The six-month application window for potential short-term tenants in unincorporated Clark County is expected to open next month, the county announced Monday.
Clark County Commissioners ruled in a unanimous vote in June that people with eligible applications would then move on to a third-party lottery system before the coveted business licenses, which will not exceed 1% of the “park of dwellings’ are issued.
“Submission of an application does not guarantee approval or issuance of a license,” the county wrote in a press release, adding that no changes will be allowed on applications after they are submitted.
Applications can be obtained through the county’s online portal from September 13. Those wishing to submit the documents in person can schedule an appointment beginning Sept. 6 by calling 702-455-4321.
The start of the application process was originally scheduled for September 1.
Earlier this month, the Greater Las Vegas Short Term Rental Association filed a lawsuit against Clark County and Nevada, alleging the county’s ordinance to regulate short-term rentals “crosses the line.” of what is authorized by the constitutions of Nevada and the United States.
The lawsuit says the county’s regulations went further than the 2021 state legislature, which legalized short-term rentals, intended.
“To be clear, The Rental Association, through this petition, does not oppose the regulation of the short-term rental industry by Clark County or the State of Nevada,” wrote the lawyers in court documents. “Nor is he opposed to the assessment and imposition of all fees and taxes on licensees and customers of short-term rentals. Nor does it invite the judiciary to engage in political debate.
However, he added, “No Nevada resident or interstate or international traveler may be compelled by law to live, do business, and have visitors in his or her own home under the arbitrary licensing scheme and oppressive set out in the order. This is going too far. It is unconstitutional. He fails.”
The July 1 state law overturned a county ban on short-term rentals from services such as Airbnb and Vrbo.
Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson already allow regulated short-term rentals.
Under Clark County’s ordinance on short-term rentals, contestants would pay a fee and be required to follow certain rules, including a ban on parties and a cap on the number of guests allowed. The commissioners also laid the groundwork for enforcement plans, costs and consequences for breaching the order.
Commissioners estimated that more than 10,000 properties were illegally rented in unincorporated Clark County.
The 1,200-member short-term rental association said around 80% of landlords who use their property for commercial accommodation would be put out of business.
A proposal to pass amended bylaws to comply with Nevada law is on the agenda for Wednesday’s Las Vegas City Council meeting.