Business Licensing Service (BLS)

City of Olympia has partnered with the State of Washington Department of Revenue's Business Licensing Service (BLS).

What are the Benefits of a Business License Service Partnership?

Our partnership with BLS will allow you “one-stop services” when maintaining or renewing many of your State and City licenses. Many of you will have the option to apply or renew your City license along with other State and local licenses online. We are sure you will value the savings in travel time, wait time, and bookkeeping costs that this service represents.

What do I Have to do?

The State of Washington Department of Revenue will mail City of Olympia business license renewals along with your State business license.

If you are eligible to file your renewal online, the form will provide you a web address and password. You will use a credit card to make your payment online. If you prefer to mail the paper renewal form, please do so in plenty of time to reach BLS before the expiration date, and include a check for the appropriate amount. If the renewal is received after the expiration date, a late filing fee will be assessed.

What Fees Will I Have to Pay?

Your renewal form will list the City of Olympia license renewal fee. Your first BLS renewal may be prorated for less than a year in order to change your current City license expiration date to match with the expiration date BLS already has for your business in their system. If the renewal is prorated for less than a full year, you probably will not see other fees on this renewal. However, if your renewal is for 12 or more months, it will also show a $9.00 renewal processing fee. This fee helps cover the cost of running the BLS system, which includes staff for data entry, as well as the printing and mailing of renewals.

What Can I Expect in the Future?

Many other Washington towns and cities are joining BLS, and we are pleased to be among those joining in 2010. This is a proven, cost-effective program that provides benefits to you, the City of Olympia, and all businesses in the State. As more cities partner with BLS, the benefits will expand. For the City of Olympia, it means fewer resources will have to be found to handle the paperwork part of our licensing process, even as the City grows.

What if My Business is Home-based?

If there have been no changes to the nature of the business you are operating out of your home in Olympia, you may renew your business license in accordance with the process described above. If you are changing the nature of your home based business, please contact the City of Olympia Community Planning and Development Department at (360) 753-8314.

What If I Need an Occupational Permit?

You may renew your business license in accordance with the process described above. Occupational Permits for businesses and/or individuals may only be obtained from the City of Olympia Police Department. Please contact the Olympia Police Department at (360) 753-8300 for the current Occupational Permit application process, fees, and other requirements. Olympia Municipal Code Title 5 (Business Taxes, Licenses, and Regulations), Chapter 5.10 has the current Occupational Permit regulations.

What if I Must Comply With Additional Regulations?

You may renew your business license in accordance with the process described above. Please consult Olympia Municipal Code Title 5 (Business Taxes, Licenses, and Regulations), Chapters 5.15 through 5.76 and review the current additional regulations, procedures, standards, and fees that may apply to your business.