Olympia city endorsement

Requirements and fees

General business license
$30

The city of Olympia requires a license for all businesses located within city limits, or conducting business within city limits. If you are not sure if you will do business within the city limits, contact the city directly before you apply. 

If you will have more than one business located on a single property, you must complete a separate application for each business.

The license fee is determined by the gross annual income you earn within this city’s limits:

Origination fee:

Reported gross annual income

License fee

$0 through $2,000 $0
Above $2,000 $30

Renewal fee: 

Reported gross annual income

License fee

$0 through $2,000 $0
Above $2,000 $30

 

Nonprofit businesses
$0

Businesses qualify for the nonprofit license if they are registered with the Office of the Secretary of State as a nonprofit corporation. 

Origination fee: $0

Renewal fee: $0

Home businesses

If your business is located in your home, or you conduct business activities from your home, there are additional requirements in the city of Olympia. Visit the city of Olympia Business Licenses for more information.

Non-resident businesses
Variable

If your business is physically located outside city limits, but conducts business within city limits, your license fee is determined by gross annual income earned within this city’s limits:

Origination fee:

Reported gross annual income

License fee

$0 through $2,000 $0
Above $2,000 $30

Renewal fee:

Reported gross annual income

License fee

$0 through $2,000 $0
Above $2,000 $30
Short-term vacation rentals

If your business includes a short-term vacation rental, an additional permit may be required by the city of Olympia. Permit applications can be submitted through the city of Olympia online permit portal. The application will request information about the location, size, and number of rental units.

Businesses exempt from city licensing

No business engaging in business in Olympia is exempt from obtaining the Olympia license endorsement. For more information, please contact the city directly or refer to Olympia Municipal Code 5.04.040.

Average approval time

City approval time not available. Contact the city directly for more information.

Apply for a city license

State tax registration $0
Registering your business name as a trade name $5
Business license application fee Variable

Online

Need help?
Setting up your business licensing and tax account
How to add a city license endorsement


By mail

Complete the following and mail to:

Business License Application and City and County Addendum

Business Licensing Service
P.O. Box 9034
Olympia, WA 98507-9034