No, business licenses are nontransferable. A new owner must apply for a new business license.
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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.
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 to conduct business or to call on clients, you will need a Redmond business license. In addition, those who earn money without physical presence, by providing services such as telecommunications or by receiving rents, need to complete an Outside of City Business License.
House Bill 2005, passed by the Washington State Legislature in 2017, takes effect January 1, 2019. The bill created a model definition for “engaging in business” in order to create consistency amongst all Washington State cities who enforce a business licensing program. The bill also created a minimum sales/revenue threshold for those coming in to the City to conduct business. If your business is located outside of Redmond AND you will gross less than $2000.00 in Redmond, registering for a Redmond Business License is still required but will be exempt from the license fee. For more information on House Bill 2005 please visit their website, or view the related ordinance of the City of Redmond Business License code.
All nonprofit businesses are required to obtain a business license. Those providing proof of their IRS 501(c)(3) Federal Tax Exemption Status will be exempt from the license fee.
All business licenses expire December 31 of each calendar year and must be renewed by February 15 if business will continue in Redmond.
If your business is located outside the Redmond City limits, the license can be issued the next business day provided all state licensing is in place. License applications for businesses within the Redmond City limits usually take 5 business days to be approved and issued.
You will need to submit a new business license application for the new location. For a new license, go to the Citizen Service online system, find the link for "Apply for a License", then move through those steps.
57% of the business license fees collected is earmarked for improvements to the City's transportation infrastructure that increase overall business access and mobility. To date, the money collected has helped fund many projects. The balance of collected fees contribute towards maintaining and enhancing the City’s other community defined priorities.
In most cases, a business license is denied because of zoning or other code violations on the premises. A business license can also be denied because of legal violations or indebtedness to the City.
For new applications, estimate the maximum number of employee hours expected to be worked in the City during the current calendar year. Once there is an established calendar year of history in Redmond, the fee is calculated based on the total number of hours worked in the previous calendar year.The 2019 minimum license fee is $115.00, which covers up to 1,920 hours worked in the City.
If you do not have any employees actually working in the City, the minimum license fee of would apply.
The City of Redmond does not charge a business and occupation (B&O) tax. The City does charge admissions taxes, gambling taxes, and occupational utility taxes on applicable businesses. For more information on City of Redmond taxes, see Taxes and Fees.
If your business is located in a commercial location, please contact the Planner on Call at 425-556-2494 or via email at [email protected] to confirm zoning requirements applicable for your location. To confirm that the building, space, or suite is an appropriate use for your type of business please contact the Plan Examiner at 425-556-2493 or via email at [email protected].
A home based business allows limited commercial activity within residences providing the business does not interfere with the residential character of the neighborhood through noise, traffic, over-sized vehicles, signs, or safety hazards that may be generated.
The following business types are classified as a "Miscellaneous Business License".
Miscellaneous licenses are valid February 2 to January 31 of the following calendar year and must be renewed annually. If you will be peddling, soliciting or canvassing you will need to obtain a City of Redmond business license in addition to obtaining an application for Peddler, Solicitor, or Canvasser License.
Each person going door to door must obtain a license, submit a copy of their driver’s license, and agree to a background check. The approval process for a Peddler, Solicitor or Canvasser License takes approximately two weeks and an issued license is required prior to going door-to-door. If you have any questions or would like a miscellaneous license application sent to you please contact the Business License Office at 425-556-2193 or [email protected].
Contact the City of Redmond for assistance, and you may need access to one of the applications linked below.