City of Troy, MO
Lincoln County
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Section 605.010 Business License Required.

[R.O. 2006 §605.010; CC 1980 §800.010; Ord. No. 595, 8-25-1975; Ord. No. 1005, 1-17-2006]
No person, either as principal or agent, shall pursue, conduct, carry or operate within the City any calling, trade, business, vocation, occupation or profession mentioned in this Chapter without paying the license fee fixed in this Chapter and obtaining the license as required and prescribed by this Chapter, subject to the regulations hereinafter provided. Any person violating the provisions of this Chapter shall be subject to a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500.00) for each day said person is in violation.

Section 605.020 Business License Issued After Fee Is Paid.

[R.O. 2006 §605.020; CC 1980 §800.020; Ord. No. 595, 8-25-1975]
No license provided for in this Chapter shall be issued until the amount prescribed as the fee therefor shall have been paid to the City Clerk as provided in this Chapter.

Section 605.030 Personal Property and Ad Valorem Tax Required — No Tax Due Statement Required.

[R.O. 2006 §605.030; CC 1980 §800.030; Ord. No. 595, 8-25-1975]
A. 
No license provided for or required under the provisions of this Chapter or any other ordinance of the City shall be issued by the City to any person until the personal tax and merchants' ad valorem tax for the year next preceding the year for which such license is issued shall first have been paid.
B. 
It shall be the duty of the City Clerk to establish and promulgate rules and regulations relative to an orderly method of checking unpaid City personal taxes and merchants' ad valorem taxes in order to determine the amounts thereof due and owing to the City by such applicant.
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.

Section 605.040 Business License Application Form.

[R.O. 2006 §605.040; CC 1980 §800.040; Ord. No. 595, 8-25-1975]
A. 
All licenses issued under the provisions of this Chapter shall be issued only upon duplicate written application therefor to the City Clerk upon an application form prepared by the City Clerk and received of the City Clerk by the applicant or his/her duly authorized agent. The application shall contain blanks, requesting the insertion of the following information:
1. 
Date.
2. 
Person to whom issued.
3. 
Address.
4. 
Business or occupation address.
5. 
If applicant is an agent, give name and address of principal.
6. 
Subject of object licensed.
7. 
If applicant or those for whom he/she is acting uses or intends to use any auto or truck in the conduct of his/her business, he/she shall give the State license number of each auto or truck so used or intended to be used in such business.
A list of items, that are enumerated in this Chapter which if sold, handled, prepared or manufactured by the applicant or those for whom he/she is acting, will determine the nature of his/her business or occupation, shall be printed upon the application form, with a blank next to each item, and instructions to check the blank opposite each item which the applicant or those for whom he/she is acting, sells, handles, prepares or manufactures, shall be printed at the head of the list. The applicant shall fill in the blanks above mentioned and shall check the blanks opposite those items which he, or those for whom he/she is acting sells, handles, prepares or manufactures, or intends at any time during the duration of the license period, to sell, handle, prepare or manufacture, provided, that the City Clerk shall have the right to omit such items enumerated in this Chapter, as items which determine the nature of the occupation or business which the applicant conducts or intends to conduct, as he/she shall deem unnecessary for a satisfactory determination of the nature of the business or occupation being or to be conducted by the applicant or those for whom the applicant is acting, and shall file a statement of the aggregate amount of sales made during the year next preceding the first (1st) day of January whensoever and as may by any other provisions of this Chapter be required. The applicant shall make affidavit printed at the end of such application form, swearing to the truth of the application as filled out, that he/she or those for whom he/she is acting do not sell, etc., or intend to sell, etc., items not checked on the above list. The City Clerk shall deliver a copy of each application for license submitted to the Police Chief. The statement of aggregate sales shall not appear on the copy of the application submitted to the Police Chief.

Section 605.050 Business Licenses Expiration.

[R.O. 2006 §605.050; CC 1980 §800.050; Ord. No. 595, 8-25-1975; Ord. No. 1178 §1, 6-18-2013]
A. 
All licenses issued under the provisions of this Chapter, except as otherwise provided, shall be issued to extend to and terminate on the last day of June next following the effective beginning date of the license, provided, that if the license is issued for a period beginning on or after the first day of January and ending on the last day of June, one-half (1/2) of the annual fee shall be paid, except as otherwise provided by this Chapter.
B. 
Business licenses for contractors, building and general, pursuant to the City Code of Ordinances Section 605.170(A)(17), shall be issued to extend and terminate on the last day of August next following the effective beginning date of the license.

Section 605.060 Business Licenses Non-Assignable or Transferable.

[R.O. 2006 §605.060; CC 1980 §800.060; Ord. No. 595, 8-25-1975 and amendment of 6-18-1990]
No license provided for in this Chapter shall be assigned or transferred, except by permission of the Board of Aldermen in case the licensee sells his/her stock of goods to a person continuing the business at the same place, nor shall any such license authorize the holder thereof to do business thereunder at more than one (1) place at the same time.

Section 605.070 Business License To Be Displayed.

[R.O. 2006 §605.070; CC 1980 §800.070; Ord. No. 595, 8-25-1975]
Upon payment of the license fee, the license collector shall issue a sticker license emblem, designating the year for which the license is issued, and a number identical with the number of the application and such other information as may be required. One (1) side of such emblem shall be of adhesive material of such strength and composition that the emblem cannot be removed from the surface to which it is applied without being mutilated or destroyed. It shall be the duty of the licensee to affix such emblem in a conspicuous place, in the place of business or upon the vehicle or machine for which the same was issued and the emblem shall not be used for any other place of business, vehicle or machine.

Section 605.080 Licenses For Two or More Businesses.

[R.O. 2006 §605.080; CC 1980 §800.080; Ord. No. 595, 8-25-1975]
Except as otherwise specially provided in this Chapter, when two (2) or more businesses are operated together at the same place or stand by the same person, such person shall pay but one (1) license fee under the provisions of this Chapter, which shall be the license fee that is paid upon the branch of the business for which the highest license fee is imposed.

Section 605.090 Activity Prohibited Without Business License.

[R.O. 2006 §605.090; CC 1980 §800.090; Ord. No. 595, 8-25-1975]
Where any person is prohibited from carrying on any business, trade, calling, vocation or profession, without paying for and obtaining a license therefor as provided in this Chapter, it shall be unlawful for any servant, agent, officer or employee of such person to conduct or carry on, or aid in conducting or carrying on such business, trade, calling, vocation or profession, or any part thereof, for which the required license has not first been obtained as required.

Section 605.100 Free Business Licenses.

[R.O. 2006 §605.100; CC 1980 §800.100; Ord. No. 595, 8-25-1975]
No free license shall be granted nor any rebate allowed for any cause, nor any sum accepted less than the amount specified in this Chapter nor any license issued for a shorter period than provided in this Chapter, except under petition to and action by the Board of Aldermen. The Board of Aldermen may allow exceptions to this Chapter and authorize free licenses or rebates hereunder for the vending of small articles by applicants upon satisfactory evidence of unavoidable misfortune or poverty on the part of such applicant. The Board of Aldermen may authorize free licenses or rebates hereunder to charitable or religious organizations but not more than one (1) such exception shall be made to any such organization during any one (1) calendar year.

Section 605.110 City Clerk To Collect For Business Licenses.

[R.O. 2006 §605.110; CC 1980 §800.110]
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 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 605.120 Police To Check Accuracy of Business Licenses.

[R.O. 2006 §605.120; CC 1980 §800.120; Ord. No. 595, 8-25-1975]
A. 
It shall be the duty of the Police Chief, or any Police Officer whom he/she shall designate, to enter every place of business subject to licensing under this Chapter within the City, within thirty (30) days after the license provided for in this Chapter is due and payable, to ascertain whether such place of business is operating in conformity with the written application submitted to the City Clerk in reference to such place of business, and within the terms of the license issued by the City Clerk. The Police Chief or such Police Officer as he/she shall designate shall take with him/her at all inspections a copy of the application submitted by the person operating the place of business in question and shall endorse upon it any deviation from it or delinquency that he/she may find upon inspecting the conduct of the business or occupation.
B. 
It shall be the duty of the Police Chief and of every Policeman of the City to investigate the operations of any person found pursuing, carrying on or operating any calling, trade, business, vocation, occupation or profession mentioned in this Chapter, and to arrest any such person found pursuing, carrying on or operating any calling, trade, business, vocation, occupation or profession, without first paying in advance the license fee and obtaining a license as required by this Chapter.
C. 
The Police Chief and any Policeman of the City shall have the authority to enter any place wherein any business, trade, vocation or occupation required to be licensed under the provisions of this Chapter is being carried on or conducted during business hours, to ascertain whether this Chapter or any other ordinance of the City is being violated.

