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We wish to take this opportunity to welcome you and your business to the community! We believe that you will find great opportunities here in Federal Way, located near the I-5 corridor and our beautiful Puget Sound. Federal Way is a centrally located major city with many resources for your business.

We wish every success in your endeavors!
If you need assistance please contact us at 253-835-2526 or 253-835-2506.

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
Business Licensing
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:

2016 Business License Renewals
Starting November 1, 2015, online renewals for the 2016 Business License Renewal will be available, all licenses expire on 12/31/15.

Please click  2016 Business License Renewal to renew your City of Federal Way business license.

Business Services
Free Assistance for Small Businesses
If you are a small business and would like free assistance with issues related to marketing, loan applications, forecasting, equity funding and buildings and equipment, please contact the Small Business Development Center through Highline College at 206.878.3710 or by email.