Pacific city license

Requirements and fees

General business license
Variable

The city of Pacific 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 Pacific.

Employee definition

Employee means and includes each of the following persons who are not required by the city to have their own separate city of Pacific business license:

  • Any person employed at any business who performs any part of their duties within the city of Pacific or reports from a location within the city’s corporate limits; and
    Any person who is on the business’s payroll, and includes all full-time, part-time, and temporary employees or workers.
  • Owners, officers, managers, and partners.
  • Any other person who performs work, services or labor at the business including, but not limited to, family members, regardless of whether they receive a wage from the business.
  • Self-employed persons, sole proprietors, owners, officers, managers, and partners
  • Any other person who performs work, services or labor at the business, including an independent contractor who may be exempt from requirements to have a separate city of Pacific business license.

The minimum number of employees is one.

Origination fee:

Total number of employees

License fee

1 through 5

$50

6 through 12

$75

13 through 25

$95

26 through 50

$105

51 or more

$150

Renewal fee:

Total number of employees

License fee

1 through 5

$50

6 through 12

$75

13 through 25

$95

26 through 50

$105

51 or more

$150

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
$50

If your business is in a residence within the city, you must comply with Pacific Municipal Code 20.68.190 - Standards. For more information on home occupation requirements, contact the city directly.

Origination fee: $50

Renewal fee: $50

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

$50

Renewal fee:

Reported gross annual income

License fee

$0 through $2,000

$0

Above $2,000

$50

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