Are you thinking of starting a business? Prior to applying for a City of Bremerton business license, businesses must first obtain a Washington Business License Uniform Identification number (UBI) from Washington State Department of Revenue. You may also visit the local Department of Labor and Industries office at 10049 Kitsap Mall Blvd NW, Silverdale, WA 98383 to complete your Master Business License application.
After obtaining a UBI number, apply for City of Bremerton license by printing the Business License Application (PDF) form and mailing (Tax & License Division, 345 6th Street, Suite 100, Bremerton, WA 98337) or bring it to our office.
Who Needs a City Business License?
Most businesses operating in Bremerton are required to have a Bremerton business license in addition to their State license. Complete the License Check Sheet (PDF) to learn more. Business licenses are needed for:
Retail sales and service
Providing professional or personal services
Effective 2019: Any person or business whose annual value of products, gross proceeds of sales or gross income of the business in the city is equal to or less than $2,000 AND does not maintain a place of business within the city shall be exempt from the general business license requirement. The exemption does not apply to regulatory license requirements that require a specialized permit.
The City of Bremerton regulates taxis, adult entertainment, street vendors, mobile vendors, peddlers and some other business types. These businesses require both a standard business license and a regulatory license. For more information, please visit the Regulatory Licenses tab above.
Licensing Information for Specific Business Types
Businesses based outside Bremerton – If your business is based outside Bremerton and you do business within the city, then you must have a Bremerton business license. In other words, you need a license for where you conduct business; not just for where you're located.
Subcontractors – Subcontractors need a Bremerton business license even if the contractor they are working with already has one. The license is valid only for the legal owner listed on it.
Non-profits – If you raise funds in Bremerton, whether as a for-profit or nonprofit organization, you must have a Bremerton business license.
Online-only business – Contact us if you have questions about licensing for online-only businesses. You may need a Bremerton business license if your business originates from Bremerton or has servers within city limits.
Home-based business – Businesses based in a Bremerton home usually need a Bremerton business license. Contact us if you have questions about licensing for home-based businesses. Please read these regulations if you are applying for a home occupation business.
Applications are accepted in person at our office on the 6th floor of the Norm Dicks Government Center at 345 6th Street, Monday through Friday between 8am – 4pm, or you can mail your form to the Tax & License Division, 345 6th St, Suite 100, Bremerton WA 98337-1891. Please make checks payable to The City of Bremerton.
For 2019, the cost to obtain a new business license is:
$75.00: Starting business in Bremerton between January 1 and June 30
$37.50: Starting business in Bremerton between July 1 through December 31
The business license fee is currently $75 per year but is prorated for new applicants to $37.50 for businesses that begin after July 1st. Once you are registered, you will receive a license renewal notice every December. Please be aware that your license fee is nonrefundable regardless of applying in error or subsequent denial of your application.
Apply for a new license, renew an existing license, file taxes, or update business information by printing the Business License Application (PDF) form and mail (Tax & License Division, 345 6th Street, Suite 100, Bremerton, WA 98337) or bring it to our office.
Closing & Selling Businesses
If you close or sell your business you must notify the City of Bremerton in writing of the change. We cannot close your account over the phone! Please use the closure box in the lower left-hand corner of the tax form to indicate the closure/sale date or if you have filed your final return with FileLocal, email email@example.com with your account number, business name and last day of business in Bremerton. The tax form must be filed with our office within 10 days after your last day of business in Bremerton.
A change in ownership of a business requires that the new owner apply for a new license.
If a business is conducted at 2 or more places within the city, a separate license is required for each place at which business is conducted.
If more than 1 business is conducted at a single location, a separate license is required for each business.
Read the Code
You can read the Bremerton Municipal Code (BMC) Chapter 5.02 for details about Bremerton business licensing.