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               A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO APPLY FOR A BUSINESS LICENSE   

Welcome to Clark County Department of Business License. We are happy to assist you with the licensing process, provide the best possible customer service, and meet all of your business plan needs.   

Explore a list of license categories, fees and  a step-by-step guide to applying for a business license.
                                                            
What Type of Business License Do I Need?   How Much Are the Fees?                                   
License fees are  based upon services and activities provided. Business license fees are accompanied by a one-time $45.00 application fee in addition to each license fee. Multiple licenses may be required, if providing more than one service.

In order to determine the type of license and corresponding fees of your business, click on picture below:

 

List of License Categories and Fees

Please complete all the steps prior to submitting your application. 
*** Incomplete applications will be terminated with no refund on application fees. ***


 Choose the type of license you are applying for: 

                                        

Use this list to determine the type of license according to your business activity.

 

​GENERAL
​ ​ ​ ​A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO APPLYING FOR A: ​ ​ ​ ​

GENERAL LICENSE​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

           
​​​A General Business License does not require a background investigation.  However, some general licenses may be subject to oversight by other state and/or local agencies.  You may need to provide proof that you have been approved (or are in the process of getting approval) by such agency before your general business license can be issued. See some of the most common regulatory agencies here.
 
Complete Steps 1 - 4 before applying online.  You may click on each 'STEP' box below to help you learn more about the application process.
STEPS:
           1                            2                          3                         4                           5


Helpful Tools: 
Business License Application Checklist
Business License Application Checklist  - Use this checklist to serve as your guide to complete all the steps to a general license. 

List of License Categories and Fees
List of License Categories and Fees - See this list to determine the license type and corresponding fees for your business activity.      
 
What to Expect After Applying for a Clark County Business License                                  
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Unable to Apply Online?                                  
Required Form 
General Application Form - Use this printable interactive form for mail-in applications only.  Once completed, mail your application form with a one-time $45.00 application fee and corresponding business fee. 
*** Please do not use this form if you are applying for a business license online.*** 

Mailing Address:   Clark County Department of Business License
                              500 S. Grand Central Parkway, 3rd Fl.
                              Las Vegas, NV 89155


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Regulated
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                                            REGULATED LICENSE
 
Regulated business licenses require an in-depth investigation by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for determination of the owner's suitability to hold such a license.  Any license that requires a criminal background check and a  financial investigation other than liquor, gaming, and cannabis establishment licenses is a regulated license.
 
Complete Steps 1 - 5 before scheduling an appointment.  You may click on each 'STEP' box below to help you learn more about the application process.
STEPS:
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                                                                                                                                            (See requirements below)
 
Regulated License Requirements
Regulated License Requirements - See all requirements for regulated licenses.

Helpful Tools: 
Regulated License Summary Sheet                                                                                                                        
Regulated License Summary Sheet  - Read a summary of NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) codes, specific Clark County codes as well as additional requirements for the main types of regulated businesses. 
List of License Categories and Fees
List of License Categories and Fees - See this list to determine the license type and corresponding fees for your business activity.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
What to Expect                                                                              
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                                            PRIVILEGED LICENSE
 
Liquor and Gaming and Cannabis Establishment business licenses are “privileged” licenses, which require a finding that the applicant or applicants are suitable prior to the issuance of the license. The suitability of an applicant is determined by the results of criminal background and financial investigations.
 
Complete Steps 1 - 5 before scheduling an appointment.  You may click on each 'STEP' box below to help you learn more about the application process.
STEPS:
 
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Liquor and Gaming License Requirements
Liquor and Gaming License Requirements - See all requirements for liquor and gaming licenses.

Cannabis Establishment License Requirements
Cannabis Establishment Requirements - Visit the Cannabis Establishments page for Cannabis-related business activities.

Helpful Tools:                                                                                                                              
Liquor License Summary Sheet - Use this checklist to help assemble your regulated packet. 
Gaming License Summary Sheet  - Read a summary of NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) codes, specific Clark County codes as well as additional requirements for the main types of gaming-related businesses.  
List of License Categories and Fees - Use this list to determine the type of liquor or gaming license and fees of your business activity.     


What to Expect
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STEP ONE: DETERMINE WHERE YOUR BUSINESS IS LOCATED
STEP ONE: DETERMINE WHERE YOUR BUSINESS IS LOCATED                                                                        

The primary location of your business determines the jurisdiction in which you must file for your business license. Clark County, Nevada is comprised of 6 jurisdictions, each with its own licensing agency. Use the Jurisdiction Locator to help you identify your business’ licensing jurisdiction.  Please be aware that a large portion of the Las Vegas valley has a Las Vegas mailing address but is located in unincorporated Clark County. 

You can also use the interactive jurisdictional look-up web map to find your jurisdiction.  

