Business Regulations

Businesses that require a regulatory endorsement
The City of Seattle regulates some business activities. These businesses require both a standard business license and a regulatory endorsement on the license.

Marijuana businesses
Marijuana retailers, processors and producers located in Seattle and those that come into Seattle to engage in marijuana business activities must obtain a Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) license as well as a Seattle Marijuana Business License and a Seattle Business License Tax Certificate.

Taxis, for-hire vehicles and transportation network companies
The City of Seattle regulates the operation of vehicles hired to transport passengers within the city. These services include taxicabs, for-hire vehicles and transportation network companies (TNCs).

Limo inspections and insurance requirements
While the Washington State Department of Licensing licenses limousine drivers, limos operating in Seattle or King County must be inspected by the City of Seattle. Limo drivers and limousine companies operating in Seattle must also have a Seattle business license.

Apply for a tow company license
Tow companies can apply for a license that allows them to provide towing services in Seattle.