Business Development

New Business Information

Before a prospective business/owner signs a lease or buys a building, they should call the Economic Developer to determine if the type and nature of the proposed business is allowed at the specific location. Some types of businesses may only be permitted by a Special Use Exception. Changes to the footprint of the building or the site plan may require other special zoning approvals. Please call 636-227-9000 to speak with the Economic Developer.

Petitioning Handbook

Ballwin Tops List on Home Appreciation & Safety Index 2017

New Business Checklist — A checklist to help you stay on track.

New Business Handbook — A Guide to starting a new business in the City of Ballwin
This booklet includes information about starting your business, signage, parking, Special Information, State of MO requirements and various other topics that you may find helpful.

Request for a Commercial Occupancy Inspection — Please know the square footage for the premises your business will occupy. Please fax your request to 636-207-2360 or email to Inspections@ballwin.mo.us
Payment is due at time of scheduling.

Once a Special Use Exception or zoning approval has been obtained, or if it is determined that such approval is not necessary, an inspection of the building or space is required. In order to obtain the necessary inspection, the owner or agent of the building must make an application for a non-residential
building inspection with the City of Ballwin and apply for a Use Permit from the Metro West Fire Protection District or the West County EMS & Fire Protection District (whichever has jurisdiction).

An approved inspection and Use Permit are required prior to the issuance of the Occupancy Permit and Business License. (If alteration or remodeling of the building is required, building, plumbing, electrical or
mechanical permits may also be required.)

Commercial Occupancy Permit After a Use Permit has been obtained from the appropriate fire protection district, the non-residential building inspection has been approved, or all construction work has been completed and approved by the City and the fire district, the new business owner must obtain a Business License and an Occupancy Permit before opening for business.

Apply for a New Business License

Still have questions? Contact Director of Development/Assistant City Administrator Andy Hixson at or 636-227-9000.

Home-Based Businesses

Planning to run your business out of your home? Here’s what you need to know.

Business Resources

Whether you are starting your first business, chasing the next big thing, or finally acting on your dream, you can get your business off the ground in Ballwin. If you are looking to expand, Ballwin has a robust business district. Many car dealerships and specialty shops, along with large box stores co-exist in Ballwin.

Liquor Licenses

This section provides a generalized overview of the regulations governing the sale of alcoholic beverages. An applicant for a license hereunder is advised to review all regulations before submitting an application.

Required: It is unlawful for any person to sell, or expose for sale, any intoxicating liquor or non-intoxicating beer in any quantity, without securing the necessary licenses. Such licenses must be obtained from Ballwin, the State of Missouri, and St. Louis County, and must be obtained in this sequence.

Separate license for each place: A separate license shall be required for each place of business. Every license issued under the provisions of this article shall particularly describe the premises at which intoxicating liquor may be sold thereunder, and each license shall not be deemed to authorize or permit the sale of intoxicating liquor at any place other than that described therein.

Persons ineligible generally: No person shall be granted a liquor license unless such person is of good moral character and a qualified legal voter and taxpaying citizen of a county, town, city or village of the state; no corporation shall be granted a liquor license unless the managing officer of the corporation is of good moral character and a qualified legal voter and taxpaying citizen of a county, town, city or village of the state. No person shall be granted a liquor license whose license as a liquor dealer has been revoked, or who has been convicted, since the ratification of the 21st amendment to the Constitution of the United
States, of a violation of the provisions of any law applicable to the manufacture or sale of intoxicating liquor, or who employs in his/her business, as a liquor dealer or licensee, any person whose license has been revoked or who has been convicted of violating the provision of any such law since the date established; provided, that nothing in this section contained shall prevent the issuance of licenses to nonresidents of Missouri or foreign corporations for the privilege of selling to duly licensed wholesalers or soliciting orders for the sale of intoxicating liquors to, by or through a duly licensed wholesaler, within this state.

Liquor License Application

Existing Businesses

Business License Renewal for questions concerning your business license renewal, please .

Renew your liquor license by emailing

Contractor's License  (For businesses not located in Ballwin)

The City of Ballwin requires that all contractors doing work within the City of Ballwin have a Contractor’s License. Proof of Worker’s Compensation Insurance is required. If your business is not required to carry Worker’s Compensation Insurance, then an Affidavit of Exemption is required. Special licensing restrictions and exclusions apply to pulling Electrical, Plumbing, and Me-
chanical Permits. Each contractor must have an active St. Louis County License in their respective field of expertise in addition to a contractor’s license.

 by emailing inspections@ballwin.mo.us

Apply for a new contractor’s license

Affidavit of Exemption

Additional Resources

Missouri Partnership 
Small Business Resource Guide  
US Small Business Administration