City of Bonne Terre, MO
St. Francois County
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Section 605.010 License Required.

[CC 2001 §5.04.010; Ord. No. 5.01A §1, 5-24-1967]
A. 
It is unlawful for any person, persons, firm, co-partnership, association or corporation to do or engage in any of the various businesses, employments, occupations, agencies, amusements or exhibitions or own, manage, operate or control any of the matters and things hereinafter listed and provided for unless the person, persons, firm, co-partnership, association or corporation shall first apply to the City Clerk for a license, and if the Clerk is convinced that the applicant has complied with any and all ordinances of the City governing the issuance of a license to do or engage in the matter or things in which the license is applicable for, he or she shall issue to the applicant a license upon payment of the proper license tax or occupation tax as hereinafter set out.
B. 
The possession of a retail sales license and a statement from the Department of Revenue that the licensee owes no tax due under Sections 144.010 to 144.510, RSMo., or Sections 143.191 to 143.261, RSMo., shall be a prerequisite to the issuance or renewal of any City occupation license which is required for conducting any business where goods are sold at retail. The date of issuance on the statement that the licensee owes no tax due shall be no more than ninety (90) days before the date of submission for application or renewal of the local license. The revocation of a retailer's license by the Director shall render the occupational license null and void.

Section 605.020 Basic License Tax.

[CC 2001 §5.04.020; Ord. No. 5.01A §2, 5-24-1967]
The base license tax or base occupational tax per year mentioned in Section 605.010 shall be as hereinafter set out. In addition to base tax, Section 605.030 is applicable:
Agencies (all other types not specified)
$25.00
Automatic car wash
$15.00
Bakeries
$25.00
Banks
$25.00
Barbershops or schools
$15.00
Baseball parks (commercial)
$15.00
Beauty parlors, hairdressers and schools
$15.00
Blacksmith shops
$10.00
Bookbinders
$15.00
Bookkeepers
$20.00
Bottling plants
$25.00
Brick contractors
$25.00
Bridge contractors
$25.00
Brokers
$25.00
Building contractors
$25.00
Building and/or savings and loan companies
$25.00
Carpenter contractor or shops
$25.00
Cement contractors
$25.00
Cigar and tobacco stores
$25.00
Cleaning, pressing, dying and hat block establishments
$25.00
Coal dealers
$25.00
Coffee and tea dealers
$25.00
Collection agencies
$25.00
Concrete block plants
$25.00
Confectioneries, candy shops, soft drinks or ice cream parlors
$25.00
Cosmetology schools
$25.00
Contractors (all other types not specified)
$25.00
Credit companies
$25.00
Drug stores
$25.00
Dry good stores
$25.00
Dye works
$25.00
Electrical contractors
$25.00
Employment offices
$20.00
Express companies
$25.00
Feather renovators
$25.00
Feed stores
$25.00
Fishing ponds
$25.00
Foundries
$25.00
Florists
$25.00
Fruit and vegetable stands
$25.00
Furniture stores (new and used)
$25.00
Gasoline filling stations
$25.00
Gasoline and oil company, wholesale, distributors or bulk plant dealer
$25.00
Gift enterprises
$25.00
Golf courses
$25.00
Grocery stores
$25.00
Hardware stores
$25.00
Health schools
$25.00
Horse and cattle dealer
$25.00
Hospitals
$25.00
Hotels
$25.00
Ice dealers, wholesale
$25.00
Ice plant manufacturing
$25.00
Insurance agency (more than one agent)
$25.00
Insurance brokers
$25.00
Jewelry and watch repair stores
$25.00
Junk dealers
$25.00
Laundromats and/or automatic dry cleaners
$25.00
Laundries, cleaners and laundrettes
$25.00
Loan or finance companies
$25.00
Lumber and hardware dealers
$25.00
Lunch counters or stands
$25.00
Machine shops
$25.00
Mail order retail stores
$25.00
Manufacturers (not otherwise specified)
$25.00
Merchant delivery companies
$25.00
Metal polishing shops
$25.00
Miniature golf course
$15.00
Money brokers
$15.00
Money changers
$15.00
Monument dealers and agencies
$25.00
Motels
$25.00
Motion picture shows
$20.00
Muscle developers
$25.00
Museums
$25.00
New and used car dealers (retail and wholesale)
$25.00
Newspaper dealers and handbill distributors
$20.00
Newspaper office and/or job printing offices
$25.00
Nurseries
$20.00
Opera houses
$25.00
Outdoor advertising companies
$25.00
Paint and/or wallpaper dealers
$25.00
Painting contractors
$25.00
Paper hanger contractors
$25.00
Patent right dealers
$25.00
Pawnbrokers
$25.00
Peanut and popcorn stands
$20.00
Photographers (including sale of supplies and processing)
$5.00 per day
$25.00
Piano and phonograph dealers
$25.00
Picture shows
$25.00
Pistol galleries
$25.00
Plastering contractors
$25.00
Plumbing contractors
$25.00
Poultry and produce dealer
$25.00
Printing contractor
$25.00
Private parks
$25.00
Railroad salvage stores
$25.00
Ready-to-wear clothing shops and agencies
$25.00
Real estate agents and agencies
$25.00
Repair shops
$15.00
Rest homes
$25.00
Restaurants
$25.00
Retail merchants (not otherwise specified)
$25.00
Retail and wholesale butchers
$25.00
Salvage yards
$25.00
Sand plants
$25.00
Scrap dealers
$25.00
Secondary raw material dealers
$25.00
Sewer contractors
$25.00
Sewing machine agent or agencies
$25.00
Shoe and cobbler shops
$25.00
Shoe manufacturers
$25.00
Sidewalk contractors
$25.00
Shooting ranges and galleries
$25.00
Skating rinks
$20.00
Steam fitters
$25.00
Stone contractor
$25.00
Storage warehouses for hire
$10.00
Street contractor
$25.00
Stockyards
$25.00
Subcontractors (not otherwise specified)
$25.00
Swimming pools
$25.00
Tailor-made clothing agents
$25.00
Taverns
$25.00
Taxicab companies
$25.00
Television sales and service
$25.00
Termite and pest control companies
$25.00
$5.00 per day
Tinners
$25.00
Tree trimmers
$25.00
Trucking companies and/or long haul distance hauling companies
$25.00
Undertakers and/or funeral homes
$25.00
Variety stores
$25.00
Vermin and/or rodent exterminators
$5.00 per day
Welding shops
$25.00
Wholesalers (not otherwise specified)
$25.00
Wood dealers
$25.00

