Kirkland transitioning business license processing to state

Businesses will be able to apply for or renew licenses online or by mail.

  • Friday, November 30, 2018 1:30pm
  • Business

Starting this week, new businesses in Kirkland will need to apply for their business license through the Washington Business Licensing Service’s (BLS) one-stop online business licensing portal.

Businesses that are currently not licensed and doing business in Kirkland will need to apply for a business license with the city of Kirkland through the state BLS portal. Businesses that have a license renewal date after Jan. 1, 2019, will renew their license through the BLS portal. Businesses that receive a renewal notice from the city should follow the instructions included on the notice.

“We believe that transition to the state BLS portal will create more efficiencies for the majority of businesses operating in Kirkland,” said city of Kirkland finance director Michael Olson. “In the past, most businesses have had to get a license through the state and through the city. With the transition, they’ll be able to complete either applications or renewals in one easy step.”

There are two ways for businesses to apply or renew. The first is to The second way is to renew by mail to the Department of Revenue.

If business owners have questions about the transition, or the renewal or application process with the state BLS, they can call 1-800-647-7706 or visit

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