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Kirkland city license

Requirements and fees

General business license
Variable

The city of Kirkland 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.

For more information on short-term and long-term rentals, see Kirkland Municipal Code 7.02 or contact the city directly.

License fee is determined by gross income and number of employees (FTEs) who work within the city limits of Kirkland.

Method for calculating FTEs

  • Add all employee hours worked in each of prior completed calendar year (as reported to L&I).
  • Divide total annual hours by 1,920.
    Round fractions to nearest whole number.
  • The minimum number of FTEs is one.

This includes self-employed persons, sole proprietors, owners, managers, and partners. New businesses must estimate the first year’s employee hours.

Origination fee:

Reported gross annual income

License fee

$0 through $11,999

$0

Above $11,999 + 1 or more employee(s)

$100 + 105 per employee

Renewal fee:

Reported gross annual income

License fee

$0 through $11,999

$0

Above $11,999 + 1 or more employee(s)

$100 + 105 per employee

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) 3 certificate with your application.

Origination fee: $0

Renewal fee: $0

Home businesses
Variable

If your business is in a residence within the city, you must comply with Kirkland Zoning Code 115.65.2. For more information on home occupation requirements, contact the city directly.

License fee is determined by gross income and number of employees (FTEs) who work within the city limits of Kirkland.

Method for calculating FTEs

  • Add all employee hours worked in each of prior completed calendar year (as reported to L&I).
  • Divide total annual hours by 1,920.
    Round fractions to nearest whole number.
  • The minimum number of FTEs is one.

This includes self-employed persons, sole proprietors, owners, managers, and partners. New businesses must estimate the first year’s employee hours.

Origination fee:

Reported gross annual income

License fee

$0 through $11,999

$0

Above $11,999 + 1 or more employee(s)

$100 + 105 per employee

Renewal fee:

Reported gross annual income

License fee

$0 through $11,999

$0

Above $11,999 + 1 or more employee(s)

$100 + 105 per employee

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 and number of employees (FTEs).

Method for calculating FTEs:

  • Add all employee hours worked in each of prior completed calendar year (as reported to L&I).
  • Divide total annual hours by 1,920.
    Round fractions to nearest whole number.
  • The minimum number of FTEs is one.

This includes self-employed persons, sole proprietors, owners, managers, and partners. New businesses must estimate the first year’s employee hours.

Origination fee:

Reported gross annual income

License fee

$0 through $2,000

$0

Above $2,000 through $12,000

$50

Above $12,000 + 1 or more employee(s) 

$100 + 105 per employee

Renewal fee:

Reported gross annual income

License fee

$0 through $2,000

$0

Above $2,000 through $12,000

$50

Above $12,000 + 1 or more employee(s) 

$100 + 105 per employee

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