Business Licenses


  • All businesses physically located within the city limits require a business license. (Municipal Code 5.28.050)
  • All businesses located outside the city limits but doing work inside the city limits require an Out-of-City License.
  • Permitted Home Occupations require a Business License.
  • Vehicles for Hire require a Business License and a Vehicle for Hire License (PDF).
  • For motor vehicle wrecker or towing operator a Tow Truck Addenda (PDF) is required along with the business license application.
  • Any non-profit organization (501 (c) (3)) within the city limits must submit a copy of their certificate with the application form in order to be exempted from the license fee.
  • Your business must be registered with the State of Washington prior to obtaining a City of Arlington business license. Contact the Department of Licensing for more information. You may call the Olympia office at 800-451-7985 or online.
  • Business Licenses are non-transferable. Licenses must be displayed on the wall of your business. Your local sales tax code is 3101 and must be included in the appropriate place on the State Tax return.
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Applications & Fees

The business license application can be completed electronically or dropped off at the Permit Center. The same applies to Out-of-City Business License Applications. Out-of-City licenses are $20.

Business license renewals are due June 30th and fees paid at the time of application will be prorated as follows:

  • July 1 to September 30 - $60
  • October 1 to December 31 - $45
  • January 1 to March 31 - $30
  • April 1 to June 30 - $75 (includes $15 for the last quarter of the current year and $60 for the coming year’s renewal)

Additional Information

Questions or additional information can be obtained by emailing the Permit Center or calling 360-403-3551.