You are starting your business and know you need a license, so here is what you need to do to get started:

The City has partnered with the Washington State Business Licensing Service (BLS) for business licensing services. You can take care of this all in one easy step. Follow the link to the State’s page and use the directions to complete your State Master License and your City of Sumner license.  Get started

Washington State business license applications and renewals may be filed online or by mail with the Business Licensing Service. For more information, please view the Business Licensing Service website or contact them directly:

Website: Phone: (800) 451-7985 Email:


BLS combined application fee: $19
City of Sumner General Business License Fee: $40 per year
BLS combined license renewal fee: $11 per year

City of Sumner business taxes, fees and exemptions are detailed in Sumner Municipal Code 5.04.

Business Licenses

The City will follow up with a letter requesting one or two of the following forms after the State notifies the City that you have applied for a City of Sumner business license.

Waste Water Discharge Pre-Form D: All businesses that have a facility located in Sumner need to fill out this form.  A few businesses will need to continue with more detailed forms.  Based on your information on this form, the City will contact you if further detailed forms are required. For most businesses, this form is all that is required.  Form to Download (pdf)

Home Occupation LicenseClick here to download a form under Public Records and Forms.  Look under the heading “Business.

Peddlers and Solicitors License

Apply at the City of Sumner Police Department — Click here to get started.

Contact Us

Finance Department
253-863-8300                                        Fax: 253-299-5509