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 - Business Licensing Service
Law:

RCW § 19.02.070.

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Ownership Requirements:

If your business structure will be one of the following, you must file with the Washington Secretary of State before filing the Business License Application:

  • Washington (Domestic) Corporation
  • Washington (Domestic) Partnership
  • Washington (Domestic) Liability Company
  • Washington (Domestic) Limited Liability Partnership
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.
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online

Agency Fee:

Fees vary. There is a $90 fee for opening a new business and a $19 for registering a trade name, adding additional endorsements to an existing location, or making similar changes to an existing license.

Renewal Not Required

Not required



General business licenses do not need to be renewed.

Local General Business Licenses

Bellevue Business License

Agency:City of Bellevue Bellevue Tax Division (WA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100 license fee + $5 minimum processing fee

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Licenses do not expire and do not need to be renewed.

Centralia Business License

Agency:Centralia City Clerk's Office (WA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application and City Addendum

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$50

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually

City of Bothell General Business License

Agency:Washington Department of Revenue - Business Licensing Service
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application and City Addendum

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

Depends on the number of employees:

 

  • $83 for businesses with 1-2 employees
  • $356 for businesses with 3-10 employees
  • $986 for businesses with 11-25 employees
  • $2,081 for businesses with 26-50 employees
  • $3,450 for businesses with 51-75 employees
  • $4,818 for businesses with 76-100 employees
  • $4,818 + $55 for each additional employee beyond 100 for businesses with more than 100 employees

Businesses with reported gross annual income of $12,000 or less do not have a license fee.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Depends on the number of employees:

 

  • $83 for businesses with 1-2 employees
  • $356 for businesses with 3-10 employees
  • $986 for businesses with 11-25 employees
  • $2,081 for businesses with 26-50 employees
  • $3,450 for businesses with 51-75 employees
  • $4,818 for businesses with 76-100 employees
  • $4,818 + $55 for each additional employee beyond 100 for businesses with more than 100 employees

Businesses with reported gross annual income of $12,000 or less do not have a license fee.

Due:

Annually

City of Burlington Business License

Agency:Washington Department of Revenue - Business Licensing Service
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application and City Addendum

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

Depends on reported gross annual income:

  • $50 for less than $20,000 in gross annual income
  • $75 for at least $20,000 and less than $100,000 in gross annual income
  • $100 for $100,000 or more in gross annual income

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Depends on reported gross annual income:

  • $50 for less than $20,000 in gross annual income
  • $75 for at least $20,000 and less than $100,000 in gross annual income
  • $100 for $100,000 or more in gross annual income
Due:

Annually

City of Des Moines Business License

Agency:City of Des Moines Finance Department - Tax and License Division (WA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Exempt businesses:
    • No physical location in the city limits of Des Moines
    • No requirement for any other specialized permit or license
    • Annual Des Moines revenue of less than $2,000
Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Fee determined by business type. See fee schedule here

Before you Apply:
  • All businesses are required to obtain a Washington State Tax Registration (UBI) number, before applying for the City of Des Moines’s business license.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Fee determined by business type. See fee schedule here

Due:

Annually by December 31. 

City of Ellensburg Business License

Agency:City of Ellensburg Finance Department (WA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application and City Addendum

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

Fee is determined based on the number of employees:

  • $30 for businesses with 1 through 5 employees
  • $65 for businesses with 6 through 12 employees
  • $120 for businesses with 13 through 25 employees
  • $150 for businesses with 26 through 50 employees
  • $200 for businesses with 51 or more employees

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Fee is determined based on the number of employees:

  • $30 for businesses with 1 through 5 employees
  • $65 for businesses with 6 through 12 employees
  • $120 for businesses with 13 through 25 employees
  • $150 for businesses with 26 through 50 employees
  • $200 for businesses with 51 or more employees
Due:

Annually

City of Everett General Business License

Agency:City of Everett City Clerk's Office (WA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

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 Issaquah Business License

More Information:

Washington Department of Revenue

Agency:Washington Department of Revenue - Business Licensing Service
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application and City Addendum

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$60; Non-resident businesses with gross annual income earned within the city's limit of $3,000 or less do not pay a fee.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$50; Non-resident businesses with gross annual income earned within the city's limit of $3,000 or less do not pay a fee.

