WA State Licensing: Ruston business license

City of Ruston license

Who needs a license?

Ruston 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 (253) 759-3544 before applying.

 

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

Temporary licenses

Temporary business licenses must be obtained directly from the City of Ruston.

Exempt businesses

The following aren’t required to get a general business license in Ruston:

  • Government entities
  • Nonprofit businesses

Under what circumstances is a business license denied?

A license may be denied if the application:

  • Is incomplete.
  • Contains any material misrepresentation.
  • Doesn’t meet the city’s zoning requirements.

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

You may pay fees by cash, check, or money order.

City license Fee
Ruston general business license $40
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)

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 Ruston
5117 N Winnifred St
Ruston, WA 98407

Phone: 253-759-3544
Fax: 253-752-3754
www.rustonwa.org