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Business License Fees

Annual Business License 

On November 22, 2016, the City Council passed a revised schedule of license fees, including a new tier for businesses that have an annual gross income of more than $250,000. The fees remain determined based on gross income and the revenue will continue to support essential City services such as public safety officers and street maintenance. The table below outlines the license fees for the past several years.

 

Gross Income Threshold

Business License Fees

Year

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Under $10,000

-

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over $10,000

$80

$80

$80

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under $12,000

 

 

 

$25

$25

$25

$25

$25

$25

$25

$25

$12,000 - $250,000

 

 

 

$90

$90

$90

$90

$90

$110

$110

$110

Over $250,000

 

 

 

$90

$90

$90

$90

$90

$250

$250

$250

 

 

Regulatory Business License

The City of Tacoma requires inspection of certain business activities prior to the activity occurring. Below are license types and fees that require application for certain types of business activity.  The fees are set to cover the City's cost of regulation, inspection and compliance of the business activity.   

 

Regulatory Licenses

 

License Type

Fees

Adult Entertainment Establishment

$ 2,400

Adult Entertainment Establishment - Renewal

$ 600

Adult Entertainment Entertainer

$ 150

Adult Entertainment Manager

$ 150

Picture Machine Operator

$ 400

Picture Machine Location

$ 100

Entertainment & Dancing w/ Alcohol Class ‘A’

$ 2,400

Entertainment & Dancing w/ Alcohol Class ‘A’ – Renewal

$ 600

Entertainment & Dancing w/ Alcohol Class ‘B’

$ 450

Entertainment & Dancing w/ Alcohol Class ‘B’ – Renewal

$ 300

Entertainment & Dancing w/ Alcohol Class ‘C’

$ 180

Entertainment & Dancing w/ Alcohol Class ‘C’ – Renewal

$ 120

Security Personnel

$ 50

Entertainment & Dancing w/out Alcohol (0 to 1,999 sq ft)

$ 150

Entertainment & Dancing w/out Alcohol (0 to 1,999 sq ft) – Renewal

$ 100

Entertainment & Dancing w/out Alcohol (3,000 to 6,000 sq ft)

$ 220

Entertainment & Dancing w/out Alcohol (3,000 to 6,000 sq ft) – Renewal

$ 170

Entertainment & Dancing w/out Alcohol (over 6,000 sq ft)

$ 300

Entertainment & Dancing w/out Alcohol (over 6,000 sq ft) – Renewal

$ 250

Fire Alarms & Fire Suppression Systems

$ 90

Garage Automotive and/or Marine vessel parts store

$ 50

Garage Repair

$ 100

Garage Service station

$ 100

Garage Storage, garage, and parking lots

$ 50

Garage Vehicle part recycling facility

$ 100

Hazardous Materials – 1st year

$ 150

Hazardous Materials - Renewal

$ 90

Home Occupation – One-time fee unless business activity changes

$ 75

Hotels

$ 75

Live/Work –Work/Live - One-time fee

$ 75

Oil & Gas Tank Vehicle

$ 100

Pawnbroker

$ 750

Secondhand goods

$ 150

Second hand goods, temporary sale – per day

$ 50

Sales – Door to door soliciting –6 month term

$ 50

Sales – Food Truck Vendor

$ 225

Sales – Sidewalk Vendor – Application

$ 100

Sales – Sidewalk Vendor

$ 50

For-hire vehicle

$ 75

For-hire vehicle with meter

$ 125

For hire driver (bi-annual)

$ 50

Temporary event – Multiple Vendor  – per vendor/per day

$ 5