While Nevada may appear to the outsider as the last of the Wild West -- a place where anything goes, a local business-owner will tell you otherwise. The state's low tax-rate and easy incorporation laws may make it attractive to entrepreneurs, but that's not because of any shortage of licensing. Nevada's state, county and city governments regulate a multitude of businesses and collect just as many fees. The benefits of the Wild West are available to those who apply.
In Nevada, any business that serves food can endanger public health. That’s why restaurants are some of the most regulated businesses out there. Multiple state, county and city environmental health permits are common for restaurants. Those that serve alcohol need even more licensing. Prospective restaurateurs should expect to apply for at least five licenses and permits and in many cases much more.