The City of Gig Harbor is participating in a joint business licensing program with the State of Washington Business Licensing Service. Most businesses may now apply online for the City of Gig Harbor and various state and local agencies (including Department of Revenue, Secretary of State, Employment Security, Labor & Industry, and Department of Licensing and other municipalities) using a single form with addendum pages for each participating municipality.
NOTE: Peddlers & Solicitors will apply directly with the city; not through the state. Please follow this link for the application process. PEDDLERS / SOLICITORS.
You will receive one Business License from the State showing both your city and state business licenses.
To register your business with the City and State:
Visit the City of Gig Harbor License Information Page. You will be instructed how to apply online or by mail. Questions about the Business License Application form or the Addendum form should be directed to the Department of Revenue at 1-800-451-7985.
To apply ON-LINE:
Complete the On-line Forms for both the State of Washington Business License Application and the City of Gig Harbor Addendum and pay the appropriate fees by credit card. You will receive faster service when you apply online and will generally have your Business License within approximately two weeks.
To apply by MAIL:
Download the State of Washington Business License Application and the City of Gig Harbor Addendum. Send the completed forms to the State of Washington, Business Licensing Service, PO Box 9034, Olympia WA 98507-9034. Include the appropriate fees made payable to “Department of Revenue". You will receive your Business License about four weeks after submitting your application.
To add a City of Gig Harbor Addendum to your existing Washington State license:
Follow the same procedure outlined above, including completion of the Business License Application as well as the City of Gig Harbor Addendum, if you are already registered with the State but need to register with the City of Gig Harbor.
Please note that your license is subject to city approval, in particular, zoning approval by the city’s Planning department for businesses physically located within city limits.
Other Gig Harbor registration requirements:
Home-based businesses should call the Department of Community Development at (253) 851-6170.
To find out if a business or a trade name is registered with the State please visit the Business Licensing Service website.
RENEWING YOUR CITY BUSINESS LICENSE
If you are a business that has one or more city or state business licenses to renew, you will be able to do so with just a single renewal for each business location. Many of you will be eligible to renew over the Internet. If so, instructions will be printed on the renewal notice you receive in the mail.
- When the State Department of Revenue sends your renewal notice, make any needed corrections including the owner names, addresses, and the Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number.
- Submit the renewal to BLS by mail or over the internet with the appropriate fees.
- After the renewal is processed, you will receive a Business License document that displays your City of Gig Harbor business license endorsement along with any other business registrations and licenses that are handled through BLS.
- Note the expiration month on your license and look for the next renewal notice to arrive about six weeks before that expiration date. At that time, you will also be charged the $9 Business Licensing Service renewal fee.
BLS normally charges a $9 renewal-handling fee. That fee will appear on the renewal notice. If your initial BLS renewal is prorated for less than 12 months, the handling fee will be waived until the next, full year’s renewal. To some of you this will be a new experience; to others who are already renewing other licenses through BLS, there will be no change other than your city license will be included on the renewal.
If you have questions about this program, please contact Business Licensing Service at (800) 451-7985 or BLS@dor.wa.gov
RENEW ON TIME!
The Business Licensing Service charges a late renewal penalty fee of 50% of the amount of the combined licensing fees due for a business location, up to $150 maximum. In order to avoid being charged this penalty fee, it is important that you submit your renewal application before the expiration date.
If you have retail sales within the boundaries of the City of Gig Harbor you should use the City’s 4-digit location code 2708 on the Washington Combined Excise Tax Return, line 18.
What if the business is a non-profit organization?
All businesses operated not-for-profit must obtain a business license, however, they are exempt from paying a business license fee upon satisfactory proof of non-profit status by submitting this information to the Department of Revenue.
What if the business is in my home?
Businesses operated from your home within city limits are called "Home-Occupation." It is important to obtain information from the Planning Department about the rules governing home occupations and what regulations apply. The fees are the same and you may use the same application process. Indicate on the application that you are applying for a home occupation license.
What about zoning regulations?
The City of Gig Harbor has zoning requirements to provide for orderly development. Certain businesses are allowed in certain areas of the city. Before considering starting a business, contact the Planning Department, to ask whether your proposed business is allowed in the area, especially before making a commitment to lease or buy space!
Why do I need a Fire Marshal Inspection?
The Fire Marshal Inspection is required by code and free of charge with your business license approval. This service is to assure the city and yourself, the business owner, that any safety issues have been addressed, such as blocked emergency exits and sufficient fire extinguishers. The inspection will be repeated on an annual basis for a nominal fee.
What about remodeling my new business?
Please be aware that remodeling requires a Building Permit. Please obtain these permits before commencing any remodeling activities.
Before making any additions or modifications to signage, you will need to apply for a Sign Permit.
Do I have to renew my license?
The license is renewable yearly. You will be sent a renewal notice from the State of Washington.