The City of Clarkston requires a license for all businesses. This includes home-based businesses and individuals with residential or commercial rental property located within city limits, or contractors or other entities engaging in business within the city limits. If you are not sure if you will do business within the city limits, contact our office directly at (509)758-5541 before you apply. For the definition of "engaging in business" refer to the Clarkston Municipal Code.
Effective March 2020, the City of Clarkston has partnered with the Washington State Department of Revenue, Business Licensing Service (BLS) for the administration of City business license applications and renewals.
Create an account and apply for a new business license by clicking this secure link: Business Licensing Wizard.
For help or instructions: dor.wa.gov
How to add a city endorsement to your existing State license.
After you apply for a new business license through the Department of Revenue or add the City of Clarkston as an endorsement to your existing State license, your license application will be processed and reviewed by the City of Clarkston. An important piece of the business license review process is verifying that the proposed business use is allowed in the zoning district of the business location. If you have questions about whether your proposed business is compatible with the current zoning of the property, please visit the City of Clarkston Building & Planning Page or call (509)758-1662.
Current Business License holders: About six weeks before your current license expiration date, the Business Licensing Service will send you a license renewal letter with instructions on how to renew your City of Clarkston business license for 2021. To avoid penalties, submit and pay fees by the expiration date. Once your renewal has been processed, DOR will mail a new license to the address on your account.
How to renew a business license.
My DOR Help – provides detailed information on how to manage your business through the Department of Revenue.