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Mar 30, 2020

Business licensing is open. Since the Development Services Center is closed to the public without an appointment, you can email license@lasvegasnevada.gov or call 702-229-6281. Office hours are Monday to Thursday 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We are experiencing high call volumes, so there may be long wait times.

Thecity plans to take several steps to ease the burdens on businesses that havebeen forced to close. These include:

         A grace period for business license renewals with due dates of March 1,April 1,  May 1 or June 1

         Optionsto close general or privileged licenses and no cost to reinstate them

         Aliquor license option to pay a reduced fee during the temporary closure

         Agaming license option to pay a reduced fee during the temporary closure

         Anongoing acceptance of applications during this time

Starting May 9

Governor Sisolak has issued guidelines for the reopening of businesses in Nevada. Here is the Southern Nevada Business Reopening Guide.  If you need guidance, reach out to our business licensing team at license@lasvegasnevada.gov or 702-229-229-6281.

Starting May 1

Non-essential retail businesses that were originally identified in Directive 003 will be permitted to do curbside pick-up, including liquor and smoke shops.  Retailers wising to do curbside service must comply with the NV OSHA requirements, CDC Guidelines and the Curbside Commerce Safety Protocols issued by the Nevada Health Response.  Read the guidelines.

Cannabis retail businesses are now permitted to do curbside pick-up.  Retailers wising to do curbside service must comply with the Department of Taxation in conjunction with the Cannabis Compliance Board, NV OSHA requirements, CDC Guidelines and the Curbside Commerce Safety Protocols issued by the Nevada Health Response.  Learn more.

Golf, tennis and pickle ball activities can resume in a manner that is consistent with social distancing guidelines and sanitation practices.  Read the Best Practices for Gold Courses.

Gaming operations will open when authority is received from the Gaming Control Board.

Time-Limited Licenses 

We have heard from several business owners that as their operations are being impacted due to closures/restrictions relating to the coronavirus and the allowance of delivery and curbside alcohol sales will be helpful.  Therefore we are offering three types of temporary alcohol permits that can be applied for:

  • Time-limited Curbside Service Permit (with food service)
  • Time-limited Alcohol Delivery Permit (with food service)
  • Time-limited Alcohol Delivery Permit (with primary package alcohol license)

Time Limited Curbside Alcohol Sales

The city of Las Vegas may issue a Time-Limited Alcohol (Beer/Wine or General) that will allow a business with an existing alcohol license (beer/wine, tavern, tavern-limited, etc.) and a food service license to do curbside pickup of alcohol with a meal. 

Permit Rules/Conditions 

  • Commercial locations will only be able to sell the types of alcohol that they are currently licensed for, i.e. a beer/wine licensee may only offer beer and wine with their take-out meals
  • Alcohol must be in the manufacture’s sealed container 
  • The city will waive the daily fee and only charge the processing fee of $100 per permit 
  • Valid for 30 days
  • These permits can be applied for online: www.dscportal.lasvegasnevada.gov
  • Up to 2 business days processing time
  • Permit is renewable only during the State of Emergency situation    

We will waive the daily fee and only charge the processing fee of $100 per permit. This permit is separate from the alcohol delivery with a meal and package alcohol delivery permits.  All three of these permits can be applied for online at www.dscportal.lasvegasnevada.gov through the licensee’s online business license account. Questions can be emailed to license@lasvegasnevada.gov. Permits will be processed in one to two business days. 

Time Limited Alcohol Delivery Permit (with food permit)

The city of Las Vegas can issue a Time-Limited Alcohol Delivery permit for 30 days, renewable based on the duration of the current restrictions on businesses, which will allow a business with an existing alcohol license (beer/wine, tavern, tavern-limited, etc.) and a food service license to deliver a meal with alcohol.

Permit Rules/Conditions 

  • Allows businesses with an existing alcohol license and food service to deliver alcohol with a meal
  • Time-Limited Alcohol Delivery Permit is good for 30 days
  • Renewable based on duration of the current restrictions on businesses
  • Commercial locations only
  • Can only sell type of alcohol that they are currently licensed for; beer/wine licensee may only offer beer and wine with their take-out meal
  • Alcoholic beverages must be in the manufacturer’s sealed container
  • $100 permit
  • Alcohol must be delivered by owner oremployee of business; NO third-party delivery (i.e. Lyft, Uber, Amazon, etc.)allowed
  • Individual delivering must verify the personaccepting the delivery is 21-years-old or older
  • Employee delivering MUST have an unexpiredalcohol awareness card and a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police work card, noexceptions
  • Owners and key employees already registeredwith the City do not need a work card, but must still have an unexpired alcoholawareness card

We will waive the daily fee and only charge the processing fee of $100 per permit. This permit is separate from the curbside permit and package alcohol delivery permits.  All three of these permits can be applied for online at www.dscportal.lasvegasnevada.gov through the licensee’s online business license account. Questions can be emailed to license@lasvegasnevada.gov. Permits will be processed in one to two business days. 

