Business License FAQ
NOTE: If your question is not answered here or if you do not see mention of your topic, please reference the entire “Chapter 6: Business and Occupation” Municipal Code Ordinance or call the Community Development Department at (636) 583-3600 for application help. If you wish to visit us, we are located at Union City Hall, 2nd Floor, 500 East Locust Street, Union, MO 63084.
When do I need a business license?
Anytime you are charging fees or accepting payment for goods or services, or conducting any type of business within the city limits of Union, you are required to obtain a business license. Additionally, all contractors working on projects within the City of Union are also required to obtain a business license prior to the issuance of the building permit with which they are involved, even if they are only contracted with that project for a very short amount of time.
What fees do I pay for a business license?
The business license application fee is $50.00, renewable before May 1st each year at $30.00. License fees are paid for the period May 1st through April 30th and are not pro-rated. Licenses not renewed by May 1st will incur a $20.00 penalty fee.
I run a non-profit business. Do I need a business license?
In general, no business license is required, as long as proof is supplied that your organization is non-profit, such as a tax-exempt certificate from the State of Missouri. However, for tracking purposes only, the Community Development Department asks that you complete and file an application; no fees will be charged if the business is non-profit.
I want to open a business using my home as my business location. What do I need to obtain permission to do so?
The City of Union allows many types of businesses to operate from a residence, as long as they comply with the restrictions placed on such businesses in the City Ordinance for Home Occupations. Conditions placed on Home Occupations are necessary to protect the residential neighborhoods from being “commercialized”; therefore, holders of Home Occupation Licenses cannot have their customers come to their home to conduct business nor store any goods or equipment that is not normally found in a home.
Other conditions apply, for more information please visit our Home Occupations page.
My business is growing and I'd like to open up another store on the other side of the City. Can I use the same business license?
Generally speaking, you will need a separate business license for each separate place of business.
Do I need a license with the City of Union if I currently have a license with Franklin County?
Yes, if you are based within the city limits or are entering the city to conduct your business. The City of Union and Franklin County are two separate jurisdictions. Franklin County issues merchants licenses to retail and manufacturing businesses within the county. For more information about Franklin County licensing requirements, call the County Clerk at 636-583-6353.
What businesses do not need to obtain a business license?
Some occupations are excluded by virtue of RSMo 71.620. These include: gospel ministers and priests, teachers, lawyers, CPAs, and doctors.
Additionally, insurance agents or brokers, veterinarians, architects, professional engineers, land surveyors, auctioneers, or real estate brokers or salesmen are only required to have a business license if they maintain an office in the city limits of Union.
What do I need to do for changes to existing licenses?
Whenever a business changes location, ownership, business name, or type of ownership (for example, changing from sole proprietorship to a corporation), you must re-submit a business license application reflecting the change. Licenses are only valid for the person(s), partnership or corporation, location, or business name for which it is applied for and issued. A change in ownership or a change in location will be treated as a new business, which will require the payment of a new application fee ($50.00).
How often is a license required to be renewed?
All business licenses shall be renewed annually by May 1st. If not renewed by May 1st of each year a $20.00 penalty fee will apply. Renewal forms are mailed out in March, however it is the business owner's responsibility to renew the business license whether they receive a renewal form or not. Please contact the Community Development Department to request a copy of your renewal application.
I want to open a mobile food cart in Union. Do I need a business license?
Businesses of a temporary nature, such as mobile food carts, that operate less than 180 days in a calendar year, must apply for a vendor permit. Please review our Vendor and Solicitor Licensing page.