Business / Occupational Licenses

Any person, engaging in a business, trade, or profession that provides any service within Leawood city limits, is required by City Ordinance, to obtain an Occupation License before they can open for business. This includes businesses located in other cities working in Leawood. The City of Leawood licenses are valid for one year, commencing on the first of July and expiring on the 30th of June in each year, and must be renewed by each year thereafter. Information on licensing fees is available by contacting the Licensing Clerk at (913) 339-6700, ext. 123. Renewals are mailed out in June and are considered delinquent after June 30th and are subject to additional fines. The City maintains a database which lists all pertinent information relating to the business. It is the responsibility of the business owner to notify the Licensing Clerk should there be any change in relevant information (i.e., ownership or location) so all records can remain current.

If you are a contractor, you will need a Johnson County, Kansas Contractors License (JCCL) in the appropriate trade in order to acquire building permits or to do work as a contractor/subcontractor in Leawood (this includes siding repair contractors, window installers, etc), with the exception of fence contractors. For information about the JCCL, contact their office at (913) 715-2233.

To apply for an Occupation License in the City of Leawood, you will need to fill out an application and remit the appropriate fee for your type of business. The fee is prorated from the date the application is submitted. The fee for ALL contractors (including but not limited to building, remodeling, curbing, street grading, street paving, sewer, electrical, plumbing, roofing & landscaping) is $60.00 per year. The fee for retail businesses is based on the square footage of the space in which the business occupies. The following information is needed to complete the application:

  • Legal and common name (d/b/a: doing business as)
  • Street and mailing address (if mailing address is different)
  • Business, fax and cell phone numbers
  • Type and nature of business (i.e., type of contractor, retail, restaurant, accountant)
  • Total square footage of the business if physically located within the City limits of Leawood
  • Number of full-time employees
  • Federal Tax I.D. #
  • Current license from Johnson County, Kansas

Some businesses are exempt from obtaining a city Occupational license, and therefore, the City Clerk may require anyone claiming to be exempt to file a verified statement of fact.

New licenses: Fax or scan/email the completed application and an invoice with appropriate fee will be email to you. BUSINESS LICENSE RENEWALS: Mailed Friday before Memorial Day weekend and due on/before JUNE 30TH annually, to avoid late penalty fees of 5% per month. Credit card payments over the phone will NOT be accepted. Please mail payment with invoice copy.

CONTRACTORS: Please fax, or scan/email ALL insurance documents to the following:
(913) 339-9374 or rowpermits@leawood.org.