The licensing and permitting issues facing new businesses can seem overwhelming. Licensing requirements differ by city, county and business type, but all new businesses need to obtain a Washington state business license and a Unified Business Identification Number (UBI). You can get the Master Business Application forms from the Department of Licensing in Olympia online or by calling 360-664-1400.
In addition, certain business activities require special registration or agency authorization such as selling liquor, cigarettes, and lottery tickets.
Business owners are encouraged to seek professional legal, tax, and/or accounting advice as appropriate for more detailed explanations.
Roadmap to License and Register Your Business in Washington State – is a step by step guide to legally starting a business in Washington
The Small Business Guide: Start your business – Business Structure Information; Business Name Registration; License and Permit information
New Business Tax Workshop – by Washington Department of Revenue at various locations
Employer’s Introduction to L & I – a must for new employers at various locations
IRS Small Business Taxes: The Virtual Workshop – Nine Lessons regarding your federal taxes and your new business
IRS Resources For Small Business Owners – Portal to links for Tax Calendars, Educational Products, Starting a Business: Selecting a Business Structure, EIN, Recordkeeping, etc.
License and Tax Resource Page – Links to more information