Cost of a business license tax certificate

All business license tax certificates expire on Dec. 31 and must be renewed annually.

In 2016, City Council adopted Ordinance 125083, creating a new fee structure for the Seattle business license tax certificate. The new fees will be implemented over 2017-2019 as follows:

Annual Seattle Taxable Revenue

Annual Fee / Prorated Fee*

2017 2018 2019
$0 and $19,999 $55 / $27.50 $55 / $27.50 $55 / $27.50
$20,000 - $499,999 $110 / $55 $110 / $55 $110 / $55
$500,000 - $1,999,999 $480 / $240 $480 / $240 $500 / $250
$2,000,000 or more $1,000 / $500
$2,000,000 - $4,999,999 $1,000 / $500 $1,200 / $600
$5,000,000 or more $2,000 / $1,000 $2,400 / $1,200
Branch locations $10 per location $10 per location $10 per location

*If you start your business in the second half of the year, July 1 or after, your license tax certificate fee for the first year will be reduced by half.

Summary of 2016 license tax certificate fees

In 2016, the yearly cost for a Seattle business license tax certificate is $110 in most cases. The fee for small businesses with total revenues of less than $20,000 in a year is $55. Total revenue includes income generated from business activity in Seattle and all other business locations. If you start your business in the second half of the year, July 1 or after, your license tax certificate fee will be reduced by half. If you have more than one business location in Seattle, you must pay an additional $10 per year for each additional branch location.