All businesses operating within city limits of Kirksville are required to have a business license. This includes businesses that operate from home. Owners of all home-based occupations should contact the Codes and Planning Department at 660.627.1272 concerning the regulations pertaining to home based occupations. The City of Kirksville has established various zoning regulations that control the location and the operation of all commercial activities. A brief check with Codes and Planning at City Hall prior to signing a lease agreement or purchasing commercial property may prove to be valuable.
The City of Kirksville Finance Department issues business licenses and regulates the business activities of industries such as: retail, food and liquor establishments, entertainment venues and theaters, service for hire, manufacturing facilities, and motor vehicle repair shops.
Take a step back if you have not checked the zoning district of your property. A business license will be denied if zoning requirements are not met.
Step one: you must first obtain a Missouri Sales Tax Number (if you will be selling any type of product). Allow up to 6 weeks from the date the Missouri Department of Revenue (MDOR) receives your application for a number to be issued. A city or county business license will not be issued in accordance with Missouri State Statutes without proof of the valid Missouri Sales Tax Certificate.
Small businesses that need assistance with their incorporation paperwork have an excellent resource to lean on, the Missouri Rural Enterprise and Innovation Center! They employ a Small Business Counselor who is happy to help you through this process. They can be contacted at 660.665.2003 or by visiting www.mreicenter.org.
Step two: Apply for a City and/or County business license in the Finance Department at City Hall, or click here for an application. The following must be submitted by mail along with the application:
Step three: Applications will be reviewed and licenses issued or denied based upon the criteria outlined in Section 14-27 and Section 14-32.
All business licenses expire annually on the last day of February. Renewal forms are mailed out at least 30 days prior to expiration. The renewal form and required documents must be returned in full to Business Licensing in order for a new license to be issued. Any license renewals received on or after March 1 or are not complete as of March 1 will be assessed a late fee plus be subject to misdemeanor violation. Contractors not renewing before March 1 will be required to retest or proceed with the waiver process again.
201 South Franklin Street
Kirksville, MO 63501
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sarah Anderson, Business License Clerk