The change comes as the result of a 2007 federal case in which the City of Sparks, Nevada was banned from licensing free speech.
Artist Steve White of Silver Springs, Nevada filed the suit.
“The message that artists should learn all over the United States is, one person can make a difference," he says. "You can stand up for your rights and you can win.”
He has has since convinced seven cities in four states to pass similar exemptions for artists.
Last month White began working for a similar exemption in all California State Parks, focusing first on Kings Beach at Lake Tahoe.
Before now, police would tell street artists like David Tscheekar they couldn’t perform on the streets without a license.
“They were always polite about it, but it just seemed like something was wrong I thought that was like a public area.”
Reno only has 4 street artists licensed currently. City Business License Manager Michael Chaump expects more now. He says city leaders didn’t oppose the elimination of fees, but they did face a learning curve.
“There was some confusion about when it is commercial activity vs. when it is art.”
The city has defined art as “purely aesthetic.” For instance pottery is art unless it is put to use like a planter. Chaump says the artists exemption could lead to disputes about the definition of what is art in the future. But for now, he will start an education campaign to teach city staff what art is.
The City of Reno adopted a $492.5 million budget Tuesday. It will allow city employment to increase by 53 jobs. The new positions will include planning, information, parks, and redevelopment, as well as,10 new firefighters and 15 police positions.
Because of the drought, the Truckee Meadows Water Authority in Reno is starting $25 million worth of water delivery and storage improvements.
Climate experts from across the country are in Reno for the U.S. Drought Monitor Forum through Thursday. They're looking for public help to gather information about the drought.
The Reno-Tahoe International Airport is reporting record cargo business. If the trend continues, the airport may have to add space.
A bill in the Nevada State Senate would force Washoe County and Reno fire agencies to resolve a dispute that sometimes prevents them from responding to emergencies from the closest station.