Section 605.130 Business Returns Not To Be Made Public.

[R.O. 2006 §605.130; CC 1980 §800.130; Ord. No. 595, 8-25-1975]
The statements or returns made to the City Clerk under the requirements of this Chapter shall not be made public nor shall they be subject to the inspection of any person except the Mayor, City Clerk, members of the Board of Aldermen and such accountant or auditor as the Board may from time to time employ to audit the accounts of the City.

Section 605.140 Businesses Exempt From This Chapter.

[R.O. 2006 §605.140; CC 1980 §800.140]
The sale of intoxicating liquor is exempted from the provisions of this Chapter, and the amount of sales thereof shall not be included in the verified statement of retail sales required in this Section.

Section 605.150 Businesses Making False Statements.

[R.O. 2006 §605.150; CC 1980 §800.150; Ord. No. 595, 8-25-1975]
Whoever shall make or file with the City Clerk, under the provisions of this Section, a false statement under oath, shall forfeit his/her license and be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor punishable as provided in this Code. It shall be the duty of the City Clerk to examine carefully all statements filed with him/her and to see that all violations of this Section are prosecuted pertaining to retail merchants' licenses according to the law, provided, that before instituting any prosecution he/she shall give the merchant the opportunity of explaining the statement and correcting it if an error was inadvertently made.

Section 605.160 Business License Fees.

[R.O. 2006 §605.160; CC 1980 §800.160; Ord. No. 595, 8-25-1975]
The various occupations, trades, subjects, businesses, callings, vocations and professions in the City requiring occupational licenses under the provisions of this Chapter and the license fee therefor, shall be as listed herein.

Section 605.170 Business License Categories and Fees.

