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:
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.
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.
List of License Categories and Fees
To see what to expect after submitting your application, click here.
Unable to Apply Online?
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.***
Clark County Department of Business License
500 S. Grand Central Parkway, 3rd Fl.
Las Vegas, NV 89155
Regulated License Summary Sheet
List of License Categories and Fees
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.
Cannabis Establishment License Requirements
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
To see what to expect after submitting your privileged application, click here.
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 Board of Cosmetology
- Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles
- Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health
- Nevada Real Estate Division
- Nevada State Contractors Board
- Nevada Transportation Authority
- Southern Nevada Health District
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION:
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.
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!
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 Vegas, Boulder 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 email@example.com 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.
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.
STEP THREE : REGISTER WITH THE NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION
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.
STEP FIVE: APPLY FOR A BUSINESS LICENSE ONLINE (GENERAL LICENSES ONLY)
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: