City of Warrenton, MO
Warren County
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[R.O. 2006 §605.010; CC 1978 §54.010; Ord. No. 1445 §I, 10-19-2004]
All the various objects, subjects, persons, trades, vocations, occupations and businesses within the City of Warrenton, Missouri, including home occupations, herein enumerated shall be licensed, taxed and regulated as provided for in this Chapter.
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 Warrenton.
[R.O. 2006 §605.020; CC 1978 §54.020; Ord. No. 378 §2, 2-5-1980; Ord. No. 1358 §I, 11-4-2003; Ord. No. 1445 §I, 10-19-2004; Ord. No. 1559 §I, 11-15-2005; Ord. No. 1747 §I, 1-15-2008; Ord. No. 1762 §I, 3-18-2008; Ord. No. 1821 §I, 1-6-2009; Ord. No. 1957 §I, 4-5-2011; Ord. No. 2359, 7-18-2017; Ord. No. 2398, 4-17-2018]
Upon every one of the sundry businesses, occupations and avocations and every person, object and subject within this City, a license tax shall be paid by said businesses, occupations, avocations, persons, objects and subjects within the City as follows:
Classification of Business
Sub-Class
Fee
Professional service
No storefront location
$30.00
Professional service
Storefront
$40.00
Restaurant/bar
No storefront location
$25.00
Restaurant/bar
Storefront
$40.00
Contractors
$40.00
Manufacturing
$50.00
Financial institution
$60.00
Waste hauling
$150.00
Masseur or Masseuse
$50.00
Merchant
1--4 employees
$25.00
Merchant
5--20 employees
$40.00
Merchant
21--50 employees
$65.00
Merchant
Over 51 employees
$100.00
Merchant
Day
$10.00
Merchant
Seasonal (1st 30 days)
$25.00
Seasonal (60 day ext)
$30.00
Mobile Food Vendor
One (1) year
$50.00
Mobile Food Vendor
Six (6) months
$25.00
Junk yard
$84.00
Hotel/motel
Per room
$3.00
Mobile home park
Per site
$5.00
Peddler
One (1) year
$100.00
30 days
25.00
Sexually oriented business
$500.00
Carnivals
$100.00 per day
Special event license
$10.00
Special event promoter's permit
$50.00
[1]
Cross References — As to regulations for peddlers, see ch. 610; as to regulations for day and seasonal merchants, see ch. 609.
[R.O. 2006 §605.030; CC 1978 §54.030; Ord. No. 1445 §I, 10-19-2004; Ord. No. 1560 §I, 11-15-2005; Ord. No. 1821 §II, 1-6-2009]
Any person desiring to procure a license for any of the purposes mentioned in this Chapter shall apply to the City for the same. The license granted by virtue of this Chapter shall be issued for a period of one (1) year from the date of issuance unless otherwise specified. Invoices for renewal of existing licenses will be issued a minimum of thirty (30) days prior to the expiration date and will occur on a monthly basis.
[R.O. 2006 §605.050; CC 1978 §54.050; Ord. No. 1145 §I, 10-19-2004]
No license issued under the provisions of this Chapter shall be assigned or transferred to another owner or location. No money paid to the City of Warrenton for any such license hereunder shall be refunded by this City or by any officer thereof.
[R.O. 2006 §605.060; CC 1978 §54.060; Ord. No. 1006 §I, 4-7-1998; Ord. No. 1145 §I, 10-19-2004]
A. 
No license or permit provided for as required under this Code or any other ordinance shall be issued by the City to any person until the City personal property tax, where applicable, and occupational license fee of the applicant for such license or permit shall have first been paid.
B. 
No license or permit provided for as required under this Code or any other ordinance shall be issued or renewed by the City to any person until the applicant for such license or permit shall have provided verification from the State of Missouri that any applicable sales taxes due are current.
C. 
Each applicant for a business license under this Chapter shall submit a statement from the Missouri Department of Revenue pursuant to Section 144.083.4, RSMo., stating no tax is due, which statement is a prerequisite to the issuance or renewal of a City business license. The statement required by this Section shall be dated within ninety (90) days of submission of the business license application or renewal application.
[R.O. 2006 §605.070; CC 1978 §54.070; Ord. No. 435 §1, 12-21-1982; Ord. No. 881 §I, 7-2-1996; Ord. No. 1145 §I, 10-19-2004]
The proceeds derived from the license taxes levied by the provisions of this Chapter shall be deposited in the General Revenue Fund of the City of Warrenton.
[R.O. 2006 §605.090; CC 1978 §54.090; Ord. No. 1145 §I, 10-19-2004]
A record shall be maintained in which all licenses granted are listed showing the date of commencement of each license, party or parties to whom the license was issued, on what business or occupation and the amount of license tax paid.
[Ord. No. 1881 §I, 12-15-2009]
Except where a specific procedure has been otherwise provided in this Chapter and notwithstanding any other ordinance or provision of the Municipal Code to the contrary, the Board of Aldermen shall have the right to suspend or revoke any license provided for in this Chapter for any cause which is deemed right and just. If the license is revoked or suspended by the City's designee, the licensee may send a written appeal within ten (10) days of the postmark of the notice of revocation or suspension to the City Clerk for a hearing before the Board of Aldermen. At least ten (10) days' notice of a hearing shall be mailed to the licensee's last known address, which notice shall state the time and place for a hearing on the suspension or revocation and shall set forth the grounds in a general manner. The licensee shall have the right during any such hearing to be represented by an attorney and present witnesses or other competent evidence.
[Ord. No. 1881 §I, 12-15-2009]
A. 
In addition to and as an alternative to the enforcement procedures contained in Section 605.080, any application for a business license may be rejected, or a license revoked (or suspended for a period up to thirty (30) days in cases where it has been previously issued, upon the determination that:
1. 
False or inaccurate statements or representations are contained in the application or made to a City Official at the time of application;
2. 
In case any licensee or employee of any business establishment required to have a business license has a prior record of criminal convictions or during the license period has pled guilty to or been convicted of a violation of Federal, State or municipal law which violation, in the sole discretion of the City of Warrenton, renders the licensee or business establishment unfit to engage in such licensed activities;
3. 
There are any other matters which on the part of the applicant or licensee exhibit a moral turpitude, lack of integrity or dishonesty detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of the community;
4. 
An applicant has refused to provide documentation or information requested by the City; or
5. 
An applicant has failed to comply with any other ordinance set forth elsewhere in the Municipal Code.
B. 
In the event of a denial the license fee shall be returned in full unless otherwise herein provided and provisions of Section 605.080 shall govern the appeal of such denial.
[Ord. No. 1881 §I, 12-15-2009]
A. 
Any person, including any employer of any person, who fails to comply with, or commits any violation of, any provision(s) of the Municipal Code shall be guilty of an ordinance violation and shall be punishable, upon conviction thereof, for an amount not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00). This fine shall be in addition to any other penalties prescribed in this Code or ordinance of the City or the laws of the State; and each day such failure to comply or such violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.
B. 
Nothing in this Section shall in any way bar or prevent the City from pursuing available legal remedies listed at Section 605.080 including, but not limited to, injunctive relief and/or civil damages.
[Ord. No. 1881 §I, 12-15-2009]
The City Clerk shall consult the Board of Aldermen when he/she has reason to doubt the classification or the occupation of any person applying to obtain a license, or the truth of the statements made by such person; and the Board of Aldermen shall have full power to decide the matter.