Checklist for Opening a Business


Step 3

Step 3: License your business

You must file your Business License Application with the Department of Revenue to be recognized as a Washington business. Likely, you will also need an additional business license for each of the cities you do businesses in (or the county if your business location is outside of the city limits). We recommend you read through all steps in this road map before applying for the business license.

File your Business License Application online at:

This is what happens once you file your Business License Application. The Department of Revenue will:
How long does it take to process?
  • 2 business days if done online.
  • 14 business days if done in person or by mail.
How long does it take to get a liquor license?
  • Up to 90 days.
Be prepared to answer these questions:

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