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City of Las Vegas

Economic and Urban Development Department &

Redevelopment Agency

Economic and Urban Development Department

The Economic and Urban Development Department (EUD) creates, coordinates and encourages new

development and redevelopment throughout the city of Las Vegas. It increases and diversifies the

city’s economy and creates jobs through business attraction, retention and expansion programs. This

expanded department now includes the Parking Division. The newly reorganized and consolidated Parking Division has begun work on modernizing parking meters, online customer service, downtown parking locator assistance and aiding developers with their parking-related plans.

The EUD coordinates with the Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency (RDA) on day-to-day operations, economic development, job creation and long-term strategic goals.

Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency The Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency (RDA) promotes the redevelopment of downtown Las Vegas and surrounding older commercial districts by working with developers, property owners and the community to accomplish beneficial revitalization efforts, create jobs and eliminate urban decay.

The city of Las Vegas currently has two designated redevelopment areas. Redevelopment Area 1 encompasses 3,948 acres. The area roughly includes the greater downtown Las Vegas area east of I-15, south of Washington Avenue, north of Sahara Avenue and west of Maryland Parkway. It also includes the Charleston Boulevard, Martin L. King Boulevard and Eastern Avenue corridors.

A new Redevelopment Area 2 (RDA 2) was officially adopted during the Aug. 15, 2012 meeting of the Las Vegas City Council. The RDA 2 designation gives the Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency the powers to redevelop, rehabilitate and revitalize this area. This new RDA 2 designation also allows the Redevelopment Agency to provide qualified owners/operators with certain business incentives.

Redevelopment Area 2 covers Sahara Avenue from I-15 to Decatur Boulevard, Charleston Boulevard from Rancho Drive to Rainbow Boulevard and Decatur Boulevard from Sahara Avenue to U.S. 95.

Although the RDA is legally a separate entity from the city of Las Vegas, city council members sit on its board and provide input on projects.

Contact Information:

495 S. Main St.

Sixth Floor Las Vegas, NV 89101 Tel: 702.229.6551 702.229.6100 Web: lvrda.org Web: downtown.vegas


Incorporating in Nevada Many entities choose to incorporate in Nevada because the state laws are considered to be liberal with respect to the formation and maintenance of corporations. The Nevada Secretary of State’s Commercial Recordings Division processes the documents necessary to form standard C corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs) and nonprofit organizations.

Corporation and LLC filing services offered by the Nevada Secretary of State include incorporation, limited liability company formation, limited partnership filings and foreign qualification. Document filing and certification services offered include articles of incorporation, articles of amendment, articles of organization, articles of dissolution, foreign qualification, corporation name reservation and certificates of good standing.

Visit the Nevada Secretary of State website at nvsos.gov for more information on incorporation requirements, fee schedules and access to forms.

Nevada Secretary of State Commercial Recordings Division 555 E. Washington Ave., Ste. 5200 Las Vegas, Nevada 89101 Tel: 702.486.2880 E-mail: sosmail@sos.nv.gov Web: nvsos.gov Obtaining a Local Business License A license is required to operate a business in the city of Las Vegas. This includes businesses located outside of the city of Las Vegas that come into the city of Las Vegas to provide a service or to make sales. The type of license or licenses required is determined by the type or types of business activity being conducted.

Building contractors holding a state license in accordance with Nevada Revised Statue 624 are licensed in their primary jurisdiction and may operate in other jurisdictions if they have a multi-jurisdictional business license. For example, a building contractor located in the city of Las Vegas may obtain licenses for Henderson, Clark County, and North Las Vegas by visiting our office. For building contractors located in another jurisdiction they may obtain their city of Las Vegas business license from that jurisdiction.

If you are going to conduct business in the city of Las Vegas then first complete the Secretary of State requirements at https://www.nvsilverflume.gov/home. Once you have completed their requirements the second step is to visit our web site at http://www.lasvegasnevada.gov/Apply/23707.htm.

