WA State Licensing: Olympia city business license

City of Olympia license

Who needs a license?

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

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

If you don't know if you do business within city limits, call the city at (360) 753-8327 before applying.

 

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

Home businesses

Before a business license is issued, a business owner who intends to conduct business from a residence within the city must provide proof of residency within the city and sign an acknowledgement of compliance with the Home Occupation Standards listed in Olympia Municipal Code 18.04.060.


City of Olympia Ordinance 6851 imposes a moratorium prohibiting the licensing and permitting of new collective gardens as defined in state law (Chapter 69.51a RCW). The moratorium also prohibits the licensing and permitting of all other marijuana-related business activities and land use.

 

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. Once logged in, add My DOR to your list of services, then open My DOR.
    3. Follow the steps below based on your business status.

      If you do not have an existing business

      1. Click File 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 Add License Endorsements/Employees.

    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:

Fees

City license Fee
Olympia general business license (new) $30
Olympia general business license renewal $30
Olympia nonprofit business license* No fee
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)

*Businesses qualify for the nonprofit license if they are registered with the Office of the Secretary of State as a nonprofit corporation.

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 Olympia
601 4th Ave E
Olympia, WA 98501

Phone: 360-753-8327
Fax: 360-753-8332
www.olympiawa.gov/business