Section 605.030 Amount of License.

[CC 2001 §5.04.030; Ord. No. 5.01A §3, 5-24-1967]
A. 
Any person applying for a business license shall pay as a tax upon issuance of the license the amount as hereinafter set out.
1. 
A base tax as above provided. In addition to said base tax, each applicant shall pay the sum of five dollars ($5.00) for each full-time employee employed by the applicant. For the purpose of computing this additional tax, each applicant is allowed one (1) exemption. For the purpose of this exemption, the applicant is considered an employee if he/she actively participated in the business.
2. 
An employee is considered full-time if he or she is employed by the applicant for forty (40) weeks in any one (1) year. If an applicant has several part-time employees, then their combined total workweeks shall be added and the applicant shall be considered as having one (1) employee for each forty (40) weeks of such total.
The following are examples using a base of twenty-five dollars ($25.00):
a. 
If the applicant has two (2) employees working full-time and the applicant works in the business, then the applicant shall be considered as having three (3) employees. The applicant has one (1) exemption. His or her tax would be thirty-five dollars ($35.00): twenty-five dollars ($25.00) base, plus five dollars ($5.00) for each of two (2) employees.
b. 
If the applicant has two (2) employees working full-time but the applicant does not participate in the business, then the applicant will be considered as having two (2) employees. He or she has one (1) exemption. His or her tax would be thirty dollars ($30.00): twenty-five dollars ($25.00) base tax, plus five dollars ($5.00) for one (1) employee.
c. 
If the applicant has three (3) employees through the year and the applicant is actively engaged in the business and if one (1) employee worked ten (10) weeks, another worked thirty-eight (38) weeks and another worked forty (40) or more weeks, then the applicant will be considered as having three (3) full-time employees, including himself or herself. The applicant is entitled to one (1) exemption. His or her tax would be thirty-five dollars ($35.00): twenty-five dollars ($25.00) base tax, plus five dollars ($5.00) for each of two (2) employees.
d. 
If the applicant has four (4) employees through the year and the applicant is actively engaged in the business and if one (1) employee worked forty (40) or more weeks and the other three (3) worked thirty-five (35) weeks each, then the applicant would be considered as having four (4) employees, including himself or herself. This is so since the total work- weeks of the part-time employees was one hundred five (105) weeks. Forty (40) divided into this total gives as the largest full denominator two (2) plus two (2) plus the full-time employee, plus the applicant is four (4). The applicant has one (1) exemption, thus his or her tax would be forty dollars ($40.00): twenty-five dollars ($25.00) base tax, plus five dollars ($5.00) for each three (3) employees.
B. 
The maximum tax under this Section shall be seventy-five dollars ($75.00). Each applicant shall estimate the number of full-time employees he or she shall have during the ensuing year when he or she applies for his or her license. At the end of the license year the applicant shall file with the City Clerk a statement setting out the number of full-time employees he or she had in his or her employment during the past year. If the statement reveals fewer employees than that estimated, then the Clerk shall return to the applicant five dollars ($5.00) for each employee the applicant had overestimated. If the statement reveals more employees than that estimated, then the Clerk shall recover from the applicant five dollars ($5.00) for each employee the applicant had underestimated.
C. 
All businesses not classified above shall pay a base license tax in accordance with the amount set out as follows in Section 605.050.

