WA State Licensing: Mount Vernon city business license

City of Mount Vernon

Who needs a license?

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

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

If you do not know if you do business within city limits, call (360) 336-6202 before applying. If more than one business is located in a single property, you must complete a separate application for each business conducted.


*Nonprofit Businesses qualify for the nonprofit license if they submit a copy of the business' IRS 501(c)3 certificate with their application and are exempt from the city fees.

How to apply


City license Fee
Mount Vernon general business license $50
Mount Vernon general business license - Non-resident $50
Mount Vernon home occupation businesses $50
Mount Vernon nonprofit business license* No fee
Other fees that may apply Fee
State tax registration No fee
Registering a trade name $5
Business License Application fee $19 (non-refundable)


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 Mount Vernon

Phone: 360-336-6202

Email: mvfinance@mountvernonwa.gov