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, armed and unarmed guard licenses, solicitor’s permits, waste hauler permits, junk dealer permits, animal tags, special permits to nonprofit enterprises and transportation network operator (TNO) permits.
Citizen Self Service (CSS) is the City of Columbia’s new one stop shop for online application submittals. Users may access this portal to search and apply for building permits, search and submit development plans, renew licenses, and track the current status of active inspections. Currently, the service is limited with new applications coming online regularly. Create your account now to stay updated. View step-by-step instructions on creating your account.
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 and 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:
- Animal & Pet License
- Armed Guard and Security Guard License
- Canning & Donation Permits
- Garage Sale Guidelines
- Junk Dealers License
- Pawnbrokers License
- Solicitors Permit
- Special Permit to Nonprofit Enterprise (Canning Permit)
- Waste Haulers Permit