Services & Responsibilities

Finance Director
The Finance Director of the City of Richmond Heights oversees the daily operations of the Finance Department including accounts payable, accounts receivable, investments, budgeting, audit and licensing.  This person assists the City Manager in compiling an annual balanced budget.   Additionally, the Finance Director is responsible for preparation of the City’s annual financial report.

Accounts Payable
Accounts payable is responsible for the disbursement of monies to various vendors for goods and services.  Once an invoice is received and processed by a department, the invoice is sent to the accounts payable department for payment. This is typically done on a weekly basis to ensure timely payments.

Accounts Receivable
Accounts receivable is responsible for collecting monies to be deposited into the City’s general checking account for investing or disbursement.  The Finance Department daily reconciles cash receipts and posts them to the City’s general ledger.

Payroll is responsible for making payment to the City’s employees on a bi-weekly basis for work completed, and collection of monies for taxes, insurance premiums, and retirement investment.  Payroll is responsible for processing payments for life insurance, health insurance, retirement planning, and all state and local tax disbursements.

Licensing and Permits

Liquor Licensing

Any person who wishes to serve alcohol at a business or commercial establishment within the City of Richmond Heights is required to obtain a liquor license.  These licenses are renewed each July and are presented to the City Council for approval.  The Finance Department is responsible for ensuring that all persons serving alcohol obtain a liquor license.

Business and Merchant Licensing
Businesses wishing to open a store in Richmond Heights are require to obtain a license. Business License fees are based upon number of employees - $5 per employee, witha minimum license fee of $30 - unless otherwised directed by municipal ordinance.

Anyone wishing to conduct retail sales in Richmond Heights is required to obtain a Merchant License, after first obtaining a Missouri Sales Tax license from the Missouri Department of Revenue listing a Richmond Heights location. After obtaining this license, a Merchant License application must be submitted. For businesses open less than 90 days, a Temporary Merchant License application is required. Please follow the fee structure on the form. Any businesses open longer than 90 days are required to obtain a regular Merchant License.  This fee structure is based upon estimated gross receipts through the end of the calendar year - $1.75 per $1,000 of estimated gross receipts. Return the completed form, a copy of your sales tax license and the license fee to the Finance Department.

For merchants located at The Boulevard - St. Louis, please download a TDD Business Registration Form and a TDD Tax Return Form.

For all Business and Merchant License applications, please visit the Publications and Forms page.

Solicitation Permits
The City of Richmond Heights issues solicitation permits only to non-profit organizations.  An application must be filed with the Finance Department, and a nominal fee is collected to cover the cost of a background check. Click "here" to download a copy of the Solication Application. Any person or organization that seeks to solicit for profit will not be issued a solicitation permit.