Guide to Starting a Business in Ferguson Missouri


The two biggest hurtles to starting a business are developing a business plan and securing financing. 

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Financing Resources:

Once you have a business plan and financing:

The next step is to get started in opening your business. The good news is, we have made the process simple - follow the steps set forth in the chart below.

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Finding Space For Your Business

The City maintains a list of Available Commercial Property for sale and lease.  This list is periodically updated. 

Development Procedures

Under the City’s Zoning Code, some projects may require review by the City’s Plan Commission. If your project meets one of these requirements, the Director of Planning & Development can guide you through the development procedures.

City Inspections & Occupancy Permit

Before you can occupy your business space, the City requires that a commercial exterior inspection be completed. To inquire about scheduling an inspection you can call the Public Works Department at (314) 524-5191. The space must pass inspection in order to obtain a Commercial Occupancy Permit.

Business License

A Business License is required before you can operate most businesses in Ferguson. To obtain your Business License you will need to bring your approved Commercial Occupancy Permit and your Missouri Business Sales Tax I.D. number, along with the Business License Application to City Hall. The City Collector will then issue a Business License. The Collector can be reached at (314) 524-5254.

  1. Elliot Liebson, Director of Planning & Development

    Elliot Liebson

    Planning & Development Director
    Phone: (314) 524-5257

  2. Bailey Mitchell

    Planning & Development Coordinator
    Phone: (314) 521-7721 x 2149

  3. Physical Address
    110 Church Street
    Ferguson, MO 63135

    Fax: (314) 524-5054

    Hours
    Monday - Friday

    8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.