Do you need a Washington State Business License? For most businesses the answer is yes, and you may need other state, county or city licenses, permits and endorsements to operate your business. Your Washington State Business License is issued and renewed through the Washington Department of Revenue’s Business Licensing Service. The process to get a Washington State Business License can range from very simple licensing for an average sole proprietorship outside of city limits to significantly more complex for Corporations or LLCs, especially when professional endorsements are required and/or multiple city licenses or contractor’s licenses are required. Additional requirements apply to businesses who already have or will hire employees.
Many city licenses may be acquired when filing the Master Business License Application; however, other cities, including Bremerton, require business owners to apply for licenses and operating permits directly through the city.
Our staff takes the guess work and hours of research and phone calls out of the equation for our clients. We’ve been helping clients license and launch businesses for many years (we’ve started a few businesses of our own as well). We work to ensure our clients’ businesses are properly licensed with the State and any county, city or other municipality that may require licensing or permits to do business there. We ensure required endorsements are listed and specialty licenses are acquired. Where accounts with Labor and Industries and the Employment Security Department are necessary, we also handle creation of these accounts as we process business licensing applications for our clients.
If you would like help acquiring your Washington State Business License or are not certain of the business licensing requirements for your specific business and location, we invite you to contact our office at 360.471.3300 to schedule a consultation.