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Business License

All businesses and contractors doing business in North Kansas City or operating from a location in North Kansas City must have a North Kansas City business license. The business type and location determines which type of license is required. If a business has more than one location in North Kansas City, each location needs a license. If you have any questions about business licensing, please contact City Hall at (816) 274-6000.

Business Personal Property Taxes
Except for Contractors located outside of the City limits, the process of obtaining a North Kansas City business license begins with registering with the Clay County Assessor for business personal property taxes. All real estate and business personal property taxes must be current before a license will be issued. The Clay County Assessor can be reached at (816) 407-3500. Find the form here

Contractors Application Guidelines 
There are separate forms for contractors that operate inside or outside city limits. 

Outside Contractors - contractors whose business is located outside the city limits and who are performing work within city limits use this application. Registration with the County Assessor is not required.


Inside Contractors - contractors whose business is located within the city limits and who perform work in or out of the city limits use this application.


All businesses must provide proof of liability insurance naming the City as an additional insured. Contractors that are also required to provide proof of workers’ compensation insurance include:

Asphalt contractors
Wrecking contractors
Mobile washing facilities using chemicals and solvents
Foundational, structural, and building exterior contractors
Roofing contractors
Specialty trade contractors such as sandblasting
Spray washing conducted outside and other services to buildings and/or dwellings
Landscaping contractors such as tree surgeons and trimmers
Exterminating contractors 

*Please Note: A current certificate of insurance showing the City of North Kansas City as a certificate holder must be on file prior to issuance of the business license. If the contractor is exempt from workers’ compensation, an Affidavit of Exemption for Workers’ Compensation Insurance form is required and can be found here.



Class Licenses
You can apply for either a Class 2 or Class 3 license using its respective application form. The following is a list of Class 2 businesses:

Billiard or Pool Tables
Electrical coin-operated amusement devices
Security Company
Bonding Company 
Catering Truck and/or Lunch Truck
Carnival
Circus, Menagerie or Rodeo
Delivery Truck or Auto, per Truck or Auto 
Ice Cream Truck
Storage Warehouse
Taxicab Company
Trash Company

The fixed fees for Class 2 licenses are available on the form.


Class 3 Businesses:

All other businesses require a Class 3 license. Fees for Class 3 licenses are calculated based on gross receipts. All Class 3 businesses must provide proof of liability insurance naming the City as an additional insured and meet the additional following requirements:

“No Tax Due” Requirements

Businesses must demonstrate that they are compliant with State sales and withholding tax laws. It is a quick, free service through the Missouri Department of Revenue. Please be sure the Missouri Tax Identification number is for the North Kansas City business location and not another jurisdiction. Information can be found here


Missouri House Bill 1549
The Illegal Aliens and Immigration Status Verification Act provides that if a business knowingly employs an illegal alien, it will result in the suspension of the company’s applicable local licenses, permits or exemptions.

If you have any questions about necessary licenses or fee schedules, please contact City Hall.

Here is the Class 3 Application.


City Hall
2010 Howell St
North Kansas City, MO 64116

Phone 816-274-6000

Regular Hours:
Monday - Friday
8am to 5pm

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