Puyallup city license

Requirements and fees

General business license
Variable

The city of Puyallup 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 determined by the gross annual income and number of employees who work within the city limits of Puyallup.

Method for calculating employees
Add up all employees (part-time and full-time) and that equals the number of employees. This includes self-employed persons, sole proprietors, owners, managers, and partners.

Origination fee:

Reported gross annual income License fee
$0 through $12,000 $0
Above $12,000 1 through 24 employees - $75
25 through 99 employees - $300
100 or more employees - $500

Renewal fee:

Reported gross annual income License fee
$0 through $12,000 $0
Above $12,000 1 through 24 employees - $75
25 through 99 employees - $300
100 or more employees - $500
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)3 certificate with your application.

Origination fee: $0

Renewal fee: $0

Home businesses
Variable

A business owner who intends to conduct business from a residence within the city must comply with Puyallup Municipal Code 20.75. If you are applying for a Home Occupation license, upon review, an additional Puyallup questionnaire may be required. For more information on home occupation requirements, please contact the planning division directly at Planning@ci.puyallup.wa.us.

License fee is determined by the gross annual income and number of employees who work within the city limits of Puyallup.

Method for calculating employees
Add up all employees (part-time and full-time) and that equals the number of employees. This includes self-employed persons, sole proprietors, owners, managers, and partners.

Origination fee:

Reported gross annual income License fee
$0 through $12,000 $0
Above $12,000 1 through 24 employees - $75
25 through 99 employees - $300
100 or more employees - $500

Renewal fee:

Reported gross annual income License fee
$0 through $12,000 $0
Above $12,000 1 through 24 employees - $75
25 through 99 employees - $300
100 or more employees - $500
Non-resident businesses
Variable

If your business is operating within city limits, your license fee is determined by the gross annual income you earn within this city’s limits and number of employees.

Method for calculating employees
Add up all employees (part-time and full-time) and that equals the number of employees. This includes self-employed persons, sole proprietors, owners, managers, and partners.

Origination fee:

Reported gross annual income License fee
$0 through $12,000 $0
Above $12,000 1 through 24 employees - $75
25 through 99 employees - $300
100 or more employees - $500

Renewal fee:

Reported gross annual income License fee
$0 through $12,000 $0
Above $12,000 1 through 24 employees - $75
25 through 99 employees - $300
100 or more employees - $500
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