Manufacturer Business

Overview, preparation and instructions to apply for a Manufacturer Business License


A manufacturer is defined in state statute and city ordinance as “Every person, company or corporation who shall hold or purchase personal property for the purpose of adding to the value thereof by any process of manufacturing, refining or by the combination of different materials.

All manufacturers located in the City of St. Louis are required to obtain a Graduated Manufacturers (Business) License and to pay an ad valorem tax on their machinery, tools and appliances. This tax is a subclassification of the personal property tax and must be filed on a yearly basis before July 1st of the reporting year. Upon payment of this tax a “manufacturers’ license” is issued.


If you are not sure if your business requires a Manufacturers' License, 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

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  

Step 2


On the day you visit the License Collector’s office in Room 104 of City Hall to complete your application for a Graduated Manufacturer's License (Business License), you will need to provide a list of all machinery, tools, and appliances with the date of purchase and acquisition costs.

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

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.

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. 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".     

The Manufacturers Property Declaration Form is also availble for download.


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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