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Business License Renewals 


On November 21, 2022 Ordinance #2320 and August 21, 2023 Ordinance #2344, which amends sections of Chapter 50 Licenses and Business Regulations of Article II Taxes and Licenses, were passed by City Council. These changes go into effect immediately. 

Changes include:

  • Calculation of retail business license fees will now be based only on prior year gross receipts. (For example: 2023 license renewal will require reporting of 2022 gross sales receipts only) Estimation of future year receipts will no longer be required. According to Ordinance #2344, license fees will now be calculated based on "One dollar ($1.00) for each one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) or part thereof in gross receipts per year" only.
  • The license fee now due for service businesses is $0.20 per square foot of space occupied by the business.
  • Minimum license fee for all businesses is $100.00.
  • The penalty for all delinquent renewals has changed. Any application received after March 1st will now be assessed a penalty of 10% of the total amount for the first month or part thereof and 1% per month additional or part thereof.

To view ordinance #2320, click here.  To view ordinance #2344, click here

Business Licenses are to be renewed and paid each year. Notices of renewal are sent out in the first week of January for the applicable year and payment is due no later than March 1st. 

There are different business types that are recognized in the code. Fees and application forms vary depending on your business type.  Categories include: Retail gross receipts businesses (sliding scale fee), Service businesses (square feet at $0.20 per square foot), Home based businesses ($100 fee), Financial institution businesses ($5,000 fee), and Trash hauler businesses ($12 per truck).

Click below to access an appropriate business license application form:

Retail businesses (including new businesses) must also supply a No Tax due letter from the Missouri Department of Revenue.  This letter can be obtained through their website at or by calling (573) 751-7200.

Food service businesses will need to provide proof of a satisfactory Health Department Inspection Report through St. Louis County Department of Health.

TO SUBMIT ELECTRONICALLY: email all documentation to [email protected].Once your paperwork has been reviewed, a link will be emailed to you for our secure online payment portal.(2.65% credit card payment applies to all online payments.) If renewing by mail, make Checks Payable to: City of Ladue.  NOTE: Any inaccurate payments or incomplete renewals will be returned to you. This can cause delays in your process and result in late fees or penalties.


ALARM PERMIT: According to Chapter 30 of the City’s Code of Ordinances, all businesses that have an alarm system are required to obtain a permit  and renew this permit each year by January 2nd.  To apply or for more information, visit the Alarms Permit webpage.

NEW BUSINESS: All new businesses must complete a series of steps prior to opening and operating in the City. Please visit our New Business Page.


Questions?Contact Us: Email at [email protected] or call (314) 993-3439. 


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