Development Services

Development Services is here to help developers provide safe and quality developments in the City of Mesquite

Understanding Development Services

  • Processing of Building Permit and Zoning applications
  • Develop and maintain the Master Plan
  • Review of private development projects and other physical projects involving City property for consistency and conformity with the Master Plan, as well as, Building & Planning Codes
  • Serving as an information center to assist citizens in understanding the policies of the Master Plan and provisions of the Building & Planning Codes
  • Anticipating and acting on the need for new plans, policies, and Code changes
  • Applying the approved plans, policies, Codes and other regulations to proposed land use
  • Applying the Planning Code, Building Code and applicable sections of the Administrative Code to applications for permits
  • Respond to Code Enforcement Complaint Forms for potential Code Violations and initiate fair and unbiased enforcement action to correct those violations and educate property owners to maintain code compliance.
  • Assess environmental impact of development projects to protect the environment in the region
  • Assist citizens in applying for and maintaining business licenses
  • Enforce Business Licensing Municipal Code
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10 E Mesquite Blvd
Mesquite, NV 89027

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Sunday: Closed

Monday: 8:00 am–5:00 pm

Tuesday: 8:00 am–5:00 pm

Wednesday: 8:00 am–5:00 pm

Thursday: 8:00 am–5:00 pm

Friday: 8:00 am–5:00 pm

Saturday: Closed

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Is a business license required to operate a business from my home?

Yes, a business license is required to operate a business from your home. You must comply with the performance standards outlined in the Mesquite Municipal Code section 9-8A-4, prior to the issuance of the business license. The fee for a home occupation business license is $50.00; this fee is charged in addition to the business license fee and the $35.00 application fee.

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How do I report a potential violation?

If you suspect there is a code violation, you may contact  the Development Services staff and report a potential violation. A case will be opened and appropriately investigated. If a violation is found to exist, the property owner will be contacted and instructed to comply with code requirements.

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Who turned me in?

The source of a complaint must remain confidential because it may result in a criminal citation. We also want the general public to feel comfortable reporting a potential violation, without fear of retaliation.

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Why are you picking on me? I have lived in Mesquite for many years. I do a lot for the community.

Municipal codes are written for everyone to follow, and not to judge ones character.  The codes equally apply to everyone.  We always appreciate anyone who is out to better the community, but length of residence, financial hardship or performing good deeds for the City does not excuse anyone from code requirements.  To be effective, codes must be equally and fairly enforced for all properties, residents and business owners.

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The violation existed before I bought the property. Why am I responsible for clearing the violation?

Violations run with the property, not with the person who created the violation.  If you purchased a property that has violations, you are responsible for abating the problem.

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How much time do I have to clear the violations?

The Development Services staff will work with you to establish a time frame for compliance that meets the requirements of the code. Depending on the nature of the violation, property owners typically have 10‐30 days to comply.

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I have a few weeds on my property. Why did I receive a Courtesy Notice?

  • Weeds create a safety and fire hazard.  In addition, weeds harbor unwanted pests
  • Weeds on developed property cannot be in excess of 4 inches
  • Weeds on undeveloped property cannot be in excess of 12 inches
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I live in a single‐family residence, does it require landscaping?

Yes, front yards require landscaping extending across the full width of the lot and along the front property line

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What is an inoperable vehicle?

A vehicle is considered inoperable, junked or abandoned, whenever one or more of the following characteristics exists:

  • It is not currently registered
  • It is wrecked
  • It is partially dismantled or missing an engine, transmission or other major and visible parts
  • It is incapable of functioning as a vehicle in its present state
  • It has one or more flat tires or shows other signs that it cannot be driven under its own power
  • It is used to store auto parts, blankets, yard tools or other items
  • Vegetation or debris is collected underneath
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Can I keep an inoperable vehicle on my property?

Inoperable or unregistered vehicles may be kept inside of an enclosed area out of public view

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I am selling an inoperable vehicle, can I keep it on my property?

