Requirements and fees
The city of Port Townsend 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
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.
If your business is in a residence within the city, you must comply with Port Townsend Municipal Code 17.56. For more information on home occupation requirements, contact the city directly.
Fees are based on either the previous year’s gross receipts (minus deductions allowed under the Port Townsend Municipal Code 5.04A.100) or on the business’s estimated gross receipts for the license year earned within the city limits of Port Townsend.
|Reported gross annual income||License fee|
|$0 through $2,000||$0|
|Above $2,000||Variable fee|
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||$19 (nonrefundable)|
Complete the following and mail to:
Business Licensing Service
P.O. Box 9034
Olympia, WA 98507-9034