WA State Licensing: Richland city business license

City of Richland license

Who needs a license?

Richland 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 (509) 942-1104 before applying.


See fees below or Richland License Category Sheet for costs.

Nonprofit Businesses

*There are NO fees for nonprofit businesses unless the business has more than 20 Employees** at a location account, then all General Business Licensing fees apply, including the $40 license fee, $12 per employee fee, the $2 per rental unit fee, and the Richland city late renewal fee ($20 or 10% of total city license fees, whichever is greater).


**Note: The employee count is established after the ‘two free employees’ have been deducted from the gross total.

How to apply

Apply by using one of the following options:


City license Fee
Richland general business license* $40
Nonprofit *No fee
Professional license $40
Property rentals $40 plus $2 per rental unit
Retail and wholesale license $40
Service license $40
Vehicles for hire $40
Richland employee fee $12.00 per full-time equivalent (FTE) employee
Other fees that may apply Fees
Richland employee fee (first 2 employees free) $12 per employee
State tax registration No fee
Registering your business name as trade name $5
Business License Application fee $19 (non-refundable)

*Temporary business licenses must be obtained directly from the City of Richland at 509-942-1104.

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 Richland
Phone: 509-942-1104
Fax: 509-942-7779