WA State Licensing: Fife city business license

City of Fife license

Who needs a license?

The city of Fife requires all businesses to be licensed with the city if they are:

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

Call the city at (253) 922-2489 before applying if you are not sure if you will do business within the city limits.


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

Exempt businesses

Some businesses may be exempt from getting a city business license. For more information, please contact the city directly.

Non-Resident businesses

The license for a business operating in this city, but based outside this city, is determined by gross annual income earned within this city’s limits:

Reported gross annual income License fee
$0 through $2,000 No license required
Above $2,000 $50

Fees

License fee is determined by:

  • Number of employees OR
  • Number of rental units

See Requirements and fee calculation instructions

City license Fee
Fife general business license Variable
Fife general business license - Non-resident $50
Fife nonprofit business license* $0
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)

*Nonprofit businesses, other than religious organizations, must provide a copy of the confirmation from the Internal Revenue Service of tax exemption under IRS code 501 (c)(3) to qualify for a nonprofit license from the City of Fife.

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. Click Getting Started on the Business Licensing and Tax service.
    3. Follow the steps below based on your business status.

    If you do not have an existing business

      1. Click File New 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 File New Business License Application.

    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:

    Mail your completed application, supplemental forms, and a check or money order payable to “Department of Revenue” for the fees to:

     

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

     

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

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.

Regulatory questions

City of Fife
5411 23rd St E
Fife, WA 98424

 

Phone: 253-922-2489
Fax: 253-922-5355
http://www.cityoffife.org/