The city of Las Vegas is making it even easier to open a business. New privileged licensing changes are now in effect, which reduce the paperwork by 75 percent and make many forms available online. The city of Las Vegas Business Licensing Department will host a preview and explanation of the city's new streamlined Privilege Licensing process Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 1 p.m. in the first-floor training rooms at Las Vegas City Hall, located at 495 S. Main St.
The Las Vegas City Council recently directed the Business Licensing Department to streamline the process for privilege licenses. These licenses are those business activities that the council has determined require a high degree of regulation and traditionally consist of liquor, gaming, pawn and secondhand businesses. Previously, the process consisted of a general application, 18-page personal history, 15-page financial history and a suitability investigation by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. The process could take six months or more.
The new process streamlines the application process by reducing paperwork by 75 percent; the personal history is now six pages and the financial history is four pages. Many of the forms are available on the city’s website.
This is just one of a number of initiatives the city has undertaken to make it easier for businesses in the city. For example, the city of Las Vegas is the first government agency in Southern Nevada to offer customers the ability to apply for a business license online. Customers can also pay their application fee or renew their current business license online. In another major accomplishment, the city opened its Development Services Center (DSC) in July 2011, a “one-stop shop” for the business community and others doing additions or construction around the home. The DSC is located at 333 N. Rancho Drive. Business Licensing rounds out the services now offered in one location to the development community, including the Planning Department, Building & Safety Department, Land Development, City Engineer, Fire Prevention, Public Works and Operations & Maintenance administrators.