Business Licenses

**PROCESS YOUR BUSINESS LICENSE RENEWAL ONLINE.  SEE BUSINESS LICENSE APPLICATIONS AND RENEWALS BELOW

THE DUE DATE FOR THE RENEWAL OF CITY BUSINESS LICENSES HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JULY 31, 2020.

PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE BUSINESS LICENSE OFFICE ISN’T ALLOWED DUE TO THE PANDEMIC.  PLEASE SUBMIT THE BUSINESS LICENSE RENEWAL FORM, PAYMENT OF FEES AND OTHER REQUIRED DOCUMENTS VIA OUR ONLINE PORTAL, REGULAR MAIL OR DROPBOX AT THE BACK OF CITY HALL AT 701 E. BROADWAY.

Welcome to the City of Columbia Business License Division! 

Mailing Address:  PO Box 6015, Columbia, MO, 65205
Hours:  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Monday -Friday
Phone:  (573) 874-7549 (Angela) or 874-7378 (Joseph)  
Fax:  (573) 874-7761
Email:  Business.License@CoMo.Govcreate new email

The Business License Division is a division of the City of Columbia Finance Department.  Authority for business licensing (Chapter 13), liquor licensing (Chapter 4), vehicles for hire (Chapter 28) and taxation (Chapter 26) is granted by the City of Columbia Code of Ordinances.  Janice W. Finley, Business Services Manager, oversees the operations and functions of the City Business License Division.

The Business License Division is responsible for accepting, investigating, processing and determining approval or denial of all applications.  Additionally, cigarette taxes and hotel/motel taxes are collected and managed by the Business License Division.   In addition to annual Business Licenses, this Division also renews and/or issues temporary business licenses, liquor licenses, caterer’s permits, taxi/limousine company licenses, chauffeur’s (taxi driver) licenses, medical marijuana facility licenses, armed and unarmed guard licenses, solicitor’s permits, waste hauler permits, junk dealer permits, animal tags and special permits to nonprofit enterprises.

BUSINESS LICENSE RENEWALS

**Citizen Self Service (CSS)  is a one stop shop for online business license renewals. View step-by-step instructions on creating your accountopens PDF file and renewing your business license.  If you have already registered and have an active account, go to (CSS) and log in.  After logging in, select the DASHBOARD tab on the Home Screen to view and renew your business license.  Currently, only business license and liquor license renewals are available online with new business license applications coming soon. Create your account now to stay updated. 

Business License Renewal Noticeopens PDF file

Submission of a  Certificate of No Tax Due  from the MO Department of Revenue is required from all retail businesses.  Please contact taxclearance@dor.mo.govcreate new email or 573-751-9268 if you have any questions about this Certificate.

Please click on an appropriate link below for more information:

General Business License Information:

Liquor Licensing:

Vehicles for Hire:

Other Business Licenses: