Business Licensing

Generally, any person or company that provides services or sells tangible products in the City of Springfield is required to have a business license.  The City Code requires you obtain the license at least two weeks prior to beginning business. 

Both home-based and commercial-based businesses are required to obtain a business license.  Additionally, if your base of operations is outside city limits, but you conduct business inside Springfield, you will likely be required to obtain a business license.

There are almost 200 different categories of business license.  The license category is assigned based upon the type of product or service you offer.  While there are many similarities between license categories, the license fee and supplemental requirements are dependent upon both the business activity and location.



What is required to apply for a business license?

The business license application consists of questions regarding your business name, ownership, address, and activity.  Depending on the type of business you operate, there may be industry specific regulations.  The following information will provide examples of some license requirements and the related contact information.  


Bond & Insurance

For example, while many of the decisions regarding bonding and insurance are left to the discretion of the business owner, the City Code requires bonding and insurance as a license requirement for some industries.  The following license categories are among those that must provide proof of bond and/or insurance prior to obtaining a license:  Auction Houses, Auto Auctions, Auto Dealers, Auto Repossession Agents, Electrical Contractors, Gas Fitters, Mechanical Contractors, Plumbing Contractors, Coupon Sales, House Movers, Magazine and Book Solicitors, Pest Control, Sanitary Waste Haulers, and Tree Surgeons.  Additionally, Missouri State Statute requires that any Contractor, House Mover, or Well Driller carrying a workers' compensation policy submit proof of such as a requirement of your license.  Contractors,  House Movers, and Well Drillers who are not required to carry workers' compensation will be required to sign a notarized exemption statement provided by the License Division.  

If your business is required to provide proof of bond and/or insurance, as listed in the paragraph above, and you have questions regarding the requirements, please contact the License Division .
 

                                                    Contact Information:
 
                                                   City of Springfield License Division
                                                    
Busch Municipal Building
                                                    840 Boonville Ave, 1st Floor
                                                    Springfield, MO 65802
                                                    Phone: 417-864-1617
                                                    Email:  licensing@springfieldmo.gov

                                                       
Missouri Retail Sales Tax License


All persons who are required by State Statute to have a sales tax license must provide proof of their sales tax number, a copy of the certificate, to the License Division as part of their business license application.  

For information regarding Missouri sales tax, as well as other Missouri taxes, please visit the Missouri Department of Revenue's website at http://dor.mo.gov/business/.

                                                    Contact Information:

                                                    Missouri Department of Revenue
                                                    Harry S Truman State Office Building
                                                    301 West High Street Jefferson City, MO 65101

                                                    Phone:  573-751-3505
                                                    Email: dormail@dor.mo.gov
                                                    Website:   http://dor.mo.gov/business/ 

The drop-off location for packages and mail in the Truman Building is the Mail Service Center, Room 102, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information regarding tax assistance, scroll down to the "Other Business Resources."

Health Inspection

If your business activity involves operating a ‘food establishment,’ proof of a health/food permit is required prior to issuing the license.  Food permits are issued by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.  For information on how the Health Department defines ‘food establishment,’ as well as information regarding the process, please visit
http://health.springfieldmo.gov/index.aspx?NID=102. 

Contact Information:
Springfield-Greene County Health Department
Food Inspections
320 E. Central St.
Springfield, MO 65802
Phone:  417-864-1017
Fax: 417-864-1466
Website:  http://health.springfieldmo.gov/index.aspx?NID=102
 
  

Building Development & Zoning Approval

If you operate your business from a commercial location inside the city limits of Springfield, your business license application packet will include a page for “Zoning Approval.”   The Zoning Approval application asks questions regarding the activity at your business address.  The form is reviewed by the Department of Building Development Services to ensure that the use is appropriate for the zoning given to the location.  

 
If your business location is currently, or will soon be, under construction, or you are planning to remodel, change the structural part of a building, or the mechanical systems, a building permit may be required.
 
If you operate your business from home inside Springfield, your business license application packet will include a “Home Occupation Questionnaire,” in addition to the Zoning Approval.  The City of Springfield Zoning Code does allow some types of businesses to operate from a residential address, so long as the business is conducted lawfully and does not produce a condition which causes a nuisance. 
 
If you have questions about building permits or certificates of occupancy, please visit:  https://www.springfieldmo.gov/build/index.html

Contact Information:
Busch Municipal Building
840 Boonville Ave, 1st Floor
Springfield, MO 65802
Phone: 417-864-1056
Email:  building@springfieldmo.gov
Website:  https://www.springfieldmo.gov/build/index.html

Other Business Resources

Greene County Merchant License

Businesses operating as a merchant at a location within Greene County are required to obtain a Greene County Merchant license.  For further information regarding Greene County licenses, please visit http://www.greenecountymo.org/spane/businesslicense.htm.  
 
                                                 Contact Information: 
                                                 Greene County Clerk
                                                 940 N. Boonville Ave, Room 113
                                                 Springfield, MO 65802
                                                 Phone:  417-868-4055
                                                 Website:  http://www.greenecountymo.org/spane/businesslicense.htm
 
Missouri Secretary of State

Do you have questions about registering a fictitious name, corporation, or limited liability company with the State of Missouri? Please visit the Missouri Secretary of State’s website at http://www.sos.mo.gov/

                                                Contact Information 
                                                Missouri Secretary of State 
                                                State Office Bldg Ste 624 
                                                149 Park Central Sq 
                                                Springfield, MO 65806 
                                                (417) 895-6330 
                                                Email:  info@sos.mo.gov
                                                Website:  http://www.sos.mo.gov/

Missouri Tax Assistance

For senior citizens, disabled taxpayers, or Veterans disabled as a result of military service, information on the Property Tax Credit is available on the Missouri Department of Revenue website, http://dor.mo.gov/personal/ptc.

Additional income tax assistance is available to those who qualify from Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Centers (VITA) and American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). Office locations can be found at http://www.irs.gov/Indviduals/Free-Tax-Return-Prepartion-for-You-by-Volunteers.

Economic Development:  City of Springfield

The Economic Development Office provides development assistance and incentives, and serves as project facilitators for major economic development projects to ensure timely approval of plans and permits.  For more information about the Economic Development Office or to access the Incentives Resource Guide, please visit http://www.springfieldmo.gov/econdev/index.html.

Microenterprise Loan Program/Business Incentive Loan Program:  The purpose of the City of Springfield Microenterprise Loan Program/Business Incentive Loan Program is to facilitate economic development through the establishment, stabilization, and expansion of microenterprises and small businesses. For more information, please visit http://www.springfieldmo.gov/econdev/microloan.html.

Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG)

The Fat, Oils, and Grease (FOG) Management program applies to Food Service Establishments that discharge wastewater into the City of Springfield wastewater collection system.  Permitting and inspections may be required of your business.  For information regarding Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG), please visit https://www.springfieldmo.gov/cleanwater/fog.html.