Lakewood city license

Requirements and fees

General business license
$60

The city of Lakewood 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.

Note: The Starlite Market Place located at 8327 S Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98499 will be closed effective May 31, 2019. City licenses will continue to be issued for vendors up until that date, and the city will not refund these licenses.

Origination fee: $60

Renewal fee: $60

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
$60

If your business is in a residence within the city, you must comply with Lakewood Municipal Code 18A.70.250. For more information on home occupation requirements, contact the city directly.

Origination fee: $60

Renewal fee: $60

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

$60

Renewal fee:

Reported gross annual income

License fee

$0 through $2,000

No license required

Above $2,000

$60

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