Business Licenses

The City of Burlington requires a business license if doing business within city limits. The city is participating in a joint licensing program with the State of Washington Department of Revenue (DOR) Business Licensing Service (BLS). The business owner can obtain both the state and local license in one transaction.

Where Do I Apply for a City Business License or Renew?

State of Washington, Business Licensing Service or call or call 360-705-6741.


All new licenses will be reviewed by the Burlington Finance Department and may be subject to approval by Burlington's Community Development Department and/or Police Department.

The City of Burlington is enhanced by a great variety of businesses located within its limits. Per Burlington Municipal Code 5.04.090, all parties engaging in any business activity shall obtain an annual business license.

Note: Report local sales and use tax to the Department of Revenue under location code #2902 at a rate of .020.

Taxi Cab Information

Taxi Cab Driver Applications must be submitted annually. Taxi cab companies must submit the following information on an annual basis in order to remain in compliance:

  • Certificate of Insurance
  • List of Drivers
  • Rate Schedules
  • Washington State Police (WSP) and Citizens on Patrol (CoP) Vehicle Inspections

Peddler Information

Peddlers licenses (PDF) are valid for specific dates and peddlers must pass a background check prior to soliciting inside the city limits.

Please contact our Accounting Technician by calling 360-755-2377 for more information.

Amusement Device License

Annual licenses are also required for any person, firm, or corporation to maintain any mechanical or electronic amusement device for public patronage. Amusement device license applications must be remitted on an annual basis.

Types of fees issued by the city directly Fee Details
Background Check Fee
1st issuance & annually
$50 Taxi Drivers, Peddlers & Solicitors, Pawnbrokers & Secondhand Dealers
Amusement Centers
per machine
$25 Devices will be charged annually
Septage Haulers
per truck
$50 Trucks will be charged annually