Business Licensing

Businesses Licensed by Pierce County

A Pierce County business license is required for only a few types of businesses.

Businesses located in Unincorporated Pierce County require a license for the following only:

If your business is located outside of Unincorporated Pierce County, please contact the city you are located in for licensing requirements. If your business is not on the list, Pierce County does not require a license. 

⚠  Please Note: Every business requires a Master Business License from the State of Washington. Contact the Washington State Department of Revenue regarding a Master Business License, (253) 382-2000.

 Appointment Recommended

Limited "standby" tickets will be issued to walk-in customers based on availability.

2401 S. 35th St., #200, Tacoma, WA 98409
Mon. - Fri. | 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Complaints against a business related to violations of Pierce County code can be reported to [email protected]. If making a complaint you will receive acknowledgment of our receipt of your complaint. Our compliance officers will investigate during normal compliance activities, and the code will be enforced. Complainants will not receive follow up correspondence from our staff regarding their complaint.

If you have a complaint about a business, please call the Better Business Bureau at (206) 431-2222. 

You may also contact the Consumer Protection Division of the State of Washington Attorney General's Office in Olympia, Washington.

If you believe that a business is operating illegally without a license, contact the licensing agency (state, county, city, town).

Business License Fees

Cash, checks, or money orders accepted.
Please make checks payable to Pierce County Auditor.

Adult Entertainer Establishment$800
Adult Entertainer Manager$100
Adult Entertainer$100
Adult Entertainer / Manager Duplicate License$30
Duplicate License (Miscellaneous)$5
Panoram Device (Each)$36
Panoram Owner$960
Panoram Premise$600
Peddler Agency A (1-10 Employees / Agents)$60
Peddler Agency B (11-25 Employees / Agents)
Peddler Agency C (26-49 Employees / Agents)
Peddler Agency D (50 or More Employees / Agents)
Solicitor Agency A (1-10 Employees / Agents)$60
Solicitor Agency B (11-25 Employees / Agents)$120
Solicitor Agency C  (26-49 Employees / Agents) $180
Solicitor Agency D (50 or More Employees / Agents)
Photo Fee (Per Image)$6
Process Server$10
Commercial Kennel or Cattery License$250
Boarding Kennel or Cattery License$200
Foster Shelter / Kennel / Cattery License (if spayed / neutered)$75
Foster Shelter / Kennel / Cattery License (if not spayed / neutered)$150
Hobby Kennel or Cattery License (6-20 dogs and/or cats)$150
Grooming Parlor License$100
Pet Shop License$200
Private Kennel or Cattery License$150


Pierce County Code - Chapter 5
RCW Chapter 19.60

Pierce County Auditor's Office

2401 S. 35th, Room 200, Tacoma, WA 98409

Contact Us

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 253-798-7445

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