How do I apply for a City Business License?

Apply for your City Business License via:

BLS1




Following Application

The City's contract with the State of Washington Business Licensing Service (BLS) ensures businesses a "one-stop shopping" portal for obtaining individual city licenses throughout the State. The City continues to oversee, regulate, and maintain its business licensing according to City Code. The City maintains the responsibility for the approval, denial, and payment collection for business licenses.

If your business is located off the island, your business license will be granted automatically unless the business applies for a fee-exempt license. If a non-resident business applies for a fee-exempt business license, the City will contact you to determine if the business meets qualifications for fee exemption. 

If your business is located on the island, your license application will be reviewed by the City for compliance with legal, zoning, and signage requirements. More than likely, business owners will be contacted by the City by phone to provide additional information pertaining to code and zoning compliance as part of the application review.  If the application is approved, an endorsement will appear on your Washington State Business License. (NOTE: The City no longer provides Business License Certificates.) The approval process could take up to two weeks, or longer should compliance questions arise.

Important Note: The City will attempt to contact the business twice to secure the additional information.  After the second attempt, the license application will be terminated for failure to provide required information. Failure to provide valid contact information (i.e., phone number and/or email) will result in an automatic denial of the license application. 


Additional Information or Permissions

Certain businesses require additional information or permissions. It is the responsibility of the business owner or primary agent to provide the additional information and/or secure any and all approvals required by the City, County, and State. Common businesses requiring additional information or permissions include but are not limited to:

  • Establishments selling or serving alcohol
  • Cannabis Growing, Processing, and/or Retail Establishments
  • Commercial Parking Lots
  • Mobile Retail Food Establishments (PDF) (i.e., food trucks)
  • Operation of one or more of the following:
    • Cabarets
    • Games of skill (i.e., video games)
    • Amusement games (e.g., billiard tables, pool tables, foosball tables, etc.)
    • Jukeboxes
    • Veterinary clinics or animal boarding facilities
  • Temporary Housing or Vacation Rentals (PDF) (including AirBNBs)

Show All Answers

1. Who needs a City Business License?
2. How do I apply for a City Business License?
3. Do I need a State of Washington Business License to obtain a City Business License?
4. How much does a City Business License cost?
5. Where do I post my Business License?
6. How do I renew my Business License?
7. Are there City Business and Occupation Taxes?
8. What if my business moves to a new location and/or the mailing address changes?
9. How do I cancel or close my Business License?
10. What if I sell my business?