Cigarette Wholesale Business

Overview, preparation and instructions to apply for a Cigarette Wholesale Business


Notice: Repeal of the Five Percent Discount on Cigarette Stamps Notice

Effective June 2, 2019

(Ordinance 70957 repeals Section One of Ordinance 48889, codified as Section 8.10.060 of Revised Code of the City of St. Louis)

  • On May 2, 2019 the Mayor signed Board Bill 229.
  • An Ordinance repealing Section One of Ordinance 48889, codified as Section 8.10.060 of the Revised Code of the City of St. Louis, pertaining to the payment and discount of a tax imposed on cigarette merchants, and enacting in lieu thereof a new Section One of Ordinance 48889.
  • As a result of the repeal of section 8.10.060, the five percent discount herebefore authorized has been discontinued.

Accordingly and pursuant to Ordinance 48889, cigarette merchants will now pay the full tax on cigarette stamps.

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)

Every dealer or wholesaler engaged in the business of selling cigarettes or offering or displaying cigarettes within the city must pay an occupation tax of three dollars and fifty cents per thousand for all cigarettes sold or offered or displayed (seven cents per pack of twenty cigarettes). Tax stamps are provided as proof of payment of the tax.

All cigarettes sold, offered for sale or displayed in the City of St. Louis must have a St Louis City Cigarette Tax Stamp and a Missouri State Cigarette Tax Stamp affixed to the package.

Any cigarettes subject to the tax and upon which the occupation tax has not been paid or the stamps not affixed to the package as required by law will be seized and forfeited to the city.

To obtain more information on cigarette tax stamps please contact our office at (314) 622-4528.


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
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
St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 8.02.040

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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