Temporary Entertainment Event – Carnival, circus, etc

    Application Forms


    $30.00 application fee plus a license fee based upon gross receipts during event:

    Gross Receipt Amount License Fee
    less than $25,000 $15.00
    between $25,000 and $100,000 $25.00
    over $100,000 $.25 per thousand

    If you are selling / serving food or drink, contact the Health Department at 573-874-7346. 

    Food Inspection Fee:

    • $35.00 – 1 to 3 consecutive days
    • $65.00 – 4 to 14 consecutive days

    Additional Requirements:

    • Diagram of the event area that includes dimensions and location of vendors, tents, rides, etc.
    • Certificate of insurance naming City of Columbia as additional insured
    • Carnival owner must provide a copy of State safety inspections for each ride
    • Letter or lease agreement from property owners where event is being held
    • MO Sales Tax number must be obtained from the MO Dept. of Revenue by calling 573-751-2836 or 573-751-3505
    • If you set up tents or display signs, contact the Building & Site Development Division atl 573-874-7474
    • Area must be ADA accessible     
    • Provide names and phone numbers of two (2) contact persons