It does not matter if you’re selling the car or not.  Vehicles for sale are not exempt

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My vehicle is a classic/antique. Can’t I keep it on my property, even though it is not operable?

Everyone’s interpretation of classic or antique is different.  Age, collectability, rarity or perceived sentimental value does not exempt an inoperable vehicle from the regulations. Classic or antique vehicles are still required to be operable & have current registration

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My cousin is out of town and he will be back in a month or two, can I keep his inoperable vehicle here until he returns?

Residential properties are not intended to be long‐term vehicle storage or parking areas.   Inoperable vehicles left behind by out of town owners are not exempt from regulations.

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My vehicle is registered, but I was still asked to get rid of it. Why?

Lack of registration is one criteria used to determine if a vehicle is “inoperable”.  A vehicle may be registered, but if it is dismantled, on blocks, ramps or sitting on a flat tire it is still considered inoperable

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I am repairing vehicles at my house, why can’t I do that?

City zoning regulations do not permit vehicle repair businesses in residential neighborhoods. You can repair your own vehicle, if it is currently registered and operable, or if it is a project/classic care and shows consistent progress towards full repair and drivability.

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I want to get rid of an inoperable vehicle. What can I do?

If a vehicle has value from its parts, contact a licensed private motor vehicle wrecking facility.  Some commercial wrecking facilities will buy vehicles that have marketable parts.  If the vehicle’s value is low, they may haul it away free in exchange for its parts

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There is a vehicle on my property and it is not mine? What can I do?

As a property owner, you are responsible for the condition of your property.  You have the right to call a towing company and ask for a “removal tow”, to pull a vehicle that you do not own off your property.  Any cost for a “removal tow” is done at the vehicle owner’s expense

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Can I store some of my belongings in my front yard?

Open storage is prohibited in front yards or porches of a residential property

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Can I have a yard/garage sale sign?

Yes, they may be displayed for 48 hours in a seven day period and they cannot exceed 4 square feet in area.  Signs cannot be placed on City property, street lights, utility poles and medians.  Signs placed on private property require permission of the property owner.

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Can I use an A‐frame sign to advertise?

A‐frame signs for any purpose are not permitted in the city

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I am selling my house, can I put up a “For Sale by Owner” sign?

Yes, it must be placed on the property and cannot exceed 4 square feet in area

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Who is required to obtain a business license?

Any person wishing to commence, carry on, engage in or continues in any business, trade, occupation or employment (including the making of deliveries of goods, wares and merchandise sold elsewhere) in the city, is required to obtain a business license prior to commencing business in Mesquite.

A business license is required when you conduct any business activity within the City of Mesquite even if your business is located outside the city limits and you have a business license from another jurisdiction. 

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I am an independent contractor, paid on a “1099” basis. Do I need a business license?

Yes, if you are not paid as an employee, you are considered independent or self-employed and are required to obtain a business license.

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How do I apply for a Federal Employment Identification Number – EIN?

The employer identification number or (EIN) is obtained through the Internal Revenue Services. This number is used as a federal taxpayer identification number. You must apply for an EIN to do business in the State of Nevada, this includes Sole Proprietors if they pay wages to one or more employees or file any excise tax returns.  You may contact the Internal Revenue Service at: 1-800-829-4933 or visit their Web site at www.irs.gov/smallbiz

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Is a Secretary of State Business License required and how do I obtain the license?

Every business operating in the State of Nevada is required to obtain a State of Nevada Business License through the office of the Nevada Secretary of State. To apply for the license or if you have any questions regarding the State Business License, please contact the Secretary of State at 702-846-2440; or visit their Web site at www.nvsilverflume.gov.

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How do I apply for a Sales Tax Number and how do I know if I am required to have a Sales Tax Number?

Every business intending to sell tangible goods requires a State of Nevada sales tax permit. Please contact the State of Nevada, Department of Taxation to obtain the sale tax number and any additional information at 866-962-3702 or visit their Web site at www.tax.state.nv.us

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How do I obtain a Health Permit?

