WA State Licensing: Spokane city business license

City of Spokane license

Who needs a license?

The City of Spokane requires a business license for all businesses operating within the city limits of Spokane, including businesses physically located outside the city limits that perform services for customers inside city limits. City approval is required for initial issuance.

Exempt businesses

Some businesses may be exempt from getting a city business license. For more information, please contact the city directly.

How to apply

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


City license Fee
Spokane general business license $110
Spokane nonprofit business license* $55
Other fees that may apply Fee
Spokane charges fee for employees Various
State tax registration No fee
Registering your business name as trade name $5
Business License Application fee $19 (non-refundable)

*Businesses qualify for the nonprofit license if they are registered with the Office of the Secretary of State as a nonprofit corporation under Chapter 24.03 RCW and submit a copy of their 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) tax exemption letter issued by the IRS.

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 Spokane
808 W Spokane Falls Blvd
Spokane, WA 99201-3336

Phone: 509-625-6070
Fax: 509-625-6990