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Title 1 General Provisions
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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
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Title 5 Business Licenses and Regulations
5.26 Escort Bureaus
5.26.010 Escort bureau defined
5.26.020 Legislative intent
5.26.030 License required
5.26.040 Application for license
5.26.050 Escort regulations
5.26.060 Place of business
5.26.070 Maintenance of records
5.26.080 Submission of employee records
5.26.090 License nontransferable
5.26.100 Registration cards
5.26.110 Bond
5.26.120 Health examination
5.26.130 Suspension and revocation of licenses
5.26.140 Procedure for the revocation of license
5.26.150 Penalties for delinquent license fees
5.26.160 Penalties for violation

5.26.010 Escort bureau defined
"Escort bureau" means any business or agency which, for a fee, commission, hire, reward or profit, furnishes or offers to furnish escorts, or persons who, for hire or reward, accompany others to or about social affairs, entertainments or places of amusement or who consort with others, for hire or reward, about any place of public resort or within any private quarters. (Ord. 373 §1 (part), 1981)
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5.26.020 Legislative intent
An escort bureau, as defined in this chapter, is a privileged business, and each application for a license under this chapter shall be subject to the sole discretion of the board of county commissioners, based upon public welfare. (Ord. 373 §1 (part), 1981)
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5.26.030 License required
    A.  No person shall conduct, manage or carry on any escort bureau without a license therefor from the county. No license shall be issued by the county except upon the verified application in writing of the applicant to be in control of the business. Each application must be accompanied by a license fee to be set by resolution of the board of county commissioners. 
    B.  The license shall be payable in advance, to be paid quarterly thereafter. There shall be a penalty of ten percent for fees paid after the due date. No fees or charges are refundable for any reason. No license under this chapter shall be issued to, or in the name of any group, organization, corporation, partnership or any other entity than the individual operating the escort bureau. The business may be advertised and carried on by the licensee under a fictitious name in the manner provided by law, provided the fictitious name is first approved by the board of county commissioners. (Ord. 373 §1 (part), 1981)
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5.26.040 Application for license
    A.  The application for a license shall be upon a form furnished by the county and shall set forth the information concerning the applicant and the proposed business required by the application. Each application shall include, but shall not be limited to, the following information: 
        1.  Application for a license shall set forth the exact nature of the business to be conducted, the proposed place of business and facilities therefor, and the name and address of each applicant; 
        2.  The two previous addresses immediately prior to the present address of the applicant; 
        3.  Proof that the applicant is at least eighteen years of age; 
        4.  Applicant's height, weight, color of eyes and hair; 
        5.  Two portrait photographs at least two inches by two inches; 
        6.  Business, occupation or employment of the applicant for the three years immediately preceding the date of application; 
        7.  The escort or similar business license history of the applicant; whether the person, in previously operating in this county or another city or state has had a business license revoked or suspended, the reason therefor, and the business activity or occupation subsequent to the action of suspension or revocation; 
        8.  All criminal convictions, except minor traffic violations; 
        9.  Nothing herein contained shall be construed to deny to Douglas County the right to request the fingerprints and additional photographs of the applicant, and to submit the fingerprints to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a national background check, pursuant to NRS 239B.010(a), nor shall anything contained herein be construed to deny the right of Douglas County to confirm the height and weight of the applicant; 
        10.  If the applicant is a corporation, the name of the corporation shall be set forth exactly as is shown in its articles of incorporation, together with the names and resident addresses of each of the officers, directors and each stockholder holding more than ten percent of the stock of the corporation. If the applicant is a partnership, the applicant shall set forth the names and resident addresses of each of the partners, including limited partners. If one or more of the partners is a corporation, the provisions of this section pertaining to corporate applicant shall apply.
    B.  Upon completion of the above-provided form and the furnishing of all the foregoing information the sheriff's office shall accept the application for the necessary investigation. There shall be an investigation fee of four hundred dollars. The applicant, upon completion of the application required by this section, and upon approval by the sheriff's office after investigation, may be issued a business license for the conduct of an escort bureau. 
