Business Licenses

New Businesses

If you're planning on opening a business in Ballwin, please download our New Business Checklist to stay on track of everything you need to do. Before getting started, please contact City Planner Lynn Sprick at or (636) 227-2243. You will need to apply for a new business license. 

Apply for a New Business License

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

Existing Businesses

License Renewal: The renewal period is now open for 2023. Please contact Kathy Papp at or (636) 207-2390 to renew. This is for the square footage based businesses and contractor license renewals only. 

New license applications must be process through the Government Center. 

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 No person shall be granted a liquor license whose license as a liquor dealer has been revoked, or who has been convicted, since the ratification of the 21st amendment to the Constitution of the United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