Hotel / Motel Business
Overview, preparation and instructions to apply for a Hotel / Motel Business License
Your business requires multiple licenses. Please read the following sections for more information.
If you are not sure if your business requires a Graduated Business License (GBL), please click the link "Business License Information", where you will find more information about licensing and a list of business types. Once you are there, click on the business type that describes the type of business you plan to do in the City of St. Louis.
If 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.
Register with the State of Missouri for a State Sales Tax Number. Please obtain this number before visiting City Hall.
Missouri Department of Revenue
P.O. Box 3300
Jefferson City, MO 65105
Or apply online at: https://dors.mo.gov/tax/coreg/index.jsp
Visit the License Collector’s office in Room 104 of City Hall. The taxes on hotels, motels and rooming houses are as follows:
A. Annual Hotel / Motel License / Rooming Houses of $1.50 per room - annual license due by February 1 of each year
B. 3.5 % Room Sales Tax - paid on a monthly basis on gross room sales of transient guests.
C. 3.75% Convention & Tourism Tax - paid on a quarterly basis on gross room sales of transient guests.
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
- St. Louis City Ordinance 63454
- St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 8.02.010 - Statement of Clearance - Required
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
You must receive an annual permit. This permit will be forwarded to you by the building division once you have applied and been issued an occupancy permit. Your premises will be inspected each year by the Board of Public Service and you must present evidence of a current permit before you may review your annual license with us.
Board of Public Service
City Hall, Room 301
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
Any restaurants, in-house catering, room service, see Restaurant. Each restaurant needs to file separately.
Any lounge or area used for dancing, see Dance Hall.
Any gift shops or souvenirs, see Gift Shops
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
Office of the License Collector
1200 Market Street
City Hall Room 102-104
St. Louis, Mo 63103
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm