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Only one sidewalk vendor applies for license as new strict rules begin

Updated May 8, 2024 - 7:19 pm

Clark County’s business license department received just one sidewalk vending license application in the first six days the ordinance has been in effect.

That might be due to interested individuals reaching out to “other relevant authorities,” including the Southern Nevada Health District and the Secretary of State’s office, county spokesperson Yazmin Beltran said in an email.

The ordinance went into effect on April 30. Between 20 and 30 people inquired in-person on the first day about the requirements and process to apply for a business license, Beltran said.

The health district received no applications and has had only two people contact the agency about the requirements for sidewalk vendors as of Monday, according to SNHD Manager of Food Operations Larry Rogers.

In mid-April, county commissioners passed a law allowing sidewalk vendors to legally operate in certain parts of the Las Vegas Valley.

The ordinance says sidewalk vendors must obtain a county license, hold a permit with the health district and maintain an insurance policy, among other requirements.

Street vendors and advocates have raised concerns over licensure costs and a provision of the law that bans vendors from operating within 500 feet of county parks and schools.

Workshop planned

The county is holding a workshop from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Clark County Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway. The workshop is designed to inform the public about the process to become a fully licensed sidewalk vendor.

Officials will provide attendees with a step-by-step guide on requirements to apply for a business license, and representatives from the Southern Nevada Health District will be available to answer questions about obtaining a health permit.

The workshop will be offered in both English and Spanish and will be live streamed through the county’s social media channels, according to the county.

Contact Taylor R. Avery at TAvery@reviewjournal.com. Follow @travery98 on X.

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