WA State Licensing: Richland city business license

City of Richland license

Who needs a license?

The city of Richland 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 (509) 942-1104 before applying if you do not know if you will do business within the city limits.


See fees below or Richland License Category Sheet for costs.

Nonprofit businesses

*There are NO fees for nonprofit businesses unless the business has more than 20 Employees** at a location account, then all General Business Licensing fees apply, including the $40 license fee, $12 per employee fee, the $2 per rental unit fee, and the Richland city late renewal fee ($20 or 10% of total city license fees, whichever is greater).


**Note: The employee count is established after the ‘two free employees’ have been deducted from the gross total.

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 license required
Above $2,000 $40


See Requirements and Fee Calculation Instructions

City license Fee
Richland general business license* $40
Nonprofit *No fee
Professional license $40
Property rentals $40 plus $2 per rental unit
Retail and wholesale license $40
Service license $40
Vehicles for hire $40
Richland employee fee $12.00 per full-time equivalent (FTE) employee
Other fees that may apply Fees
Richland employee fee (first 2 employees free) $12 per employee
State tax registration No fee
Registering your business name as trade name $5
Business License Application fee $19 (non-refundable)

*Temporary business licenses must be obtained directly from the City of Richland at 509-942-1104.

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 Richland

505 Swift Blvd

Richland, WA 99352


Phone: 509-942-1104
Fax: 509-942-7779