Business Licenses and Special Events

Obtaining Your City of Edmonds Business License

Edmonds City Code, Chapter 4.72.020, requires that you obtain your business license before starting business in the City of Edmonds.

In May 2019, the City of Edmonds partnered with the State Business Licensing Service (BLS) to connect Edmonds City business licenses to BLS. If your business paid a license fee to the City of Edmonds in January 2019, your business license is valid through December 2019. In 2020 and after, your Edmonds city license will renew at the same time as other local and state licenses. The renewal cycle may change for certain businesses, however, if you have other renewing state or city licenses supported by BLS.

Beginning May 16, 2019, you may apply for your Edmonds business license via BLS, which issues your state business license. BLS is the "one-stop shop" for business registrations and city licensing in Washington. Benefits include:

  • Intuitive licensing "wizard" for applicants
  • Faster online application and renewal
  • Multiple payment options
  • City limits locator (GIS) to ensure licensing in the appropriate city
  • On-demand license printing
  • No trip to city hall
  • Toll-free customer service 360-705-6741

My DOR is the new online portal for the Business Licensing Service. With My DOR, you can:

  • File a business license application
  • Renew a business license application or endorsement
  • Check on the status of a business account
  • View and pay outstanding licensing fees
  • Update account and business information
  • File an excise tax return
  • Download a reseller permit

Why online?

Applying for your business license with My DOR is the fastest way to get started.

  • Get your license quicker

Applications submitted through My DOR are processed in a few business days, compared to weeks for paper applications

  • Renew with ease

Renew your business license using My DOR

  • File business taxes

File and pay your business taxes with My DOR

  • Get a personalized guide

Our Business License Wizard bls.dor.wa.gov/wizard gives you a customized list of licenses you may need. Use the confirmation number to save time when you apply for your business license.

  • Sign up for My DOR

Go to our website dor.wa.gov/MyDOR to get started. You'll need to sign up for a Secure Access Washington user ID, if you don't have one already.

Edmonds Downtown Business Improvement District

(also known as Edmonds Downtown Alliance or Ed!)

Businesses located within the Edmonds Downtown Business Improvement District, also known as the Edmonds Downtown Alliance, are required to pay a quarterly assessment. If you plan to open a new business within the Edmonds downtown area, please contact the City Clerk's Office or Development Services Department before you apply for your business license to obtain further information or visit the Edmonds Downtown Alliance website.

Business License Fees

New business license for commercial business: $125
New business license for a home occupation business: $100
Non-resident business license (business located out of the city): $ 50
Annual renewal of any of the above business licenses: $ 50
Non-Profit/Government: Exempt

Additional Information Required for Certain Business Types

After you apply for your business license through BLS, the City may require additional information to complete the review of your application, depending on your business type.

Commercial Locations:

Home Occupation:

  • Home Occupation Questionnaire

Non-Profit

  • Copy of the Internal Revenue Service documentation granting non-profit status.

Occupation Specific

  1. Acupuncture: Copy of the Washington State Acupuncturist License.
  2. Adult Family Home: Copy of the Washington State Adult Family Home License.
  3. Child Day Care: Copy of the Washington State Child Day Care License.
  4. Massage Therapist: Copy of the Washington State Massage Practitioner License.

Washington State Tax ID Number (UBI NUMBER) Exemption

  1. Copy of the Washington State Department of Revenue documentation granting exemption status.

Edmonds Business Hotline

The City of Edmonds Business Hotline provides direct, hands-on assistance and response to business owners, investors, applicants for commercial permits, et al, as they encounter difficulties they believe City Hall can help with or can provide appropriate referrals. Call 425-275-4823. For business license information please call 425-775-2525.


City Clerk's Office

121 Fifth Avenue North
Edmonds, WA 98020
phone: 425-775-2525
fax: 425-771-0266