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Restricted Gaming Comments

Under Nevada law, restricted gaming is required to be “incidental to the primary business of the establishment.” NRS 463.0189. In Sparks, restricted gaming is an “accessory use,” which means that the gaming element of any business so licensed may not occupy more than ten percent of the building footprint associated with the principle use to which the restricted gaming operation is attached. SMC 20.03.002. With respect to restricted gaming, concerns related to the relationship between primary and incidental or accessory uses have surfaced over the past several years, resulting in significant changes to state and local gaming regulations.

On January 23, 2017, the Sparks City Council directed City Staff to examine the City’s licensing ordinances related to restricted gaming. In response a draft of a proposed amendment to the Sparks Municipal Code was prepared defining and ensuring that incidental restricted gaming uses do not unlawfully become primary businesses. If approved, this language would augment Chapter 5.24 governing the licensure and operation of gambling establishments in Sparks. Please click here to view the draft of the proposed amendment.

The City of Sparks is interested in your comments and concerns regarding the potential adoption of the above-described proposal. Please see below to add your comments. Thank you.

Restricted Gaming Comments

Comments must be received by the City no later than February 17, 2017