Due:

Annually

City of Kent Master Business License

Agency:City of Kent Customer Service (WA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Form:

Master Business License Application

Agency Fee:

Varies by number of employees and business type. See the Fee Schedule for details.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Varies by number of employees and business type. See the Fee Schedule for details.

Due:

Annually by December 31.

City of Lacey Business License

Agency:City of Lacey Finance Department (WA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application and City Addendum

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$25 for businesses located within city limits and for non-resident businesses with more than $2,000 of gross annual income earned within city limits. Nonprofit businesses and non-resident businesses no more than $2,000 of gross annual income earned within city limits do not pay a fee.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$10 for businesses located within city limits and for non-resident businesses with more than $2,000 of gross annual income earned within city limits. Nonprofit businesses and non-resident businesses no more than $2,000 of gross annual income earned within city limits do not pay a fee.

Due:

Annually

City of Redmond Business License

Agency:City of Redmond Business Licensing (WA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Minimum $119. Variable based on number of full-time employees.

Original Ink:Not required

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Minimum $119. Variable based on number of full-time employees.

Due:

Annually

Original Ink:Not required

City of Renton Business License

Agency:City of Renton Finance Department - Tax and License Division (WA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Businesses may obtain a business license registration at no fee if they meet the following criteria:
    • No physical location in the city limits of Renton
    • No requirement for any other specialized permit or license
    • Annual Renton revenue of less than $2,000
Form:

Business License Registration Application

Filing Method:

Online or mail 

Agency Fee:

$150, after July 1st, $75

Before you Apply:

Prior to applying for a City of Renton business license, businesses must first obtain a Uniform Business Identification number (UBI) from the Washington State Department of Revenue or 1-360-705-6741.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Annually by January 31. 

City of Tacoma Business License

Agency:City of Tacoma Tax & License Division (WA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

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.

Covington Business License

Agency:City of Covington Washington State Department of Revenue (WA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application 

Filing Method:

Mail or online. 

Agency Fee:

$90

Turnaround:

Mail: 2 to 3 weeks. 

Online: 10 business days.

If you have city or state endorsements, it may take an additional 2-3 weeks to receive your business license due to approval time.

Law:

(Ord. 07-18 § 2 (Exh. A))

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Mail or online. 

Agency Fee:

$60 City of Convington endorsement + $10 processing fee.

Due:

Annually by business anniversary.

You will receive a renewal notice in the mail approximately six weeks before your endorsements expire.

Law:

(Ord. 07-18 § 2 (Exh. A))

Duvall Business License

Agency:City of Duvall City Clerk's Office (WA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application and City Addendum

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$55

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$55

Due:

Annually

Kirkland General Business License

Agency:Washington Department of Revenue - Business Licensing Service
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application and City Addendum

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

For domestic entities:

  • $100 + $105 per employee. There is no fee if your reported gross annual income is less than $12,000.

For non-resident entities:

  • $0 if reported gross income is $2,000 or less
  • $50 if reported gross income is between $2,001 and $12,000
  • $100 + $105 per employee if reported gross income is above $12,000

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

For domestic entities:

  • $100 + $105 per employee. There is no fee if your reported gross annual income is less than $12,000.

For non-resident entities:

  • $0 if reported gross income is $2,000 or less
  • $50 if reported gross income is between $2,001 and $12,000
  • $100 + $105 per employee if reported gross income is above $12,000
Due:

Annually

Moses Lake Business License

Agency:Moses Lake Finance Department (WA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application and City Addendum

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

Depends on gross annual income earned with city limits: $0 for $2,000 or less and $85 for greater than $2,000 in gross annual income. Nonprofit businesses may be exempt from license fees.

