Business Licenses

Welcome to the City of Columbia Business Licensing Division! 

Location:  701 E. Broadway, 5th Floor, Columbia, Mo. 65201
Hours:  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Monday -Friday
Phone:  (573) 874-7549 (Angela) or 874-7378 (Kelly)  
Fax:  (573) 874-7761  

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 Applications and Renewals

Citizen Self Service (CSS)  is a one stop shop for online business license renewals and application submittals. View step-by-step instructions on creating your account. Users may access this portal to renew business licenses, search and apply for building permits, search and submit development plans, and track the current status of active inspections. Currently, only business license and liquor license renewals are available online with new business license applications are coming soon. Create your account now to stay updated. 

Business License Renewal Notice

RETAIL BUSINESSES ONLY:  A valid MO retail sales license is required if your business sells goods at retail.  Missouri law mandates that a Certificate of No Tax Due from the MO Department of Revenue is required before renewing a City business license.  The Certificate of No Tax Due can be obtained from their website.

Please click on an appropriate link below for more information:

General Business License Information:

Liquor Licensing:

Vehicles for Hire:

Other Business Licenses: