Business License Tax Certificates

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Anyone doing business in Seattle must have a Seattle business license tax certificate, also known as a business license or general business license. In addition to obtaining a business license tax certificate, business owners must renew this certificate each year by Dec. 31. You can apply and renew online at FileLocal, or you can do so via mail. In FileLocal, the Seattle business license tax certificate is referred to as a general business license.

General Business License Fees

New general business license applicants pay Tier 1 fee as a default for first year, or half of Tier 1 fee if start date is July 1 or later. $10 for each additional location, all tiers.

  

Taxable Revenue
(last calendar year)
2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
Tier 1 Less than $20,000 $59 $56 $56 $55 $55 $55
Tier 2 $20,000-
$499,999.99
$120 $114 $113 $110 $110 $110
Tier 3 $500,000-
$1,999,999.99
$543 $515 $511 $500 $480 $480
Tier 4 $2 million-
$5 million
$1,306 $1,238 $1,227 $1,200 $1,000 $1,000
Tier 5 More than $5 million $2,613 $2,476 $2,455 $2,400 $2,000 $1,000

  • Regular - $110
    • $55 for new business licenses starting July 1 or later 
  • Reduced - $55 (world-wide gross less than $20,000 current year)
    • $27.50 for new business licenses starting July 1 or later
  • $10 for each additional location

  • Regular - $90
    • $45 for new business licenses starting July 1 or later
  • Reduced - $45 (world-wide gross less than $20,000 current year)
    • $22.50 for new business licenses starting July 1 or later
  • $10 for each additional location