WA State Licensing: Anacortes city business license

City of Anacortes license

Who needs a license?

Anacortes requires all businesses to be licensed with the city if they are:

  • Located within city limits, or
  • Conducting business within city limits.

If you don't know if you do business within city limits, call the city at (360) 299-1968 before applying.


If more than one business is located in a single premise, you must complete a separate registration for each business conducted.

Under what circumstances is a business license denied?

A license may be denied to a business for any of the following reasons:

  • If the application is incomplete or if it contains any material misrepresentation.
  • If the application does not propose adequate measures for the protection of public health, safety, and welfare in terms of pedestrian and vehicular traffic control, security, avoidance of public nuisances, and avoidance of consumer fraud.

How to apply

Apply by using one of the following options:

  • Online with My DOR. My DOR works best with Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.

    1. Login using your Secure Access Washington (SAW) user ID. If you don’t have a user ID or aren’t sure, see if you have an account first before signing up.
    2. Once logged in, add My DOR to your list of services, then open My DOR.
    3. Follow the steps below based on your business status.

      If you do not have an existing business

      1. Click File Business License Application. Be sure to select the endorsements for which you wish to apply.

      If you have an existing business

      1. If you haven’t already, add access to your business. You’ll need a UBI number and letter ID.
      2. Click on the business you want to apply for a license/endorsement under, then click on the location.
      3. Click Add License Endorsements/Employees.

    You can pay using an E–check or a major credit card (gift cards can’t be used).


    Find more help for using My DOR, including video tutorials.



  • Mail us the appropriate fee with the following completed forms:

Fees

City license Fee
Anacortes general business license $30
Anacortes nonprofit business license* No fee
Other fees that may apply Fee
State tax registration No fee
Registering your business name as trade name $5
Business License Application fee $19 (non-refundable)

*Businesses qualify for the nonprofit license if they are registered with the Office of the Secretary of State as a nonprofit corporation.

Contact information

State of Washington
Business Licensing Service
PO Box 9034
Olympia, WA 98507-9034

Phone: 1-800-451-7985
Email: BLS@dor.wa.gov
Fax: 360-705-6699

Office hours

Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mailing information

Please remember to enclose all necessary documents and fees with your completed application. Incomplete submissions will result in a delay in your licensure.

It is important that you contact our office, in writing, with any changes in address.

Regulatory questions

City of Anacortes
PO Box 547
Anacortes, WA 98221

Phone: 360-299-1968
Fax: 360-293-1928
www.cityofanacortes.org