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:

  • $40.00 – 1 to 3 consecutive days
  • $70.00 – 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