Opening a Business in Ladue
Welcome to the City of Ladue!
We are here to help. Below you will find the steps for opening a business in Ladue. Follow these simple steps to obtain the appropriate building, licensing, occupancy and sign permits.
To begin, download the New Business packet by clicking here.
Opening a Business: Step by Step
1) Complete and submit Zoning Application before you sign a lease. The City Planner will review to make sure the business you plan to open is a permitted use for the location you are considering. Your use may require a special use permit which must be approved by the Planning & Zoning Commission and by the Ladue City Council. We will assist you with this part of the process.
2) Once your business has zoning approval, you may obtain permits for any Interior Remodeling, Signage, etc. If no permits are needed you will need to submit the Application for Occupancy and call the Building Department to schedule your inspection. 48-hours advanced notice is needed.
If you are installing an alarm system or using an existing alarm system, a permit will be required.
EXTERIOR SIGNAGE: All signage requires a Sign Permit and must be reviewed by the City Clerk and City Planning Consultant. Applications must be submitted to the Ladue Building Office. Please Note: Awnings with lettering or logo are considered a sign.
3) Submit appropriate Business License application and submit payment for license. You may print your application from this page. Once all payment and paperwork is received you will be mailed your Business License.
You will be required to have a federal and state sales tax ID number for a retail business license.
Visit our Business License Renewal page.