Ferndale city license

Requirements and fees

General business license
Variable

The city of Ferndale 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.

Employee definition:

​​A person who is hired for a wage, salary, fee, or payment to perform work for an employer.

Origination fee:

Total number of employees

License fee

0 through 19

$84

20 or more

$113

Renewal fee:

Total number of employees

License fee

0 through 19

$84

20 or more

$113

Note: You must be conducting business within the city of Ferndale limits to obtain a city of Ferndale business license. Please see the map of the city of Ferndale to determine if you are in the city limits.

If you are applying for a co-located/space rental, manufacturing/industrial, recreational marijuana or pedlars and solicitors license, the applications can be found on the city of Ferndale’s Forms & Publications page

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.

Origination fee: $0

Renewal fee: $0

Home businesses
$84

Home occupations are those occupations conducted in a residence, where that residence is a conforming use in the zone in which it is located.  A Home Occupation Permit Application, obtainable from the Community Development Department, must be approved prior to issuance of a business license for a Home Occupation.  Permits may be conditioned as deemed appropriate by the Zoning Administrator in order to mitigate potential impacts to the character and integrity of the surrounding neighborhood. Contact the Community Development Department for more information at (360) 685-2368.

Origination fee: $84

Renewal fee: $84

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

No license required

Above $2,000

$113

Renewal fee:

Reported gross annual income

License fee

$0 through $2,000

No license required

Above $2,000

$113

Businesses exempt from city licensing

Your business may be exempt from getting a city business license. For more information, please contact the city directly.

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 Addendum

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