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 Only

We're open by appointment only.


Use Our Drop Box No appointment required. Use our secure, monitored, drop box located outside of the Pierce County Annex South Entrance during normal business hours only. 

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

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
Secondhand$120
Pawnbroker$600
Duplicate License (Miscellaneous)$5
Panoram Device (Each)$36
Panoram Owner$960
Panoram Premise$600
Peddler$30
Peddler Agency A (1-10 Employees / Agents)$60
Peddler Agency B (11-25 Employees / Agents)
$120
Peddler Agency C (26-49 Employees / Agents)
$180
Peddler Agency D (50 or More Employees / Agents)
$240
Solicitor$30
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)
$240
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

 

References
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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