Ellensburg city requirements and fees
General business license
License fee is determined by number of employees (FTEs) who work within the city limits of Ellensburg.
Method for calculating FTEs:
Total hours worked in the year by all employees, both full and part time, divided by 1,600 hours, equals number of FTEs. This includes self-employed persons, sole proprietors, owners, managers, and partners. New businesses must estimate the first year’s employee hours.
Full-time equivalent (FTE) employee fee calculation
|Total number of employees||License fee|
|1 through 5||$30|
|6 through 12||$65|
|13 through 25||$120|
|26 through 50||$150|
License fee for a business operating in this city, but based outside this city, is determined by gross annual income earned within this city’s limits and number of employees (FTEs):
|Reported gross annual income||License fee|
|$0 through $2,000||No license required|
|Above $2,000||See table above|
Home businesses - $10
If your business is in a residence within the city, you must comply with Ellensburg Municipal Code 6.54.120. For more information on home occupation requirements, contact the city directly.
Nonprofit businesses - $0
If you are a nonprofit business, you may be exempt from city fees. To qualify you must submit a copy of your business’ IRS 501(c) certificate with your application.