City of Poplar Bluff, MO
Butler County
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[R.O. 2007 §18-1; Ord. No. 2092 §7, 1-2-1962]
Unless the context specifically indicates otherwise, the meaning of the terms used in this Chapter shall be as follows:
ANNUALLY OR PER YEAR
A calendar year beginning the first (1st) day of January of each year and terminating on the thirty-first (31st) day of December of that same year.
EMPLOYEE
Any person who works for another and under another's direction and supervision in the capacity of a servant or agent and not in the capacity of an independent contractor; provided however, that the fact that a person receives a salary based upon an hourly wage shall not be conclusive of the fact that the person receiving such a salary is an employee.
[R.O. 2007 §18-2; Ord. No. 2092 §18, 1-2-1962]
No person shall engage in any business, trade, vocation, calling or occupation within the City without first obtaining a license therefor from the City.
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 Poplar Bluff.
[R.O. 2007 §18-3; Rev. Ords. 1951 §21.160]
Every person who shall knowingly file or permit to be filed a false statement in his/her application for a license under this Chapter or of the greatest amount of goods, wares and merchandise subject to taxation by the virtue of this Chapter shall be deemed to have forfeited the bond given by him/her or them as in this Chapter provided.
[R.O. 2007 §18-4; Rev. Ords. 1951 §8.010; Ord. No. 1590, 6-1-1953; Ord. No. 1611, 12-21-1953; Ord. No. 1661, 12-20-1954; Ord. No. 1732, 12-27-1955; Ord. No. 1733, 12-27-1955; Ord. No. 2021, 12-29-1960; Ord. No. 2028, 2-6-1961; Ord. No. 2092, 1-2-1962; Ord. No. 3178, 2-3-1964; Ord. No. 3208 §1, 6-15-1964; Ord. No. 3572, 7-15-1968; Ord. No. 3978 §§1 — 7, 1-8-1973; Ord. No. 6618 §3, 6-2-2003; Ord. No. 7451 §1, 11-4-2013]
There is hereby levied, fixed and ordered collected an annual license tax, unless a shorter period of time is indicated, upon the various things, objects, subjects, vocations, callings, persons and occupations within the City as follows:
Architects
$100.00
Astrologers. One who, for compensation, tells or pretends to foretell future events by studying the position and location of the heavenly bodies and ascertaining their alleged influences upon human life and human destiny
$52.00
Auctions of goods, merchandise. Each auction of goods or merchandise in any store or other building, per day
$10.00
This license shall not apply to the sale of unclaimed goods by an express company or any other person having a merchant's license.
Auction sales companies. Each auction sales company
$100.00
Auctioneers. One (1) who sells or offers to sell any goods, wares, merchandise or other personal property or any real estate or any interest therein at any store, stand or other place of business within the City at public auction or outcry, whether the same be exempt from auction duty or not; or shall advertise or in any manner hold himself/herself out as an auctioneer for public patronage and shall receive fees or any other compensation for his/her service
$16.00
Provided, no auctioneer shall sell at public auction any property whatsoever upon any public street, square or alley.
Automatic scale machines. Every person who operates, keeps or maintains for use automatic scale machines, per machine, when such machine is operated by a coin of the value of:
One cent ($.01) or less
$3.00
More than one cent ($.01)
$6.00
Automobile accessory dealers. Any person who shall buy, manufacture or assemble and sell or offer for sale any tires or other fixtures, appliances or accessories to or for automobiles, trucks or trailers, except persons licensed as merchants. Gross receipts tax (See § 605.260).
Automobile agencies. Any person who sells, trades or offers to sell or trade automobiles, trucks, trailers or buses, which are not the property of such person, as the employee, agent or representative of a non-resident manufacturer, owner or dealer. Gross receipts tax (See § 605.260).
Automobile dealers. Any person who shall buy for the purpose of sale or trade or who shall sell, trade or offer to sell or trade automobiles or other motor vehicles. Gross receipts tax (See § 605.260).
