Security and Watchmen Services Business

Overview, preparation and instructions to apply for a Security and Watchmen Services Business License

Overview

Your business requires a Graduated Business License (GBL).

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.

 

Instructions

Step 1: Obtain Letter of Recommendation

You are required to obtain a letter of recommendation from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department at the address below:

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department
Private Security Section
7900 Forsyth, Room B021
St. Louis, MO  63105
314-615-4272

Step 2: Complete GBL form and visit our office

Visit the License Collector’s office in Room 104 of City Hall in person. For your convenience, you may download the Graduated Business License application and fill it out in advance.

Step 3: Obtain Statement of Clearance

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
(314) 622-3291

St. Louis City Ordinance 63454
St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 8.02.010 - Statement of Clearance requirement

Step 4: Obtain Occupancy Permit

You must also obtain an Occupancy Permit from the Building Division at the location below:

Building Division
Department of Public Safety
City Hall Room 425
1200 Market St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 622-3313

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 Information

If 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).

Please visit our general information page to get more important information that you will need to know before obtaining your business license.

For more information about the License Collector's Office other resources and services, please visit our office home page. Once you are there, you will find a list of links to the various other resources and services provided by our office.

 

Contact

Office of the License Collector

lco@stlouis-mo.gov

(314) 622-4528

1200 Market Street
City Hall Room 102-104
St. Louis, Mo 63103

Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM

Contact the Office of the License Collector

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