Olympia city license

Requirements and fees

General business license
$30

The city of Olympia 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.

The license fee is determined by the gross annual income you earn within this city’s limits:

Origination fee:

Reported gross annual income

License fee

$0 through $2,000 $0
Above $2,000 $30

Renewal fee: 

Reported gross annual income

License fee

$0 through $2,000 $0
Above $2,000 $30

 

Nonprofit businesses
$0

Businesses qualify for the nonprofit license if they are registered with the Office of the Secretary of State as a nonprofit corporation. 

Origination fee: $0

Renewal fee: $0

Home businesses

Before a general business license is issued, a business owner who intends to conduct business from a residence within the city must provide proof of residency within the city and sign an acknowledgement of compliance with the Home Occupation Standards listed in Olympia Municipal Code 18.04.060.

City of Olympia Ordinance 6851 imposes a moratorium prohibiting the licensing and permitting of new collective gardens as defined in state law. The moratorium also prohibits the licensing and permitting of all other marijuana-related business activities and land use.

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

$0

Above $2,000

$30

Renewal fee:

Reported gross annual income

License fee

$0 through $2,000

$0

Above $2,000

$30

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