Getting a Business License

What You Need to Know About Obtaining a Business License:

All businesses that operate inside the Las Vegas city limits must obtain a business license from the Nevada Secretary of State Office. This State business license grants you permission to engage in the business for which you are licensed. If you decide to engage in any other business, a new license must be obtained. To determine if your business falls inside the city limits contact the Secretary of State's Office 775.684.5708.

In the last few years, obtaining a business license has become more streamlined. Local and state governments have been working diligently to create a portal to obtaining all necessary licenses to ensure that businesses can open and operate. For more information, visit the Nevada Secretary of State's website.

Businesses must also obtain a City of Las Vegas business license. You must have all of your State of Nevada licensing information with you. This includes but is not limited to: DBA, articles of incorporation, LLC information and proof that you have registered with the Secreatary of State. All the State information and forms can been submitted online at nvsos.gov.

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Special Licensing and Requirements:

Requirements for Business Licenses vary depending on the type of venture. For detailed information on the license requirements for your business, log on to accessclarkcounty.com or nvsos.gov.

Privileged licenses, which are licenses that require special approval by the Las Vegas City Council, can take sixty days or more. Special licenses include: liquor licenses, gaming, secondhand shops, pawnshops, child care licenses, locksmiths, burglar alarm services, martial arts schools, auctioneers, mobile food vendors, mobile ice cream vendors and massage establishments.

Privileged licenses must be obtained through the Business Services Division of City Hall. For more information, call 702.229.6281 for privileged licenses or 702.229.6922 for child care licensing.

Some businesses may require a Clark County, City of Henderson or City of North Las Vegas license to operate within those areas. Please contact each city seperately for details.

To apply for a general business license, you will need to have obtained all of the required licenses from the Nevada Department of Taxation, a completed City of Las Vegas application form and the necessary fees. The non-refundable application fee is $30 for each license. For a new business, license fees must be paid at the time the application is filed. Fees can range from $25 to $1,200, depending on the license classification.

Home businesses are also required to obtain a Home Occupation Permit if the residence is located inside the city limits. According to the City of Las Vegas, there is a $50 dollar fee for a Home Occupation Permit.