City of Lakewood license

City of Lakewood license

Who needs a license?

Lakewood 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 of Lakewood at (253) 589-2489 before applying if you are not sure if you will do business within the city limits.


If you will have more than one business located on a single property, you must complete a separate application for each business.


Businesses exempt from city licensing

Some businesses may be exempt from the Lakewood business license. For more information, contact the city directly at (253) 589-2489.

Nonprofit businesses
Nonprofit businesses qualify for the nonprofit license if they submit a copy of the business' 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 Lakewood Municipal Code LMC 18A.70.250.


For more information on home occupation requirements, contact the city directly at (253) 589-2489.


City license Fee
Lakewood general business license $60
Lakewood nonprofit business license $0
Lakewood home occupation business license $60
Lakewood general business - non-resident license $60
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

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 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.


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 Lakewood
6000 Main St. SW
Lakewood, WA 98499-5027

Phone: (253) 589-2489