Hotel / Motel Business

Overview, preparation and instructions to apply for a Hotel / Motel Business License


Hotel / Motel businesses require multiple business licenses.

Please read the following sections for more information below and be sure to follow each step on order.


Additionally for Airbnb information read this Press release:

Airbnb and License Collector Announce Voluntary Tax Agreement


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

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

Or apply online at:

Step 2

Visit the License Collector’s office in Room 104 of City Hall. The taxes on hotels, motels and rooming houses are as follows:

A. 3.5% Room Sales Tax - paid on a monthly basis on gross room sales of transient guests.

B. 3.75% Convention & Tourism Tax - paid on a quarterly basis on gross room sales of transient guests.

Learn more about hotel/motel room taxes.

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
St. Louis,
(314) 622-3291

Step 4

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

Step 5

You must receive an annual permit. This permit will be forwarded to you by the building division once you have applied and been issued an occupancy permit. Your premises will be inspected each year by the Board of Public Service and you must present evidence of a current permit before you may review your annual license with us.

Board of Public Service
City Hall, Room 301
1200 Market St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 622-4671

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

Any liquor sold, see Liquor License.

Any restaurants, in-house catering, room service, see Restaurant. Each restaurant needs to file separately.

Any lounge or area used for dancing, see Dance Hall.

Any gift shops or souvenirs, see Gift Shops

Any parking lot, garage, or are a for customers only, see Parking Lot or Garages.

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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