Section 605.040 Rented Property License Fee.

[CC 2001 §5.04.040; Ord. No. 5.01A §4, 5-24-1967]
The business license for rented property shall be computed as follows:
Trailer parks and courts: $5.00 base plus $5.00 per rented space.

Section 605.050 Amount of License for Unclassified Businesses.

[CC 2001 §5.04.050; Ord. No. 5.01A §5, 5-24-1967; Ord. No. 5.01A-2 §1, 8-13-1974]
All businesses not classified above shall pay a license tax in accordance with the amount set out as follows:
Abstractors
$10.00 per year
Agent
$25.00 per year
Amusement parks
$10.00 per month
Architects
$15.00 per year
Auctioneers
$5.00 per day or $25.00 per year
Bill peddlers
$10.00 per year
Bill posterers
$20.00 per year
Billiard tables (each)
$6.00 per year
Boarding houses
$10.00 per year
Bowling alley (each)
$5.00 per year
Buses used in city (each)
$20.00 per year
Canvassers
$15.00 (15 days or less)
$40.00 per year
Carnivals
$50.00 (1 week or less)
$150.00 per year
Carpenters
$15.00 per year
Concerts
$30.00 (1 week or less)
$100.00 per year
Dance hall permits
$2.00 per day
$10.00 per month
$40.00 per year
Draymen (per truck)
$5.00 per year
Drummers
$5.00 per day
Electricians
$15.00 per year
Exhibitions (other than educational, charitable and religious)
$10.00 per day
Hawkers
$10.00 per year
Hucksters
$10.00 per year
Inspectors
$10.00 per year
Insurance agent
$25.00 per year
Laundry agent
$25.00 per year
Laundry wagon and/or trucks (each)
$5.00 per year
Loan agents
$25.00 per year
Lunch wagons
$15.00 per year
Lung testers
$20.00 per day
Manufacturing agent
$25.00 per year
Opticians
$15.00 per year
Optometrists
$20.00 per year
Package liquors
$50.00 per year
Painters and/or paper hangers
$15.00 per year
Peddlers (resident)
$10.00 per year
(non-resident)
$20.00 per year
Plumbers
$15.00 per year
Pool tables (each)
$6.00 per year
Public lectures
$2.00 per day
Public scales
$10.00 per year
Shoe shining parlor
$10.00 per year
Shows and amusements (not classified)
$10.00 per day
Soft drink, ice cream and/or snow cone vendors
$25.00 per year
Street exhibitions
$25.00 per day
Tailors
$15.00 per year
Tax service
$10.00 per 4 months
Any business not classified in any way herein shall pay a base license tax not to exceed twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per year. Where applicable above, Section 605.030 shall apply.

Section 605.060 Payment Required in Advance — License Year.

[CC 2001 §5.04.060; Ord. No. 5.01A §6, 5-24-1967]
All licenses are to be paid in advance and are to be issued at the expiration date of the old license. The license year shall begin on July first (1st) of each year and end on June thirtieth (30th) of each year.

Section 605.070 Issuance Not Allowed When.

[CC 2001 §5.04.070; Ord. No. 5.01A-1 §1, 11-14-1997]
No person shall be issued a business license if there are any outstanding obligations owed to the City.

Section 605.080 Display of License.

[CC 2001 §5.04.080; Ord. No. 5.01A §7, 5-24-1967]
The license granted by the City shall be carefully preserved and be displayed in a conspicuous place in the place of business for which it was issued.

Section 605.090 Failure to Pay License Tax.

[CC 2001 §5.04.090; Ord. No. 5.01A §8, 5-24-1967]
The City Clerk shall notify the City Administrator of any licensee's failure to pay the license tax as provided for in this Chapter and the Manager shall immediately initiate proceedings for collection of the tax due the City and prosecution of the violator.

Section 605.100 License Application Generally.

