Licenses and Permits
To conduct business in Bellevue all businesses must register with Bellevue, permits and regulatory licenses may be required. Our City Taxes web page offers details about business and occupation taxes, utility taxes, regulatory licenses and other additional information of interest. Construction, tenant improvements and certain land use activities require building and land-use permits from Development Services.
Joint City Business License Registration
We entered into an interagency agreement with other cities through FileLocal so businesses can register with multiple cities at the same time and file their taxes through the same portal for faster convenient service. You will be able to print your city business license once your application has been approved. Bellevue general business licenses are valid for the life of the business.
Complete the Business License Application by filing online, pay by credit card or by ACH. The fee to register with Bellevue in 2017 is $88. There are additional customer service fees which are disclosed and explained when you apply at the portal. If you have any questions about requirements for registering your business with the city, please contact the Tax Division at 425-452-6851.
To apply for a Bellevue business license you will need to be assigned a Uniform Business Identifier (UBI) by the state of Washington. If you have not registered with Washington State, please visit the Business Licensing Service (BLS) State business licensing application page to apply for a UBI. If you have registered at the state and you do not know your complete 16 digit UBI, please use the BLS Business licenses search page to look up your complete UBI.
Additional Bellevue Registration Requirements
- If registering a business physically located in Bellevue, you are responsible for contacting the city's Development Services Department land use desk to make sure your business location is zoned for the activities taking place.
- Home-based businesses with external indication of commercial activity should also call the Development Services Department land use desk.
- For publicly owned properties, approval may be granted for park sites by the Parks & Community Services Department at 425-452-4278, and/or streets, sidewalks and other public rights of way by the Transportation Department at 425-452-4599.
- For privately owned property, permission must be obtained from the property owner.
After your business license application is approved by the city, you will get your Bellevue registration number along with Business and Occupation (B&O) tax information. The city's 2017 exemption levels for business and occupation taxes are $160,000 in taxable gross receipts and/or 250 taxable square feet for offices located in Bellevue. You will not need to pay B&O taxes if you are below Bellevue's tax exemption levels. If your business start date was prior to the current quarter, you will be sent tax returns for previous periods.
The state Department of Revenue also administers a B&O tax. This is not jointly administered for the state and city. The telephone number for the Department of Revenue is 1-800-647-7706.
To find out if a business or a trade name is registered with the state, please visit the BLS Search Business Licenses web page. To register your legal entity (corporation, LLC, LLP, etc.) or to make any changes to the legal entity name, you must contact the Secretary of State at 360-753-7115 or visit their website for additional information.