City of St. Ann, MO
St. Louis County
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Cross References — Alcoholic beverage licenses, §600.050 et seq.; registration of dogs and cats required,§210.051 et seq.; licenses required for non-domestic animals, §210.330; permit required for erection of fences, §520.030; permits for construction of utility storage cabinet, §505.080; development permit under flood damage prevention and control regulations, §410.140; freestanding surgical outpatient facilities, ch. 240; housing permit required, §515.310; certificate of compliance required for housing, §515.320; proper display of vehicle license plates, §390.060; permits required for parades and processions, §340.060; commercial vehicles prohibited from using certain streets, §365.070; parking on vacant commercial property, §365.100; permit required for parking at St. Ann Golf Course, §365.130; passing bad checks, §215.550; fraudulent use of a credit device, §215.510; deceptive business practices, §215.520; sign permits, §525.110; permit required for street excavations, §530.030; taxicab permits and fees, §640.020.

Section 605.010 Form, Issuance and Validity of Licenses.

[CC 1988 §13-1; Ord. No. 1596 §1, 12-2-1991]
The City Clerk shall prescribe the form of all licenses and applications provided for in this Chapter and shall receive the applications and issue the licenses. Except as otherwise provided by ordinance, no license shall be valid unless signed by the Collector and the City Clerk.

Section 605.020 Record of Licenses Issued.

[CC 1988 §13-2; Ord. No. 1596 §1, 12-2-1991]
The City Clerk shall keep a complete record of all licenses issued under this Chapter, showing the nature of the license, date of issuance and to whom issued and address for which issued.

Section 605.030 Maintenance of License.

[CC 1988 §13-3; Ord. No. 1596 §1, 12-2-1991]
Each licensee under this Chapter shall carefully preserve the license at the address for which the license is issued and shall make the license available for examination during the normal business hours by any duly authorized agent of the City.

Section 605.040 Right to Audit or Examine Books.

[CC 1988 §13-4; Ord. No. 1596 §1, 12-2-1991]
The City or a certified public accountant employed by the City shall have the right at all reasonable times during regular business hours to audit or examine the books and records of the applicant for any license under this Chapter, for the purpose of determining the truthfulness and accuracy of any statements made by the applicant in the application for license or in the payment of the license fee.

Section 605.050 License Denial for Failure to Pay Obligations to City.

[CC 1988 §13-5; Ord. No. 1596 §1, 12-2-1991]
No license or permit shall be issued to any applicant under this Chapter so long as the applicant fails to pay any other obligation then due and owing to the City.

Section 605.060 License Denial for Failure to Provide Authentic Certificate of Insurance.

[CC 1988 §13-5.1; Ord. No. 1715 §1, 9-7-1993]
A. 
No business or occupational license required under the provisions of this Chapter shall be issued to any applicant until such applicant produces a copy of a certificate of insurance for Workers' Compensation coverage if such applicant is required to cover his/her, or its liability under RSMo. Ch. 287. It shall be unlawful for any applicant to provide fraudulent information hereunder.
B. 
Nothing herein shall be construed to create or constitute a liability to or a cause of action against the City in regard to the issuance or non-issuance of any license pursuant to the foregoing provision.

Section 605.070 Penalties.

[CC 1988 §13-6; Ord. No. 1596 §1, 12-2-1991]
A. 
Delay In Payment. All license fees required by this Code or by ordinance shall be deemed delinquent if not paid on the date due and payable and any licensee so delinquent shall be required to pay to the City an additional ten percent (10%) of the amount due for the first (1st) month of the delinquency and one percent (1%) from each month or part thereof that the delinquency shall thereafter continue, in addition to any other penalty prescribed.
B. 
False Statements Causing Reduction In Payment. Any applicant or licensee who shall make a false statement which causes a reduction in any license fee shall be required to pay to the City the additional amount due, plus a penalty of twenty-five percent (25%) of such additional amount, plus one percent (1%) interest per month or fraction thereof on such additional amount from the date originally due, in addition to any other penalties prescribed.
C. 
Non-Compliance Or Violation A Misdemeanor. Any failure to comply with, or any violation of, any provision of this Chapter shall be a misdemeanor, and shall be punishable, upon conviction thereof, as provided in Section 100.090 of this Code for each offense, in addition to any other penalties prescribed in this Chapter or the laws of the State; and each day such failure to comply or such violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.
D. 
Revocation. Any failure to comply with, or any violation of, any provision of this Chapter by any licensee shall be cause for revocation of such license by the Board of Aldermen upon recommendation of the Mayor. Such revocation shall be in addition to any other penalties prescribed.

