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Tax & License - Reopening Plans

The Tax & License lobby is reopening with a phased in approach. The lobby will be open initially on Tuesdays only, starting August 3rd.  Appointments for in-person service are highly recommended.  We encourage customers to continue using our online, phone and virtual meeting options.  



Customer Service Available: 

Phone:        9 AM to 4 PM Monday - Friday  (253) 591-5252

    Teletype (TTY) Dial 711 for free Washington Relay Service

Email           licenseinfo@cityoftacoma.org

In-Person     By Appointment Tuesdays from 9 AM to 4 PM (starting August 3rd)

Virtual       Virtual Customer Service available through Zoom


Need to Make a Payment?

We have a number of options available to make a payment or to register a new business: 


Online: Renew/apply for business license, file/pay tax at FileLocal-wa.gov 

Phone: (253) 591-5252 Available 24/7 

Mail: PO BOX 11640, Tacoma, WA 98402



COVID-19 TAX Relief for Tacoma Businesses



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Mission Statement

The Tax & License division acts with Integrity, Service, Excellence, and Equity in administering Tacoma's tax, license, and employment standards regulations - providing for a fair, equitable, and safe business and working environment while delivering high-quality customer service.



Available Services 


I Want To:

  1. File my taxes or renew my business license online with FileLocal
  2. Close My Account
  3. Update My Mailing Address
  4. Print My Business License Certificate
  5. Contact Customer Service


Chronic Nuisance and Business License Code Changes 

Rental Housing Code



Quick Links 


Contact Us 


Virtual Customer Service


Look Up Address


Look Up a Business


Tax & License Workshops 


TacomaFIRST 311

  • Ask a Question or Find Answers 

  • Make a Request

  • Compliment the City

  • Submit a Conduct Complaint

 Authorization to Remove Trespassers