If you will be selling or preparing food, you will need to apply for a health permit. Please contact the Southern Nevada Health District at 702-759-1000 or visit their Web site at www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org

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Do I need a D.B.A (Doing Business As) or Fictitious Business Name?

If your business name is anything other than your legal given name, you will need to file a Fictitious Firm Name application with the Clark County Clerk’s office you may contact them at 702- 455-4431 or visit their Web site at www.clarkcountynv.gov/Depts/clerk/Services/Pages/FictitiousFirmNames

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How do I contact the Nevada Gaming Commission and State Gaming Control Board?

Gaming Commission and State Gaming Control Board:

Las Vegas555 E. Washington Ave., Ste. 2600Las Vegas, Nevada 89101(702) 486-2000(702) 486-2045 Fax

You may also visit their Website at www.gaming.nv.gov

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How do I obtain a business license application?

Click here for a Business license application or they are available at City Hall in the Development Services Division, Business Licensing, located at 10 East Mesquite Blvd. Mesquite, NV.

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What information do I need to submit with the business license application?

Please submit the following information, only if it is applicable to your business.

In all cases, a Copy of the Secretary of State Business License and compliance with mandatory industrial insurance are required to be submitted with the business license application. 

  • Copy of State of Nevada Business License or Exempt Receipt issued by the Secretary of State.

Every business operating in the State of Nevada is required to obtain a State of Nevada Business License through the office of the Nevada Secretary of State. To apply for the license or if you have any questions regarding the State Business License, please contact the Secretary of State at 702-846-2440; or visit their Website at www.nvsilverflume.gov.

  • Proof of fictitious (D.B.A. Doing Business As) name filing with the Clark County Clerk’s office

If your business name is anything other than your legal given name or exact legal entity name as registered with the Nevada Secretary of State, you will need to file a Fictitious Firm Name application with the Clark County Clerk’s office. To apply visit their Website at www.clarkcountynv.gov/Depts/clerk/Services/Pages/FictitiousFirmNames

Every business intending to sell tangible goods requires a State of Nevada sales tax permit. Please contact the State of Nevada, Department of Taxation to obtain the sale tax number at 866-962-3702 or visit their Website at www.tax.state.nv.us

If you will be selling or preparing food, you will need to apply for a health permit.

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How much does a business license cost?

There are several business license classifications; the business license fee is based on the classification. Please review the Business Licensing Fee Schedule to determine the appropriate business license fee. You may also contact Business Licensing by e-mail at businesslicenses@mesquitenv.gov or by telephone at 702-346-2835 ext. 3305 to obtain the business license fee.

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Can I pay the business license fee with a credit card?

Not at this time, we do accept cash, checks, cashier checks and money orders. We are working to streamline and improve the business license process and may offer this service in the future. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.   Please make all payments payable to: The City of Mesquite.

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What do I need to know before purchasing or leasing a site for my business within the City of Mesquite?

Businesses based within the City of Mesquite require approval from the Development Services Division, Planning and Zoning, to ensure the location is zoned properly for the intended use and whether a use permit or other type of approval is required. In addition, a New Business Permit is required from the Development Services Division, Building and Capital Projects. Once all inspections and approvals have been obtained, the business license will be issued.

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Is a business license required to operate a business from my home?

Yes, a business license is required to operate a business from your home. You must comply with the performance standards outlined in the Mesquite Municipal Code section 9-8A-4, prior to the issuance of the business license. The fee for a home occupation business license is $50.00; this fee is charged in addition to the business license fee and the $35.00 application fee.

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Can I register my business using a post office box?

No, you must have a physical location for your business, whether it is a commercial or residential location or is located outside of Mesquite.  A post office box may be used for your mailing address only.

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There is a dumpster near my home. Can I dump my garbage in it?

It is unlawful for any person to throw, or cause to be thrown or deposited any garbage, rubbish or debris in the garbage receptacle of another property owner.