City of Las Vegas

Department of Planning
Business Licensing Division
495 S. Main St
Las Vegas, NV 89101

City of Las Vegas Business License Instructions

Night Club

"Nightclub" means an indoor or outdoor entertainment establishment with an occupancy load of 100 or more persons that: 1. Provides any combination of live music, recorded music, or other entertainment for the primary purpose of encouraging social interaction amongst the patrons of the establishment; 2. Contains one or more delineated dance floor areas; and 3. Either provides no food service or food service that is both limited and incidental to the operation of the establishment. The term is also deemed to include a "day club," which possesses the same characteristics as a nightclub, but operates primarily during the daytime hours. The term does not include an establishment that is licensed (or qualifies) as an erotic dance establishment under LVMC Chapter 6.35, a general entertainment establishment licensed under LVMC Chapter 6.32, or a teenage-related establishment licensed under LVMC Chapter 6.80. The term shall not be deemed to include an establishment merely because it includes entertainment if the entertainment is primarily intended to be viewed by an audience. The term shall also not be deemed to include an establishment that provides entertainment if that entertainment is incidental to the primary activity of the establishment and consists merely of ambient or background music intended to create or enhance a mood or atmosphere, or karaoke singing and interaction, or a combination thereof.

1. Confirm the proposed business location is within the Las Vegas city limits and properly zoned for this activity, if applicable. For information on planning, zoning, and building requirements, call (702) 229-6301 or visit City Hall, 495 S. Main St., Las Vegas, Nevada 89101.

2. Provide proof of compliance with the Nevada Secretary of State located at 2250 Las Vegas Boulevard North, North Las Vegas, Nevada 89030. For additional information call (702) 486-2880 or visit their website at Provide proof of compliance with the Nevada Department of Taxation located at 555 East Washington Avenue, Suite 1300, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101. For additional information call (866) 962-3707 or visit their website at

3. 30 days prior to commencing business, apply on-line at

4. Fees due at time application is submitted are $150 ($100 license fee + $50 processing fee). License fees are based on the gross revenue of the business and are due in advance semiannually. If your business is approved for operation from your home and you reside in the city limits of Las Vegas an additional one time fee of $50 is required for a Home Occupation Permit. Make check payable to CITY OF LAS VEGAS.

5. Business license applications are sent to the Planning Department and Fire Department for review and inspection, if applicable. Upon approval from these agencies and completion of all items listed above, the Business Licensing Division will issue your business license.