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Title 1 General Provisions
Title 2 Administration and Personnel
Title 3 Revenue and Finance
Title 5 Business Licenses and Regulations
5.02 Fictitious Business Names
5.04 Gambling Establishments
5.06 Alarm Device Regulations
5.08 Intoxicating Liquor Sale Licenses
5.12 Outdoor Festivals
5.16 Tent Shows and Circuses
5.20 Water Companies
5.24 Traveling Merchants
5.26 Escort Bureaus
5.28 Solicitation of Funds
5.32 Time-Sharing Developments
5.34 Cable Television Franchises
5.36 Adult Characterized Businesses
5.40 Vacation Rentals in the Tahoe Township
Title 6 Animals
Title 8 Health and Safety
Title 9 Criminal Code
Title 10 Vehicles and Traffic
Title 12 Streets and Other Public Places
Title 13 Parks
Title 14 Airports
Title 18 Town Annexation and Service Districts
Title 19 Initiative Ordinances
Title 20 Consolidated Development Code
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County Codes
Title 5 Business Licenses and Regulations
5.04 Gambling Establishments
5.04.010 Licenses required
5.04.015 Approval of location
5.04.020 Licenses and fees
5.04.025 Special events licenses
5.04.030 License--Refusal to grant
5.04.035 New application
5.04.040 License--Penalty for violation
5.04.050 Definitions
5.04.070 Sheriff duties
5.04.090 Grounds for revocation
5.04.110 Penalty for violations

5.04.010 Licenses required
    A.  It is unlawful for any person, either as owner, lessee or employee, whether for hire or not, either solely or in conjunction with others, without having first procured and thereafter maintaining in effect, a license from the Douglas County license board and paying a license tax therefor to the county: 
        1.  To deal, operate, carry on, conduct, maintain or expose for play in Douglas County, Nevada, any game or slot machine or any horserace book or sports pool; 
        2.  To provide or maintain any information service the primary purpose of which is to aid the playing or making of wagers or events of any kind; or 
        3.  To receive, directly or indirectly, any compensation or reward or any percentage or share of the money or property played, for keeping, running or carrying on any game, slot machine, horserace book or sports pool.
    B.  The board may impose any conditions it deems appropriate when issuing a license and the conditions may include limiting the number of gambling games, slot machines or gaming devices approved under any license or limiting the locations of any such gambling games, slot machines or gaming devices. (Ord. 430 §1 (part), 1985; Ord. 91 §1, 1952)
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5.04.015 Approval of location
Any person who is licensed by the license board and who owns any gambling game, slot machine or gaming device, must, by separate action of the board receive approval for the location or locations of any gambling game, slot machine or gaming device in the county. (Ord. 430 §1 (part), 1985)
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5.04.020 Licenses and fees
All license taxes required by this chapter shall be payable quarterly, in advance, in accordance with the following schedule: 
    A.  Each licensee operating two hundred fifty or more slot machine gaming devices shall pay for each machine operated, twenty dollars per quarter, or fraction thereof. 
    B.  Each licensee operating less than two hundred fifty slot machine gaming devices shall pay for each machine operated, eight dollars per quarter, or fraction thereof. 
    C.  For all other games operated, the licensee shall pay for each game operated, two hundred dollars per quarter, or fraction thereof. (Ord. 337 §1, 1980; Ord. 288 §1, 1978; Ord. 230 §1, 1975; Ord. 194 (part), 1972; Ord. 91 §2, 1952)
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5.04.025 Special events licenses
    A.  As used in this section, special events refers to periods during which the influx of tourist activity to this state, or any area thereof, may require additional industry accommodation as determined by the license board of Douglas County. 
    B.  Any licensee holding a valid license pursuant to this chapter may apply to the license board, on application forms prescribed by that board, for a special events permit for the purpose of increasing the licensee's table gaming operations during special event periods. 
    C.  The application shall be filed with the license board at least fourteen days prior to the date when the table games are to be added. 
    D.  If the license board approves the application, it shall issue to the licensee a permit to operate additional table games, not to exceed fifty percent of the number of table games operated by the licensee in the quarter in which the special event is to take place. The permit shall state the period for which it is issued and the number of table games to be allowed. For the purposes of computing any number or fee, any fractional table game shall be counted as one table game. The licensee shall present the permit on the demand of any inspecting agent of the license board. 
    E.  Before issuing any permit pursuant to this section, the license board shall charge and collect the license fee of one third of the fee due for the quarter for each table game operated during the special event. These fees shall be in lieu of the fees required pursuant to section 5.04.020. 
    F.  A permit may not be issued to any licensee for more than forty cumulative days during any calendar year, or for a period longer than ten days during any calendar quarter year. Any table gaming operation operated greater than ten days during any calendar year shall require the licensee to pay the full quarter's fees due and owing pursuant to section 5.04.020. The ten-day period during a calendar quarter year may be consecutive or divided into two lesser periods. For the purposes of computation, one day is equal to a twenty-four hour period. 
    G.  If any additional table games authorized pursuant to a special events permit are not removed at the time the permit expires, the licensee shall immediately be subject to the fees provided for in section 5.04.020. (Ord. 399 §1, 1982)
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5.04.030 License--Refusal to grant
The license board may refuse to grant a license to any applicant upon the following grounds: 
    A.  When, in the judgment of the board, the granting of the license may tend to create or constitute a public nuisance; 
    B.  When by granting of the license a disorderly house or place may be maintained; 
    C.  When the granting of the license may seriously and adversely affect the valuation of adjoining and contiguous property; 
    D.  When the board is satisfied that the applicant is not a fit and proper person to operate the game or device; 
    E.  When in the judgment of the board there are ample and sufficient licenses in the area or place for which the license is to be used to properly serve the area or place;
    F.  The applicant is not in compliance with the conditions of a special use permit issued with a gaming district (GD) overlay, pursuant to chapter 20.685, if applicable.  
