Business Licensing

Anacortes Municipal Code requires that every person engaging in business within the city limits of Anacortes register their business; this includes home based businesses and out of town contractors. The City of Anacortes participates in a joint licensing program with the State of Washington Department of Revenue (DOR) Business Licensing Service (BLS). This combined licensing system allows business owners to meet the local and state requirements with one transaction. The application and renewals can usually be done online.

New Applications

New businesses will fill out the Business License Application plus the City addendum.

  • The fastest and easiest way to accomplish this is online. Go to the State of Washington Business Licensing Service. Follow the prompts and you will be directed toward all the forms and information needed to license your business. Payments can be made online with a credit card.
  • Paper forms can also be filed with the Department of Revenue (DOR). The forms can be obtained from the Finance Department or downloaded from the DOR website. Payment can be made with a check or money order.
  • The paper forms for the City and the State license can be completed at any DOR field office.


Renewals are processed by the Department of Revenue (DOR). You will receive renewal notification from the DOR and you will make your payment to the DOR. DOR will issue a new Business License with Anacortes listed as the local endorsement. The Business License should be displayed at the business location. For many businesses licenses can be renewed online. Because the BLS uses a common expiration date for all your business licenses, your first renewal may be prorated to coordinate all the expiration dates. After that, the renewal will be the full $40 annually, plus the processing fee. 

Fees - *New in 2019*

New City Business License: $40 per year.
New State Business License: $19  per year
Trade Name Registration: $5 per year
Renew City Business License: $40 plus $11 processing fee

All fees are paid to the Washington State Department of Revenue. The fees are detailed on the application forms.

Washington State Department of Revenue website
Phone: 360-705-6741