Manchester Business Information

Welcome to the City of Manchester!  With a vibrant residential population, well-developed infrastructure, and excellent regional access, our community is an ideal location ideal to grow and sustain your business.  Manchester's elected officials, administration and staff are committed to ensuring our local businesses succeed.  We offer a range of assistance:  property search, demographics, permitting navigation, financing options and more.  

Contact Andrea Riganti, Director of Planning, Zoning and Economic Development at (636) 227-1385 ext. 107 or email for more information. 

Opening A Business in Manchester

If you are considering opening a business in Manchester, download this brochure (PDF) for a step-by-step guide. We will help you navigate the multi-jurisdictional permitting, licensing and inspection process. 

Commercial Building Permits and Inspections

The City of Manchester contracts with St. Louis County for building permit review and inspections.  Before starting any interior or exterior project, please review these St. Louis County guidelines.  If a permit from St. Louis County is required, the first step is to apply to the City for Municipal Zoning review.  Manchester will review the project for conformance with the zoning code for setbacks, greenspace, and other site improvements.  After Municipal Zoning approval has been issued, a building permit can be submitted to St. Louis County. Contact City staff for more information.  

Manchester Business Newsletter

The Manchester Business Newsletter provides updates to our business community on City initiatives, legislative changes, and assistance programs.  To subscribe to the newsletter, propose a topic for a future issue, or spotlight your business or event contact staff. 

Manchester Business Gatherings

The Manchester Business Gatherings provide an opportunity to learn about City processes and projects, ask questions of staff, and discuss your business needs in an intimate forum.  To receive notice about these events, contact staff.  

Business License Renewals

Manchester business licenses are valid for one year, from May 1 to April 30 of each year. Renewal packets are typically mailed to licensed businesses the first week in March and are due on the 15th of April.  Forms can be found here

For more information or assistance, please e-mail Shawn Sieve, Director of Finance.