WA State Licensing: Nursery Retailer/Wholesaler

Nursery retailer/wholesaler

A nursery retailer/wholesaler endorsement is required for businesses that:

  • Sell or hold live plants or turf for planting, breeding, or decoration.
  • Perform landscaping and lawn maintenance which provides planting or installing new plants or turf.

Businesses selling fruit trees and related stock must also pay an annual assessment fee. For more information, contact the Plant Services Program at (360) 902-1800.


A nursery endorsement isn’t required for:

  • Persons producing only marijuana (Cannabis) and who are a registered marijuana producer under RCW 69.50.325.
  • Persons selling less than $100 per year or only sell cut flowers.

Post your license

A Business License with a nursery endorsement must be posted at each business location. You may not begin this business activity until you receive your license with the required endorsement(s).

How to apply


  • Complete a Business License Application online and pay with E-check or a MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express credit or debit card (gift cards cannot be used). Note: The credit/debit card option is provided to you by a private, non-state vendor that will impose a 2.5% convenience fee for the service.

By mail

  • Complete all of the following forms:
  • Mail your completed application and addendum with 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


Choose either a wholesaler or retailer endorsement based on what you believe will be your primary source of income, then estimate your total nursery sales for the calendar year. Determine the fee due based on your endorsement type and sales estimate.

Specialty endorsement Fee
Nursery retailer: $100–$2,499 gross sales $63 per location
Nursery retailer: $2,500–$14,999 gross sales $138 per location
Nursery retailer: $15,000 and over gross sales $273.60 per location
Nursery wholesaler: $100–$14,999 gross sales $138 per location
Nursery wholesaler: $15,000 and over gross sales $273.60 per location
Other fees that may apply Fee
Registering your business name as a trade name $5
Business License Application $19 (non-refundable)

Regulatory questions

Department of Agriculture
Phone: (360) 902-2062