Automobile garages. Any shop or place where automobiles or other motor vehicles are kept, repaired, cleaned or oiled or are let for hire, except the storage place for automobiles of the owner at the private residence of such owner. Gross receipts tax (See § 605.260).
Bakeries. Any shop, stand, store or place where bread, cakes, cookies, doughnuts, pies, pastries and/or similar products are manufactured, prepared, sold or offered for sale, except a person who is licensed to do business as a merchant who sells but does not manufacture such products. Gross receipts tax (See § 605.260).
Banks
$500.00
Barbers. (See hair stylist)
Beauty operators. (See hair stylist)
Bill, circular distributors. Each distributor of bills, circulares or other advertising matter
$26.00
Provided this license shall not be required from any person distributing bills, circulars or other advertising matter pertaining to his/her own business.
Billposters. Each person who shall, for hire, post bills or other advertisements of any kind in places exposed to public view
$26.00
Provided, this license shall not be required from any person posting bills or other advertising matter pertaining to his/her own business.
Billiard tables. Each billiard or pool table set up and used for hire
$8.00
Blacksmiths. Any person who operates a shop, stand or place where horses are shod or metal is worked or fashioned or where metal objects are made, altered or repaired. Gross receipts tax (See § 605.260).
Boardinghouses. (See rooming houses)
Body, fender, paint shops
$25.00
Books, stationery dealers. (See merchants)
Boot, shoe dealers. (See merchants)
Bottling distributors. Any person who sells or sells and delivers in the City carbonated beverages or soft drinks which are prepared and bottled elsewhere than in the City. Gross receipts tax (See § 605.260).
Bottling works. Any place of business or establishment in the City where soft drinks or other liquids are prepared and bottled.
Gross receipts tax (See § 605.260).
Bowling alleys. Every bowling alley or ten (10) pin alley set up and used for hire, per alley
$10.00
Boxing, wrestling exhibitions. Every boxing, sparring or wrestling exhibition:
Per year
$50.00
Per day
$5.00
Brokers. (See mercantile agents)
Brokers in merchandise. Each person having an office or other place of transacting business in the City not carrying a stock of goods and selling merchandise or goods of any kind for a commission or other compensation
$25.00
Brokers in options. Each person who sells or offers for sale any lot, land, tract or article wherein he/she is not the owner in fee, but has obtained an option on the same
$11.00
Brokers in stocks, bonds, etc. Every person who buys, sells or offers to buy and sell stocks or shares in any corporation, joint stock company or association for money or property or on the weekly, monthly or other partial payment plan
$50.00
Butchers. Any person who shall kill, cut, prepare and/or sell or offer to sell any fresh meat in quantities less than one-quarter (1/4) of a carcass. Gross receipts tax (See § 605.260).
Candy stores. (See merchants)
Canvassers. (See traveling salesmen)
Carnivals. Each combination of two (2) or more shows, rides, concessions, motor dromes or other means of amusement or any aggregation or combination of the same, per week
$300.00
Carpet dealers. (See merchants)
Casualty companies. (See fire insurance companies)
Chauffeurs. Any person who shall drive the automobile of another for hire, per year
$1.50
Cigar and tobacco dealers. (See Merchants)
Circuses, menageries, etc. Each circus or menagerie or circus and menagerie, wild west show and dog and pony show:
For the first (1st) day
$100.00
For each succeeding day
$50.00
Each side show charging a separate admission fee:
For the first (1st) day
$10.00
For each succeeding day
$5.00
Circus or menagerie street parades in the City when the circus or menagerie exhibits are located outside the City:
For the first (1st) day
$25.00
For each succeeding day
$12.50
Any circus or menagerie that shall sell tickets directly or indirectly for a greater sum than that advertised as the price of admission or who shall sell reserved seats for a greater sum than the price of admission shall, in addition to the above charges, pay to the City the sum of
$200.00
Failure to pay such sum upon demand shall cause any license issued hereunder to be null and void.
All shows other than menageries or circuses, wild west shows or dog and pony shows not showing in a licensed theater:
For the first (1st) day
$20.00
For each succeeding day
$6.00
Provided that this tax shall not apply to any show connected with a licensed carnival.
