The City of Port Orchard is partnering with the Business Licensing Service at the State of Washington. Businesses can now apply online at www.bls.dor.wa.gov for the City of Port Orchard and various state and local agencies (including Department of Revenue, Secretary of State, Employment Security, Labor & Industry, and Department of Licensing and other municipalities) using a single form with addendum pages for each participating municipality.
You will receive one License from the State showing both your city and state business licenses.
To register your business with the City and State:
Visit the City of Port Orchard License Information Page. You will be instructed how to apply online or by mail. Questions about the Business License Application form or the Addendum form should be directed to the Department of Licensing at (800) 451-7985.
To apply on-line:
Complete the On-line Forms for both the State of Washington Business License Application and the City of Port Orchard Addendum and pay the appropriate fees by credit card. You will receive faster service when you apply online and will generally have your License within approximately two weeks.
To apply by mail:
Download the State of Washington License Application and the City of Port Orchard Addendum. Send the completed forms to the State of Washington, Business Licensing Service, PO Box 9034, Olympia WA 98507-9034. Include the appropriate fees made payable to “Department of Revenue.” You will receive your Business License about four weeks after submitting your application. Your city license may take longer to process.
To add a City of Port Orchard Addendum to your existing Washington State license:
Follow the same procedure outlined above, including completion of the Business License Application as well as the City of Port Orchard Addendum, if you are already registered with the State but need to register with the City of Port Orchard.
Please note that your license is subject to city approval, in particular, zoning approval by the city’s Planning department for businesses physically located within city limits.
Other Port Orchard registration requirements:
Home-based businesses should call the Department of Community Development at (360) 874-5533.
To find out if a business or a trade name is registered with the State please visit the Business and Professional License website.
Renewing your City business license
If you are a business that has one or more city or state business licenses to renew, you will be able to do so with just a single renewal for each business location. Many of you will be eligible to renew over the Internet. If so, instructions will be printed on the renewal notice you receive in the mail.
• When the State Business Licensing Service sends your renewal notice, make any needed corrections including the owner names, addresses, and the Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number.
• Submit the renewal to BLS by mail or over the internet with the appropriate fees.
• After the renewal is processed, you will receive a “Business License” document that displays your City of Port Orchard business license endorsement along with any other business registrations and licenses that are handled through BLS.
• Note the expiration month on your license and look for the next renewal notice to arrive about six weeks before that expiration date. At that time, you will also be charged the $9 Business Licensing Service renewal fee.
BLS normally charges a $9 renewal-handling fee. That fee will appear on the renewal notice. If your initial BLS renewal is prorated for less than 12 months, the handling fee will be waived until the next, full year’s renewal. To some of you this will be a new experience; to others who are already renewing other licenses through BLS, there will be no change other than your city license will be included on the renewal.
If you have questions about this program, please contact Business Licensing Service at (800) 451-7985.
Renew on time!
The Business Licensing Service charges a late renewal penalty fee of 50% of the amount of the combined licensing fees due for a business location, up to $150 maximum. In order to avoid being charged this penalty fee, it is important that you submit your renewal application before the expiration date.
If you have retail sales within the boundaries of the City of Port Orchard you should use the City’s 4-digit location code 1802 on the Washington Combined Excise Tax Return, line 18.