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Business Licensing

Businesses are required to obtain a state business license to operate a business in Washington and a City of Lakewood business license to operate a business in Lakewood.

Business Licensing
6000 Main St SW
Lakewood, WA 98499

[email protected]

Phones:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Permit & Service Counter:
Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Washington Business Licensing Service:
[email protected]
1-800-451-7985


Businesses are required to obtain a state business license to operate a business in Washington and a City of Lakewood business license to operate a business in Lakewood.

You may apply for a City business license or renew your state and City licenses at the same time using the state Department of Revenue’s Business Licensing Service’s online renewal portal.

Your renewal form will list the city of Lakewood license fee and an $11 Business Licensing Service renewal processing fee. Your first renewal may be prorated in order to change your current city license expiration date to match the expiration tied to your state license. This may take anywhere from 3-14 months. This is typical for any business with licenses related to liquor, tobacco, gasoline, cities and others. After a year, all the licenses will renew at the same time.

Business Applications and Forms

Certain businesses require specialty licenses to operate in Lakewood. Specialty licenses require business owners to register in person at the City’s Development Services counter. Fill out the appropriate form below before coming to City Hall.

Specialty License Applications

Applications for the specialty licenses listed below are only available in person at the Development Services counter. You must make an appointment to talk to a permit technician or planner for an application.

  • Bathhouse
  • Massage businesses
  • Public dances, dance halls and teenage dances
  • Secondhand sales
  • Solicitor’s and peddler’s permit requirements: All persons conducting door-to-door solicitation in the city of Lakewood, whether you are located inside or outside of the city, are required to obtain a city of Lakewood general business license, and apply for a Solicitor/Peddler permit.