Washington Business License

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General Business License Requirements for Washington.

Business licenses are often required of business entities, regardless of their products and services. This page provides an overview of business license requirements in Washington.

Washington General Business Licenses

Washington Business License

Agency:Washington Department of Revenue
Law:

RCW § 19.02.070.

Notes:

You need a license if you meet 1 or more of the following criteria:

  • Your business grosses $12,000 or more per year.
  • You’re doing business using a name other than your full legal name.
  • You plan to hire employees within the next 90 days.
  • You sell a product or provide a service that is taxable.
  • Your business has specialty licenses available through the Business Licensing Service.

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online

Agency Fee:

$19

Fact Checked:8/4/17

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business License Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online

Agency Fee:

$19

Due:

Only after changes or updates to the business.

Penalties:

Late license renewal fee.

Fact Checked:8/4/17

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Local General Business Licenses

Application for City of Tacoma Business License

Agency:City of Tacoma Tax & License Division (WA)
Fact Checked:11/12/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for City of Tacoma Business License

Agency Fee:

Fees range from $25 to $250.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Fees are determined based on gross income.

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Bellevue Business License

Agency:City of Bellevue Bellevue Tax Division (WA)
Fact Checked:11/12/19

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$92 license fee + $5 minimum processing fee

Renewal Not Required

Not required



City of Burlington Business License

Fact Checked:2/25/19

City of Everett General Business License

Agency:City of Everett City Clerk's Office (WA)
Fact Checked:11/12/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Agency Fee:

$83.00 if starting business in Everett between January 1 through June 30 or $41.50 if starting business in Everett between July 1 through December 31.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Renewal fees will be noted on your tax form.

Due:

Annually by January 31.

City of Kent Master Business License

Agency:City of Kent Customer Service (WA)
Fact Checked:11/12/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Due:

Annually by December 31.

City of Redmond Business License

Fact Checked:2/25/19

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Minimum $115. Variable based on number of full-time employees.

Original Ink:Not required
Fact Checked:2/27/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Minimum $115. Variable based on number of full-time employees.

Due:

Annually by February 15th.

Original Ink:Not required
Fact Checked:2/27/19

Seattle Business License Tax Certificate

Agency:City of Seattle Department of Finance and Administrative Services (WA)
Fact Checked:11/12/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Seattle Business License Tax Certificate Application

Agency Fee:

Fees are updated every year in line with CPI changes.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Renewal fees are based on the latest prior year tax filings.

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Spokane Business License

Agency:City of Spokane Business Licensing Service (WA)
Fact Checked:11/15/19

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$117 + $19 processing fee + number of employees as follows: 1-5 ($10) 6-10 ($15) 11 0r more ($20); Non profit fee is $58.50 and they are exempt from the number of employees fee.

Fact Checked:11/15/19

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

Depends on gross receipts.

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:11/15/19

Vancouver Business License

Agency:City of Vancouver Business Licensing Service (WA)
Fact Checked:11/15/19

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Fees vary. See the fee chart on the city website.

Fact Checked:11/15/19

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

Fees vary. See the fee chart on the city website.

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:11/15/19

Yakima City Business License

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Notes:

Yakima City License Information

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:7/27/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Application

Filing Method:

Mail or Online

Agency Fee:

Varies depending on gross annual income

Fact Checked:7/27/20

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Varies based on gross annual income

Due:

Annually on the anniversary of date issued

Fact Checked:7/27/20

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