Save Time, Renew Your Business License Online

You can renew your annual business license online at www.FileLocal-wa.gov and save yourself the time and cost of coming downtown. Our business license and tax customer service counter on the 4th floor of the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Ave., is now open by appointment only Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Customers are required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status.

You can do these things online:

  • Apply for a business license
  • Renew a business license
  • File and/or pay city taxes

You can contact a tax specialist by calling (206) 684-8484 or emailing tax@seattle.gov.

If you must come in person, make an appointment by calling (206) 684-8484, option 0.

Those needing a regulatory license (e.g. adult entertainers and for-hire drivers) should make an appointment with the Consumer Protection Division.

Thank you for your patience as we work to protect the health and safety of our staff and customers and to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.


Payments for Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities can be made:

Money orders are available free of charge at any Wells Fargo branch in Seattle city limits. Include the following information with your check or money order when depositing it at a drop box location:

  • Your name and contact information, so we can reach you if there are questions.
  • The bill or invoice you received OR
  • The account number or invoice number you are paying.
  • If you do not have an account number or invoice number, please provide the department contact, name and/or phone you are working with.

Your payment will be processed as soon as possible. Pet licenses can be purchased online here.

Court tickets can be paid online here.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Stay up to date with COVID-19 updates and public health recommendations