Business License Program

Attention! New Rules for 2019

In accordance with the State Legislature, the Town of Friday Harbor modified its Business Licensing Program in March 2019 through adoption of Ordinance No. 1661. 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 BLS. In addition, a separate business license is often required in each location that the business operates.

Businesses have lobbied the Legislature that this process is too burdensome. In 2017, the State adopted EHB 2005 to address their concerns, simplify the administration of local licensing and create certain uniform regulations statewide.

Registration

Local business license renewals are typically due April 1st of each year. The expiration date for 2019 Friday Harbor business licenses has been extended until June in order for the Town to "go live" with new services provided through Washington State Department of Revenue, Business Licensing Services (BLS).  As explained below, Town business licenses will be obtained together with State Licenses beginning May 1, 2019. 


Requirements


Unless exempted from acquiring a Friday Harbor business license, Friday Harbor Municipal Code requires that every person engaging in business within the Town limits register their business. This includes home based businesses and out of town contractors. Visit Frequently Asked Questions for more on upcoming changes.

​How to Apply. Effective May 1, 2019


Detailed instructions can be found at https://dor.wa.gov/about/my-dor-help/business-licensing#Addcity

New Licenses


New businesses will fill out the Business License Application plus city addendum.

The fastest and easiest way to accomplish this is online. 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 card.


Renewals

Renewals are processed by the Department of Revenue (DOR). You will receive renewal notification from the DOR and you will make your payment to the DOR. The new State Business License will be issued with Friday Harbor listed as the local endorsement. The Business License should be displayed at the business location.

Because the BLS uses a common expiration date for all your business licenses, your first renewal may be prorated to coordinate all the expiration dates. After that, the renewal will be the full $50 annually, plus the processing fee.

The fastest and easiest way to accomplish this is online. 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 card.

Temporary Business Licenses


Friday Harbor welcomes your temporary business activity and wants to make your registration process easy and convenient.  The Town offers temporary business licenses. The license was designed to accommodate business owners who may be operating on a limited basis, such as a special event, artisan fair or farmers market. The fee for a "temporary business license” is $15 and valid for 30 days. Contact the Town for more information.