Initiative launched to make it easier to do business in the Valley
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Four government agencies are coming together, to make it easier to do business in the Valley.
Starting this week, contractors no longer need to get multiple licenses to do business in Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas and Clark County.
The four jurisdictions worked closely with state legislators to get the measure passed.
The goal is to create a one-stop shop for businesses, making the licensing process easier, in turn attracting more to the area.
The effort was announced at a press conference Thursday morning.
"Now contractors no longer have to obtain multiple licenses to do business in Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas and Clark County," said North Las Vegas Mayor Pro Tem Pamela Goynes-Brown.
A collaboration effort among those four jurisdictions is making the process of doing business in the area, much more convenient.
The new effort allows contractors to obtain local licenses in one location; no traveling to each jurisdiction for each business license.
For example, if a business owner in North Las Vegas wants to open another business in Henderson, they can now go to one place to get their licensing taken care of.
Clark County Commission Chair Susan Brager said, "It's one of the calls across all borders we get: I had to stand in line, I had to go to four windows. We're talking one window, one entity for multi-licensing."
Creating a central data-base allows the jurisdictions to share license data, and allows revenue to be transferred.
"So it's one-stop shopping for everybody. They used to have to run around all over the city, going to different places," explained Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman.
Applications are processed in a single place, bringing ease to the contractor.
"It's very exciting because in so many communities across the country, they are not able to pull together as quickly as we are, and that's because the collegiality of our municipal leadership," said Mayor Goodman.
Where businesses go for their licenses, depends on where their business is.
For example, if your businesses is in Spring Valley, you'd go to the county building. If it's in Henderson, you'd go to Henderson City Hall. But again, it's just one stop for the individual.
The Associated General Contractors (AGC) Las Vegas Chapter, told Action News it supports this new license process:
"We have actively participated in this initiative for more than a year following passage of last year's Senate Bill 110," said Sean Stewart, executive vice president for the AGC and Nevada Contractors Association. "We believe this greatly simplifies the licensing process, saving time and money. It thereby encourages new construction activity."
As this initial phase gets underway, future phases may include licenses for similar businesses that also cross jurisdiction boundaries, such as landscapers or mobile car washes.