City of Puyallup license

City of Puyallup license

Who needs a license?

The city of 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

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

General and Non-Resident businesses

The license for a business operating in this city, but based outside this city, is determined by gross annual income earned within this city’s limits and number of employees (FTEs):

Reported gross annual income License fee
$0 through $12,000 No license required
Above $12,000 Variable


See Requirements and Fee Calculation Instructions

City license Fee
Puyallup general business license Variable
Puyallup nonproft business license No fee
Puyallup home occupation business license Variable
Puyallup general business - non-resident license Variable
Puyallup fee-exempt 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)

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.

  • 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


    Please remember to enclose all necessary documents and fees with your completed application. Incomplete submissions will result in a delay in your license.

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 Puyallup
333 S Meridian
Puyallup, WA 98371

City Phone: (253) 841-5474