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Chapter 458-02 WAC

Last Update: 3/20/14


WAC Sections

HTMLPDF458-02-100Declaration of purpose and authority.
HTMLPDF458-02-200Business licensing service—Applications, licenses, renewals—Fees—Posting.
HTMLPDF458-02-201Business licensing service—Business license transfer.
HTMLPDF458-02-202Business licensing service—Notification of changes.
HTMLPDF458-02-300Trade names—Registration—Fees—Search—Changes.


Declaration of purpose and authority.

This chapter is adopted to implement the authority granted by RCW 19.02.030 to administer the consolidated business license application process created under chapter 19.02 RCW, and the authority granted by RCW 19.80.045 to administer the registration of trade names under chapter 19.80 RCW.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 82.32.300 and 82.01.060(2). WSR 14-08-010, § 458-02-100, filed 3/20/14, effective 4/20/14.]


Business licensing service—Applications, licenses, renewals—Fees—Posting.

(1) Introduction. Information about the individual licenses that may be obtained from the business licensing service (BLS) of the department of revenue (the department) is available online at:
(2) What fee do I need to pay when applying for or renewing a license? The fee payable is the total amount of all individual license fees, late filing fees, other penalty fees, and handling fees, and may include additional fees charged to cover credit or debit card processing. Licensing fees vary depending on the license(s) for which you are applying or renewing.
(3) What does the department do with the fees? The department will distribute the fees received for individual licenses to the respective regulatory agencies. The handling fees support the operation of the BLS.
(4) When do I get my business license? The business license will not be issued until the total fee payable is collected and all required information has been submitted. Some individual licenses require review and approval by the regulating authorities, and the business license will not be issued until the regulating authorities have approved them.
(5) Can I get a refund? The business license application and renewal handling fees collected under RCW 19.02.075 are not refundable. When a license is denied or when an applicant withdraws an application, a refund of any other refundable portion of the total payment will be made in accordance with the applicable licensing laws.
(6) What are the handling fees? The business license application handling fee amounts are:
Type of handling fee:
Fee amount:
Business license application filing
Business renewal application filing
(7) What should I do with my business license? The business license must be displayed in a conspicuous place at the business location for which the license is issued.
(8) Do I need to renew my business license?
(a) The various licenses displayed on the business license may each have a requirement to be renewed periodically. The department will prorate the individual license issuance fees as appropriate so that all requested licenses are renewed at the same time.
(b) Licenses requiring renewal must be renewed by the expiration date or the department will assess a delinquency fee. The regulatory agencies may also assess delinquency fees and/or penalties for late renewal, and may cancel the individual licenses for nonrenewal. Reissuance of individual licenses canceled for nonrenewal may require the filing of a new business license application.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 82.32.300 and 82.01.060(2). WSR 14-08-010, § 458-02-200, filed 3/20/14, effective 4/20/14.]


Business licensing service—Business license transfer.

Transfer of a business license is prohibited. Transfer of each individual license held under the business license is also prohibited, unless expressly permitted by the regulatory agency's applicable licensing law. In the event of proven incapacity, death, receivership, bankruptcy, or assignment for benefit of creditors of any licensee, the business license may be transferred to a court appointed or court confirmed guardian, executor or administrator, receiver, trustee, or assignee for the benefit of creditors, who may continue to operate or conduct the licensed business activities, subject to the rules of the individual agencies.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 82.32.300 and 82.01.060(2). WSR 14-08-010, § 458-02-201, filed 3/20/14, effective 4/20/14.]


Business licensing service—Notification of changes.

(1) When the information about a business that was submitted in a business license application changes, the applicant or the licensee must immediately notify the department of the change or correction. Notification must be made in advance of a change whenever possible.
(2) Where the rules of the granting regulatory agency require advanced notice of a change, and/or the approval of the granting agency before implementing the change, the licensee must comply with that requirement.
(3) Some changes must be reported on a specific form and may require the payment of a fee.
(4) If the change is significant, a new business license application may be required, and all licenses requested on that application will be reviewed and reapproved by the respective regulating authorities.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 82.32.300 and 82.01.060(2). WSR 14-08-010, § 458-02-202, filed 3/20/14, effective 4/20/14.]


Trade names—Registration—Fees—Search—Changes.

(1) Introduction.
(a) Any person or persons who carries on, conducts or transacts business under a name or names that do not include the true and real name of all persons conducting that business must register that name or names with the department as trade name(s).
(b) Trade name registrations are made by completing a business license application, payment of the appropriate fees, and providing the required information.
(c) A notice of change must be filed with the department when any information in the business license application relating to the trade name registration has changed.
(d) A trade name must be canceled with the department when use of the trade name is discontinued.
(2) For the purpose of this section, applicable terms have the meaning given in RCW 19.80.005.
(3) Can I search for a trade name?
(a) Free search of a particular trade name is available online at
(b) Trade name registration does not afford any brand name protection or provide you with unlimited rights for the use of that name.
(4) What are the fees related to the trade name registration?
Type of fee:
Fee amount:
Trade name registration
$5.00 per name
(5) Can I get a refund? The fees related to trade name registrations are not refundable.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 82.32.300 and 82.01.060(2). WSR 14-08-010, § 458-02-300, filed 3/20/14, effective 4/20/14.]