Clairvoyants. One (1) who practices and has, or pretends to have, the ability, gift or faculty of seeing or discerning objects not present to sense or within the reach or knowledge of persons under normal conditions
$52.00
Cleaners. (See cleaning establishments)
Cleaning establishments. Any shop, stand or place of business where clothing or other articles are washed, cleaned or renovated. Gross receipts tax (See § 605.260).
Clothing merchants. (See merchants)
Cold storage houses. (See ice dealers)
Collection agencies. Every person representing or holding himself/herself out as a collection agency or doing a general collection business for the public
$6.00
Concrete block and brick factories. Any person who buys, sells or deals in concrete blocks or bricks. Gross receipts tax (See § 605.260).
Confectioners. (See merchants)
Contractors. Any person who, in the capacity of an independent contractor, contracts with any business, property owner or person to perform a particular job or jobs, whether the remuneration received for performing the job or jobs is on a cost plus basis, a flat sum basis or salary basis computed at so much per hour, shall pay a license tax of one dollar ($1.00) for each one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) or fractional part thereof in accordance with the gross amount set forth on the building or other permit for each job or project.
Provided however, that no person shall be construed to be a contractor unless such person shall employ at least one (1) employee on a reasonably continuous basis.
Cosmetologists. (See hair stylist)
Creameries, per year
$20.00
Dairies. Gross receipts tax (See § 605.260).
Dance halls. Any place of business, open to the public, where dancing takes place and where there is music provided by an orchestra, band or mechanical means
$30.00
Delivery wagons. (See vehicles)
Department stores. (See merchants)
Dray wagons. (See vehicles)
Electric machinery dealers. (See merchants)
Entertainments. Any public entertainment not otherwise taxed under this schedule:
Per day
$5.00
Per month
$25.00
Express companies
$20.00
Farm machinery, implements. (See merchants)
Feed and boarding stables. (See livery and feed stables)
Feed dealers, retail. Gross receipts tax (See § 605.260).
Five and ten cent stores. (See merchants)
Fix-it shops. Any room, building or place at which or in which furniture, guns, safes, locks, knickknacks or odds-and-ends are repaired, fixed or amended
$12.00
Floor sanders, tile and carpet layers, per year
$50.00
Flour mills:
25 or less barrel capacity per day
$26.00
25 to 35 barrel capacity per day
$51.00
35 to 50 barrel capacity per day
$76.00
Over 50 barrel capacity per day
$101.00
Fortunetellers. One who, for compensation, tells or pretends to foretell, by ny means or method whatsoever, the events of another's life
$52.00
Fresh fish dealers. (See merchants)
Fresh fish peddlers. (See transient merchants)
Fruit dealers. (See merchants)
Fur dealers
$15.00
Furniture dealers, new and secondhand. (See merchants)
Garages. (See automobile garages)
General fire insurance agencies. Any person authorized to write fire, lightning, wind, cyclone, tornado, plate glass, burglary, casualty, accident and health insurance and to execute fidelity and surety bonds
$50.00
General insurance agents. Any person authorized to write fire, lightning, wind, cyclone, tornado, plate glass, burglary, casualty, life, accident and health insurance or any other insurance not specifically mentioned, also to execute and write fidelity and surety bonds
$76.00
General life insurance agencies. Any person authorized to write life, accident and health insurance
$26.00
Gun stores and sporting goods. (See merchants)
Haberdashery or men's furnishing goods. (See merchants)
Hairdressers. (See hair stylist)
Hair stylist:
For the shop and one (1) hair stylist per year
$10.00
Each additional hair stylist in the shop per year
$5.00
Hardware and tinware stores. (See merchants)
Harness and saddlery. (See merchants)
Hawkers. Any person other than an auctioneer who sells or offers to sell goods, wares or merchandise at public outcry
$11.00
Hay dealers. (See merchants)
Horse and cattle dealers
$12.00
Hospitals, per year
$50.00
Plus, per room, per year
$1.00
Hotels. Any place or establishment of fifty (50) rooms or more engaged in the renting of rooms to transients. Gross receipts tax (See § 605.260).