Click on the map below:

The five other business licensing agencies in Clark County, NV are:                                            

The City of Henderson, the City of Las Vegas, the City of North Las VegasBoulder City and the City of Mesquite

Determine Jurisdiction and Land Use:
To confirm if the business address is located within the unincorporated Clark County jurisdiction, the type of business activities permitted by zoning district, and for information regarding online land use application submittals; please visit Comprehensive Planning.  For more information, you can email them at zoning@clarkcountynv.gov  or contact a planner by phone at (702) 455-4314.    

I conduct business in different cities surrounding Las Vegas. Is one license enough to conduct my business in different parts of the Valley?

If your business location is based in a particular city outside of Unincorporated Clark County, but you travel into the County to conduct business, a Clark County business license may be required in addition to your City business license. Once your primary license is in place, we will be able to assist in processing your Clark County application.  Complete Steps 1-5 to acquire a County business license. 

To verify your primary jurisdiction, please use the Jurisdiction Locator.  

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P TWSTEO: OBTAIN A NEVADA :STATE BUSINESS LICENSE
STEP TWO: REGISTER YOUR ENTITY AND OBTAIN A NEVADA STATE BUSINESS LICENSE                            
NRS 76 requires all business, corporations, and partnerships operating in the state of Nevada to register  have a state business license. Please visit the Secretary of State’s website for more information.  You may apply and register online at nvsilverflume.gov.

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STEP THREE : REGISTER WITH THE NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION                                                     
 You can now register online by visiting the Nevada Department of Taxation website or apply at nvsilverflume.gov together with your entity and state license filing.
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STEP FOUR:  REGISTER YOUR BUSINESS NAME (DBA)                                                                                    
Businesses operating under a fictitious firm name/doing business as (any name other than the business owner’s legal name, or the corporate entity name registered with the Nevada Secretary of State) must file for a Fictitious Firm Name (DBA) with the Clark County Clerk’s Office. You can find the form online here.  

Please Note: The owner name on the Fictitious Firm Name (DBA) Certificate must exactly match the Entity Name displayed on your Nevada State Business License.  It is recommended that you take a copy of your Nevada State Business License with you when you apply.  Visit the Clerk's office for location and hours of operation.

See example of a Certificate of Fictitious Firm Name and Nevada Secretary of State business license of a Sole Proprietor filing below:     

 Certificate of Business: Fictitious Firm Name Sample

 

Nevada State Business License Sample:



Note: A Fictitious Firm Name (DBA) is the name your business will use when advertising, including on store front, signs, business cards, websites, etc.  Advertising under more than one name, will require multiple business licenses. 

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STEP FIVE: APPLY FOR A BUSINESS LICENSE ONLINE                                                                                     

GENERAL LICENSE APPLICATIONS:

If you are applying for a general license (licenses that do not need a background investigation), you're ready to apply for a Clark County business license.   

Apply online at Clark County Business License Online Application.  If you have any questions about the online application, you may email us at chap@ClarkCountyNV.gov or call us at (702) 455-0174 between 8:00 am and 4:00pm Monday through Friday.

Steps one (1) through four (4) must be completed prior to submitting your application.  Incomplete applications will be terminated with no refund on application fees.

                                                    

To proceed to regulated and privileged (cannabis, liquor and gaming) applications, click on the button that applies to your business activity below:

REGULATED LICENSE APPLICATIONS:                            PRIVILEGED LICENSE APPLICATIONS:

                                                             

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Regulatory

Other Regulatory Agencies or Entities                                                                           
​Depending on your business activity, your business license may require proof of applying/registering with regulatory agencies or other entities.  Access the more common regulatory agencies below:
​​​Department of Health and Human Services
Nevada Barbers' Health and Sanitation Board Nevada State Contractors Board
​​​Nevada Department of Motor VehiclesSouthern Nevada Health District


For a list of other government agencies and outside entities, see the Resources and Helpful Links page.
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WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION:                                                                         

General Licenses
Most General licenses are issued within 45 days after the Department receives a complete application. 

Upon submission of a completed application and payment of fees, your application will be sent electronically to the Comprehensive Planning Department for review and approval within 5 working days from the date of submission. 

Except for home occupation applications, your application will then be sent to the Fire Prevention Department, and any other public safety agency depending upon your business activities, e.g., Southern Nevada Health District, Air Quality, Animal Control, Solid Waste Management Authority.  You can also find a list of public safety agencies at our Resources & Helpful Links page.

Regulated / Privileged Licenses Only

All regulated and privileged license applications require individual background investigations, code conferences with Business License Agents and on-site inspections by public safety agencies.   Most privileged license applicants will be subject to inspections by Business License Agents to determine whether the business premises are in compliance with applicable location suitability requirements.  Because background investigations can take months, you may request for a temporary license while the investigation is being conducted.  

Provided our Business License Agents and all partner public safety agencies determine that you meet the license requirements, your application will be ready for final approval by the Director.  

Director's Approval
Upon approval by the Director of Business License, your license will be automatically sent to your business location.  

You are now ready to operate your business!  Thank you for allowing us to serve you and  wish you continued success! 

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Last modified at 7/29/2020 8:05 by Alma Clemente