Posted on: October 6, 2023, 08:50h.
Last updated on: October 6, 2023, 08:50h.
Las Vegas street vendors face new restrictions that prohibit them from selling items near casinos and popular locations along the Las Vegas Strip. The changes to the Clark County Code, unanimously approved by the Clark County Commission, will take effect later this month. Violating the new rules can result in fines of up to $500 or imprisonment for up to six months. The regulations aim to bring county rules in line with a related state law.
The new regulations prohibit vendors from selling within 1,500 feet of a casino/hotel, an athletic facility with a capacity of 20,000 or more, or a large convention center. This includes the vicinity of Allegiant Stadium and T-Mobile Arena. Street vendors must obtain permits and licenses in Clark and Washoe counties.
Vendors who operate near the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign have caught the attention of officials. By the next fiscal year, a second ordinance will outline licensing requirements, fees, and permitted locations. However, concerns have been raised about the potential restrictiveness of the new regulations.
According to Tony Ramirez, spokesperson for Make the Road Nevada, an organization advocating for immigrants in Las Vegas, there needs to be a system that allows vendors to go through the permitting process efficiently. Recent arrests have occurred when vendors failed to comply with the rules. One incident involved an unlicensed vendor who physically resisted arrest.
The new rules in Clark County aim to regulate street vendors and maintain order near popular locations. Vendors are now prohibited from selling items near casinos, large arenas, and convention centers. It remains to be seen how these regulations will impact the street vending industry in Las Vegas.