House movers. Any person who shall move any house, structure or building of any kind or character whatsoever across any street, avenue, alley or other public way in the City
$11.00
Hucksters. Every person selling produce, grain, butter, eggs, fowl or vegetables of any kind or description, except such as are produced or raised by his/her own labor or upon his/her own premises, by going from place to place with a wagon, cart, automobile, truck or other vehicle, per day, per vehicle
$10.00
Ice cream parlors. Any store, shop or place where ice cream, ices, sherbets or soft drinks are sold or served for consumption on the premises. Gross receipts tax (See § 605.260).
Ice cream wagons. (See transient merchants)
Ice dealers. Any person who buys, sells or deals in ice. Gross receipts tax (See § 605.260).
Ice wagons. (See vehicles)
Jewelry stores. (See merchants)
Job printing plants. Any person who does miscellaneous printing for hire. Gross receipts tax (See § 605.260).
Junk dealers. Any person engaged in the business of buying or selling or offering for sale or dealing in old iron, brass, steel, hides, wood, bones, rags and bottles
$50.00
Knife and cane racks:
Per day
$3.00
Per month
$30.00
Ladies' furnishing goods. (See merchants)
Laundries. Any person who washes or irons or offers to wash or iron clothing or fabrics for others, except such person who performs such service in his/her own or his/her customer's private premises and who operates not more than one (1) washing machine and two (2) hand irons in so doing. Gross receipts tax (See § 605.260).
Laundry agents, for hire
$6.00
Laundry wagons. (See vehicles)
Livery and feed stables. A place where horses, mules or other animals are kept for hire or boarded and kept for compensation
$11.00
Loan companies. Any person who shall lend or offer to lend or negotiate the loan of any money belonging to himself/herself or another and who shall advertise money to lend or one who purchases negotiable instruments and collects the same for the interest, including savings and loan associations, per year
$250.00
Lumber dealers. Any person who buys, sells or deals in lumber or wood products. Gross receipts tax (See § 605.260).
Lunch counters. Any stand or place where sandwiches, lunches and/or drinks are sold other than regular meals and where tables and chairs are not provided for the customers. Gross receipts tax (See § 605.260).
Machine shops. Any shop, stand or place of business maintaining or operating machines for making or repairing articles of wood or metal, tools or equipment for others for a consideration. Gross receipts tax (See § 605.260).
Mediums. One who practices and to whom the actions of another being is claimed to be manifested and transmitted by artemal magnetism of a person to whom spiritual manifestations are claimed to be made, especially one who is claimed to be capable of holding communication with spirits of the deceased
$52.00
Merchants. Any person who buys, sells or deals in any goods, wares or merchandise at any store, stand or place of business within the City and not otherwise specifically taxed by this schedule. Gross receipts tax (See § 605.260).
Merchant tailors
$10.00
Mercantile agents or brokers. One who, for a commission, brokerage fee or other compensation, negotiates between the owner and purchaser or their respective agents for the sale of goods, wares and merchandise or other articles of commerce
$16.00
Merchants, commission. A person having a place of business who, for another person and for a commission or other compensation, buys, sells or receives on consignment for sale or negotiates between the owner and purchaser for the purchase or sale of any goods, wares or merchandise, flour, grain, provisions, produce or other articles of commerce
$25.00
Merry-go-rounds and rotary swings:
Per day
$1.00
Per week
$5.00
Milk depots
$16.00
Millinery stores. (See merchants)
Mobile advertising. Any person doing business as a portable or motor advertising concern, using electric or vocal amplifying equipment, advertising any individual, products or concern on the streets or alleys of the City or on private property or producing music through such electric or vocal amplifiers for the purpose of attracting attention of the public to any individual, product or concern
$20.00
Provided, this tax shall not apply to such advertising or announcements made by persons in their respective places of business.
