Las Vegas sidewalk vendors face a bumpy pathway to licenses and legal operation

Las Vegas sidewalk vendors face a bumpy pathway to licenses and legal operation

Article brief provided by Las Vegas Weekly
  • Shannon Miller, Las Vegas Weekly
September 16, 2023 10:33 AM
  • Shannon Miller, Las Vegas Weekly

Walking into the annual Electric Daisy Carnival festival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, one typically sees sidewalk vendors lined up near the festival entrance, serving up hot dogs and other street foods for thousands of hungry partiers. That could all change, however, following the passage of a bill meant to decriminalize the practice.

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Like short-term rentals, sidewalk vending is widespread; technically, though, it’s illegal and can result in penalties for operating an unlicensed business. Senate Bill 92 was signed into law by Gov. Joe Lombardo in July, and requires Clark and Washoe Counties to establish ordinances to allow sidewalk vendors to apply for a business license and to operate legally in certain areas.