What types of businesses need to have a business license?

All entities engaged in business within the Redmond City limits, including those physically located in commercial or in-home locations inside the City limits, those coming inside City limits to perform work, and those who earn money without a physical presence by providing services, such as telecommunications, must obtain a City of Redmond general business license. Washington State Law provides a model definition for “engaging in business” in order to create consistency amongst all Washington State cities who enforce a business licensing program. The complete definition can be found at Redmond Municipal Code 5.04.030.

Businesses Located Outside of Redmond

If your place of business is not located within the City limits, but you or your agents will be physically coming into the City limits to conduct business or to call on clients, you will need a Non-Resident Redmond business license. In addition, those who earn money without physical presence, by providing services such as telecommunications or by receiving rents, need to obtain a Non-Resident Redmond business license.

Washington State Law also requires an established minimum sales/revenue threshold for those coming into the City to conduct business. If your business is located outside of Redmond AND you will gross less than $2,000.00 in Redmond, applying for a Non-Resident Redmond business license is still required but will be exempt from the licensing fee.

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1. Can I renew my license before December 31, for the following year?
2. What types of businesses need to have a business license?
3. When there are no employees actually working in the City, how is the fee determined?
4. What if my business is located outside of Redmond?
5. What is a home based business?
6. What entities are exempt from business licensing requirements?
7. How soon will I get my license?
8. How long is the license in effect?
9. Can I assume the former owner's license?
10. Who can help me confirm the zoning requirements applicable to the location of my business?
11. What happens if I move my business to a new location?
12. What happens if I add another location within the Redmond City limits?
13. How do businesses determine the license fee?
14. What are the funds collected from Business Licensing used for?
15. When is a business license denied?
16. Does the City of Redmond charge quarterly taxes on incomes?
17. What are miscellaneous business licenses?
18. What if I'm not able to use the online system?
19. Where are the State Business Licensing Service physical locations if I wanted to process in person?
20. I have additional general business licensing questions, where can I find more information?