Monument works or marble dealers, per year
$30.00
Motorcycles. (See automobile dealers)
Neon sign companies. Any person that repairs, installs, makes or sells neon signs, per year
$50.00
New and secondhand stores. (See merchants)
Newspaper offices. (See publishers)
Notion stores. (See merchants)
Office buildings. Office buildings having five (5) or more rooms for rent to the general public
$10.00
Plus, per each room in excess of five (5)
$.50
Office supply stores. Any person who buys, sells or deals in office supplies. Gross receipts tax (See § 605.260).
Oil stations. Any shop, stand or place of business where gasoline, oils and/or other petroleum products are sold or distributed at retail, except where such sale or distribution is purely an incidental part of the business of a duly licensed merchant. Gross receipts tax (See § 605.260).
Opera houses. (See theaters)
Optical goods. (See merchants)
Outdoor advertising companies, per year
$100.00
Paint and wallpaper stores. (See merchants)
Palmists. One who practices palmistry or claims to read character or to reveal past, present or future events by the lines in the palm of the hand
$52.00
Patent medicine vendors, transient. (See transient merchants)
Performances not in a licensed theater. (See circuses)
Pest control. Any person engaging in the business of resident, transient or itinerant termite treatment or eradication, commonly known as pest control, per year
$26.00
Plus, for each outside solicitor or sales person, per day
$5.00
Photographers. Any person, whether resident, transient or itinerant, engaging in the business of portrait or commercial photography or in the enlarging, copying, coloring or portrait finishing of photographs or soliciting or offering for sale any of such goods or services, directly or indirectly, verbally, by telephone, by mail, through the use of coupons or tokens of whatever nature or by means of printed advertisements of any form, by subterfuge or otherwise, in the City, per year
$25.00
Plus, for each outside solicitor or sales person, including solicitors or sales persons so employed but operating from their own temporary or permanent residences or telephones and whether paid on a salary or commission basis, contracted with or employed by such photographer for his/her business, per day
$10.00
Picture shows. (See theaters)
Pigeonhole tables, mechanical amusement devices. Each pigeonhole table or other table or device or apparatus on or by means of which games are played with pole or with poles and cues or by depositing any coin, chip or slug therein, when such coin, chip or slug has a value of:
One cent ($.01) or less
$3.50
Over one cent ($.01)
$6.00
Pinball machines, per machine
$25.00
Plumbers. Every plumbing shop and/or heating shop in the City. Gross receipts tax (See § 605.260).
Each person engaging in business as a master plumber or a journeyman plumber
$26.00
Each service plumber going from place to place in the City and not maintaining a place of business in the City, rendering plumbing service
$26.00
Provided, any person having a display room for the purpose of displaying plumbing goods, fixtures and other such merchandise for sale shall be required to obtain a merchant's license if such stock of goods, fixtures and other merchandise has a valuation of five hundred dollars ($500.00) or more.
Pool tables. (See billiard tables)
Produce and/or poultry dealers. (See merchants)
Public halls. Every hall kept for rent or use for dances, balls, concerts, minstrels, lectures and other entertainments
$11.00
Public lectures. (See entertainments)
Publishers, per year
$100.00
Queensware and notion stores. (See merchants)
Racket stores. (See merchants)
Radio broadcasting stations, per year
$50.00
Real estate dealers, realtors.
Upon the first $300,000.00 gross sales, per year
$50.00
More than $300,000.00 and less than $500,000.00 gross sales, per year
$150.00
More than $500,000.00 and less than $750,000.00 gross sales, per year
$300.00
More than $750,000.00 gross sales, per year
$500.00
Refreshment stands, per day
$2.00
Refrigerator and/or radio repair shops, per year
$26.00
Repair shops. (See automobile garages)
Restaurants. Any inn or establishment engaged solely or chiefly in the sale and serving of meals or lunches, where tables and chairs are provided for the customers. Gross receipts tax (See § 605.260).
