The City of Federal Way regulates all businesses operating within city limits per City Code 12.05.040. These include standard businesses, home occupations, temporary permits, outside contractors, right of way activity permits, day cares and adult family homes. Depending on the type of business license you are applying for it can take one to four weeks to process your application. Specialty licenses such as pawnbroker, second hand dealer, day cares and adult family homes will need to fill out an additional application, along with the standard business license application and may take longer to review.
Please see the Quick Links panel to the right for all license forms. The applications are in pdf format.
Physical & Mailing Address:
City of Federal Way
33325 8th Ave. S.
Federal Way WA 98003
If you have further questions regarding licensing, would like an application mailed, faxed or emailed to you please contact 253.835.2526, fax 253.835.2509 or stop by the Finance Department on the second floor of City Hall.
If you are trying to open a Pet Related business, you also need to get a Public Health Permit. Their website for Pet Related Businesses: http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/ehs/petbusinesses.aspx