Itinerant Merchants Licenses
BASIC REQUIREMENTS TO
OBTAIN AN ITINERANT
Provided by: Finance Department, License Division
111 East Maple, Independence, Missouri
An itinerant merchant, transient merchant, or itinerant vendor is defined in Chapter
5, Article 4, of the City Code as a person engaged in a temporary or transient business
selling and delivering merchandise or services or operating a commercial or promotional
amusement activity within the City.
To operate a temporary business or amusement activity business in Independence,
an Itinerant Merchant's License must be obtained from the City's License Division.
Before applying for an Itinerant Merchant's License, you should first obtain a location.
Since you will be conducting a retail commercial activity, the property must be
zoned C-1 or C-2. Please contact the Community Development Department at 325-7421
to assure the property is appropriately zoned for your intended business use.
If you do not own the property where your business will be located, a copy of a
lease agreement or letter of approval from the property owner for the use of their
premises must accompany your application.
The City's zoning ordinance requires that all merchandise displayed or stored must
be set back a minimum of 25 feet from the front and street side yard property lines.
As a general guideline, this setback would be 25 feet behind a sidewalk or a utility
The City's zoning ordinance allows one portable sign of 32 square
feet or less for a period of not more than sixty (60) days. The location of the
sing shall not create a visual obstruction to traffic on either the adjacent street(s)
or traffic entering or leaving the premises. Please contact the Community Development
Department in regards to obtaining a sign permit and sign placement
Operators of commercial and promotional amusements activities are required to provide
a Certificate of Public Liability Insurance in the following amounts:
a: For bodily injury to or death of any person- in the amount of not less than $100,000.
b. For any one accident - in the amount of not less than $300,000.
c. For damage to the property of another person - in the amount of not less than
Missouri Sales Tax Number
If your business is involved in the direct sale of merchandise to the public, you
are required by both State and City laws to have a Missouri Sales Tax Number. You
may obtain an application for a Missouri Sales Tax Number at the Missouri State
Office Building, 615 East 13th Street, Kansas City, Missouri or by calling 889-2944.
City Itinerant Merchant's License
The Itinerant Merchants' License is required before beginning to operate a temporary
business or amusement activity and must be posted at the business premises.
To avoid delays in the opening of your business you should apply for a license as
soon as you secure a location. The license fee is $50 for the first thirty (30)
days or $100 for up to one hundred twenty (120) days. The fee must be paid at the
time the application is submitted. This license may be renewed upon expiration.
However, if you change locations or have more than one location, a separate license
will be required.
You should submit your completed application for an Itinerant Merchant's License
to the City's Finance Department, License Division, located on the second floor
of City Hall using the forms provided by the City.
Inspection and Review
Upon receipt of your application, the City will begin a review process including
the inspection of the business location and a background of the applicant. A request
for inspection or review will be sent to each affected City department. Your business
will be inspected by the Fire Department for compliance with City Code.
If your business involves the sale or preparation of food, the Health Department
will also make an inspection of the premises. The business must be operated in accordance
with the rules and guidelines established by the Health Department. A food handler's
permit is required if a person is serving or preparing food. Contact the Health
Department at 325-7803 regarding questions dealing with food preparation or sanitation
The inspection and review process is provided to assure City Code compliance and
public safety. Should a Code correction be required, you will be notified by the
appropriate City department. All corrections must be made before an Itinerant Merchant's
License can be issued. It is important that you be aware of all inspecting department
approvals or corrective notices before you begin to make any required corrections.
Knowing what has been approved and what needs to be corrected before you begin can
save time and help you obtain your itinerant merchant's license more quickly.
Corrective Notice Questions
If you have any questions concerning correctives for City Code compliance, please
contact the following departments as applicable:
FIRE PREVENTION: 325-7122
LICENSE DIVISION: 325-7079
ZONING DIVISION: 325-7425
HEALTH DEPARTMENT: 325-7803
If you need assistance or have questions concerning the Itinerant Merchant's License
process, please contact the License Division at City Hall, second floor, or call
Download City Code ARTICLE 4. ITINERANT AND TRANSIENT MERCHANTS AND
VENDORS file in PDF format.