    F.  For any other good and sufficient reason. (Ord. 1319, 2010; Ord. 430 §1 (part), 1985; Ord. 91 §3, 1952)
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5.04.035 New application
Any person who makes application for a license and is denied the issuance of same after a hearing on the application may not reapply for the license during a one-hundred-eighty-day period following the written decision by the License Board.  The board's written decision is considered a final decision for the purposes of judicial review. (Ord. 1301, 2009; Ord. 430 §1 (part), 1985)
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5.04.040 License--Penalty for violation
Any person, firm, association or corporation violating any of the provisions of sections 5.04.010 through 5.04.030 shall upon conviction thereof be punished as for a misdemeanor and, at the option of the board, the license of the violator or his employer may be suspended or revoked. (Ord. 91 §4, 1952)
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5.04.050 Definitions
Whenever used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires: 
    A.  "Convicted" means a finding of guilt resulting from a plea of guilty, the decision of a court or magistrate or the verdict of a jury, irrespective of the pronouncement of judgment or the suspension thereof. 
    B.  An "employee" is anyone who receives a salary or receives a percentage of profits from the business establishment other than a licensee. 
    C.  "Employees of gambling houses" means any person employed by a gaming establishment and as further defined in NRS 463.0157. Gaming employee does not include cocktail waitresses or other persons engaged exclusively in preparing or serving food or beverages. 
    D.  "Game" or "gambling game" means any banking or percentage game played with cards, dice or any mechanical electromechanical or electronic device or machine for money, property, checks, credit or any representative of value, including, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, faro, monte, roulette, keno, bingo, fan-tan, twenty-one, blackjack, seven-and-a-half, big injun, klondike, craps, poker, chuck-a-luck, Chinese chuck-a-luck (dai shu), panguingui, slot machine, or any other game or device approved by the commission, but does not include social games played solely for drink, or cigars or cigarettes served individually, or games played in private homes or residences for prizes or games operated by charitable or educational organizations which are approved by the State Gaming Control Board pursuant to the provisions of NRS 463.409. 
    E.  "Gaming device" means any mechanical, electromechanical or electronic contrivance, component or machine used in connection with gaming or any game which affects the result of a wager by determining win or loss. The term includes a system for processing information which can alter the normal criteria of random selection, which affects the operation of any game or which determines the outcome of a game. The term does not include a system or device which affects a game solely by stopping its operation so that the outcome remains undetermined. 
    F.  "License" means any license which authorizes the person named therein to engage in gaming or pari-mutuel wagering. 
    G.  "License board" or "board" means the Douglas County license board as composed of the board of commissioners and the sheriff of Douglas County, Nevada. 
    H.  "Licensees" include all persons whose names are required to be stated in the applications for gambling licenses as specified in applicable ordinances of the county and statutes of the state. 
    I.  "Person" means any association, corporation, firm, partnership, trust or other form of business association as well as a natural person. 
    J.  "Premises" means the total grounds, including all unimproved property as well as all buildings located at the area designated in the license issued by the appropriate authority to carry on the designated type of business. (Ord. 1301, 2009; Ord. 1168, 2006; Ord. 1060, 2004; Ord. 430 §1 (part), 1985; Ord. 216 §1, 1974)
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5.04.070 Sheriff duties
 It shall be the duty of the Douglas County sheriff: 
    A.  To take the thumbprint and fingerprints of all applicants and to send a copy of those thumbprints and fingerprints to the appropriate criminal history repository, and to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, pursuant to NRS 239B.010, for a national background check, with the request that all information as to the previous record, if any, of the applicant be transmitted to the State Gaming Control Board, Enforcement Division. The information, if any, shall be treated as confidential and shall only be made accessible to the State Gaming Control Board; 
    B.  To institute, through the proper authorities, proceedings, actions and prosecutions for the enforcement of the provisions of this chapter relating to the penalties, liabilities and punishment of persons for refusal or neglect to comply with the provisions of this chapter. (Ord. 1301, 2009; Ord. 1259, 2008; Ord. 1168, 2006; Ord. 1060, 2004; Ord. 523, 1990; Ord. 216 §3, 1974)
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5.04.090 Grounds for revocation
Any gaming license issued under the provisions of this chapter may be revoked by the licensing  board by giving written notice to the holder thereof, when it appears to the satisfaction of the majority of the members of the board that: 
    A.  The licensee has, subsequent to the issuance of the gaming license, been convicted of an offense of a nature to cause a majority of the board to conclude that the licensee is no longer a suitable or qualified person to hold a gaming license under the provisions of this chapter in the county;     
    B.  The licensee has made any false statement in an application for a license; 
    C.  The licensee has refused or neglected to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter; 
    D.  The licensee has repeatedly allowed minors in any area on the premises where gambling or banking games of any kind or nature are operated, installed, or set up for the use of the general public; 
    E.  The licensee has failed to clearly disclose any information in his or her application that may serve to disqualify the applicant from being issued an employment certificate under the provisions of section 5.04.0a gaming license; 
    F.  The licensee is in violation of NRS chapter 463. (Ord 1301, 2009; Ord. 1168, 2006; Ord. 1060, 2004; Ord. 216 §6, 1974)
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5.04.110 Penalty for violations
Any person violating or failing to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter shall upon conviction be punished by a fine in any sum of less than one thousand dollars, or by imprisonment not exceeding six months in the county jail or by both fine and imprisonment. (Ord 1301, 2009; Ord. 1168, 2006; Ord. 126 §9, 1974)
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