Business Assistance Center

Helping You Navigate The Business Development Process

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Business Support

Obtaining necessary plan approvals, permits and licenses to operate a business can be challenging. St. Louis County’s Business Assistance Center (BAC) provides a proactive approach to help business owners navigate these requirements.

              [pdf] Guide For Opening, Expanding Or Relocating A Business

The BAC can facilitate pre-design project meetings with necessary St. Louis County departments to identify and account for various project requirements. This early planning can be critical in identifying project needs and potential pitfalls.

Additionally, the Permit Application Center (PAC) provides business owners a tracking system for projects that cross department lines. The PAC will track the progress of all projects involving multiple departments including Public Works, Transportation, Health and Planning.

             [pdf] Permit Application Center (PAC) Checklist
             [pdf] Permit Application Center (PAC) Project Tracking Application

Mission Statement

"To advocate St. Louis County as a positive environment for the Business Community, to facilitate individual new developments or business expansions navigating through the zoning, plan review and permitting process."

Helpful Contacts

  • To Register your business (all businesses are required to register for Personal Property taxes) or to obtain a Merchant's License (retail or wholesale) or Manufacturer's License (businesses that manufacture products) contact the Assessor's office at 314-615-5104. Click HERE for the Assessor office website.
  • For questions concerning other business activities that require a license, contact the Licensing Division at 314-615-5107, or click HERE for the Licensing Division website.
  • For home based business and other zoning requirements contact Zoning at 314-615-2525.
  • For business assistance loans and programs contact the Economic Council at 314-615-7663.
  • For Commercial Re-Occupancy contact Permits at 314-615-7866.
  • For additional questions regarding construction or occupancy permits or zoning information, contact Public Works, Code Enforcement Division Assistant Manager at 314-615-7145, or by e-mail by clicking HERE.
  • For questions pertaining to the permitting process including building permits, land disturbance and others contact the Permit Application Center at 314-615-4269.
  • For all other types of inquiries contact the County Information Desk at 314-615-5000 who will connect you to the appropriate department for assistance.



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