Your business requires a Graduated Business License (GBL). Use the links below to download a GBL application and/or access information about the GBL.
Every dealer or wholesaler engaged in the business of selling cigarettes or offering or displaying cigarettes within the city must pay an occupation tax of three dollars and fifty cents per thousand for all cigarettes sold or offered or displayed (seven cents per pack of twenty cigarettes). Tax stamps are provided as proof of payment of the tax.
All cigarettes sold, offered for sale or displayed in the City of St. Louis must have a St Louis City Cigarette Tax Stamp and a Missouri State Cigarette Tax Stamp affixed to the package.
Any cigarettes subject to the tax and upon which the occupation tax has not been paid or the stamps not affixed to the package as required by law will be seized and forfeited to the city.
To obtain more information on cigarette tax stamps please contact our office at (314) 622-4528.
PreparationIf you still have questions about your business type, please contact our office at 314-622-4528 to find out the appropriate steps that you will need to follow to obtain a business license for the City of St. Louis.
If you are selling a product you must register with the State of Missouri for a State Sales Tax Number. Please obtain this number before visiting City Hall.
3256 Laclede Station Road
St. Louis, MO 63143
Or apply online at: https://dors.mo.gov/tax/coreg/index.jsp
If you are not selling a product, proceed to step 2.
Visit the License Collector’s office in Room 104 of City Hall. For your convenience, you may fill out the Graduated Business License form in advance. You can download it here.
In addition to visiting the License Collector’s office, you will also need to obtain a clearance from the Collector of Revenue’s office at the location below:
City Hall Room 410
1200 Market St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
St. Louis City Ordinance 63454
St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 8.02.010 - Statement of Clearance - Required
If your business is located in the City of St. Louis, you must also obtain an Occupancy Permit from the Building Division at the location below:
Department of Public Safety
City Hall Room 425
1200 Market St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
What to Expect
Once all clearances and payments are received, you will be able to obtain your license to do business in the City of St. Louis.
Additional InformationIf you pay by check, the license application may be held for several working days until the check clears.
A separate Graduated Business License is required for each business location or trade name.
St. Louis City Ordinance 52030
St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 8.02.040
Please visit our general information page to get more important information that you will need to know before obtaining your business license. You can get there by clicking the link: "Business License Information".
For more information about the License Collector's Office other resources and services, please visit our office home page by clicking on the link "License Collector" below. Once you are there, you will find a list of links to the various other resources and services provided by our office. Those links can be found to the right of the home page under the section titled "Related information".
Link: License Collector
License Collector's Office
1200 Market Street
City Hall Room 102-104
Saint Louis, Missouri 63103
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm