Businesses located or doing business in Lakewood must obtain a local business license prior to commencing operations. Start by obtaining a state business license and Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number from the state Department of Revenue . Depending on your business, you may also need a professional or specialty license, also available from the state. After you’ve taken care of that, download and fill out the Lakewood business license application. Most applications contain fillable forms that can be filled in on-line. NOTE: In order to use fillable forms the form must be downloaded using Adobe Acrobat Reader. If the selected application does not open as a fillable form, click on the download icon in the upper right hand corner to open the application in Adobe Reader. For further information or assistance with an application please contact the Development Services Counter at (253) 512-2261.
Specialty businesses may have additional application requirements and fees. A list of specialty business-related licenses is included below.
Starting a business is a rewarding yet challenging endeavor. While there is no single source that outlines all required procedures, this page has been developed to assist you in starting your business.
To conduct business in Lakewood, you must obtain a business license and pay an annual business license fee.The base fee is $60 annually. A City business license is required prior to conducting any business activity in the City.
Organizations exempt from taxation under 26 USC 501(C)(3) and (4) must apply and obtain a business license, but shall be exempt from applicable business license fee.
All persons conducting door-to-door solicitation in the City of Lakewood, whether you are located inside or outside of the City, are required to obtain a City of Lakewood general business license, and apply for a Solicitor/ Peddler permit.
Christmas tree lots and seasonal sales require a temporary business license and a temporary use permit approved by the community development director.
City of Lakewood Municipal Code – Title 5 : Business Licenses and City Regulations (click on Title 05)
Department of Revenue : Apply for your Washington State Business License, and/or UBI verification
WA State L&I : Verify your Contractor license #
Tacoma – Pierce County Health Depart : Opening a food business, mobile unit, catering or vending