Rooming, boarding houses. Every public rooming house where a sign is displayed or any place where rooms are rented to transient trade, whether by the day, week or month, without meals, for pay or other compensation, with five (5) to ten (10) rooms, per year
$10.00
Plus for each additional room used for guests, per year
$.50
Every public boarding house where persons are boarded and where the keeping of boarders generally is carried on and which is held out by the owner as a place where boarders are kept, per year
$10.00
Rug and carpet cleaners, per year
$25.00
Sale of unclaimed goods, by express companies or common carriers, per sale, per day
$5.00
Septic tank sanitary pumper operators. Any person who, in the capacity of an independent contractor, shall in any manner clean out septic tanks for profit, per year
$25.00
Sewing machine agents, dealers
$16.00
Shoe repair shops, per year
$12.00
Provided any licensee hereunder shall be privileged to sell shoe soles, shoe strings, shoe polish and other merchandise of a like nature without obtaining a merchant's license.
Shoeshining parlors
$11.00
Provided this shall not be required for a licensed barbershop or a licensed shoe repair shop having a shoeshine stand.
Shooting galleries. Any room or place where any kind of firearms or air guns are kept for public use, practice or sport or for hire, gain or profit, per month
$5.00
Sideshows. (See circuses)
Sign painters, per year
$50.00
Skating rinks, per month
$10.00
Soft drink stands or vendors. Any person who sells soft drinks or non-alcoholic beverages or any place where the same are sold or served. Gross receipts tax (See § 605.260).
Steam laundries. (See laundries)
Stockyards. Any place where horses, mules, cattle, hogs or sheep are bought or kept to be sold or bartered for compensation
$20.00
A livestock dealer is a person who buys, sells, barters or trades horses, mules, cattle, hogs or sheep without being the keeper of a stockyard or, sale stable; provided that no livestock dealer shall be licensed and it shall be unlawful for him/her to conduct his/her business upon any public lot, park, square, street, avenue or alley, but shall conduct the same in some private barn, lot or enclosure and there only.
Street exhibitions, other than connected with a licensed carnival, circus or menagerie, per day
$5.00
Subcontractors. Any person who, in the capacity of an independent contractor, contracts with any contractor to perform a particular job or jobs, whether the remuneration received for performing the job or jobs is on a cost plus basis, a flat sum basis or salary basis computed at so much per hour, shall pay a license tax of one dollar ($1.00) for each one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) or fractional part thereof in accordance with the gross amount set forth on the building or other permit for each such job or project.
Provided however, that no person shall be construed to be a subcontractor unless such person employs at least one (1) employee on a reasonably continuous basis.
Tea and coffee agents. (See transient merchants)
Television repairmen, per year
$15.00
Theaters. Each public theater or motion picture show charging a maximum admission fee of:
Fifty cents ($.50) or less, per year
$60.00
More than fifty cents ($.50), per year
$100.00
No public theater or motion picture show shall be required to pay an occupation license tax on concession stands or booths.
Title Insurers. One providing title searches and insurance relating to land titles and abstracts
$50.00
Tourist courts. Any place where a sign is displayed or any place where rooms are rented to transient trade, whether by day, week or month, without meals, for pay or other compensation, per year
$25.00
Plus, per room, per year
$1.50
Tourist homes. Any place where a sign is displayed or any place where rooms are rented to transient trade, whether by day, week or month, with or without meals, for pay or other compensation and where the proprietor or owner thereof resides therein, with five (5) to ten (10) rooms, per year
$10.00
Plus, for each additional room used for guests, per year
$.50
Trailer courts, per trailer space, per year
$5.00
Transfer and job wagons. (See vehicles)
Transient merchants. (See Article III of this Chapter)
Trash and garbage haulers. Any person who, in the capacity of an independent contractor, shall transport or dispose of for profit any garbage, trash, ashes, miscellaneous waste, manure or other refuse, per year:
Commercial:
Having 1 to 15 stops
$10.00
Having 16 to 30 stops
$15.00
Having more than 30 stops
$25.00
Residential:
Having 1 to 100 stops
$10.00
Having 101 to 500 stops
$15.00
Having 501 to 1,000 stops
$25.00
Having more than 1,000 stops
$35.00
Traveling salesmen. Any person having a place of business in the City where orders for the sale and delivery of merchandise are taken, per day
$1.50
Undertakers. Any person who undertakes to conduct funerals or care for the bodies of the dead. Gross receipts tax (See § 605.260).
