Restaurant Business

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


All restaurants pay a tax on their gross receipts from food, other sales and non-alcoholic beverages. Each restaurant must file a report based on their gross receipts quarterly. Currently this tax is set at 1.5%.


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.


NOTE: Established restaurants may download a copy of the necessary Gross Receipts Tax Report for restaurants.

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

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 to complete a Restaurant Registration form or download the form and complete it before coming to our office.


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

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 obtain a health permit from the Health Department. The Health Department requires a copy of your Restaurant Registration form. Their location is listed below.

Health Department
City of St. Louis
1520 Market Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 657-1539


Step 6

After obtaining Health Permit you will need to register with the Comptroller’s Office at the location below:

Central Business Index
City Hall, Room 311
1200 Market St.
St. Louis, MO 63103

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

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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