licensing or other permits needed for the business (i.e. State issued licenses, permits, etc.)

Additional Fee - $67.00 one-time fee for home occupation permit

*Completed Business Registration application & Home Occupation Permit application must be signed off by the Development Services Department in Rio Rancho City Hall, room 130, prior to issuing a registration.

Limited-Time Registration

A business operating on a limited-time basis within the municipal limits of the City of Rio Rancho.
  • Businesses operating for four (4) consecutive days or less may apply for a limited-time registration for a fee of $5.00
  • Businesses operating for six (6) months or less may apply for a limited-time registration for a fee of $20.00

Paperwork needed:
  • Completed Business Registration: Excel Format - PDF Format
  • All applicable licensing or permits needed for the business (i.e. State issued licenses, permits, etc.)

Out of City Businesses
An established business not located within the municipal limits of the City of Rio Rancho.

Paperwork needed:
  • Completed Business Registration: Excel Format - PDF Format
  • All applicable licensing or permits needed for the business (i.e. State issued licenses, permits, etc.)

Leasing Existing Retail/Commercial Space
Those planning on leasing existing retail/commercial space for their new Rio Rancho business should consider or obtain:

1) a rental clause associated with obtaining city approvals including zoning, building inspection and fire inspection before the leases become effective

2) a determination of wastewater pretreatment system requirements, if any, from the Utility Division

3) confirmation of water and wastewater availability from the Utility Division

4) contacting the city's Building Division to obtain information on building codes to determine if any improvements might be required

5) a fire inspection fee will be assessed at the time of license or registration approval