Notes:

Application for a Moses Lake license can be completed concurrently with the Washington State Business License application.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Depends on gross annual income earned with city limits: $0 for $2,000 or less and $85 for greater than $2,000 in gross annual income. Nonprofit businesses may be exempt from license fees.

Due:

Annually

Mountlake Terrace Business License

Agency:City of Mountlake Terrace Community and Economic Development Department - Business Licenses Section
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application and City Addendum

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

License fee is determine by number of employees (FTEs) who work within the city limits of Mountlake Terrace:

  • $100 for up to 10 employees
  • $170 for between 11 and 20 employees
  • $335 for between 21 and 50 employees
  • $675 for 51 or more employees

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

License fee is determine by number of employees (FTEs) who work within the city limits of Mountlake Terrace:

  • $100 for up to 10 employees
  • $170 for between 11 and 20 employees
  • $335 for between 21 and 50 employees
  • $675 for 51 or more employees
Due:

Annually

Olympia General Business License

Agency:City of Olympia Business License Section (WA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application and City Addendum

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$30 for businesses located within city limits. Non-resident businesses with gross annual income earned within this city’s limits of $2,000 or less pay $0 while those with more than $2,000 in gross annual income pay $30.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$30 for businesses located within city limits. Non-resident businesses with gross annual income earned within this city’s limits of $2,000 or less pay $0 while those with more than $2,000 in gross annual income pay $30.

Due:

Annually

Seattle Business License Tax Certificate

Agency:City of Seattle Department of Finance and Administrative Services (WA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

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:

Fees are based on annual Seattle taxable revenue. See the table on this page for details.

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Spokane Business License

Agency:City of Spokane Business Licensing Service (WA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

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.

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

Depends on gross receipts.

Due:

Annually

Tumwater Business License

Agency:Tumwater Finance Department - Business Licensing Division (WA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application and City Addendum

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$50

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$20

Due:

Annually

Vancouver Business License

Agency:Washington Department of Revenue - Business Licensing Service
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application and City Addendum

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

Depends on gross annual income:

  • $0 for businesses with $12,000 or less in gross annual income
  • $200 + $90 per full-time employee for businesses with more than $12,000 in gross annual income

 

Non-resident businesses should only include gross annual income earned within Vancouver and employees working in Vancouver when calculating fees.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Depends on gross annual income:

  • $0 for businesses with $12,000 or less in gross annual income
  • $200 + $90 per full-time employee for businesses with more than $12,000 in gross annual income

 

Non-resident businesses should only include gross annual income earned within Vancouver and employees working in Vancouver when calculating fees.

Due:

Annually

Walla Walla Business License

Agency:City of Walla Walla Development Services Department (WA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application and City Addendum

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$50

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually

Yakima General Business License

Agency:Yakima City Business Licensing Service (WA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application and City Addendum

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

Depends on the number of full-time employees in Yakima:

  • $42.90 for 1 or 2 employees
  • $85.80 for 3 through 5 employees
  • $150 for 6 through 9 employees
  • $214.20 for 10 through 14 employees
  • $321.15 for 15 through 20 employees
  • $428.40 for 21 through 30 employees
  • $642.60 for 31 through 45 employees
  • $856.80 for 46 through 60 employees
  • $1,071 for 61 through 80 employees
  • $1,285.20 for 81 or more employees

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Depends on the number of full-time employees in Yakima:

  • $42.90 for 1 or 2 employees
  • $85.80 for 3 through 5 employees
  • $150 for 6 through 9 employees
  • $214.20 for 10 through 14 employees
  • $321.15 for 15 through 20 employees
  • $428.40 for 21 through 30 employees
  • $642.60 for 31 through 45 employees
  • $856.80 for 46 through 60 employees
  • $1,071 for 61 through 80 employees
  • $1,285.20 for 81 or more employees
Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

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