Vehicles. Upon various vehicles not otherwise taxed by this schedule or other provisions of the Code of Ordinances, as follows:
Two (2) horse drays, job wagons, baggage, transfer, freight, delivery, furniture and other two (2) horse vehicles used for pay or hire
$7.00
One (1) horse drays, job wagons, baggage, transfer, freight, delivery, furniture and other one (1) horse drays used for pay or hire
$4.00
Motor vehicles used for general draying or transfer purposes or hauling of any kind in addition to the regular automobile license tax.
$12.00
Provided that nothing herein shall be so construed as to require a license for delivery wagons from merchants having a merchants license or an ice wagon license of an ice manufacturer or dealer having an occupational license as such.
All one (1) and two (2) horse vehicles of any kind of character, not mentioned above
$2.00
Vending machines. Every person engaged in the business of maintaining or operating vending machines of any kind or character in public places or in any place of business operated by coins of a value of:
One cent ($.01) or less
$3.00
More than one cent ($.01)
$6.00
Wagons. (See vehicles)
Warehouses
$12.00
Welding shops. (See machine shops)
Wholesale butchers. Any person who kills for sale or who sell in quantities not less than one-quarter (¼) of a carcass or who sell in any quantity to retailers thereof any fresh meat or meat products. Gross receipts tax (See § 605.270).
Wholesale feed dealers. Gross receipts tax (See § 605.270).
Wholesale gasoline dealers. Any person selling gasoline, oil and/or other petroleum products at wholesale, which business is commonly known as "bulk station".
Wholesale houses. Any house, store or establishment where goods, wares or merchandise are kept and sold or offered for sale to retailers or other persons for resale by such purchasers. Gross receipts tax (See § 605.270).
Wholesale merchants. Any person who sells or offers to sell any goods, wares or merchandise to retailers or to other persons for resale by such purchasers. Gross receipts tax (See § 605.270).
Wood, code, coal and fuel dealers. (See coal dealers)
[R.O. 2007 §18-6; Ord. No. 2092 §17, 1-2-1962; Ord. No. 3889 §1, 1-3-1972]
Except as provided in Article II of this Chapter, all license taxes levied and imposed by this Chapter shall be due and owing as of the first (1st) day of January of each and every year unless provided otherwise.
[R.O. 2007 §18-7; Ord. No. 2092 §16, 1-2-1962]
Unless otherwise specifically provided, any person who shall commence his/her business, trade, calling, profession or otherwise becomes liable for a tax levied by this Chapter during the period of time indicated below shall pay that percentage of such tax indicated as follows:
January 1 through March 31
100%
April 1 through June 30
75%
July 1 through September 30
50%
October 1 through December 31
25%
[R.O. 2007 §18-8; Rev. Ords. 1951 §18.260]
No license shall be issued under this Chapter until the required license tax therefor shall be paid by the applicant.
[R.O. 2007 §18-12; Ord. No. 3889 §2, 1-3-1972]
All licenses provided for in this Chapter shall become delinquent thirty (30) days after they become due. All delinquent licensees shall pay in addition to the license tax due ten percent (10%) of such tax for each month or fraction thereof that such tax remains delinquent.
[R.O. 2007 §18-13; Rev. Ords. 1951 §21.180]
No license granted by virtue of this Chapter shall authorize any person to deal in the selling of goods, wares and merchandise at more than one (1) place within the City at the same time nor for a longer period than twelve (12) months.
[R.O. 2007 §18-14; Rev. Ords. 1951 §18.260]
Unless otherwise specifically provided elsewhere, every license issued under the provisions of this Chapter shall expire on the thirty-first (31st) day of December following its date of issuance.
[R.O. 2007 §18-15; Rev. Ords. 1951 §18.280]
A license record shall be kept by the City Collector which shall show the name of the person to whom the license was issued, amount of license and expiration of same.
[R.O. 2007 §18-16; Rev. Ords. 1951 §18.290]
It is hereby made the duty of every person to whom a license has been issued under this Article for any business, occupation, trade or vocation of whatever kind or character to keep said license at all times posted up in full view in a conspicuous place at his/her place of business.
