A large part of local government's responsibility is ensuring that businesses and residents are abiding by the rules and expectations put before them. Compliance is often obtained through the use of licensing requirements, or making sure that the business has a registered agent on file for when things do go wrong, or there is a question of wrongdoing. Making sure that everyone follows the same rules helps make for a fair, liveable and prosperous City.
Some types of businesses, while legal and beneficial to the city as a whole, can be considered "nuisances" by those that live close by. Examples include places that serve alcohol, taxicab companies, day labor businesses and dance halls. Below you will find links to many of the applications required by the City for regulated nuisance establishments, as well as checklists to help ensure that your licensing process is as painless as possible. If you have questions, please contact the Regulated Industries Division at 816-513-4560 or visit their office at 635 Woodland Ave., Suite 2101.
Note: Regulated Industries now has the ability to accept credit cards for all transactions!
- Alcoholic beverage establishments, including retail package stores, taverns and restaurants, liquor wholesalers, and microbreweries
- Note: This also includes the employees of such establishments, who must obtain permits to serve or stock alcoholic beverages.
- Adult entertainment businesses, including those with live adult entertainment, sex-oriented picture arcades and theaters and sex shops
- Note: This also includes adult entertainers, who must have a permit to perform in Kansas City, Mo.
- Nuisance vehicle businesses, including taxicab companies, livery and sightseeing vehicles, and pedicab companies that will be picking up passengers within the city limits
- Note: This also includes the permits allowing drivers to pick up passengers for these companies within the city limits.
- General amusement businesses and events, including billiard halls, rodeos, dance halls, haunted houses, skating rinks, street fairs, shooting galleries and bowling alleys
- Catering facilities and companies, including special or one-time events
Rental Property or Vacant Structure Registries
Residential property that is not occupied by the owner is required to be registered with the City of Kansas City, Mo. Owners who live outside of the city limits must identify a registered agent who can be contacted in the case of property violations or questions of maintenance and legality.
Registration is free and available online but must be renewed every year by Jan. 31, and changes of ownership or contact information must be registered within 30 days.
If you have questions or encounter difficulties with the registration process, please contact Caroline McClain at 816-513-9010, or email@example.com
Other Licenses and Registries
Many types of licenses and registries are handled by other city offices, including:
and many more!