The business licensing division administers the City's business licensing program. This program has been implemented to help identify establishments doing business in the city. Through economic development efforts, the business licensing program assists current business owners to better determine ways of enhancing economic development within University Place.
Licenses are processed for home occupation, general and exempt businesses, as well as peddlers, solicitors, and liquor licenses.
Frequently Asked Questions
Business Licensing Office
Business License Required
The City Council approved a Business License requirement November 18, 2002, following a Public Hearing, and upon recommendation from the City's Economic Development Task Force. Effective January 1, 2003, businesses operating within the City of University Place, including Home Occupation Businesses, are required to obtain a City of University Place Business License.
If your business meets any of the exemptions on the Exemption List
, please complete the Certification of Exemption
and return it along with a copy of your Federal Tax Return to City Hall Attention: Business Licensing Office.
To obtain a City of University Place business license, apply through the State of Washington Business Licensing Service.
The City of University Place has contracted with the Washington State Department of Revenue to provide business registration services. Businesses are able to apply for a City of University Place Business License when they apply with the State of Washington Business Licensing Service for a Unified Business Identification number (UBI).
To apply online because you will be doing business within the University Place city limits, but you do not have a state business license (UBI), visit the State of Washington Business Licensing Service website and apply for a State Business License and a City of University Place Business License, click here.
To apply online when you already have State Business License (UBI) and only need to add the City of University Place Business License, click here:
- Click on File a Business License Application online.
- Select one of the options "New User" or "Existing User" at the bottom of the page.
- The next screen is “Purpose of Application”, check only the box “Add State and/or City License to Existing Location”.
- Click continue, and finish filling out the application.
The fee for a City Business License is $50 or $25 for Home Occupation businesses which are physically located within the University Place city limits. Licenses shall be effective for one year from the date of issuance. All checks must be made payable to the Department of Revenue (DOR).
Licenses will be effective for one year from the date of issuance. The Washington State Department of Revenue will send out the license renewal applications six weeks prior to the license expiration date. Your City of University Place business license will be renewed upon receipt of the approved renewal application. Failure to pay license fees by due date will incur a penalty (see Ordinances 575). To renew click here
Please continue to comply with State Licensing requirements and use the University Place sales tax location code 2719 on your excise tax return form.
Questions - Contact the State of Washington Business Licensing Service by calling 1.800.451.7985 or visit their website.
City and County Licenses
State Business Application
Peddler/Solicitor Information and Definitions
Master Solicitor's License
Agent Under Master Solicitor's License
Individual Solicitor's Licenses
Hours/Days when Peddling is Allowed