In this economy, it’s hard enough finding a job working for someone else. We figure if you have the entrepreneurial bug, have responsibly assessed your financial situation, and are ready to start your own business, we can at least offer a guide with the steps we took in establishing ourselves as an LLC in Las Vegas. Please keep in mind that some of the fees may have changed since we first registered our business, but at least we can provide some insight to the business license process.

Step 1: Register your LLC with the Nevada Secretary of State ($200+) The reason you should do this first is because it can take a few weeks to get your stamped copy of the LLC approval (unless you’re willing to pay extra to expedite the process). While you’re waiting for your stamped approval, you can work on meeting all of the other requirements for obtaining a Clark County Business License. You can make sure that no one else has your business name by looking it up here: http://nvsos.gov/sosentitysearch.

You can get the forms for the LLC registration at 555 E. Washington Ave, Suite 5200 (Phone: 486-2880). You will have to mail 2 checks, one for the Articles of Organization (one-time $75 fee) and one for filing the list of LLC managing members ($125 annual fee).

There may be an applicable $200 state business license fee unless you fall under one of the following exemptions: http://nvsos.gov/index.aspx?page=273#383

Step 2: Fill out your Clark County business registration form and get zoning approval You can pick up the appropriate forms on the 3rd floor of Clark County Government Center at 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy (Phone: 455‐4252). Check in at the front desk and explain what type of business you want to start. They will let you know what your annual Clark County business license fee will be, as well as provide you with a checklist of all of the documents you need to turn back in. If you want, you can fill out the business registration form immediately (1 page) and head to the first floor of the same building to get stamped zoning approval for your business location.

Note: If you wish to file a DBA, you must register your fictitious firm name ($20 fee) with the Clark County Clerk’s Office, Regional Justice Center on the 3rd floor of 200 S. Lewis Ave (Phone: 671-0500). Alternatively, you may visit the satellite office located on 1st floor of the County Government Center at 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy.

Step 3: Get Federal Tax ID Number/Employer Identification Number (EIN) You can do this online at http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=102767,00.html

Step 4: Proof of Compliance with Nevada Department of Taxation ($100+) Bring all paperwork with you to 555 E. Washington Ave, Suite 1300. They will need at least your business registration form with zoning approval. Depending on whether you will need a consumer use tax account or a combined sales and use tax account (if you sell tangible goods) and how much you estimate your monthly sales to be, your fee will vary.

Step 5: Fill out the Clark County Business Supplemental Form, Fire Department Survey Form, and Proof of Rights to Business Property This is all paperwork you should have received when you first visited the Clark County Government Center.

Step 6: Submit all paperwork to the 3rd floor of the Clark County Government Center Your Clark County business license fee depends on the type of business you are running, and there is also an additional $45 application fee. You should have received a checklist during your first visit to the Clark County Government Center, but just in case, make sure you have the following documents with you:

  • Business registration form with stamped zoning approval
  • Clark County Business Supplemental Form
  • Fire Department Survey Form
  • Proof of Rights to Business Property
  • Stamped copy of LLC registration
  • All tax information
  • Any other documents you may have

Step 7: Wait for your official Clark County business license in the mail! If you have provided all of the documents necessary and filled out the forms correctly, you should be approved for your business license! Good luck!

Disclaimer: This post is not intended to constitute legal advice. We recommend that you consult with a legal or tax professional about business incorporation.


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