Apply For A Dance Hall License

Information individuals and businesses need to know when applying for or renewing a Dance Hall License.

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The City of St. Louis offers the ability to operate a Dance Hall, with completion of an application and approval from the Director of Safety.

All Dance Hall Licenses expire June 1st of every year. 


In order to ensure uninterrupted dancing in your establishment, it will be necessary that you begin the process and obtain a new Dance Hall License prior to June 1 of each year.


In Person or by Mail

  1. Download the application form and complete the dance hall permit application.
  2. Submit the application/renewal before June 1st to:
Director of Public Safety
1200 Market Street, Room 401
St. Louis, MO 63103

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday

Failure to file a renewal application early may result in the suspension of dancing in your establishment after the June 1 expiration date.


  1. Use the "Begin Online" button below and complete all the required fields.
  2. Submit the application.

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Fees for the License are handled by The License Collector's Office. 

You will receive a mailing from their office on the cost of the license.

What to Expect

  • A required inspection report from the Building Division and fire Marshal to clear through the Director's Office prior to the expiration date on your current license.
  • A city inspector will produce an inspection report to the Director's Office.
  • After which the Director's Office will certify inspection with the License Collector.
  • The License Collector may issue the license after payment of the license fee. 

Additional Information

  • Dance Hall Licenses are non-transferable. 
  • If you are a new owner, please feel free to contact the Director's Office with any questions you may have regarding procedures to obtain a Dance Hall License. 
  • If you no longer allow dancing, please notify us so that we may change our records.


Department of Public Safety

(314) 622-3391

1200 Market St., Room 401, City Hall
St. Louis, MO 63103

8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday

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