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How do I apply for a business License

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Business License Applications are available from the Finance Department located on the First Floor at City Hall or send a message to to have one mailed or e-mailed to you.  There are multiple types of business licenses: Restaurant, Merchant, Business and Occupation, Business and Occupation – Gross Receipts, and Vending Machine.  The license year is July 1 through June 30 annually.  Renewing applicants will receive an annual renewal packet in May.

Restaurant / Merchant / and Business and Occupation – Gross Receipts license fees are computed based on the applicant’s gross receipts - at the rate of $1.25 per $1,000.00 gross receipts with a minimum fee of $50.00.  For renewing licensees, fees are based on the previous calendar year’s gross receipts.  Businesses generating retail sales must present a No Tax Due letter issued by the Missouri Department of Revenue – Sales Tax Division.  You may print your No Tax Due letter by logging onto the Department of Revenue website at

Business and Occupation (not gross-receipt based) license fees are the greater of a set fee schedule or $8.00 per employee.  The set fee schedule may be found under the City’s Code of Ordinances Chapter 605 section 605.100.

Vending Machine licenses are charged a set fee per machine.  A list of vending machine license fees may be found in section 605.100 of the Code of Ordinances for the City of Clayton.