Vendor - Vehicle Business

Overview, preparation and instructions to apply for a Vendor - Vehicle Business License


All non-permanent or transient businesses must meet the criteria of a Vehicle, Sidewalk, Itinerant, or Festival Vendor. If your business DOES NOT fall within this criteria, your business is PROHIBITED.



Step 1: Obtain State Sales Tax Number

Register with the State of Missouri for a State Sales Tax Number and obtain this number before visiting City Hall.
or by mail:
Missouri Department of Revenue
P.O. Box 3300
Jefferson City, MO 65105
(573) 751-3505

Step 2: Apply for License

Apply and pay for a Vehicle Vendor License. Your license will be issued after all the necessary requirements are met.

A passport photo is in order for us to issue your Vehicle Vendor badge.

Payment must be in cash, money order, or cashier's check.

Download your vehicle vendor application.

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 Health Permit

The Health Department will require a copy of your paid receipt for a Vehicle Vendors' License before a health application can be accepted.

Cost: $160.00 application fee (Additional fees may apply)

All fees must be paid with a business check or money order.

Health Department
City of St. Louis
1520 Market St.
Saint Louis, MO 63103
(314) 657-1539

Step 5: Obtain Fire Permit

If propane is being used, you must obtain a Fire Permit.

Cost: $20.00

Fire Prevention Bureau
1421 N. Jefferson
Saint Louis, MO 63103
(314) 289-1900

current insurance policy with the following coverage for each vehicle used in the operation of the vending business:

  1. 25,000 Individual
  2. 50,000 Multiple Injury
  3. 10,000 Property

Step 6: Obtain Vehicle Vendor License

After receiving all of the above required permits, you will need to return to the License Collector's Office for your license to be issued.


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 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.



Office of the License Collector

(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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