Kittitas city license

Requirements and fees

General business license
Variable

The city of Kittitas 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.

License fee is determine by number of employees who work within the city limits of Kittitas.

Method for calculating employees

  • Employees working 1,600 hours or more, including paid legal holidays and paid vacation time, during the 12-month period immediately preceding the year for which the license fee is due and payable shall be considered full-time.
  • Employees each working less than 1,600 hours, including paid legal holidays and paid vacation time, shall be considered part-time employees.
  • In determining the license fee to be paid hereunder by each business, the total number of employees shall be computed by adding together the number of full-time employees and the number  part-time, the latter figure to be computed by dividing the total hours worked by the part-time employees, including paid legal holidays and paid vacation time, by 1,600.
  • Any fractions must be rounded to the nearest whole number. 

Employee definition

Any individual who performs work, labor, or services for a person engaging in business within the city, whether or not said employee is physically located inside the city at the time of performing the employer’s business, and is on the payroll including all full-time, part-time, and temporary employees. Employee also includes self-employed persons, sole proprietors, independent contractors, owners, managers, and partners.

Origination fee:

Total number of employees

License fee

1 through 2

$35

3 through 4

$60

5 through 6

$85

7 or more

$110

Renewal fee:

Total number of employees

License fee

1 through 2

$35

3 through 4

$60

5 through 6

$85

7 or more

$110

Nonprofit businesses
Variable

Nonprofit businesses must be licensed. To qualify as a nonprofit, the business must comply with Kittitas Municipal Code 5.04.010.

License fee is determine by number of employees who work within the city limits of Kittitas.

Method for calculating employees

  • Employees working 1,600 hours or more, including paid legal holidays and paid vacation time, during the 12-month period immediately preceding the year for which the license fee is due and payable shall be considered full-time.
  • Employees each working less than 1,600 hours, including paid legal holidays and paid vacation time, shall be considered part-time employees.
  • In determining the license fee to be paid hereunder by each business, the total number of employees shall be computed by adding together the number of full-time employees and the number  part-time, the latter figure to be computed by dividing the total hours worked by the part-time employees, including paid legal holidays and paid vacation time, by 1,600.
  • Any fractions must be rounded to the nearest whole number. 

Employee definition

Any individual who performs work, labor, or services for a person engaging in business within the city, whether or not said employee is physically located inside the city at the time of performing the employer’s business, and is on the payroll including all full-time, part-time, and temporary employees. Employee also includes self-employed persons, sole proprietors, independent contractors, owners, managers, and partners.

Origination fee:

Total number of employees

License fee

1 through 2

$35

3 through 4

$60

5 through 6

$85

7 or more

$110

Renewal fee:

Total number of employees

License fee

1 through 2

$35

3 through 4

$60

5 through 6

$85

7 or more

$110

Home businesses
Variable

If your business is in a residence within the city, you must comply with Kittitas Municipal Code 17.52.100. For more information on home occupation requirements, contact the city directly.

License fee is determine by number of employees who work within the city limits of Kittitas.

Method for calculating employees

  • Employees working 1,600 hours or more, including paid legal holidays and paid vacation time, during the 12-month period immediately preceding the year for which the license fee is due and payable shall be considered full-time.
  • Employees each working less than 1,600 hours, including paid legal holidays and paid vacation time, shall be considered part-time employees.
  • In determining the license fee to be paid hereunder by each business, the total number of employees shall be computed by adding together the number of full-time employees and the number  part-time, the latter figure to be computed by dividing the total hours worked by the part-time employees, including paid legal holidays and paid vacation time, by 1,600.
  • Any fractions must be rounded to the nearest whole number. 

Employee definition

Any individual who performs work, labor, or services for a person engaging in business within the city, whether or not said employee is physically located inside the city at the time of performing the employer’s business, and is on the payroll including all full-time, part-time, and temporary employees. Employee also includes self-employed persons, sole proprietors, independent contractors, owners, managers, and partners.

Origination fee:

Total number of employees

License fee

1 through 2

$35

3 through 4

$60

5 through 6

$85

7 or more

$110

Renewal fee:

Total number of employees

License fee

1 through 2

$35

3 through 4

$60

5 through 6

$85

7 or more

$110

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 number of employees and gross annual income earned within this city’s limits.

Method for calculating employees

  • Employees working 1,600 hours or more, including paid legal holidays and paid vacation time, during the 12-month period immediately preceding the year for which the license fee is due and payable shall be considered full-time.
  • Employees each working less than 1,600 hours, including paid legal holidays and paid vacation time, shall be considered part-time employees.
  • In determining the license fee to be paid hereunder by each business, the total number of employees shall be computed by adding together the number of full-time employees and the number  part-time, the latter figure to be computed by dividing the total hours worked by the part-time employees, including paid legal holidays and paid vacation time, by 1,600.
  • Any fractions must be rounded to the nearest whole number. 

Employee definition

Any individual who performs work, labor, or services for a person engaging in business within the city, whether or not said employee is physically located inside the city at the time of performing the employer’s business, and is on the payroll including all full-time, part-time, and temporary employees. Employee also includes self-employed persons, sole proprietors, independent contractors, owners, managers, and partners.

Origination fee:

Reported gross annual income

License fee

$0 through $2,000

No license required

Above $2,000

1 through 2 employees - $35
3 through 4 employees - $60
5 through 6 employees - $85
7 or more employees - $110

Renewal fee:

Reported gross annual income

License fee

$0 through $2,000

No license required

Above $2,000

1 through 2 employees - $35
3 through 4 employees - $60
5 through 6 employees - $85
7 or more employees - $110

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

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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