Vendor - Sidewalk Business

Overview, preparation and instructions to apply for a Vendor - Sidewalk Business License


All non-permanent or transient businesses must meet the criteria of a Vehicle, Sidewalk, Itinerant, or Festival Vendor. If your business DOES NOT fall within this criteria, your business is PROHIBITED.

Requirements are as follows:

This vendor must remain on SIDEWALK OR PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY in a vending area deemed by the ordinance numbers (65061, 65347, 66860).

All vendors in "Downtown Vending District" will also be required to obtain a permit from the City of St. Louis Street Department (314-647-3111).

All vendors in "South Downtown Vending District" will also be required to obtain a permit from the "South Downtown Project Area Coordinator."

All vendors in "Wharf Vending District" will also be required to obtain a permit from the City of St. Louis Comptroller's Office (314-622-3588)

All vendors in "City Park Vending District" will also be required to obtain a permit from the City of St. Louis Parks Department (314-289-5310)


  1. Download and complete the sidewalk vendor application.
  2. Vendor is required to register with the License Collectors Office BEFORE applying for a health permit
  3. Cost is $200.00 per calendar year. Payment must be in cash, money order or cashier's check ONLY.


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

Step 2

Apply and pay for a Sidewalk Vendor License. Your license will be issued after all the necessary requirements are met.

Step 3

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

A passport photo is required in order for us to issue your Sidewalk Vendor badge. 

Step 5

Health Permit (if selling food)

**The Health Department will require a copy of your paid receipt for a Sidewalk Vendors' License before a health application can be accepted.**

Cost: $160.00 application fee, additional fees may apply. All fees must be paid with a business check or money order.

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

Step 6

If propane is being used in any way, you must obtain a Fire Permit.

Cost is Twenty Dollars ($20.00)

Fire Prevention Bureau
1421 N. Jefferson
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 289-1900

Insurance in the amount of twenty-five thousand dollars/fifty thousand dollars bodily injury coverage and property damage in the amount of ten thousand dollars with an insurance company of good standing on each vehicle used in the operation of the vending business.

After receiving all of the above required permits, you will need to return to the License Collector's Office for your license to be issued.

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 Revised Code Chapter 8.02.040

St. Louis City Ordinance 65061

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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