City of Fife Requirements and Fee Calculation Instructions

City of Fife Requirements and Fee Calculation Instructions

General Businesses located inside Fife City limits:

License fee is determined by:

  • Number of employees OR
  • Number of rental units

Employee Count Determination:

  • If you have reported employment to the State Employment Security Department, use the employee count from your most recent Unemployment Compensation Quarterly Report. A copy of the report may be required by the City of Fife for verification.
  • If you have not reported employment, estimate the maximum number of employees to be employed at any one time at this location during the next 12 months. Convert part-time personnel to full-time equivalents by adding total weekly hours worked; divide by 40, round up fractions. 

The owner(s) will be included when determining the number of employees.

Total Number of Employees License Fee
0 through 2 $50.00
3 through 5 $100.00
6 through 12 $200.00
13 through 25 $300.00
26 through 50 $500.00
51+ $750.00

Rental Unit Determination:

  • Landlords that offer four or more residential rental units in the city limits are considered rental property businesses, regardless if vacant. The number of rental units is counted city-wide. Qualified rental units include:
    • Apartments
    • Houses
    • Mobile homes
  • Examples of rentals that do NOT qualify are:
    • Hotels/motels
    • Short term rentals
    • Storage units

Note: When a landlord registers for a business license only the rental business office location is required to be licensed.


Total Number of Rental Units License Fee
0 through 3 Refer to employee table above
4+ $50.00

General Businesses located outside Fife City limits:

If you do not have a physical location inside Fife city limits, but you will travel into Fife to conduct business the license fee is $50.00.

Nonprofit Businesses

License Fee: There are NO fees for nonprofit businesses.

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.