The Community Development Department issues Cape Girardeau City Business Licenses. Applications and other documents can be found below or by visiting City Hall. Completed documents must be submitted to the Community Development at City Hall for processing.

A new business license is valid from the start of the business to the end of the calendar year, and the license fee is prorated. Business license renewals are valid for one calendar year, January to December, with a grace period until January 31 for renewals. Renewal forms are mailed to active licenses in December of each year. 

A Missouri "No Sales Tax Due" letter must be submitted with all new business licenses applications for selling goods at retail. For more information about the No Sales Tax Due letter, please use the link provided or contact:

Missouri Department of Revenue, Taxation Division
P.O. Box 3666
Jefferson City, MO 65105-3666
Phone: 573-751-9268
Fax:   573-522-1265
Email:  [email protected]

License Fee

Service-oriented business $40 per year
Business with retail sales $10 initial deposit, plus an annual fee calculated on gross receipts

New Business Applications

General Business    
Home Occupation
Adult Entertainment - Business
Adult Entertainment - Manager/Server/Entertainer
Temporary Carnival 
Temporary Circus
Security Guard   
Temporary Huckster - Buying and reselling produce, i.e. homegrown
Temporary Peddlers - Business active only a few days a month and moves, i.e. parade vendor
Travelers - Business active only a few days a month and remains stationary, i.e. mall kiosk
Downtown Mobile Vendor - Required in addition to General Business  
Sidewalk Café - Required in addition to General Business

Renewal Applications

General Business Flat Rate  
General Business - Gross Receipts

Miscellaneous Forms & Information

General Business Information
Business Information Update Form
Change of Business Information Form
Hotel/Motel Restaurant Tax Form
Temporary Caterer's/Concessions 1% Restaurant Tax Form
Seasonal Fireworks Guidelines for Retail Locations