Sparks City Council Meeting 6/9/2014 2:00:00 PM

    Monday, June 9, 2014 2:00 PM
    Council Chambers, Legislative Bldg, 745 4th St., Sparks

General Business: 6.7

Title: FIRST READING of Bill No. 2676, an ordinance amending Title 9 Section 9.34.083 and Title 5 Section 5.08.020 of the Sparks Municipal Code to provide a vendor permitting process for vendors participating in special events in Sparks; and providing other matters properly related thereto.
Petitioner/Presenter: Tracy Domingues/Francine Burge
Recommendation: That the City Council instruct the City Clerk to read the FIRST READING of the Bill by title on June 9, 2014.
Financial Impact: Estimated $18,000.00 in revenue based on events in FY14.
Business Impact (Per NRS 237):
A Business Impact Statement is not required because this is not a rule.
Agenda Item Brief: This request is the first reading for a Code Amendment to Title 9 Section 9.34.083 and Title 5 Section 5.08.020 establishing a vendor permitting process for vendors participating in special events in Sparks.

Background: Currently, Sparks Municipal Code 5.08.020 requires any person intending to do business within the City of Sparks to obtain a business license. The business license code allows the City to collect licensing fees from businesses conducting business within the City of Sparks, ensure that businesses are properly insured and that the businesses otherwise meet the minimum statutory requirements for doing business. There is no provision within the code, as there are in many cities, for a temporary business license specifically for events. In FY 2014, there were over 41 events with hundreds of vendors selling items as part of the festivities. Due to the nature of special events, the large number of vendors, and the transient nature of those vendors, enforcement of the business license requirement has become inefficient, impractical, and overly difficult. Therefore the City has been losing potential revenue. For example some vendors only travel to Sparks for one event and during Hot August Nights and Rib Cook Off the large number of vendors would cripple the business licensing department with an overload of permit requests in a short time frame.

Analysis: This code amendment adds to Title 9 Section 9.34.083 language that creates a temporary vendor license for special events. This license would only be in effect during the specific special event and only for those events occurring on public property. Additionally, this code amendment adds to Title 5 Section 5.08.020 of the business license code an exemption to the business license requirement. These permits will allow the vendors to do business as part of a special event and allow the City to efficiently and reasonably collect a fee from the vendors.

Alternatives: FIRST READING

Recommended Motion: FIRST READING

Attached Files:
     Bill No. 2676 Special Events Ordinance.pdf
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