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Licensing Information for Specific Business Types

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Licensing Information for Specific Business Types

  • Businesses based outside Tumwater – If your business is based outside Tumwater and you do business within the city, then you must have a Tumwater business license. In other words, you need a license for where you conduct business; not just for where you're located.
  • Subcontractors – Subcontractors need a Tumwater business license even if the contractor who they are working with already has one. The license is valid only for the legal owner listed on it.
  • Nonprofits – If you raise funds in Tumwater, whether as a for-profit or nonprofit organization, you must have a Tumwater business license.
  • Home-based business – Businesses based in a Tumwater home usually need a Tumwater business license. Contact us if you have questions about licensing for home-based businesses.

Special Considerations

According to the Tumwater Municipal Code, some businesses are required to acquire an Occupational PermitTMC 5.06, and Sexually Oriented Businesses are subject to additional regulation, see TMC 5.50Non-Profit Business Licenses require additional information. Cannabis growers and retailers are required to get a City of Tumwater Business License, but are also subject to additional regulation. Please see the Special Considerations page for more details about these special considerations.  


The Business Licensing Specialist is available to answer any questions you may have.  You may contact the Licensing Specialist Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except holidays at:

Tumwater City Hall 
555 Israel Rd. SW
Tumwater, WA 98501 (map)

(360) 754-4136