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Sparks Council Approves Changes to Business License Ordinance

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In an effort to ensure all Sparks businesses obtain a current business license, the Sparks City Attorney and the City's Licensing Division have spearheaded a major revision to the City's business license ordinance which was approved at today's Sparks City Council Meeting.   The measure does not increase business license fees. 

"One of the City's priorities is economic development and embracing our business community," said Sparks Mayor Geno Martini.  "We have streamlined some of our planning and zoning ordinances and will continue to find ways to make it easier to do business in Sparks.  As commerce grows in our City, we need to ensure there is a level playing field moving forward."

"It is the aim of the approved ordinance to protect existing Sparks businesses from unfair competition by unlicensed businesses, and to protect the public from unlicensed businesses operating in structures which present a fire or safety hazard," said Sparks City Attorney Chet Adams.

All businesses will continue to receive a 30-day grace period on the renewal of their license.  However, after the grace period expires, the following penalty structure will be in effect: 

31 –   60 days past due

Penalty assessed will be  25% of the delinquent amount

61 –   90 days past due

Penalty assessed will be  50% of the delinquent amount

91 – 120 days past due 

Penalty assessed will be  75% of the delinquent amount

121 – 150 days past due

Penalty assessed will be 100% of the delinquent amount

151 – 180 days past due

Penalty assessed will be 125% of the delinquent amount

If a business continues to operate after their business license has expired, or is operating without ever obtaining a license, a cease and desist order will be issued and criminal charges may be filed against the business.

A summary of the ordinance changes are available here. Business owners can call Sparks Customer Service at 775.353.5555 for more information. 

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