Section 605.080 Definitions.

[CC 1988 §13-7; Ord. No. 1596 §1, 12-2-1991]
As used in this Article, unless the context clearly requires otherwise, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
BUSINESS OCCUPATION
Any business, trade, profession, avocation, pursuit or calling engaged in at any location within the City, except as may be otherwise provided by this Chapter. Business occupation shall not include a minister of the gospel, duly accredited Christian Science practitioner, teacher, professor in a college, priest, lawyer, certified public accountant, dentist, chiropractor, optometrist, chiropodist, physician or surgeon. Business occupation shall not include a veterinarian, architect, professional engineer, land surveyor, auctioneer, or real estate broker or salesperson unless that person maintains a business office within the City.
GROSS RECEIPTS
Total revenues received from any source by a merchant or a business occupation. Gross receipts received from sales or service transactions shall include all charges and all applicable taxes and fees.
MERCHANT
Any person who is engaged in the buying and selling of goods, wares, or merchandise at any store, stand, or place occupied for that purpose within the City, except as may be otherwise provided by this Chapter.

Section 605.090 License Required.

[CC 1988 §13-8; Ord. No. 1596 §1, 12-2-1991; Ord. No. 2076 §1, 7-6-1999]
Every merchant or operator of a business, before operating as such, shall make application and procure a license pursuant to the provisions of this Chapter, or as otherwise provided by ordinance; provided that no license shall be issued unless the proposed business is authorized under the City's Zoning Code for the location at which such business is intended to be conducted.

Section 605.100 License Not Transferable.

[CC 1988 §13-9; Ord. No. 1596 §1, 12-2-1991]
No merchant and business occupation license shall be assignable or transferable.

Section 605.110 Separate License Required for Each Address.

[CC 1988 §13-10; Ord. No. 1596 §1, 12-2-1991]
A separate license shall be obtained for each stand, store or place of business conducted, operated or maintained by any merchant or business occupation. Any merchant or business occupation changing the address of a stand, store, or place of business shall notify the City Clerk at least seven (7) days before the commencing operations at the new address. A merchant or business occupation holding a valid merchant and business occupation license and relocating the stand, store, or place of business specified thereon shall not be required to procure a new merchant and business occupation license for the new location for that license period.

Section 605.120 More Than One Business Occupation at Same Address.

[CC 1988 §13-11; Ord. No. 1596 §1, 12-2-1991]
Separate merchant and business occupation licenses shall not be required where a single applicant or merchant and business occupation licensee conducts, operates, or maintains more than one (1) merchant or business occupation classification at the same address. The applicant or licensee shall obtain an annual merchants and business occupation license for that classification conducted, operated or maintained at that address which requires the greater fee amount.

Section 605.130 Notification of Sale or Lease of Portion of Premises.

[CC 1988 §13-12; Ord. No. 1596 §1, 12-2-1991]
Any merchant or business occupation which shall sell or lease any portion of its stand, store or place of business to another merchant or business occupation shall report such sale or lease in writing to the City Clerk within five (5) days after such purchaser or lessee has taken possession. The report shall specify the name and address of the purchaser or lessee and shall include a general description of all goods, commodities or ware-dispensing devices installed by the purchaser or lessee.

Section 605.140 License Does Not Authorize Sale of Intoxicating Liquors.

[CC 1988 §13-13; Ord. No. 1596 §1, 12-2-1991]
A merchants and business occupation license shall not authorize selling of intoxicating liquors.

Section 605.150 Merchants and Business Occupations — License Tax Levied.

[CC 1988 §13-14; Ord. No. 1596 §1, 12-2-1991]
A license tax is hereby levied upon each merchant or business occupation and upon each separate place of business as set forth in this Article.

