Business Licensing


To apply for a business license, visit the State of Washington Business Licensing Service website.

Partnership With Business Licensing Service

The city of Liberty Lake has been partnered with the Department of Revenue’s Business Licensing Service (BLS) since October 13, 2008.  (View the City Ordinance (PDF).)  Our partnership with BLS allows you one-stop shopping when maintaining or renewing many of your state and city licenses.  In addition to filing on paper, you have the option to renew your city license online.  New or expanding businesses also can apply for their city license online along with other state and local licenses that are in the system.

License Renewal

Six weeks before your current license expiration date, the Business Licensing Service will send you a license renewal form to renew your City of Liberty Lake business license.  Follow the instructions on the renewal notice.

If you are eligible to file your renewal online, the form will provide you a web address and password.  You can use a credit card or echeck to make payment for online transactions.  If you prefer to mail the paper renewal form, please do so in plenty of time to reach the Business License Service 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.

Processing Fees

A Business License Application processing fee is required for each application received in addition to applicable endorsement or trade name fees.  An annual renewal processing fee is required for each location that has renewable endorsements.  See below for processing fee descriptions and the fees effective July 1, 2020:

  • Open/Reopen a business: $90 (non-refundable)
    For a business owner who is opening the first location of a new business/UBI or is re-opening a business/UBI that has no active locations.
  • Adding an additional location: $0
    For a business owner who is adding an additional location to a current business. 
  • Adding a city non-resident business endorsement to an existing location: $0
    For a business who is not physically located inside city limits but is travelling inside city limits to conduct business, a City Non-Resident Business Endorsement may be required.
  • Any other purpose: $19 (non-refundable)
    For a business owner who is filing for any purpose other than those listed above.
    Examples: Hiring employees, registering a trade name, adding additional endorsements to an existing location, etc.
  • Annual renewal processing fee: $10 (non-refundable)
    Processing fee to renew a location for any number of license endorsements.