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City Hall
1812 Main St.
P.O. Box 257
Lake Stevens, WA 98258

Business Licenses

How to License Your Business

Apply Directly to the City for Specific Licenses
The following businesses must apply directly to the City of Lake Stevens (call 425-334-1012) because of different fees and specific rules and regulations that apply:

Farmer's Market Vendors

  • Business at a temporary location    
  • Peddlers / solicitors
  • Farm products raised and sold by farmer (complete City application - no fee)
  • Fireworks stands / displays
  • Live music and/or dance entertainment (annual)
  • Games (annual)

City Business Licenses
The City of Lake Stevens and State Department of Revenue's Business Licensing Service (BLS) formed a new partnership in September 2007 that streamlines the way current and future business owners can obtain business licenses. BLS's system enables business owners to complete online the Business License Application and City of Lake Stevens Business License Addendum, all on a single site. You may apply online using your MasterCard, American Express or Visa credit card or download the paperwork and mail with appropriate fees (check or money order made out to the "Washington State Department of Revenue") to: 

    Business Licensing Service 
    Department of Revenue 
    PO Box 9034 
    Olympia, WA 98507-9034.

If you do not have internet access, you may contact City Hall at 425-334-1012 and we will mail you the applications.

The City's business license application fee is $40 (State Business Application processing fee is an additional $19)  - both City and State fees are non-refundable.

After your business license application is received by the State and sent to the City for approval, you will receive a Business License from the State showing both your City and State business licenses. You will receive your business license from the State about four to six weeks after submitting your application.

Home Occupations
When applying for a City business license with BLS and your business is a Home Occupation, which means you are conducting any part of your business out of your residence within the City limits, please also complete the following addendum and mail directly to:
 
City Hall
P.O. Box 257
Lake Stevens, WA 98258
 
Home Occupation Addendum - there is no additional fee for this form. This form contains additional information that the City needs to process your business license. Prior to applying for a home based business license, call the City's Planning and Community Development Department at 425-377-3235, if you question whether your type of business would be allowed in your residence.

Exemptions
Your business may be exempt from having a City of Lake Stevens business license, click here for a list of Exemptions.  Being exempt from City business licensing requirements, does not exempt you from any State requirements, please contact BLS at 1-800-451-7985.

Additional Fees
Contact the City of Lake Stevens for additional City licensing fees, application forms, and rules and regulations related to the following businesses:

  • Non-refundable Adult Entertainment (Cabaret) application fee
  • Adult Entertainment (Cabaret) Establishment (annual)
  • Adult Entertainment (Cabaret) Establishment Manager / Entertainer (annual)
  • Pawnbroker and Second Dealers (annual)

City Review Process
If registering a business physically located within the City of Lake Stevens, your City license will be subject to zoning approved by the City's Department of Planning and Community Development and may be reviewed by the Fire and Police Departments. Businesses located outside the City limits but doing business within the City limits are approved by the Community Development Director or designee. 

Renewal Fees 
A renewal notice from DOR is mailed out approximately one month prior to the license expiration date. The fee for renewal is $25 plus applicable State license renewal processing fee.   The renewal fees are non-refundable.

Business Relocation
If you currently have a City of Lake Stevens Business License and your business moves to a new location within the City limits, you must reapply for a new business license for the new location.

New Owners
A new owner of an existing business within the City limits must reapply for a new business license.