    C.  The holder of an escort bureau license shall notify the sheriff's office of each change in any of the data required to be furnished by this section within ten days after such change occurs. (Ord. 1259, 2008; Ord. 373 §1 (part), 1981)
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5.26.050 Escort regulations
Prior to employment, all escorts shall be registered by the sheriff's office and for each such escort registered there shall be a twenty-five dollar sheriff's investigation fee in addition to the investigation fee required by section 5.26.040. In addition to any other provisions of this chapter or the laws of the county or the state, the escort must: 
    A.  Furnish satisfactory evidence of good and moral character; 
    B.  Provide satisfactory proof that they are at least twenty-one years of age; 
    C.  In the event any registered escort changes his address, he must notify the sheriff's office within twenty-four hours of the change. The registration of any escort may be cancelled for cause by the board of county commissioners and thereafter no escort bureau may employ, engage or deal with the escort. (Ord. 373 §1 (part), 1981)
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5.26.060 Place of business
The licensee shall conduct the business only at the address shown upon the license. Each additional place of business shall require a separate license in compliance with the provisions of this chapter. Upon the abandonment of the designated place of business, a change of address may be granted by the board of county commissioners upon the payment of a fee of twenty-five dollars, and the new address shall be endorsed upon any license pursuant to the provisions of this chapter. (Ord. 373 §1 (part), 1981)
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5.26.070 Maintenance of records
A record shall be kept by the licensee showing every transaction whereby any escort is employed, furnished or arranged for on behalf of any patron or customer, hour of the transaction, the name, address and telephone number of the patron or customer, the name of each escort involved, the fee charged per hour to the patron, the total fee charged each patron, the amount paid the escort, the amount retained by the licensee, and any other information as the board of county commissioners may reasonably require by rule or regulation. This record shall be available and open to the inspection of any peace officer of the county at any time and shall be presented before the board of county commissioners at any time upon written request therefor. Ord. 373 §1 (part), 1981)
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5.26.080 Submission of employee records
Each licensee shall submit to the sheriff a complete and current list of all employees, their registration card numbers, together with their addresses and telephone numbers at the time the license is first issued, and on the first of January, April, July or October first following, and each ninety days thereafter. Each licensee shall submit to the sheriff any names of employees terminated within forty-eight hours after termination. Ord. 373 §1 (part), 1981)
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5.26.090 License nontransferable
Any license granted under this chapter shall not be transferable either as to place of business or to any other person or escort bureau licensed pursuant to this chapter. (Ord. 373 §1 (part), 1981)
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5.26.100 Registration cards
No licensee shall employ any escort or other person in the business without the person or escort having first obtained a sheriff's office registration card as provided pursuant to this chapter. (Ord. 373 §1 (part), 1981)
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5.26.110 Bond
Every licensee under this chapter shall post a bond in the amount of ten thousand dollars, payable to the county, and approved by the district attorney's office. The bond shall be for the protection of the patrons of the licensees against theft or other unlawful acts of the licensee or escort. No licensee shall in any manner advertise their service as licensed and bonded by the county. (Ord. 373 §1 (part), 1981)
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5.26.120 Health examination
No licensee shall permit any escort to be employed without the escort first having obtained a physician's certificate that the escort is free from any communicable disease. Every escort shall be examined on a semiannual basis. (Ord. 373 §1 (part), 1981)
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5.26.130 Suspension and revocation of licenses
Any license issued under the provisions of this chapter may be suspended or revoked by the board of county commissioners pursuant to the procedure established in this section when it appears to the satisfaction of a majority of the members of the board that: 
    A. The licensee or any of his employees has, subsequent to the issuance of the license, while engaged in the conduct of the licensed business, failed to comply with any of the provisions of the ordinances of the county; 
    B.  The licensee or any of his employees has, subsequent to the issuance of the license, been convicted of an offense of such nature under such circumstances as to cause the board of county commissioners to conclude that the licensee is no longer a suitable or qualified person to conduct an escort bureau in the county; 
    C.  The applicant has made a false statement in the application for a license; 
    D.  The licensee transferred, signed or hypothecated an application or license; 
    E.  The licensee failed to pay any quarterly installment of license fee in advance; 
    F.  The licensee refused to comply with the provisions of this chapter; 
    G.  The licensee failed to pay when due all federal and state payroll taxes, withholding taxes or any of the fees required to be paid by this section; 
    H.  In the event that the license is revoked under the provisions of this section, no license shall be issued for the conduct of an establishment for an escort bureau for a period of one year from the date of such revocation to the licensee whose license was revoked;     
    I.  The licensee is no longer a suitable person to hold a license under the provisions of this chapter having due regard for the proper protection of the public health, safety, morals, good order and general welfare of the inhabitants of the county. (Ord. 373 §1 (part), 1981)
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5.26.140 Procedure for the revocation of license
Any license issued pursuant to the provisions of this chapter may be suspended or revoked in the manner provided in this section. 
