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Business License Program
Business Licensing Services has recently discontinued using its 800 phone directory!
New phone & online contact information:
DOR Business Licensing Service
APPLY FOR A BUSINESS LICENSE
In accordance with the State Legislature, the Town of Friday Harbor modified its Business Licensing Program to comply with state regulations. New regulations are codified as Chapter 5.04 FHMC.
Most individuals or companies that conduct business in Washington State already obtain a State Master Business License through Department of Revenue's Business Licensing Services. Most often, a separate business license ("city endorsement") is required for each location of each municipality that the business operates.
Unless exempted from acquiring a Friday Harbor business license, Friday Harbor Municipal Code requires that every individual or company engaging in business within the Town limits register their business. Unless the business is mobile or service-oriented that creates the nexus of multiple locations, each physical location of the business shall be treated as a separate endorsement location.
Apply or Renew a Business License
Town no longer accepts applications or payment for Friday Harbor business licenses. Go to the State of Washington Business Licensing Service. Follow the prompts and you will be directed toward all the forms and information needed to license your business. Payments can be made online with a credit or debit card.
Because the BLS tries to establish a common expiration date for all of your licensing needs, it is common for the first license to be prorated to coordinate with other renewals for state licenses issued to that business. After that, the renewal will be the full $50 annually, plus any processing fees.
Renewals are also processed by the Department of Revenue (DOR). The business will receive a renewal notification from Business Licensing Services 30-days prior to its expiration date with detailed instructions for renewing online. IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not discard the renewal notification. It contains your "Letter ID" for renewing your license.
Temporary Business Licenses
The Department of Revenue issues a temporary registration certificate to any person who operates a business in Washington on a temporary basis. Town will no longer issue and process temporary business licenses (endorsements). Businesses that are eligible and wanting a temporary business license for work or services in the Town can obtain a license at Department of Revenue. Licenses are free of charge. Provide a copy of the certificate to the Town as proof of registration.
Detailed instructions and other information for obtaining your Friday Harbor Endorsement can be found here or visit Manage My Business.