Starting Or Operating A Business In Liberty
Appropriate Zoning, Signage & Parking
The first stop for persons contemplating opening a business in Liberty is the Planning and Development Services Division. Planning staff (3rd floor of City Hall or call 816-439-4543 and ask for a planner) will review with the business applicant any zoning ordinances that may apply to the business including location, signage and parking.
Once a location has been identified for locating a business in Liberty, the prospective business operators can contact the City to obtain an occupation license.
City Business License
This section provides general information about obtaining an occupation (business) license in the City of Liberty and other useful business “start-up” information. For additional information, please contact the Business Licensing Division at 816-439-4457.
All companies/persons doing business or based in the City of Liberty are required to have a business license, except those exempted by the State of Missouri.
State law requires contractors to provide a certificate of insurance for general liability and worker’s compensation or sign an affidavit, stating the company is exempt from worker's compensation. For your convenience, an affidavit statement has been incorporated into the application under the “Worker’s Compensation Exemption Statement” section.
Sales Tax License
Businesses that are required to collect and submit sales tax to the State of Missouri must provide a copy of the company’s Missouri Sales Tax License showing the Liberty, Missouri address of the business, as well as a No Tax Due Statement. Sales tax licenses are issued by the State of Missouri, 816-889-2944.
A safety inspection by the City’s fire marshal is required for new Liberty businesses. An occupation license is not considered complete until the fire marshal’s inspection is complete.
Health Department Permits
New Liberty businesses that have food service or sell perishable food items (milk, eggs, etc.) or beverages are required to provide a copy of their Clay County Health Department permit, 816-595-4200.