Business Licenses

Brentwood offers a dynamic environment for doing business. With its strategic location providing easy access to interstate 64, the Innerbelt (I-170) and Interstate 44, the City is at the crossroads of the St. Louis Region’s business community. Businesses are supported and promoted by a Chamber of Commerce and a City Administration committed to maintaining a premier business environment. 

All businesses operating in the city limits of Brentwood, including home occupations, are required to obtain a Business License.

Brentwood Business Licenses Issued as of May 2022

Business Licenses, Taxation and Miscellaneous Business Regulations are regulated in accordance with Chapter 605 of the Brentwood Code of Ordinances.

Businesses interested in relocating to the City of Brentwood should contact:

Planning/Permit Technician
Brentwood City Hall
2348 S. Brentwood Blvd.
Brentwood, MO 63144

What Type of Business License Should I Apply For?

New Business License Application 

Prior to receiving a Business License, the owner must apply for and receive a Certificate of Occupancy. City staff will conduct an inspection of the place of business to ensure the location and the occupancy of the location complies with all applicable provisions of the City’s Zoning Code, Building Code and all other safety codes. All businesses are required to pay the $60 inspection fee.

Although all businesses operating in Brentwood are required to obtain a Business License, some professions are not charged for a Business License in accordance with Section 605.020. These professions are considered “Exempt” businesses. The City distinguishes between various business types, which also varies how the business license fees are calculated (Section 605.200). If a business type is not found in Section 605.200, all other service occupations, merchants, manufacturers, and home occupations are subject to license fees in accordance with Section 605.1100 and is calculated based upon their gross receipt taxes.

The City has transitioned to an online business license renewal system- MyGov .

Renew A Business License

Businesses are required to renew their license annually. The license year for all businesses shall begin January 1 and end December 31. Licenses are due and payable on or before February 15 of each year. A delinquent charge and delinquency rate may be applied if payment is received after February 15.

Rewal Steps 

  1. Select Renew a Business License (not “New Business License Application").  
  2. Enter your Business License Registration ID # provided in the notice. 
  3. Complete all required information and submit.  The Permit Technician will review the information provided.
  4. Payment.  You may pay by credit card or mail a check payable to the City of Brentwood. If paying by check, please include your Business License Registration ID # on the check. 
  5. Print a copy of your valid Business License from your MyGov account until December 31. 

If you have questions, please call 314.963.8602.

City Hall