City of Puyallup license

City of Puyallup license

Who needs a license?

Puyallup requires a license for all businesses, unless exempted from city licensing, if they are:

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

Call the city of Puyallup at (253) 841-5474 before applying if you are not sure if you will do business within the city limits.

 

Businesses exempt from city licensing

Some businesses may be exempt from the Puyallup business license. For more information, contact the city directly at (253) 841-5474. Puyallup Municipal Code 5.04

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 Puyallup Municipal Code 20.75. If you are applying for a Home Occupation license, upon review, an additional Puyallup questionnaire may be required. For more information on home occupation requirements, please contact the planning division directly at Planning@ci.puyallup.wa.us.

Fee-Exempt businesses
Businesses may be exempt from the city licensing fee if they comply with Puyallup Municipal Code 5.04.


Fees

License fee is determined by number of employees


See Requirements and Fee Calculation Instructions

City license Fee
Puyallup general business license Variable
Puyallup nonproft business license $0
Puyallup home occupation business license Variable
Puyallup general business - non-resident license Variable
Puyallup fee-exempt 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)


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

    • 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.


  • 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


Contact information

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



Phone: 1-800-451-7985
Fax: (360) 705-6699
Email: BLS@dor.wa.gov

Office hours

Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Regulatory questions

City of Puyallup
333 S Meridian
Puyallup, WA 98371


City Phone: (253) 841-5474
http://www.cityofpuyallup.org/527/Standard-Business-Licenses