Business License Procedures
NEW BUSINESS: All new businesses must complete a series of steps prior to opening and operating in the City. Please visit our New Business Page.
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:
- Home Business License Application
- NEW Retail Business License Application
- Retail Business License RENEWAL Application
- Service Business License Application
- Financial Institution Business License Application
- Trash Haulers License Form ( Form with Ordinance Attached) (Application Form Only)
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.
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/
ALARM PERMIT: A home or business owner's signature is required. An abort code can be obtained in person at the Ladue Police Department. Effective January 1, 2010, a $75.00 fee is due when applying for a permit. If you have any questions, call 993-3439. A copy of the alarm permit may be obtained online click here.