The Program applies to all companies and individuals doing
business within City limits. It requires the submittal of a Business Registration Application (see How Do I Registersection below).
Persons and entities exempt from this Program include:
- Casual or isolated sales.
- Delivery of goods and services to customers within City limits.
- Minors engaged in baby-sitting, newspaper delivery, lawn mowing
and car washing
- Any governmental agency.
- Non-profit organizations (IRS 501 (c)(3)).
There is no fee to register your business. However, failure
to register may result in a monetary fine. This
includes both first-time registration and renewals. The Registration
is valid until December 31 of the year you register and must be
renewed on a yearly basis.
Registering is easy. Business Registration Application forms
are available in several formats:
What other licenses do I need?
State License Requirements
All businesses operating in the State of Washington must obtain
a Washington State Master Business License. The Master Business
License registers the business for State tax purposes and registers
the trade name. You need to file a Master Business Application
when you first start your business, or when you change or update
your business. The Master Business Application can be found on
the Washington State Department of Revenue website,
In addition to a Washington State Master Business License, your business may require additional State of Washington licenses that are not covered under your State Master Business License. View a complete list of professional licenses.
King County Requirements
A King County business license is required only if:
the business is located in unincorporated King County, the business must be in compliance with zoning code regulations. See business zoning for more information on conducting a business out of your home or other zoning questions.
business is located or operates within city limits of any incorporated city in King County (such as Seattle, Kent, Issaquah, etc.), you must check with the city instead of King County to find out the city's requirements for business licenses. For more information, see city licenses .
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