Yakima city license

Requirements and fees

General business license
Variable

The city of Yakima 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.

License fee is determine by number of employees (FTEs) who work within the city limits of Yakima.

Method for calculating FTEs
Total hours worked in the year by all employees, both full and part time, divided by 1,600 hours, equals number of FTEs. This includes self-employed persons, sole proprietors, owners, managers, and partners. New businesses must estimate the first year’s employee hours.​ The minimum number of FTEs is one.

Note: Sole Proprietors with no employees and have a gross income of less than $12,000 annually have a $0 license fee.

License fee is determine by number of employees (FTEs) who work within the city limits of Yakima.

Origination fee:

Full-time equivalent (FTE) employee fee calculation

Total number of employees

License fee

1 through 2

$42.90

3 through 5

$85.80

6 through 9

$150.00

10 through 14

$214.20

15 through 20

$321.15

21through 30

$428.40

31 through 45

$642.60

46 through 60

$856.80

61 through 80

$1071.00

81 or more

$1285.20

Renewal fee:

Total number of employees

License fee

1 through 2

$42.90

3 through 5

$85.80

6 through 9

$150.00

10 through 14

$214.20

15 through 20

$321.15

21through 30

$428.40

31 through 45

$642.60

46 through 60

$856.80

61 through 80

$1071.00

81 or more

$1285.20

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
Variable

If your business is in a residence within the city, you must comply with Yakima Municipal Code 15.04.120. For more information on home occupation requirements, contact the city directly.

License fee is determine by number of employees (FTEs) who work within the city limits of Yakima.

Method for calculating FTEs
Total hours worked in the year by all employees, both full and part time, divided by 1,600 hours, equals number of FTEs. This includes self-employed persons, sole proprietors, owners, managers, and partners. New businesses must estimate the first year’s employee hours.​ The minimum number of FTEs is one.

Note: Sole Proprietors with no employees and have a gross income of less than $12,000 annually have a $0 license fee.

License fee is determine by number of employees (FTEs) who work within the city limits of Yakima. Only immediate family members residing at the dwelling count as employees.

Origination fee:

Total number of employees

License fee

1 through 2

$42.90

3 through 5

$85.80

Renewal fee:

Total number of employees

License fee

1 through 2

$42.90

3 through 5

$85.80

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 and number of employees (FTEs).

Method for calculating FTEs
Total hours worked in the year by all employees, both full and part time, divided by 1,600 hours, equals number of FTEs. This includes self-employed persons, sole proprietors, owners, managers, and partners. New businesses must estimate the first year’s employee hours.​ The minimum number of FTEs is one.

Origination fee:

Reported gross annual income

License fee

$0 through $12,000

$0

Above $12,000

1 through 2 employees - $42.90
3 through 5 employees - $85.80
6 through 9 employees - $150.00
10 through 14 employees - $214.20
15 through 20 employees - $321.15
21 through 30 employees - $428.40
31 through 45 employees – $642.60
46 through 60 employees - $856.80
61 through 80 employees - $1071.00
81 or more employees - $1285.20

Renewal fee:

Reported gross annual income

License fee

$0 through $12,000

$0

Above $12,000

1 through 2 employees - $42.90
3 through 5 employees - $85.80
6 through 9 employees - $150.00
10 through 14 employees - $214.20
15 through 20 employees - $321.15
21 through 30 employees - $428.40
31 through 45 employees – $642.60
46 through 60 employees - $856.80
61 through 80 employees - $1071.00
81 or more employees - $1285.20

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