Planning & Zoning
417-624-0820 ext 511
(4th floor of City Hall)

Building and Code
417-624-0820 ext 521
(4th floor of City Hall)

Plan Review
417-624-0820 ext 523
(4th floor of City Hall)

Fire Marshall
(303 E 3rd St)

Health Dept
(321 E 4th )

Historic Preservation
417-624-0820 ext 539
(4th floor of City Hall)

Liquor License
417-624-0820 ext 432
(303 E 3rd St)


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Once you have the location,  you can apply for a City of Joplin business license.  Every business is a little different so individual process may vary.  These steps are intended to provide a basic outline on what to expect during the application process.

  • Visit the Finance Department at City Hall: 302 S Main St, 3rd Floor, Joplin, MO 64801 for business license application or find online here.
  • Contact Police Department for background check if applicant requires a liquor license 417-624-0820 ext 432. Download the application here.
  • If you are operating out of a building (mobile or permanent) you will need to have inspections completed.  Contact info is at left, not all of these inspections will be applicable to all business types or locations.  Each department will contact the applicant within 48 hours of submitted application to discuss the inspection process, requirements for each inspection and the possible inspection times/dates.  If fire, building and health inspections are applicable, they must be completed prior to the opening of the business.
  • To obtain business license after completion of inspections, return to the Finance Department at City Hall to pay Business License Fee and receive your license.
  • Business License and Certificate of Occupancy are required prior to opening of business


Where are you going to be located? What type of space do you need? Are you leasing or buying? How much space? What’s your budget? Consult with your realtor and get in touch with us at Downtown Joplin Alliance for current downtown property inventory.

  • Once you’ve selected your location, before you begin signage, remodeling, repairs or other changes, coordinate with Downtown Joplin Alliance and the City of Joplin Planning Dept for a pre-development meeting.
  • Do you have an historic property? Missouri offers historic rehabilitation tax credits for both income producing and residential property. For more information about this program, please visit the MO Department of Natural Resources webpage.
  • Other incentives may be available. Discuss with Downtown Joplin Alliance.