[R.O. 2006 §§605.170 — 605.610; CC 1980 §§210.120(B), 800.170 — 800.270, 800.290 — 800.300, 800.320, 800.340 — 800.540, 800.600 — 800.690; Ord. No. 577, 6-18-1973; Ord. No. 595, 8-25-1975 and amendment of 6-18-1990; Ord. No. 976, 12-20-2004; Ord. No. 991, 6-20-2005; Ord. No. 1025 §§1 — 2, 10-16-2006]
A. 
The City shall charge an annual license fee for all businesses or occupations within the City as follows:
1. 
Ag machinery/farm implements sales: $30.00.
2. 
Architects/House Design: $15.00.
3. 
Artists: $15.00.
4. 
Auctioneers: $25.00.
5. 
Bakeries: $15.00.
6. 
Banks: $30.00.
7. 
Barbershop/Beauty Parlor: $15.00.
8. 
Billiard and Pool Halls: $40.00.
9. 
Billboard posting and Advertising structures: $15.00.
10. 
Blacksmith: $15.00.
11. 
Bowling Alley: $60.00.
12. 
Butcher shop: $25.00.
13. 
Car building plant: $30.00.
14. 
Carpet and Furniture Cleaning: $15.00.
15. 
City Directory Agent: $15.00.
16. 
Clothing sales — ready-to-wear or made-to-order: $20.00.
17. 
Collection agency: $15.00.
18. 
Contractors — Building and General: $15.00.
19. 
Dairy, ice cream factory, pasteurized milk plant: $30.00.
20. 
Dance hall: $15.00.
21. 
Delivery company: $15.00.
22. 
Die works or manufacturing: $30.00.
23. 
Door-to-door sale of rugs, clocks, kitchen utensils, household articles, musical instruments and apparel: $15.00.
24. 
Dry Cleaning and Pressing: $20.00.
25. 
Exterminators: $15.00.
26. 
Filling station — oil and/or gasoline: $20.00.
27. 
Flour mill: $15.00.
28. 
Furniture repairs: $15.00.
29. 
Health and fitness center: $30.00.
30. 
Home occupations: $15.00.
31. 
Hotel/motel (must be 4+ rooms)(price per room): $20.00.
32. 
Ice cream factory: $30.00.
33. 
Ice manufacturing plant: $30.00.
34. 
Installment Sales: $15.00.
35. 
Insurance agent/subagent: $15.00.
36. 
Laundromat: $15.00.
37. 
Loan Company: $30.00.
38. 
Machine shops: $30.00.
39. 
Manufacturing Plants: $30.00.
40. 
Mercantile agent: $25.00.
41. 
Miniature Golf: $15.00.
42. 
Monument dealer/sales: $20.00.
43. 
Newspaper: $25.00.
If also running printing plant, additional: $15.00.
44. 
Nursery stock sales: $15.00.
45. 
Oil and/or gas salesmen (not including filling stations): $25.00.
46. 
Pawnbrokers/Pawnshops: $15.00.
47. 
Peddler, Hawker, and Huckster/Novelties on Street (not door to door): $15.00.
48. 
Pet shop. $15.00.
49. 
Photographer: $15.00.
50. 
Picture sales (including enlarging and copying): $15.00.
51. 
Printing plant: $15.00.
52. 
Produce and/or poultry sales: $20.00.
53. 
Real Estate office: $15.00.
54. 
Restaurant: $20.00.
55. 
Retail grocer: $30.00.
56. 
Retail Merchants:
0 to 50,000 sq. ft.
$25.00
50,000 to 100,000 sq. ft.
$45.00
100,000 sq. ft. and up
$75.00
57. 
Sewing machine agent: $15.00.
58. 
Shoe cobbling: $15.00.
59. 
Shoe factories: $30.00.
60. 
Skating rink: $15.00.
61. 
Soda water and soft drink manufacturers, brewery products: $30.00.
62. 
Soft drink — storage and vendor (with consumption at/near establishment): $15.00.
63. 
Stands in public places: $15.00.
64. 
Stock and Bond Brokers: $15.00.
65. 
Temporary street sales (non-food items, permit required): $15.00.
66. 
Theatres (price per screen): $15.00.
67. 
Tin shop: $15.00.
68. 
Undertaking establishment: $20.00.
69. 
Vehicle — storage, repair, servicing: $25.00.
70. 
Vending machines: $15.00.
71. 
Wholesale merchant: $15.00.
B. 
Every manufacturer not hereinabove listed or otherwise or elsewhere mentioned and provided for in this Section shall pay a license fee of thirty dollars ($30.00) per annum. Nothing in this Section shall be construed as to require any manufacturing corporation or institution paying the license fee required for its particular manufacturing as herein prescribed to pay any additional occupation license fee under this Section, except such vehicle fee as may be prescribed elsewhere, and excepting such ad valorem tax as may be assessed and levied by ordinance.

Section 605.180 Persons Not To Be Charged For Business License.

[Ord. No. 1064 §1, 4-21-2008]
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 Troy.

Section 605.190 Violation and Penalty — Delinquency.

A. 
All license fees not paid to the City by the person required to remit the same on the date when the same becomes due and payable to the Director of Revenue shall bear interest at the rate determined by Section 32.065, RSMo., from and after such date until paid.
B. 
In case of failure to apply for any license fee required by this Chapter on or before the date prescribed therefor, determined with regard to any extension of time for making an application, unless it is shown that such failure is due to reasonable cause and not the result of willful neglect, evasion or fraudulent intent, there shall be added to the amount required to be shown as tax on such return five percent (5%) of the amount of such tax if the failure is not for more than one (1) month, with an additional five percent (5%) for each additional month or fraction thereof during which such failure continues, not exceeding twenty-five percent (25%) in the aggregate.
C. 
In case of failure to pay the full amount of any license fee due hereunder on or before the date prescribed therefor, determined with regard to any extension of time for payment, unless it is shown, by the applicant, that such failure is due to reasonable cause and not the result of willful neglect, evasion or fraudulent intent, there shall be added to the tax an amount equal to five percent (5%) of the deficiency. The City shall, upon request by a taxpayer, apprise the taxpayer of the factual basis for the finding of negligence, or the specific rules or regulations disregarded if the City assesses a penalty under this Subsection.