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To Apply for a Business License

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To Apply for a Business License

The City of Tumwater has partnered with the Washington State Department of Revenue’s Business Licensing Service (BLS), which allows you to apply for both a city license and a state license at the same time.  If you already have a State business license, you can add the City of Tumwater to your current license.  The City does not have a separate application form for a business license. 

If registering a business physically located in Tumwater, your Tumwater license will be subject to approval by the Community Development Department, the Police Department, and the Fire Department.  The Community Development Department determines if the business is an appropriate use within the zoning district and all necessary permits have been obtained. The Police Department determines if the business would be harmful to public interest. Finally, the Fire Department ensures that all safety standards and fire codes are upheld.

Visit the Business Licensing Service Website for an application or apply in person at:

Business Licensing Service
Department of Revenue
6500 Linderson Way SW
Tumwater, WA 98501

(800) 647-7706


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