Ladue Finance Department

Ladue Finance Department

Business Licenses

All businesses wishing to operate in the City of Ladue are subject to the City’s licensing requirements as detailed in Chapter 50 of the City’s Code of Ordinances.

New Business

Welcome to the City of Ladue! To begin, download the New Business packet by clicking here.

All new businesses must complete the following steps prior to opening and operation in the City. 

  1. Complete and submit Zoning Application Form. This will be reviewed by the City Planner to ensure your new business meets all City Zoning laws at your proposed location. 
  2. Complete and submit Occupancy Application. A occupancy inspection can be scheduled with the Building Department by calling 314-997-6308. (Note: If you are doing any interior work that requires a building permit that work and permit must be completed prior to scheduling an inspection.)
  3. Submit appropriate Business License application and payment for license. There are 3 types of businesses according to City Code: Retail, Service, Home Based (based in a Ladue residence), and Financial Institution. You can download the appropriate Business License application from the list below↓. Once all payment and paperwork is received you will be mailed your Business License.

Business Licenses are to be renewed and paid each year. Notices of renewal are sent out in the first week of January for the applicable year and payment is due no later than March 1.  Per ordinance, penalties of 1% per month will apply to all payments after March 1.

Food service businesses will need to provide proof of a satisfactory Health Department Inspection Report through St. Louis County Department of Health. https://stlouiscountymo.gov/st-louis-county-departments/public-health/food-and-restaurants/

If you have not already done so, your business must be registered with the State of Missouri. For more information you may visit https://dor.mo.gov/taxation/business/

Current Business

Business Licenses are to be renewed and paid each year. Notices of renewal are sent out in the first week of January for the applicable year and payment is due no later than March 1.  Per ordinance, penalties of 1% per month will apply to all payments after March 1.

There are different business types that are recognized in the code, and fees (and application forms) vary depending on the business type.  They include: Retail gross receipts businesses (sliding scale fee), Service businesses (square feet at $0.10 per square foot), Home based businesses (flat $50 fee), Financial institution businesses (flat $5,000 fee), and Trash hauler businesses ($12 per truck).

Click below to access an appropriate business license application form:

Retail businesses (including new businesses) must also supply a No Tax due letter from the Missouri Department of Revenue.  This letter can be obtained through their website at https://dors.mo.gov/tax/notaxdue/taxpayer.jsp.

Questions?Contact Us: Email at licensing@cityofladue-mo.gov or call (314) 993-3439. 

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