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Starting a Small Business 

Q  Do I need any licenses of permits?

A All new businesses need to obtain a Washington state business license and a Unified Business Identification Number (UBI). In addition, certain business activities require special registration or agency authorization such as selling liquor, cigarettes, and lottery tickets. You can get the Master Business Application forms from the Department of Licensing in Olympia at 360-664-1400.

  • A copy of the completed Master Business Application is forwarded to the Washington State Department of Revenue who will then send you the appropriate state tax forms and information for your business
  • Check with your local city and county to see if any business license is required or with your Local SBDC Office. Check with your local health department for food handling permits and licenses.
  • If you are going to hire employees you will need to get an employee identification number (EIN) from the IRS. A good source of tax information for small businesses is the "Tax Info For Business" section of the IRS web site.
  • Contact the Secretary of State to file Articles of Incorporation or a Certificate of Limited Partnership if your business has either type of ownership. 360-753-7115 in Olympia.

Visit our Licensing Section for in-depth instructions and discussion points on Licensing requirements and related issues.

 


 

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