A Step By Step Guide to Apply for a Business License

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:

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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: 

General Regulated Privileged

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

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
Jurisdiction Road Map State License Road Map Taxation Road Map FFN Road Map Apply Online Road Map

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                                  
To see what to expect after submitting your application, click here.  

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


 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:

1 2 3 4 5 6
Jurisdiction Road Map State License Road Map Taxation Road Map FFN Road Map Regulated Packet Road Map
Appointment Road Map
           
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                                                                              
To see what to expect after submitting your application, click here.

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. 
For cannabis establishment business license applications, click here.
 
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:

1 2 3 4 5 6
Jurisdiction Road Map State License Road Map Taxation Road Map FFN Road Map Privileged Packet Road Map
Appointment Road Map
              
                                                                                                                                                                                                      
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
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:

For a list of other government agencies and outside entities, see the Resources and Helpful Links page.

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 DistrictAir QualityAnimal ControlSolid 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! 



STEP ONE: DETERMINE WHERE YOUR BUSINESS IS LOCATED 

STEP TWO: REGISTER YOUR ENTITY AND OBTAIN A NEVADA STATE BUSINESS LICENSE

STEP THREE : REGISTER WITH THE NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION   

STEP FOUR:  REGISTER YOUR BUSINESS NAME (DBA)

STEP FIVE: APPLY FOR A BUSINESS LICENSE ONLINE (GENERAL LICENSES ONLY)