Renew a business license

Your business license is good for the year listed on it. By the end of each year, you must pay to renew your license.

Your business license expires on Dec. 31 each year

How to renew

To renew online, click the Seattle electronic filing system (SELF) button above.

To renew through the mail, send us your completed renewal form along with payment for your license fee. Contact us if you need a business license renewal form.


The expiration date for all Seattle business licenses is Dec. 31. We must receive your business license renewal payment before Dec. 31. This table shows late-payment penalties:

Payment receivedPenalty
By Dec. 31 None
In January None (grace period)
In February $10
After February $20