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Q: Do I need a business license to start a small business? ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: Do I need a business license to start a small business?
Category: Business and Money > Small Businesses
Asked by: chewbacher-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 16 Jun 2006 10:48 PDT
Expires: 16 Jul 2006 10:48 PDT
Question ID: 738736
I'm planning on starting a small video editing business as well as a
web publisheding business in seattle washington.  I know I don't need
a federal license, but need to know if there are any city or state
licenses that are required.
Subject: Re: Do I need a business license to start a small business?
Answered By: scriptor-ga on 16 Jun 2006 11:37 PDT
Dear chewbacher,

You will indeed need licenses, on city and state level:

The City of Seattle requires all businesses located within the city
limits, or who conduct business within the city limits, to be licensed
with the city, according to chapter 5.55 of the Seattle Municipal
Code. Read more about it here (PDF file):

The Seattle business license application form is available here (PDF file):

For additional information on business licensing regulations in
Seattle, please refer to the licensing website of the City of Seattle:

Should there be any complications, please refer to:

City of Seattle
Revenue & Consumer Affairs
700 5th Ave Ste 4250
PO Box 34214
Seattle, WA 98124-4214
Phone: (206) 684-8484
Fax: (206) 684-5170

Furthermore, you will need to file a Master Application with the
Washington Department of Licensing, so you will get a Washington state
business license, registration with state agencies, and a Unified
Business Identifier (UBI) number that allows you to do business in the
state of Washington. This can be done online. Please follow the
instructions here:

Should there be any complications, please refer to:

Department of Licensing
Master License Service 
PO Box 9034 
Olympia, WA 98507-9034
Telephone: (360) 664-1400 
Fax: (360) 570-7875

It is recommended that you also use the Washington Department of
Licensing Business Licensing Guide:

I hope that this will be helpful. Good luck with your business!
Subject: Re: Do I need a business license to start a small business?
From: kohinoor_dot_ca-ga on 18 Jun 2006 18:48 PDT
in Canada you wouldn't =)

But it's also good to register your business, specially when it comes to taxes.

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