Section 605.160 Merchants and Business Occupations — Classification and Fees. [1]

[CC 1988 §13-15; Ord. No. 1596 §1, 12-2-1991; Ord. No. 1950 §1, 5-6-1997; Res. No. 2, 1-6-1997; Ord. No. 1992 §1, 12-1-1997; Ord. No. 2287 §§5 — 6, 5-5-2003; Ord. No. 2293 §§1 — 2, 6-2-2003; Ord. No. 2327 §1, 3-1-2004; Ord. No. 2362 §1, 12-12-2004; Ord. No. 2389 §1, 8-8-2005; Ord. No. 2624 §§1 — 2, 10-5-2009; Ord. No. 2724 §1, 6-7-2011; Ord. No. 2744 §1, 9-26-2011]
A. 
Every merchant or business occupation, except as otherwise provided by ordinance, shall pay an annual license fee in the sum specified in this Section. No license fee shall be pro-rated or less than a full year.
B. 
Classification of merchants and business occupations and the fees for licenses shall be as follows:
Abstractor
$100.00
Ambulance service, per vehicle
$50.00
Minimum
$100.00 annually
Appraiser
$100.00
Automobile or motorcycle parts dealer
an amount based on gross receipts
Automobile paint shop
$250.00
Automobile repair shop
$100.00
Bank/savings and loan, including "stand alone" automated teller machines and similar facilities which dispense money and charge fees therefor.
$500.00
Barbershop, per chair
$10.00
Minimum
$100.00
Baseball parks, for profit
$100.00
Beauty college
$100.00
Beauty parlor or hairdresser
an amount based on gross receipts
Bowling alley
an amount based on gross receipts
Bridge contractor
$175.00
Broker, insurance
$100.00
Broker, stocks and bonds
$150.00
Building contractor
$175.00
Canvasser
$100.00
Car rental facilities
an amount based on gross receipts
One dollar ($1.00) for each one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) of gross receipts between one dollar ($1.00) and one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00), but not less than seventy-five dollars ($75.00);
One dollar ten cents ($1.10) for each one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) of gross receipts between one hundred thousand and one dollars ($100,001.00) and five million dollars ($5,000,000.00);
One dollar twenty-five cents ($1.25) for each one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) of gross receipts between five million and one dollars ($5,000,001.00) and fifteen million dollars ($15,000,000.00); and
One dollar fifty cents ($1.50) for each one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) of gross receipts of fifteen million and one dollars ($15,000,001.00) and over.
Carpet cleaner
$100.00
Carwash, first (1st) stall
$200.00
Each additional car wash stall
$50.00
Cement contractor
$175.00
Cleaning and dyeing plant
$150.00
Cobbler, shoe repairing
$100.00
Coin-operated amusement device (jukebox, pinball, video game, etc.), per machine
$75.00
Coin-operated vending machines, per machine
$35.00
Collection agency
$150.00
Dance hall
an amount based on gross receipts
Dance studio
$100.00
Detective agency
$100.00
Electrician
$150.00
Electrolysis
$100.00
Employment office
$100.00
Examiner of titles
$100.00
Express office
$100.00
Freestanding surgical outpatient facility
$500.00
Funeral home or undertaker
an amount based on gross receipts
Health club or spa
$250.00
Heating, cooling contractor
$175.00
Hotesl and motels
an amount based on gross receipts
One dollar ($1.00) for each one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) of gross receipts between one dollar ($1.00) and one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00);
One dollar ten cents ($1.10) for each one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) of gross receipts between one hundred thousand one dollars ($100,001.00) and five million dollars ($5,000,000.00);
One dollar twenty-five cents ($1.25) for each one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) of gross receipts between five million one dollars ($5,000,001.00) and fifteen million dollars ($15,000,000.00); and
One dollar fifty cents ($1.50) for each one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) of gross receipts of fifteen million one dollars ($15,000,001.00) and over.
Insurance agency
$100.00
Laundry or laundromat
$100.00
Livery stable
$100.00
Loan company
$500.00
Maintenance or cleaning service
$100.00
Manufacturers' agency and broker not maintaining inventory in City
$150.00
Merchant
an amount based on gross receipts
Money broker
$250.00
Money changer
$250.00
Monuments dealer
an amount based on gross receipts
Museum
$125.00
Music studio
$100.00
Painting contractor
$175.00
Parking or storage of motor vehicles for a fee
an amount based on gross receipts
One dollar ($1.00) for each one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) of gross receipts between one dollar ($1.00) and one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) but not less than seventy-five dollars ($75.00);
