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Thank you for your interest in conducting business in the Capitol of Kansas. The City Clerk’s office will be happy to assist you in the application process as requirements for licenses vary.


Business Licenses

The City of Topeka does not have or issue a general business license; however, there are certain activities that are regulated and require a license and/or submission of an occupation tax mandated by the Topeka Municipal Code.


Activities That Require A License

Alcohol Liquor Distributor
Ambulance Service
Amusement Park
Automobile Buses
Bathhouse or Massage Salon
Bill Poster
Cereal Malt Beverage (Beer 3.2%)
Cleaners and Dry Cleaners
Dance Hall (Public Dances)
Fireworks Stands
Flea Market Promoter
Funeral Escort Service
Going Out of Business
Haunted Houses
Mobile Food Service Unit
Open After Midnight
Paintball Guns
Precious Metal Dealer
Private Club/Drinking Establishment
Professional Boxing and Wrestling
Retail Liquor
Salvage Yard
Scrap Metal Dealer
Second Hand Dealer
Sidewalk Vendor
Sign Hanger
Special Event
Taxi Cab Company
Taxi Cab Driver
Tobacco/Novelty Retail
Transient Merchant
Tree Shrub and Vine Service

Application Submissions

Download license applications and view code regulations.

Submit applications in person, via U.S. mail, email or fax to the following address anytime on Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
City Clerk’s Office
215 SE 7th Street Rm 166, City Hall
Topeka, KS 66603

Fax: (785) 368-3943
Phone: (785) 368-3940


Other License Services

The City of Topeka Development Services Division issues contractor licenses. Please contact the Development Services Division at 785-368-3704 for more information.

The Topeka Police Department issues Private Security Guard and Alarm Business Licenses. Please contact Andrew Schafer at or call 785-368-9456 for more information.

Topeka Municipal Code Chapter 5.05 outlines the regulations for City of Topeka licenses.


Brenda Younger

City Clerk

215 SE 7th Street, Room 166
Topeka, KS 66603