WA State Licensing: Kelso city business license

City of Kelso license

Who needs a license?

The city of Kelso requires all businesses to be licensed with the city if they are:

  • Located within city limits, or
  • Conducting business within city limits.

Call the city at (360) 423-0900 before applying if you are not sure if you will do business within the city limits.


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

Home businesses

Before a business license is issued, a business owner who intends to conduct business from a residence within the city must undergo a city of Kelso Planning/Building Department zoning review as required by Kelso Municipal Code 5.02.

Non-Resident businesses

The license for a business operating in this city, but based outside this city, is determined by gross annual income earned within this city’s limits:

Reported gross annual income License fee
$0 through $2,000 No fee
Above $2,000 $50

Fees

City license Fee
Kelso general business license $50
Kelso general business license - Non-resident $50
Kelso home occupation businesses $50
Kelso nonprofit business license* No fee
Other fees that may apply Fee
State tax registration No fee
Registering a trade name $5
Business License Application fee $19 (non-refundable)

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. Click Getting Started on the Business Licensing and Tax service.
    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 for using My DOR, including video tutorials.

 

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.

Regulatory questions

City of Kelso - Finance Dept.

203 S Pacific
Kelso, WA 98626


Phone: 360-423-0900
Fax: 360-425-9807
http://www.kelso.gov/departments-services/kelso-finance-and-utilities-department