The license or licenses you will need can be either general and/or privilege.

General Licenses A general license is one that does not require approval of the City Council. For example, a lawn service, automotive repair garage, or travel agency. Applications for general licenses should be submitted no more than 30 days prior to the business opening. Requirements for a general business license vary depending on the business activity and whether the business is in a commercial or residential location. For more information on general business licensing in the city of Las Vegas visit our web site at http://www.lasvegasnevada.gov/Apply/23707.htm.


Special/Privilege Licenses A privilege license is required for businesses found by the City Council to require a high degree of supervision and to more seriously affect the economic, social and moral well-being of the City and its residents. For example, gaming establishments, alcohol sales and service, and pawnbrokers. Requirements for a privilege license different

for each privilege category. Detailed requirements for privilege licenses can be obtained in person at:

City of Las Vegas Planning Department Business License Division 333 North Rancho Drive, 6th Floor Las Vegas, Nevada 89106 E-mail: License@LasVegasNevada.gov Web: http://www.lasvegasnevada.gov/Apply/23707.htm Customer Service Hours: Monday to Thursday 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., CLOSED Friday State of Nevada Business License All companies that conduct business within the state of Nevada must obtain a state business license. Exceptions include small sole proprietors working out of their home and netting less than $26,900 in 2013, landlords renting four or fewer dwelling units, the movie industry and nonprofit organizations. To obtain an application, contact the Nevada Secretary of State.

Nevada Secretary of State Securities Division 555 E. Washington Ave., Ste. 5200 Las Vegas, Nevada 89101 Tel: 702.486.2440 E-mail: nvsec@sos.nv.gov Web: nvsos.gov Assessor’s Office Nevada tax laws require all persons, firms or businesses owning, renting, leasing or controlling business or personal property to file a list of that property annually with the assessor of the county in which the property is located. Call or visit the assessor’s office to have a declaration generated and mailed.

Clark County Assessor’s Office 500 S. Grand Central Parkway Second Floor Las Vegas, Nevada 89155 Tel: 702.455.3882 Web: clarkcountynv.gov/assessor


Employer Identification Number Every partnership or corporation must have an Employer Identification Number (EIN) to use as its taxpayer number. Sole proprietors must also have an EIN if wages are paid to one or more employees or if excise tax returns must be filed.

Internal Revenue Service 110 City Parkway Las Vegas, Nevada 89106 Tel: 702.868.5005 (recording) 800.829.4933 E-mail: irs.gov.website.helpdesk@speedymail.com Web: irs.gov Fictitious Name Certification Any business that plans to use a name other than its legal or corporate name is required to file a fictitious name certificate with the county clerk’s office. The county clerk’s office can run a check on the availability of a fictitious name for your company, but cannot guarantee exclusivity. For exclusivity, you must obtain a trademark through the Nevada Secretary of State’s office prior to obtaining a fictitious name certification. A fictitious firm name filing is also required by the county’s Business License office before issuing a business license under a fictitious name. Fictitious names must be renewed every five years. The new filing or renewal cost is $20 and must be paid by cash, major credit card, check or money order payable to the county clerk. Forms can be obtained online at clarkcountynv.gov/depts/clerk/services/pages/fictitiousfirmnames.aspx.

Clark County Clerk Regional Justice Center 200 Lewis Ave.

Fifth Floor Las Vegas, Nevada 89101 Tel: 702.671.0500 E-mail: clerkem@clarkcountynv.gov Web: clarkcountynv.gov/depts/clerk Nevada Business Registration All new businesses are required to register with the Department of Taxation. The department provides information related to state business licensing, sales tax or use tax permits and consumer’s permits or certificates of authority.

The department will issue the applicable permit and/or license needed to provide the clearance necessary for local business license purposes. An application is available online.

Nevada Department of Taxation 555 E. Washington Ave.

