What should I know about business licenses in Missouri?
Here's a hint that it won’t be easy to obtain all the Missouri business licenses that you may need: The Missouri Secretary of State publishes an approved list of organizations and agencies that business owners should contact for information.
It’s not a short list. It includes the Missouri Business Portal, the Missouri Department of Revenue, the Division of Employment Security, the Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board, and the Office of Equal Opportunity, among numerous others.
Given this complex web of agencies and departments, obtaining Missouri business licenses will obviously be a marathon, not a sprint. Many business owners seek professional help while others simply look to have all of their requirements gathered together into one package. It’s best to get started early.
How many business licenses do you need?
The number of business licenses you need in Missouri depends on a number of unique factors.
These factors include...
- Within which city/county will you operate your business?
- What business activities will you be conducting?
- How heavily regulated is your industry? Etc.
To put it in perspective, we ran the following queries through our own business license research tool. Here are some authentic results:
This may include a local Kansas City business license/withholding tax registration. There are numerous applications, forms, and documents associated with this license, including a Registration Application, Business License Application, and a Business License Form.
This may include a state-specific Missouri breeding permit. To obtain this permit, you should probably download an Application for Class 1 Wildlife Breeder Permit, a Wildlife Breeder Record Form, a Wildlife Collector's Permit Application, a Wildlife Collectors Permit Reporting Form, and a Wildlife Rehabilitation Report Form.
This may include a county-specific Clay food establishment permit. There are many documents and forms associated with this permit, including an Application for Plan Review and a Food Establishment Permit Application.