Licenses, Applications & Permits
Operating a business or performing a service in Kansas City, Kansas requires a Occupation Tax License. Occupation Tax Licenses are issued by the Business License Division at the Neighborhood Resource Center. Some activities are regulated by ordinance and require an additional application for the regulated license or permit. In most cases, the licensing year begins on January 1st and ends on December 31st.
The filing is for Kansas City KS only. For business activities in Bonner Springs or Edwardsville contact that city direct. There is no separate filing with the county.
If your business is or will be PHYSICALLY located in Kansas City, KS:
- fill out and submit zoning applications below to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you're conducting business from a commercial location, then once you receive zoning approval you will need to contact our Building Inspection team at 913-573-8620 to schedule a zoning inspection.
- If you are conducting business from a residence you reside in, once you receive zoning approval you will submit the (PDF, 114KB)(PDF, 16KB)Home Business Occupation Tax(PDF, 160KB) to our office via email at email@example.com
*** We will assign the business licensed number as well as the NAICS code. We are currently operating from the 1997 NAICS codes so the most current classifications won't apply. Once we receive the application, we will enter the information into our system and email you the fee due along with a link to pay online. If you have any questions while filling out the application, please call our office at 913-573-8780.
Your business is not or will not be physically located in Kansas City, KS:
If your businessis NOT physically located in Kansas City, KS you will bypass the zoning step and submit the (PDF, 159KB)occupation tax application(PDF, 159KB) to our office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Fill out the application to the best of your ability based on the type of business you are conducting.
***We will assign the business licensed number as well as the NAICS code. We are currently operating from the 1997 NAICS codes so the most current classifications won't apply. Once we receive the application, we will enter the information into our system and email you the fee due along with a link to pay online. If you have any questions while filling out the application, please call our office at 913-573-8780.
****If you are an MEP contractor our jurisdiction does NOT require a certificate of insurance for contractors, but we do require a $5,000 surety bond. We will need a signed copy of the bond along with the power of attorney page. These bonds will need to be sent to our email@example.com email address. Please see the bond types that are require below if you are unfamiliar with what the bond should look like and pertinent information we will need.
Renewal for a Current Business
The majority of our licenses are valid from January 1st through December 31st. Renewal notices are mailed the first week of December. The renewal period begins December 1st and runs through the end of February. Delinquent penalties are assessed monthly beginning March 1st. If you have not received your renewal by mid-December, please contact our office at (913) 573-8780 and we will forward a copy. If renewals are handled by third party entities, any changes to the record (address, phone, ownership, organizational structure, etc.), will need to be made by the business, or permitted to the third party with the business ownership assigning them as agent, or by power of attorney. This effort is to limit malicious change attempts by competitors, disgruntled staff, or someone wanting to impede a business activity.
Staff are available for questions, guidance, and assistance. Do not hesitate to contact us at (913) 573-8780.
The fees vary depending on the type of license. Some fees are prorated depending on the month in which the license is issued.
Annually Regulated Licenses & Permits
Many businesses that pay occupation taxes are also required to obtain one or more regulatory licenses for the business. Licenses are different from occupation taxes in that certain standards or qualifications have to be met or maintained in order to receive or keep them.
Most licenses are revocable if these standards are not upheld. In addition, occupation taxes generally run from January 1 to December 31 of a given year while licenses generally expire one year after issuance. The most common licenses issued by Business Licensing are those for:
- Drinking Establishment/Club/Caterer/Hotel(PDF, 103KB)
- Cereal Malt Beverage with Corporate Ownership(PDF, 100KB)
- Cereal Malt Beverage with Partner Ownership(PDF, 106KB)
- Cereal Malt Beverage with Individual Ownership(PDF, 94KB)
- Coin Operated Amusements(PDF, 102KB)
- Live Entertainment(PDF, 103KB)
- Security Companies(PDF, 154KB)
- Massage Therapy Establishments(PDF, 78KB)
- Massage Therapists(PDF, 35KB)
- Taxi & Limousine Company(PDF, 160KB)
- Taxi & Limousine Drivers(PDF, 87KB)
- Payday & Title Loan(PDF, 30KB)
- Precious Metals and Pawn Brokers(PDF, 238KB)
- Arena License(PDF, 38KB)
- Flea Markets(PDF, 30KB)
- Sidewalk Sales(PDF, 10KB)
- (PDF, 49KB)Mobile Food Vendor(PDF, 738KB)s
- Mobile Merchandise Vendor(PDF, 85KB)
Temporary Licenses & Permits
Temporary Licenses and Permits are issued specific for the activity and have requirements that must be met for the issuance of the temporary license.
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