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
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.
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. Find more food inspection information for businesses on the Health Department's website, including the definition of 'food establishment,' as well as information regarding the process.
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. Find out more on the Greene County Business Licensing website.
Greene County Collector
940 N. Boonville Ave, Room 107
Springfield, MO 65802
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.
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 offers information about the Property Tax Credit.
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
Economic Vitality: City of Springfield
The Economic Vitality Department provides development assistance and incentives, and serves as project facilitators for major economic development projects to ensure timely approval of plans and permits. Get their Incentives Resource Guide (pdf) for handy information about the various financing incentives available.
Micro-enterprise Loan Program/Business Incentive Loan Program: The purpose of the City of Springfield Micro-enterprise Loan Program/Business Incentive Loan Program is to facilitate economic development through the establishment, stabilization, and expansion of micro-enterprises and small businesses.
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.