City of Chehalis license

City of Chehalis license

Who needs a license?

Chehalis requires a license for all businesses, unless exempted from city licensing, if they are:

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

Call the city at (360) 345-2229 before applying if you are not sure if you will do business within the city limits.


Businesses exempt from city licensing

Some businesses may be exempt from the Chehalis business license. For more information, contact the city directly at (360) 345-2229. Chehalis Municipal Code 5.04.090.


Nonprofit businesses
Nonprofit businesses qualify for the nonprofit license if they submit a copy of the businesses IRS 501(c) certificate with their application and are exempt from the city fees.

Home businesses

A business owner who intends to conduct business from a residence within the city must comply with Chehalis Municipal Code 17.90.010. For more information on home occupation requirements, contact the city directly at (360) 345-2229.


City license Fee
Chehalis general business license $50
Chehalis nonprofit business license $0
Chehalis home occupation business license $50
Chehalis general business - non-resident license $50
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)


How to apply

Submit a Business License Application by using either the online or the paper mail-in option below:

  • File Online through the My DOR portal. My DOR works best with Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

    1. You will need a Secure Access Washington (SAW) logon. If you don’t have a SAW logon or aren’t sure, see if you have an account first before signing up.
    2. Logon to My DOR using your SAW logon, then click the green “Getting Started” button on the Business Licensing and Taxes services page.
    3. Follow the steps below.

    If you do not yet have an existing business:

    • Click "File New Business License Application" to start the online application.

    If you do already have an existing business:

    • If you have not already done so, add online access to your business licensing account(s). You’ll need a UBI number and access letter ID. Watch the tutorial.
    • After you have accessed your existing business account(s), select the business you want to apply for a new license/endorsement under, and then the appropriate business location account.
    • Click "File New Business License Application" to start the online application.
    • You can pay using an E-check or a major credit card (gift cards can’t be used).
    • Click here for more help using My DOR, including more video tutorials.


  • File by Mail by sending us the following completed forms along with the appropriate fees to the contact address below:


Contact information

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

Phone: 1-800-451-7985
Fax: (360) 705-6699

Office hours

Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Regulatory questions

City of Chehalis
1321 S Market Boulevard
Chehalis, WA 98532
City Phone: 360-345-2229
City Fax: 360-345-1039