Time Limited Alcohol Delivery Permit (package)

The city of Las Vegas can issue a Time-Limited Alcohol Delivery permit (Package)  for 30 days, renewable based on the duration of the current restrictions on businesses, which will allow a business with an existing alcohol license for package alcohol sales and whose business is primarily engaged in the retailing of packaged alcoholic beverages.

Permit Rules/Conditions

  • Time-Limited Alcohol Package Alcohol Delivery Permit is good for 30 days
  • Renewable based on duration of the situation
  • Allows businesses with an existing package alcohol license to do deliveries with just alcohol
  • Commercial locations only
  • Commercial location is to remain closed to the public, unless licensed for other essential service
  • If licensed for other essential service package, alcohol sales must still be done by internet for delivery (no curb-side service)
  • Can only sell type of alcohol that they are currently conditionally licensed; some package alcohol locations can just do beer/wine so they may only deliver beer and wine
  • Alcoholic beverages must be in the manufacture’s sealed container
  • $100 per permit
  • Alcohol must be delivered by owner or employee of business, NO third-party delivery (i.e. Lyft, Uber, Amazon, etc.) allowed
  • Individual delivering MUST have an unexpired Alcohol Awareness card, no exceptions
  • Employee delivering must have an unexpired Metro issued Work Card for alcohol, no exceptions
  • Owner or registered Key Employee with the City do not need a Work Card

The City will waive the daily fee and only charge the processing fee of $100 per permit. This permit is separate from the curbside permit and alcohol delivery with a meal permits. All three of these permits can be applied for online at www.dscportal.lasvegasnevada.gov through the licensee’s online business license account. Questions can be emailed to license@lasvegasnevada.gov. Permits will be processed in one to two business days. 

Business License Enforcement on Non-Essential Businesses

Enforcement is being done at a local level. If a business is in city limits, www.lasvegasnevada.gov/citylimits, please call 311 to report a nonessential business.To help determine if a business is essential or non-essential please visit www.lasvegasnevada.gov/nonessentialbusiness.

Business License Renewals Grace Periods:

Essential businesses who had renewal cycles March 1, April 1 and May 1  may pay their renewal fees by June 1 without penalty

Non-essential businesses who had renewal cycles March 1, April 1 May 1, and June 1 may pay their renewal fees by July 1 without penalty

Any business that has questions may email us at license@lasvegasnevada.gov

General Business License

If your business will need to be closed longer, please contact us either via email or phone and we can close out your license record.

When you are ready to open, contact us and we will work to immediately relicense you.All application fees will be waived as long as the business is at the same location with the same owners within a 6-month period (October 1, 2020).

Privilege Business License

If your privileged business license will need to be closed longer, then please contact us.

When you are ready to re-open, contact us and we will work to immediately relicense you.All application fees will be waived as long as the business is at the same location with the same owners within a 6-month period (October 1, 2020).

Please note: A privilege license that must be approved by City Council. A temporary license can be issued administratively for 90 days, but final approval must still be acted on by the City Council. There would be no charge for relicensing. However, you must discuss this option with city staff before deciding on this, as there could be important land use repercussions.

Liquor Licenses

All liquor licenses are due to renew on April 1. As a reminder, these fees are paid “by the bar.” If your business is closed for a short time period and you are paying within the 60 day grace period, then you can consider paying your renewal fee for only one bar. Contact us to change that rate in the system. Once you reopen, contact us and pay for the additional bars on a prorated basis.

Gaming Licenses

All gaming licenses are due to renew on April 1. With all gaming closed in the State of Nevada, a licensee only needs to pay for a minimum number of games or slot machines. This is imperative to maintain your Gaming License with the State of Nevada. You can maintain your license with a minimum number of games or slot machines. Letting your gaming license lapse can have serious implications with the State of Nevada.

  • Non-Restricted Gaming must report a minimum 16 slot machines or one other type game (like craps).
  • Restricted Gaming must report a minimum of one (1) slot machine.

When you are ready to reopen contact Business Licensing and pay for the additional slot machines and/or games on a prorated basis.

Businesses forced to close as a result of the Governor’s Order will not have their land use impacted as long as they reopen after that order is lifted.Please see the Memo Issued by Department of Planning on Land Use.

If you are closed, either due to the Governor’s order or due to economic hardship, please post a closure notice on your door.

Applications

The Business Licensing Division will still continue to take general license applications online and work to process those applications. Communication will be conducted via email and by phone.

Applications can be submitted on line at https://www.lasvegasnevada.gov/Business/Business-Licenses/Apply-For-A-Business-License

Privilege License applications that require a suitability background check and/or City Council approval may experience additional disruptions.Staff can be reached at blapp@Lasvegasnevada.gov for additional guidance.

If you should have a business license related question please contact us at License@Lasvegasnevada.gov.Additional licensing information can also be found at https://www.lasvegasnevada.gov/Business/Business-Licenses.

As the situation evolves, the information above will be subject to change.

Resources

Declaration of Emergency Directive – 003 (March 20, 2020)

Emergency Regulation of the Department of Public Safety Division of Emergency Management: March 20, 2020 Emergency Order

Memo Issued by Department of Planning on Land Use

Nevada Health Response: Covid-19

Southern Nevada Health District Coronavirus Reopening Guidance