Business Licensing

Anyone engaging in business must obtain a license (PDF) and pay a non-refundable license fee (Republic Ord. 605.010) except for the following:
  • Doctors
  • Dentists
  • Christian science
  • Clergy
  • Religious, charitable, and non-profit civic organizations
In addition to the Business License, the following occupations must obtain additional permits licenses:
  • Businesses wishing to sell intoxicating liquors of all kinds.
  • Solicitors
  • Massage therapists
  • Cigarette sales
  • Pawnshops and pawnbrokers
All businesses located in Greene County and/or Christian County must see if a county license will be required.

Important Information
  • When a business license is issued, it will be for the type of business listed only. Any change in the type of business will require a new application to be submitted.
  • Any false information listed will render the application null and void.
  • If you are a contractor, you must include a copy of your Worker’s Comp Liability Certificate. If you are exempt from Worker's Comp Insurance, please provide a notarized copy of the Missouri Exemption Form. Please contact our office for the Exemption Form.
  • Any person, firm or corporation who is required to pay sales tax to the City of Republic, Missouri, must provide a "No Tax Due Statement." You may request the "No Tax Due Statement" from the Missouri Department of Revenue.
  • Several departments must approve your business application before a business license is issued. Please remember, it is unlawful to conduct business prior to the business license being issued.
  • The term of licenses issued shall be for one year, beginning January 1st and ending December 31st of the same year. Application fees are pro-rated beginning with the first day of October. You may also purchase a temporary license which is good for 90 days; however, the temporary license cannot be renewed.
  • No license shall be transferable from one person to another.
  • A separate license shall be obtained for each place of business.
  • Every person engaged in more than 1 occupation, where such occupations are operated as 1 business under the same management and at the same location, shall pay an individual license for each business.
  • Please contact the City Clerk's Office at 417-732-3140 if you have any questions regarding the business license process.
Click here for the business license application.