City of Las Vegas is Proposing Major Changes to the Las Vegas Municipal Code for Alcohol Related Business and Land Uses

The City of Las Vegas is proposing major changes to the Las Vegas Municipal code for alcohol related businesses and land uses.

 An Industry Workshop will be held on 1/11/22 at 9am.  

RSVP here

 Highlights of the changes:

  • Reduces the number of alcohol license categories from 26 to 12.
  • Reduces the number of land uses associated with the sale of alcohol from 15 to 6.
  • Streamlines suitability requirements for individuals associated with a liquor license
  • Clarifies that privileged license applications can be accepted as an online submittal.
  • Streamlines the business licensing approval process by allowing alcohol licenses to be approved by the Department Director instead of City Council.
  • Removes Origination fees (ranging from $2,500 up to $75,000) which is replaced by a flat $5,000 application fee.
    • For who license holders who paid an origination charge from in 2014 to present, the ordinance provides a credit compensation program to be used towards renewal fees starting 2022 to 2028.
  • Pedestrian mall and the Downtown Entertainment Overlay District alcohol license changes for the reduction off-sale activity by prohibiting further licensing and amortizing existing activity.
  • Brew Pubs, Craft Distilleries, Wineries and Liquor Manufacturers operational requirement amended and simplified to allow these industries to align with State requirements.
  • Removes the need for additional ancillary licenses and instead allows for conditions on main license for ancillary and incidental alcohol activity.
  • Alcohol catering permit changes to reduce on-going activity at establishments and special events where an on-premise liquor license should be required by limiting the number of permit approvals.
  • Allows wedding chapels to obtain a complementary alcohol permit.
  • Provides an allowance for restaurants with an on-premise alcohol license to reseal and allow partially consumed wine or spirits to take the bottles off the premises and to sell alcohol with meals online as a conditional approval.
  • Provides clarification on open containers.
  • Provides clarification on the types of businesses that can be eligible for restricted gaming to better align with State licensing and operational requirements.
  • Adds a land use special use permit requirement for all new restricted gaming activity.

To view the FULL proposed ordinance amendment please click on the link below.

Proposed Ordinance Changes

Comments or arguments regarding this proposed ordinance may be submitted by replying to this email, or click on the Comments and Arguments link by 5:00 p.m. on January 13, 2022.

Comments and Arguments

The City of Las Vegas is also hosting an Industry Workshop on Tuesday, January 11th from 9am to 1pm at the City Council Chambers to answer your questions regarding the proposed changes.

Please RSVP for the Industry Workshop by clicking the link below to register:

Workshop Registration

For additional questions or concerns, you can contact us at


Department of Planning

495 South Main Street

Las Vegas, Nevada 89101

 495 S. Main St. | Las Vegas, NV  89101

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