[CC 2001 §5.04.100; Ord. No. 5.01A §9, 5-24-1967]
Any person not previously engaged in business in the City shall apply for a license before commencing business. Such license shall be issued until July first (1st) next following the date of application. The cost of the license shall be arrived at by dividing the cost of annual license by twelve (12) and multiplying this amount by the number of months or partial months between the date of the application and the July first (1st) next following; provided, such license tax shall not be less than twenty-five percent (25%) of the annual amount of the license tax.

Section 605.110 False Statement — Penalty and Relocation.

[CC 2001 §5.04.110; Ord. No. 5.01A §10, 5-24-1967]
Any licensee or his/her agent found making a false statement which results in a reduction of the license tax shall incur a penalty of fifty percent (50%) of the current amount found to be due in addition to the amount due and any license issued to any such licensee shall be subject to revocation, if so determined by the City Council.

Section 605.120 Classification.

[CC 2001 §5.04.120; Ord. No. 5.01A §§11 — 12, 5-24-1967]
A. 
The City Clerk shall classify all applicants for licenses, putting them into appropriate classes and issuing appropriate license to them.
B. 
If any applicant be dissatisfied with the classification given to him or her by the City Clerk, then he or she shall pay such license tax under protest and at the next regular City Council meeting seek a ruling from the Council. Any ruling by the Council shall be final. If such ruling differ from that of the Clerk, then the Clerk shall refund or collect from the applicant any amount owing or owed.

Section 605.130 Non-Profit Businesses — Tax Exempt.

[CC 2001 §5.04.130; Ord. No. 5.01A §13, 5-24-1967]
A. 
Non-profit businesses as defined below shall be exempt from this tax. It shall be the duty of the Clerk to so classify any non-profit business if, in his/her opinion, it falls within the definition as set out below.
B. 
"Non-profit business", when used in this Section, shall mean any person, company or corporation who shall engage in any form of business not primarily for profit, but as a public service.

Section 605.140 Person Defined.

[CC 2001 §5.04.140; Ord. No. 5.01A §14, 5-24-1967]
The terms and designations "person(s)", "firm", "co-partnership", "association" and "corporation" shall mean, include and be legally binding on any individual, association, joint stock company, syndicate, co-partnership, corporation (either local or foreign), receiver, trustee, conservator or any officer appointed by any State or Federal court.

Section 605.150 Applicability.

[CC 2001 §5.04.150; Ord. No. 5.01A §15, 5-24-1967]
This Chapter and all Sections or parts of Sections thereof applies to all persons, person, firms, co-partnerships, association or corporations, whether resident or non-resident, provided they transact any business of any kind or nature within the corporate limits of the City, irrespective of how the business is conducted.

Section 605.160 City Clerk to Collect for License.

[CC 2001 §5.04.160; Ord. No. 5.01A §16, 5-24-1967]
It shall be the duty of the City Clerk to collect all monies for licenses issued under the provisions of this Chapter and to keep an accurate register of all such licenses issued by him/her under the provisions of this Chapter in such form as will clearly show what licenses are in force, to whom issued, the occupation, business, object or subject for which issued, the term for which issued and the amount paid.

Section 605.170 Enforcements.

[CC 2001 §5.04.170; Ord. No. 5.01A §17, 5-24-1967]
It is the duty of the City Clerk to see that all the ordinances relating to licenses are fully complied with, to collect all license fees and license taxes and file complaints against all persons known by him/her to be violating any of the provisions of this Chapter.

Section 605.180 Police Officer — Authority and Duty.

[CC 2001 §5.04.180; Ord. No. 5.01A §18, 5-24-1967]
It shall be the duty of the Police Officer of the City to aid in the enforcement of this Chapter and to promptly report any violation thereof to the City Clerk. The Police Officer shall have authority to enter any place wherein any business, trade, vocation or occupation requiring to be licensed under the provisions of this Chapter is being carried out or conducted during business hours, to ascertain whether this Chapter or any other ordinance of this City is being violated.

Section 605.190 Two or More Businesses — Separate Licenses.

[CC 2001 §5.04.190; Ord. No. 5.01A §19, 5-24-1967]
A. 
Whoever desires to do or engage in two (2) or more of the vocations or businesses under the same management or control or ownership and in the same building or buildings may do so under one (1) license; provided, that if there is a higher license for one (1) of the businesses, the person shall take out and pay the higher license.
B. 
Separate License Required When. Whenever any person shall conduct any business requiring a license at two (2) or more stands, stores or places which are not connected the one with the other and which are not under one (1) roof, such person shall obtain a separate license for each stand, store or place at which business is conducted.