[R.O. 2007 §18-17; Rev. Ords. 1951 §18.260]
No license issued under this Chapter shall be assigned or transferred except as provided by this Chapter.
[R.O. 2007 §18-18; Rev. Ords. 1951 §18.300]
In the event any business shall be sold, the license to conduct the same may be transferred to the purchaser thereof by and with the consent of a majority of the Council.
[R.O. 2007 §18-19; Ord. No. 1849 §§1 — 2, 2-3-1958; Ord. No. 5166 §§1 — 2, 3-7-1988; Ord. No. 5201 §1, 8-1-1988; Ord. No. 5376 §1, 6-4-1990]
A. 
Definitions. For the purposes of this Article, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them by this Section:
AUTOMOBILE GRAVEYARD OR AUTO WRECKING YARD
Any establishment, area or place of business maintained, used or operated for storing, keeping, buying or selling wrecked, scrapped, ruined or dismantled motor vehicles or parts thereof.
JUNK
Old or scrap copper, brass, rope, rags, batteries, paper, trash, rubber debris, waste or junked, dismantled or wrecked automobiles or parts thereof, iron, steel and other old or scrapped ferrous or non-ferrous material.
JUNK YARD OR SALVAGE YARD
An establishment, area or place of business maintained, operated or used for the storing, keeping, buying or selling of junk or for the operation of an automobile graveyard or auto wrecking yard, garbage dump or sanitary fill.
B. 
No auto wrecking yard or junk yard shall be established, maintained or operated within the City, unless such auto wrecking yard or junk yard is screened from the view of the public by a fence not less than eight (8) feet high. The said fence shall conform with the "fencing specifications" that are set out in Exhibit A, which is attached to this ordinance and incorporated herein by specific reference thereto as if fully set out.
C. 
The fencing specifications provided by this Section may be modified by the City Council in exceptional cases, but before any modification can be made, the City Council must make an affirmative finding of facts that shows a modification is called for by sound and good engineering judgment. In making such finding of facts, the City Council shall receive the recommendation of the City Engineer or other designated official.
D. 
Any person found guilty of a violation of this Section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars ($100.00) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00).
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Editor's Note — The "fencing specifications" attached as "Exhibit A" to ord. no. 5166 and referred to in §605.150(B) have not been set out herein but are available for inspection in the appropriate city offices.
[R.O. 2007 §18-20; Ord. No. 5202 §1, 8-1-1988]
A. 
No person, firm or corporation shall establish, within the municipal boundaries of the City of Poplar Bluff, any auto wrecking yard or junk yard as defined in Section 605.150 of the Code of Ordinances after August 1, 1988.
B. 
Any auto wrecking yards or junk yards in operation prior to August 1, 1988, are hereby prohibited from expanding their operation so as to increase land or structures to accommodate increases in volume.
C. 
It is declared to be the purpose and intent of this Section to promote and protect the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the City of Poplar Bluff, to promote the stability of property values and to preserve and enhance the natural scenic beauty of the City of Poplar Bluff.
[R.O. 2007 §18-21; Ord. No. 5666 §1, 9-7-1993]
No license required under the provisions of this Article shall be issued by the City 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 his/her liability under Chapter 287, RSMo. It is further made a violation of this Article to provide fraudulent information to the City.
[R.O. 2007 §25-29; Ord. No. 6121 §1, 10-5-1998]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in the sale of goods and/or services in open flea markets in the City without first having applied for and obtained a permit to so do from the office of the City Collector. The said permit shall be issued by the City upon payment by the applicant of a fee as follows:
Per day
$2.00
Per month
$8.00
Per year
$25.00
B. 
Every permit issued under the provisions of this Section shall be valid for the period of time stated herein.
C. 
Every permittee under the provisions of this Section and doing business within the City shall display his/her permit upon the request of any person and failure to so display such permit shall be deemed a misdemeanor.
D. 
Any permit issued under the provisions of this Section may be revoked for the violation by the permittee of any applicable provision of this Code, State law, City ordinance, rule or regulation.