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

Alarm Agents and Alarm Companies

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

Security Guards and Security Companies

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.

Security Guards and Security Companies (via Topeka Police Department)

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