Business Licensing

A City of Lenexa business license is required for anyone who operates a business or provides a service in the city. Most licenses are issued for one year and are renewed annually.

How to obtain a business license
To apply for a city business license, complete the business license application (specialty licenses listed below may have a different application to submit) and mail or deliver to City Hall along with the appropriate business license fee for your business type, including all supplemental documentation required.

How to renew a business license
All general business licenses can be renewed online up to six (6) weeks prior to license expiration. If you have a specialty license that requires submittal of documentation, you will need to submit your renewal by mail to City Hall or in person for processing. Please refer to your renewal invoice for specific information. Renew your business license online.
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Specialty Business Licenses

 

Non-profit business license
There are some types of businesses exempt from the city business license requirement, including any interstate portion of a business, agencies of the United States government and non-profit charitable organizations. The city may require anyone claiming to be exempt to file a verified statement of fact. If you are a non-profit entity owning or leasing commercial space in Lenexa, apply for a non-profit business license by completing the non-profit license application and mail or deliver to City Hall along with your tax-exempt verification. There is no fee for a non-profit license.

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Pawnbroker/precious metals dealer license
In order to engage in business as a pawnbroker or precious metals dealer in Lenexa, you must obtain a pawnbroker/precious metals dealer license. Complete this license form and application.

Check with our zoning department to be sure that your location is zoned for this use. Requirements for the license include restrictions on age, citizenship, Kansas residency and criminal history. In addition, a detailed inventory of goods held in pledge or for sale must be maintained and available for viewing by the Police Department. See complete list of restrictions and stipulations on issuance of this license in City Code.

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Tow Service provider license
In order to tow, remove or store motor vehicles at the request of the Lenexa Police Department, you must obtain a tow service provider license. Requirements for the license include proof of insurance (contact Customer Service for specific insurance requirements), tow lot approval by the Police Department and a notarized Tow Service Provider Authorization Indemnification Agreement.

To obtain a tow service provider license, complete the license forms and applications, which are available from Customer Service at City Hall.

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Cereal Malt Beverage license

This license is required if cereal malt beverages will be consumed on premises or purchased in unopened containers.

In order to qualify for a cereal malt beverage license, you must:

  • be a Kansas resident for at least one year*
  • be a resident of Johnson County for at least six months*
  • be a citizen of the United States*
  • not have been convicted of a felony or adjudged guilty of any intoxication liquor law of any state

* Not applicable to corporations

Contact the Department of Community Development to determine which form you’ll need to complete, depending on the type of business you own. The form, which has been approved by the Attorney General of the State of Kansas, requires verification of the above requirements and general information about the applicant and proposed business location. The applicant must submit a criminal history report for any individuals named in the application.

If the application is approved and accompanied by the cereal malt license fee, it is placed on the agenda for approval at the next City Council meeting. Approved licenses are valid for the calendar year and must be renewed annually.

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Retail liquor license
A retail liquor license is required in order to operate a retail liquor store in Lenexa. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. (CST) on any day when the sale of alcoholic liquors is permitted. Liquor stores are closed on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Before applying for a Lenexa retail liquor license, you’ll need to purchase a Kansas Alcoholic Liquor License from the State of Kansas Department of Revenue, Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Contact their office at 785.368.8222.

Submit a copy of your state license, a completed city business license application form and payment of the city retail liquor license fee to City Hall. Upon approval, a city license will be issued for the period covered by your state license. State licenses are valid for two years from the date of issuance.

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Drinking establishment license
A drinking establishment license is requires for any private club or drinking establishment in the city of Lenexa. Hours of operation for serving alcoholic beverages are from 9 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., Monday through Saturday. If your business has more than 30 percent in food sales, you may sell alcoholic beverages on Sundays.

Before applying for a city drinking establishment license, you’ll need to purchase a state license from the State of Kansas Department of Revenue, Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Contact their office at 785.368.8222 for more information.

Submit a copy of your your state license, a completed city business license application form and payment of the city drinking establishment license fee to City Hall. Upon approval, a city license will be issued for the period covered by your state license. State licenses are valid for two years from the date of issuance.

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Home occupation license
A home occupation is allowed in all residential zoning districts in Lenexa. The occupation must be operated in compliance with all guidelines in Lenexa Code Section 4-1-B-24. The main use of the home must be residential. A home occupation is considered an accessory use and must function in a manner that is not noticeable or offensive to the neighbors.

Getting Started
To receive approval of a home business other than home day care, apply for a Business License/Home Zoning Permit from the Department of Community Development.

Employees
No more than one (1) other person in addition to members of the family residing on the premises shall be engaged in the home occupation.

Size
No more than 25 percent of the total floor area of the residence, including garage or basement space, can be used for the home occupation. Please have the correct measurements in order to complete the application. 

You may operate more than one occupation in the home as long as the combined square footage devoted to the home occupations do not exceed 25 percent of the total floor area of the dwelling, including the garage and basement.

Appearance
There can be no change in the exterior appearance of the residence or other visible evidence of a home occupation. However, one non-illuminated sign no larger than one square foot may be mounted on or next to the entrance. The sign’s color must be compatible with the house color.

