Cable TV/Satellite Installation Business

Overview, preparation and instructions to apply for a Cable TV/Satellite Installation Business


Your business requires a Graduated Business License (GBL). Use the links below to download a GBL application and/or access information about the GBL. 

(Graduated Business License Information and Fee Schedule), (Graduated Business License Application)

**NOTE: Ordinance 3108.6.1 ,

No satellite dish antenna or other similar device shall be located in front of the building line of any structure or attached to the street side of any structure unless such placement is required to properly access a satellite transmission. A satellite dish may not extend more than 36 inches (914 mm) above the roof peak.

Any satellite antenna, or similar device, must be located in the rear yard and shall have suitable protective anti-climb fencing. A landscape planting screen shall be provided and maintained around the structure and accessory attachments.

Satellite antennas, or similar devices, which are located in a rear yard which fronts a public street shall be properly screened from view. Proper screening shall be limited to suitable protective anti-climbing fence and a landscape planting screen.

No satellite antenna, or similar device shall be located in any side yard, nor shall it be located on the street side of any structure, except as permitted above.


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.


Step 1

If you are selling a product you must 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
(573) 751-3505

If you are not selling a product, proceed to step 2.

Step 2

Visit the License Collector’s office in Room 104 of City Hall. For your convenience, you may fill out the Graduated Business License form in advance. You can download it here

Step 3

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 - Required

Step 4

If your business is located in the City of St. Louis, 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
200 Market St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 622-3313

Step 5

Bring proof of Workers' Compensation coverage with you or you will be asked to sign a statement stating that you have Workers' Compensation coverage or that you are not required by law to have it.

Download: (Workers Compensation Affidavit Form)

Step 6

Upon receiving your business license, you must also obtain a communications permit. Communication permits can be acquired at:

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

You may wish to review the Missouri Revised Statutes, 1994, Chapter 287, Workers' Compensation Law for additional information.

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
St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 8.02.040


All general contractors are required to furnish a list of the sub-contractors on any job to the collector.

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

(314) 622-4528

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

Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Contact the Office of the License Collector

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