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Mountlake Terrace city license

Requirements and fees

General business license
Variable

The city of Mountlake Terrace 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 (FTEs) who work within the city limits of Mountlake Terrace.

Method for calculating FTEs

Add up all the hours worked in a year by all employees (both full time and part time); who work in the city limits of Mountlake Terrace, and divide by 2080.

Origination fee:

Total number of employees

License fee

0 through 10 $100
11 through 20 $170
21 through 50 $335
51 or more $675

Renewal fee:

Total number of employees

License fee

0 through 10 $100
11 through 20 $170
21 through 50 $335
51 or more $675
Nonprofit businesses
$0

Businesses qualify for the nonprofit endorsement if they are registered with the Office of the Secretary of State as a nonprofit corporation or by submitting a copy of their 501(c) tax exemption letter issued by the IRS.

Origination fee: $0

Renewal fee: $0

Home businesses
$60

If your business is in a residence within the city, you must comply with Mountlake Terrace Municipal Code 19.120.230. 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 $12,000

$0

Above $12,000

$100

Renewal fee:

Reported gross annual income

License fee

$0 through $12,000

$0

Above $12,000

$100

Rental businesses
Variable

Landlords that offer residential rental units, home rentals, duplexes, apartments, and accessory dwelling units (ADUs will have an additional permit with the city). When a landlord registers for a business license only the rental business office location is required to be licensed. The number of rental units is counted citywide. For more information, see Mountlake Terrace Municipal Code 15.45, or contact the city directly.

Origination fee:

License fee Rental unit fee
$40 $1.50 per unit

Renewal fee:

License fee Rental unit fee
$40 $1.50 per unit
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