Hours of Operation
A home occupation may only attract business-related vehicular and pedestrian visits between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Traffic/Parking/Business Gatherings
The home occupation may generate no more than six round trips by vehicle per day. No parking in the public right of way shall occur except for occasional business gatherings. Business gatherings may only occur up to 12 times per year and must take place during permitted business hours.

Entrance
No separate street-side entrance for the exclusive use of the home occupation is permitted.

Nuisances
A home occupation should not create noise, dust, heat, smoke, odor, vibration, electrical interference, glare, light, or radio or television transmission interference that exceeds levels normally associated with a residential area. Producing, dumping or storing combustible, toxic or other hazardous substances on site is prohibited.

Landlord Consent
Written consent of the owner of rental property for which a home occupation license is being applied is necessary.

Signs
A permitted home business is allowed one non-illuminated facade sign that is compatible in color with the house and is no more than one square foot in area. This sign must be mounted on or adjacent to the entrance to the home.

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Home Daycare license
A home day care business is for the regular care, protection and supervision of individuals in the business owner's home for periods of less than 24 hours per day. These businesses must comply with state and city requirements, and the business use must remain incidental to the property’s primary residential use.

Starting your home day care
Lenexa offers two levels of allowable home day care. Both will require evidence that you are registered or licensed with the state.

Limited Home Day Care
If you plan to provide care for no more than six individuals, including your own children, you will need to apply for a Limited Home Day Care/Business License. City staff will review the application and issue the license. If you apply in person at City Hall, you will generally receive immediate approval, provided that you submit complete information, including a copy of the required state license or registration, and that you meet other minimal requirements.

General Home Day Care
If you plan to care for seven to 12 individuals, including your own children, you will need to complete a Special Use Permit General Home Day Care/Business License. This process requires that you submit the information as stated on the application for review by city staff, as well as a notification to surrounding property owners. A public hearing is required before the Planning Commission, with final decision determined by the Governing Body. The process regarding the public hearing is sent to the applicant once the application is submitted and the fee paid. If the Governing Body grants approval, staff will forward the business license portion of the application to Customer Service for processing. Due to the public hearing process of this application, the timeline for approval is typically 48 days. Home day care for more than 12 individuals is not permitted in a residential area.

The Lenexa Fire Department will inspect all homes that are to be used for day care. Contact the Fire Department at 913.888.6380 if you have questions about safety requirements.

Signs
A permitted home day care business is allowed one non-illuminated facade sign that is compatible in color with the house and is no more than one square foot in area. This sign must be mounted on or adjacent to the entrance to the home.

Special Use Permit expiration
A Special Use Permit is temporary and is approved for a specified period of time. A business license must be renewed annually. If you make any changes to your business, including increasing the number of children to more than six or changing location within Lenexa, please contact Customer Service at 913.477.7500.
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Massage licenses
For an individual applying for a massage therapist's license, complete the massage therapist license application packet.
For a a massage therapy establishment business license, complete the massage establishment license application packet.

The nonrefundable fee for licensing a massage therapy establishment is paid per year and is payable upon application. The fee for licensing the establishment does not include licensing for individual employees. Each employee must be licensed separately, with a nonrefundable fee due at the time of application.

An establishment must have a licensed Massage Therapist, approved Massage Establishment license, and a Certificate of Occupancy (if not home-based) within 90 days of application in order to operate.

License renewal
For annual license renewal, all licensed massage therapists must provide proof that they have received a minimum of 12 hours (50 minutes per hour) of continuing education during the preceding 12 months. One hour of continuing education credit will be awarded for each hour of training relating to CPR and those items specifically listed in the City Code Section 2-3A-6.

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Refuse hauler license
In order to collect residential or commercial solid waste in Lenexa, you must obtain a refuse hauler license and provide proof of insurance coverage in the amount of not less than five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000.00) for each occurrence.

Hours of collection may not begin before 7 a.m. (CST) and pick-up must stop before sunset. Collections must be made at least once a week.

To obtain a refuse hauler license, complete the refuse hauler license application, which is available from the Department of Community Development in City Hall.

 
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Contractor license
The general contractor and all subcontractors must have the following documents on file with the city prior to obtaining a building permit:
  • a current City of Lenexa business license, complete the business license application 
  • A Johnson County Contractor License is required to obtain building permits, except those for fence, land disturbance and site development permits. This list of exceptions is not complete; new categories may be added or deleted at the city’s discretion. The JCCL may be obtained from the Johnson County Courthouse offices located at 111 S. Cherry, Olathe, KS. 913.715.2233
  • A performance guarantee in the required amount when doing any digging, grading or excavating. This is provided by the General Contractor.
  • Public improvement projects must post a performance and two-year maintenance bond for 100 percent of the cost of public improvements.

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Business License Fees
See the current schedule of fees or contact Customer Service at 913.477.7500 for fee information.

For more information
To inquire about business licensing requirements, call Customer Service at 913.477.7500 , download the Business Licensing handout, or reference the specific code section in Title 2 of the Lenexa City Code.