Ste. 1300 Las Vegas, Nevada 89101 Tel: 702.486.2300 Web: tax.state.nv.us Zoning Ordinances Zoning ordinances should be checked to ensure that the proposed company location is appropriately zoned for the business being considered. For home-based businesses, a home occupation permit is required and must be approved for any business operating from a residential location.


City of Las Vegas Department of Planning 333 N. Rancho Drive Las Vegas, Nevada 89106 Tel: 702.229.6301 E-mail: planning@lasvegasnevada.gov Web: lasvegasnevada.gov/government/planning.htm Plan Reviews The development process relates to both off-site and on-site development projects. Whether customers are obtaining a permit for a perimeter fence, a new building, remodel or street/landscaping improvements, the Development Services Center is the first point of contact.

City of Las Vegas Development Services Center 333 N. Rancho Drive Las Vegas, Nevada 89106

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Worker’s Compensation It is mandatory for Nevada employers who have at least one employee to provide worker’s compensation insurance coverage. Nevada excludes some employees due to unique criteria, such as employment related to interstate commerce entities not subject to state law, employment covered by private disability and death benefits plans, employees brought into Nevada on a temporary basis and casual employment of 20 days or less.

Since Jan. 1, 2000, Nevada no longer provides worker’s compensation through a state fund. However, employers may purchase insurance from private carriers licensed by the state or become certified by the Division of Insurance as a self-insured employer. For smaller businesses wanting to be self-insured, there are associations of self-insured employers (generally in the same business) that form groups. Also, some agents or brokers who handle other lines of insurance can provide worker’s compensation insurance for self-insured employers.

The maximum considered wage for computing disability compensation for fiscal year 2015 has been certified by the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation’s Employment Security Division to be $824.67 per week. The Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 616A.065 defines the average monthly wage as 150 percent of the state average weekly wage multiplied by 4.33.

Maximum disability compensation in Nevada is 66-2/3 percent of the average monthly wage (NRS 616A.065 and 616C.475). If earned wage on the date of injury was less than $5,456.23 per month, compensation is 66-2/3 percent of the actual earned wage.

Note: Nevada law protects employers who provide coverage for their employees at the time of injury from additional damages claimed by their employees as a result of an injury on the job.

State of Nevada Department of Business and Industry Division of Industrial Relations 1301 N. Green Valley Parkway, Ste. 200 Henderson, Nevada 89074 Tel: 702.486.9080 Web: dirweb.state.nv.us Source: Nevada Department of Business and Industry Division of Industrial Relations (December 2014).


Unemployment Insurance Unemployment insurance is a federal/state insurance that protects workers by paying benefits during periods of involuntary unemployment. Generally, any business that has paid wages of $225 or more during a calendar quarter must pay taxes on those wages.

New employers pay at a rate of 2.95 percent of wages paid to each employee up to the taxable wage base in effect during a calendar year. The taxable wage base for 2014 is $27,400. The employer retains this rate for 14 to 17 quarters, after which the rate will range from 0.25 percent to 5.4 percent, depending on previous experience with unemployment and the rate schedule in effect. An additional 0.05 percent is imposed for qualified programs.

Businesses are assigned a rating based on the amount of unemployment claims that have been filed.

New employers should register their business entity by filing a Nevada Business Registration form prior to hiring employees.

Employment Security Division Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation 2800 E. St. Louis Ave.

Las Vegas, Nevada 89104 Tel: 702.486.6632 or 775.684.3849 E-mail: detradmn@nvdetr.org Web: detr.state.nv.us/esd.htm Source: Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (December 2014).

Immigration Service Every employer is required, within 72 hours of hiring a new employee, to obtain a completed, signed, witnessed and dated I-9 Form from the employee. This form can be obtained online at uscis.gov/i-9 or requested via mail by calling 1.800.870.3676.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services 5650 W. Badura Ave., Suite 100 Las Vegas, Nevada 89118 Web: uscis.gov.

No walk-in appointments. Appointments must be scheduled online at infopass.uscis.gov

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