Who needs a general business license?

Shoreline requires all businesses to be licensed with the City if they are:

  • Located within City limits and generating $2,000 or more per year within City limits, or
  • Located outside City limits, but conducting business within City limits and generating $2,000 or more per year within City limits.

Exemptions include the following:

  • Businesses that only deliver goods purchased outside of the City.
  • Retail sales at events sponsored by the City or a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that occur six (6) days or less and gross five thousand ($5,000) or less yearly within the City.
  • Recreation instruction or performance service at events sponsored by the City or a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that gross five thousand ($5,000) or less per calendar year within the City.

All business licenses need to be renewed annually through FileLocal, via mail, or in person at City Hall.

How to apply

As of January 1, 2019, the City is no longer affiliated with the State of Washington Department of Revenue Business Licensing Service (DOR BLS). Please file or renew your City business license on FileLocal, starting January 3, 2019.

If you would like assistance navigating the FileLocal system, please call FileLocal directly at: 225-215-0052 or 1-877-693-4435, or email FileLocal@e-govsystems.com.

Guidance regarding registering and renewing a currently active license on the FileLocal portal:

  1. You will be required to provide your 16-digit UBI (from DOR) to firstly register on FileLocal
  2. Once you are registered in FileLocal, you can link your current City business license (if you have one) with a City License Number
  3. Once you successfully link your FileLocal registration to your current City License Number, a renewal will be pushed out to you through FileLocal (if you are renewing a current license). Note that the renewal takes 24 hours minimum to be pushed through the system once your account is successfully linked.
  4. You will be able to renew your license through the FileLocal system

For those that are applying for a new City business license:

  1. You will be required to provide your 16-digit UBI (from DOR) to firstly register on FileLocal
  2. Follow the prompts to apply for a new City license

With the transition to FileLocal, taxpayers can expect to have their business licenses expire December 31 annually, in 2019 and beyond. In 2019 and beyond, all taxpayers will be required to renew their business licenses by December 31 annually.

If you would like to file by paper, please print and complete the City of Shoreline Business License Application.

If you would like to renew by paper, please print and complete the City of Shoreline Business License Renewal.

Who needs a regulatory business license?

The following businesses require a regulatory business license:

Adult Cabarets
Adult Panoramas
Pawnbrokers
Public Dances
Regulated Massage Businesses
Secondhand Dealers
Solicitors - 2019 Registered Solicitors
Taxis

It is important to note that some activities require criminal background investigations, zoning/land use approval, and review by the Fire Marshall when a license is issued, transferred or renewed.

For more information and to obtain a license for a regulated business, contact the City Clerk's Office.