Section 605.200 Showing License to Officers.

[CC 2001 §5.04.200; Ord. No. 5.01A §20, 5-24-1967]
Any person operating under a City license shall exhibit to any City Official or his or her deputy or assistant upon demand.

Section 605.210 Suit May Be Instituted for License Tax.

[CC 2001 §5.04.210; Ord. No. 5.01A §21, 5-24-1967]
Prosecution and proceeding in the Municipal Court for violation of the provisions of this Chapter may be held as in cases of violation of other ordinances of the City, but no such prosecution in the Police Court shall be a bar to a suit by the City at the discretion of the City Clerk in any court of competent jurisdiction for collection of any such license tax due the City under the provisions of this Chapter as a debt.

Section 605.220 Revocation.

[CC 2001 §5.04.220; Ord. No. 5.01A §22, 5-24-1967]
All licenses issued by the City shall be deemed to be mere personal privileges and shall not be transferable or assignable without the consent of the City Council. All licenses are revocable at any time by the City Council, upon satisfactory proof that the licensee has violated any of the ordinances of the City or of the Federal or State Statutes relating to the business or acts done or services sold or offered for sale in the City or has been practicing any fraud upon the public or has been selling for animals or human beings any unwholesome or unfit substance or shall conduct a business not covered by his or her license or has been conducting any immoral or disorderly place or business or has been conducting any place of business dangerous to public health or safety or detrimental to public morals. If any license be terminated by revocation, death of licensee or other cause, all fees or taxes paid the City therefor shall be forfeited to the use of the City. No person whose license has been revoked by the City Council shall hereafter be entitled to engage in the business or do the acts for which said license was issued in the City unless the Council for good cause shall remove such disqualification.

Section 605.230 Delay in Procuring a License.

[CC 2001 §5.04.230; Ord. No. 5.01A §23, 5-24-1967]
Any business which shall inadvertently fail to procure a business license tax as herein required shall upon application pay to the Clerk a penalty of two dollars ($2.00) for each month or part of a month that the business has delayed in procuring the license; provided, the applicant has been notified in writing thirty (30) days prior to due date of license.

Section 605.240 Evidence of Workers' Compensation Insurance Prior to License Issuance.

[CC 2001 §5.04.250; Ord. No. 5.01A §25, 5-24-1967; Ord. No. 5.01A-3 §§1 — 2, 10-19-1993]
A. 
No license required under the provisions of this Chapter shall be issued by the City Clerk's office to any person until such person produces a copy of a certificate of insurance for Workers' Compensation coverage if the applicant for the license is required to cover this liability under Chapter 287, RSMo. It is further made a violation of this Chapter to provide fraudulent information to the City Clerk's office.
B. 
Nothing in this Section shall be constructed 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 for failure to provide evidence of Workers' Compensation coverage.

Section 605.250 Persons Not to Be Charged for Business License.

A. 
No person following for a livelihood the profession or calling of minister of the gospel, duly accredited Christian Science practitioner, teacher, professor in a college, priest, lawyer, certified public accountant, dentist, chiropractor, optometrist, chiropodist, or physician or surgeon in this City shall be taxed or made liable to pay any municipal or other corporation tax or license fee of any description whatever for the privilege of following or carrying on such profession or calling, and after December 31, 2003, no investment funds service corporation as defined in Section 143.451, RSMo., may be required to pay any such license fee in excess of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000.00) annually, any law, ordinance or Charter to the contrary notwithstanding.
B. 
No person following for a livelihood the profession of insurance agent or broker, veterinarian, architect, professional engineer, land surveyor, auctioneer, or real estate broker or salesman in this City shall be taxed or made liable to pay any municipal or other corporation tax or license fee for the privilege of following or carrying on his/her profession unless that person maintains a business office within the City of Bonne Terre.

Section 605.260 Garage Sales.

[CC 2001 §5.28.020; Ord. No. 2003-06 §1, 7-8-2003]
A. 
It is declared unlawful in the City to conduct a yard sale, garage sale, rummage sale or similar activity at any residential location without a permit to do so. The permits are to be issued by the City Clerk for the sum of one dollar ($1.00) per day. Said permit shall be issued for two (2) consecutive days, provided however, no said sale shall be conducted on Sunday. No person shall conduct more than three (3) said sales annually.
B. 
It is unlawful and constitutes an ordinance violation to affix any type of temporary sign, poster or notice to any post, tree, pole or utility pole on any right-of-way within the City.
C. 
Penalty. Violation of any provision of this Section may be punished by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars ($100.00) or more than three hundred dollars ($300.00).