When opening a business in Las Vegas, it is best to get in touch with the business licensing department within the jurisdiction of your intended business location. The legal side of opening a business in the state is as crucial as all the preparations done with the business’ start-up resources and the selection of the best business location.
For a more comprehensive guide about licensing and registration requirements in Nevada, you may also read:
Guide to Registering and Licensing a Business in Nevada
Steps in Opening a Business in Las Vegas:
1. Register your business within Clark County, Nevada. Do this once you already confirmed your Las Vegas business location, your business plan, and your business’ legal structure. These steps apply for those who are new business owners in the state or those expanding or relocating an existing business. Make sure you comply with the state’s zoning laws and that all legal documents required are ready for faster processing of the business registration.
2. Register the legal structure of the business in the state of Nevada. A sole proprietorship doesn’t need to register with the state, but a corporation, non-profit, limited liability company, or partnership (limited, or limited liability) must do so.
Check the Commercial Recordings area of the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office or the county clerk’s office to determine availability of your preferred business name or if someone already filed a fictitious name permit under the same name.
Go to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office or check their website to confirm if you can legally use your intended business name. If the name is not available anymore and it is still your priority to use the said name, you may consult an attorney to discuss your options.
If you want to use a fictitious name, you must first make a published statement of intent informing the public about your plan to use the said name through a newspaper of general circulation within the county. This must be dome for a certain number of weeks. If no problem arises, you can now file the fictitious name statement.
3. Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN), which will serve as the federal tax identification number of the business. You can readily apply for this online at the irs.gov website.
4. Register for state taxes once you have your business’ EIN.
Get in touch with the Nevada Department of Taxation to confirm the more specific requirements needed for the type of business you have. You may also need to work on other requirements such as sales and use tax or seller’s permits and unemployment insurance.
5. Apply for a business license or permit from the state and the county (Clark County for Las Vegas) where your business shall be located. This annually renewable license or permit may be sufficient for certain types of business. However, there are businesses like hotels, restaurants, bars, and gaming that also need additional licenses and permits. It is best to apply online, then mail the printed form to the Nevada Department of Taxation.
Business.gov: Starting a Business in Nevada
Nevada Department of Taxation: State Business License
IRS.gov: Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) Online
NRS Chapter 602: Doing Business Under Assumed or Fictitious Name
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