    A.  The board of county commissioners may, on its own motion or initiative, or upon complaint of any person, institute proceedings to revoke a license by serving a complaint setting forth the alleged reason for the proceedings upon the licensee at the last address of each licensee as shown by the application or by a supplemental application filed pursuant to the provisions of this chapter. 
    B.  The licensee shall within five days of the date of service, unless an extension of time is granted by the board of county commissioners, file with the clerk of the board of county commissioners a written answer to the complaint, under oath. 
    C.  The board of county commissioners shall fix a day and time for a hearing at which the licensee will be given an opportunity to be heard. 
    D.  If the licensee fails to file a written answer within the time required, or if the licensee fails to appear at the place and the time designated for the hearing, the board of county commissioners shall order that the escort bureau license be revoked. 
    E.  The board of county commissioners shall within ten days from the date of the hearing enter its order revoking, suspending, or refusing to revoke or suspend the license. 
    F.  There shall be no reopening or appeal or review of the proceedings whatever before the board of county commissioners except when it shall subsequently appear to the satisfaction of the board of county commissioners that the licensee's failure to answer or appear was due to matters beyond his control and not through negligence on the part of the licensee.     
    G.  Notwithstanding any of the provisions of this chapter, the licensee accepts this license subject to the suspension by the sheriff or by the board of county commissioners without notice following determination by the sheriff or the board of county commissioners that continued operation of the licensed premises constitutes a clear and immediate threat to the safety and peace of the residents of Douglas County. When the suspension is by the sheriff, it shall remain in effect until the next meeting of the board of county commissioners, at which time the board may continue the suspension until a hearing has been held pursuant to this chapter. Upon suspension by the board of county commissioners, the suspension shall remain in effect until a hearing has been held in accordance with this chapter or the suspension is rescinded by order of the board of county commissioners. Ord. 373 §1 (part), 1981)
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5.26.150 Penalties for delinquent license fees
All licenses under this chapter shall become delinquent if not paid on the date when due. If payment is made after the date when the fee is due and before thirty days after due date, fifty percent of the license fee shall be assessed as a penalty charge. All licenses for which the license fees have not been paid within thirty days after the due date shall be deemed revoked. Any such license shall not be reinstated by the board of county commissioners until the fifty-percent penalty fee and a fifteen-percent reinstatement fee have been paid in addition to the regular license fee. Ord. 373 §1 (part), 1981)
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5.26.160 Penalties for violation
    A.  Any person, firm or corporation convicted of willfully violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to having its escort bureau license within Douglas County revoked by the board of county commissioners. In addition to the penalties named in this provision, any person convicted of violating any of the provisions of this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor. 
    B.  Any licensee, owner, operator, manager or permittee in charge of or in control of an escort bureau who knowingly employs a person performing as an escort as defined in this chapter, and who is not in possession of a valid, unrevoked permit, or who allows an escort to perform, operate or practice within such place of business is guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall he punished as provided in subsection A of this section. 
    C.  Each day for which an escort bureau is operated in violation of the provisions of this chapter shall constitute a separate violation. Each escort conducted by any person in violation of this chapter shall constitute a separate violation for each escort conducted. (Ord. 645, 1994; Ord. 373 §1 (part), 1981)
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