One dollar ten cents ($1.10) for each one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) of gross receipts between one hundred thousand and one dollars ($100,001.00) and five million dollars ($5,000,000.00);
One dollar twenty-five cents ($1.25) for each one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) of gross receipts between five million and one dollars ($5,000,001.00) and fifteen million and one dollars ($15,000,001.00); and
One dollar fifty cents ($1.50) for each one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) of gross receipts of fifteen million and one dollars ($15,000,001.00) and over.
Ownership of outdoor advertising structures (billboards)
$100.00
Pickup and delivery service
$100.00
Photographer
$100.00
Photography studio
$150.00
Plant nursery
$100.00
Plumber
$150.00
Poolroom or billiard room
an amount based on gross receipts
Printing plant or newspaper office
$100.00
Public stenographer
$100.00
Real estate office
$150.00
Recycling center, aluminum and paper
$250.00
Recycling center, other
$500.00
Sewer contractor
$175.00
Sewing machine repair
$100.00
Shoeshine parlor
$100.00
Sign fabricator or sign painter
$125.00
Small appliance repair
$100.00
Street or sidewalk contractors
$175.00
Surveyors or engineers office
$175.00
Tailor
$100.00
Tanning salon, each bed
$15.00
Minimum
$100.00
Tax preparer (except certified public accountant)
$100.00
Taxicabs, per cab
$50.00
Minimum
$100.00 annually
Telecommunication tower or antenna (per tower or antenna)
$2,000.00
Theater, indoor or drive-in
an amount based on gross receipts
Theatrical and other exhibitions, per day
$25.00
Trade school or technical college
$200.00
Trash hauler
$250.00
Travel agency
$100.00
All merchants and business occupations whose license fees are not based on gross receipts shall pay the fees established above, except that the minimum annual fee shall be one hundred dollars ($100.00).
C. 
All business occupations not specified in Subsection (B), but that the City is authorized to levy a license fee on, pursuant to Section 94.270, RSMo., as same may be hereafter amended, shall pay an annual license fee based upon the square footage of the space occupied by the business occupation. The fee per square foot shall be assessed at ten cents ($0.10) per square foot. The minimum license fee that shall be paid by a business occupation, assessed by the square footage shall be one hundred dollars ($100.00).
D. 
Any merchant or business occupation required by this Section to pay a license fee in an amount based on gross receipts shall pay an annual license fee on the gross receipts received by that merchant or business occupation during the preceding year as follows:
One dollar ($1.00) for each one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) of gross receipts between one dollar ($1.00) and one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00), but not less then one hundred dollars ($100.00);
One dollar ten cents ($1.10) for each one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) of gross receipts between one hundred thousand one dollars ($100,001.00) and five million dollars ($5,000,000.00);
One dollar twenty-five cents ($1.25) for each one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) of gross receipts between five million one dollars ($5,000,001.00) and fifteen million dollars ($15,000,000.00); and
One dollar fifty cents ($1.50) for each one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) of gross receipts of fifteen million one dollars ($15,000,001.00) and over.
E. 
When any merchant or business occupation having a license fee based on gross receipts shall commence business in the City, the merchant or business occupation shall estimate gross receipts for the first (1st) year and the license fee shall be paid on the estimate at the time the license is issued, with an adjustment made at the end of that first (1st) year so that the license fee corresponds to the actual gross receipts for that year.
[1]
Editor's Note — The board of aldermen in ord. no. 2744 §1, adopted September 29, 2011, reaffirms and readopts the business license tax rates previously adopted pursuant to section 605.160 of this code.

Section 605.170 License Fees, When Payable.

[CC 1988 §13-16; Ord. No. 1596 §1, 12-2-1991]
License fees under this Article shall be due and payable at the time of commencing operations or business in the City by any merchant or business occupation and thereafter on or before the first (1st) day of January of each year, and shall become delinquent thirty (30) days thereafter.