Business License Applications

Important Information Regarding the 
Renewal of Your City of Arlington Business License in 2022:

We are pleased to announce that the City of Arlington has partnered with the Department of Revenue’s Business Licensing Service (BLS). BLS will process the City of Arlington new business licenses and renewals starting 9/23/2021.

Registering with the City of Arlington through the Business Licensing Service

Our partnership with BLS will allow you “one-stop shopping” when maintaining or renewing many of your state and city licenses. New or expanding businesses will be able to apply for their city license online along with other state and local licenses that partner with BLS. 

What do I have to do? For 2021 you will renew your business license with the City of Arlington.

About six weeks before your 2022 business license expiration date, the Business Licensing Service will send you a license renewal letter with instructions on how to renew your City of Arlington business license. You may use e-check or credit card to make payment for online transactions. If you prefer to renew your license by mail using the BLS renewal form, please do so in plenty of time to reach BLS before the expiration date and include a check made out to DOR for the appropriate amount.

What fees will I have to pay?

For renewals, you will still pay the City of Arlington license fee and an additional $10 renewal processing fee for your business location. 

If you have questions                                                             

For more information, visit or call BLS at 360-705-6741.


Applying for a 2021 City of Arlington Business License:

  • Fill out the Business License Application(*designates mandatory items)
    • All businesses physically located within the city limits require a business license.
    • All businesses whose annual value of products, gross proceeds of sales, or gross income of the business in the city is equal to or greater than $2,000 and that not maintain a place of business within the city must obtain a business license.
    • Permitted Home Occupations require a Business License.

    • For vehicles for hire require a Vehicle for Hire License (PDF) is required along with the business license application.

    • For motor vehicle wrecker or towing operator a Tow Truck Addenda (PDF) is required along with the business license application.

    • For any kennel, cattery, grooming parlor, pet shop, or animal shelter a completed Animal Regulation Addenda is required along with the business license application.

    • Any non-profit organization (501 (c) (3)) within the city limits are exempt from applying for a business license.

    • 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.

  • Once completed select the submit button (you will receive an automated response that your application was received).

  • Your Business License Application will be routed for review in the order it was received.

  • Once reviewed and approved, the business license approval will be emailed to you.

  • Your business license number will be provided to you so that you can make your payment online.

  • Please follow the online payment instructions below.Once the payment has been received you will receive an email with your approved business license attached.