City of Shelton license

City of Shelton license

Who needs a license?

Shelton 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 at (360) 432-5108 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 Shelton business license. For more information, contact the city directly at (360) 432-5108.

Nonprofit businesses
Nonprofit businesses qualify for the nonprofit license if they submit a copy of the business' IRS 501(c)3 certificate with their application and are exempt from the city fees.


City license Fee
Shelton general business license $35
Shelton nonprofit business license $0
Shelton general business - non-resident license $35
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:

  • File Online with My DOR. My DOR works best with Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

    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 Taxes service page.
    3. Follow the steps below based on your business status.

      If you do not have an existing business

        1. Click File New 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 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 using My DOR, including video tutorials.


  • File by Mail and send us the appropriate fee with the following completed forms:

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 Shelton
525 W Cota St.
Shelton, WA 98584
City Phone: (360) 432-5108