Business License Program
The City of Shoreline requires a general business license for businesses operating within the city limits of Shoreline, including businesses physically located outside city limits that perform services for customers inside city limits. City approval is required for initial issuance. Businesses must renew their license annually. Businesses that only deliver goods purchased outside of the city are exempt.
How to apply
Shoreline has partnered with the State of Washington Business Licensing Service (BLS) to handle applications for business licenses through the state’s combined-licensing process.
File a Business License Application online through the State of Washington Business License Application.
You may also mail the following completed forms with the appropriate fee to:
State of Washington
Business Licensing Service
PO Box 9034
Olympia, WA 98507-9034
Business License Application
City Business License Addendum
For questions, contact the City Clerk’s Office at (206) 801-2230 or e-mail us.
The City of Shoreline licenses certain regulated businesses formerly licensed through King County. Examples of such businesses include adult cabarets, secondhand dealers, soliciting, pawnbrokers and adult panorams. It is important to note that some activities require criminal background investigations, zoning/land use approval, and review by the Fire Marshall when a license is issued, transferred or renewed. For more information on obtaining a license for a regulated business, contact the City Clerk's Office at (206) 801-2230 or e-mail us.