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Applying for a New Business License

Business licenses are valid from January 1 through December 31 of the year issued. For a new license, go to the Citizen Service online system.

Business Licensing

A business license is required to engage in business in the City of Redmond whether you are located within Redmond, or simply conducting business in Redmond. To determine if your business is located within the Redmond City limits, view a City of Redmond interactive Map and search by your address, or see a PDF street map of Redmond instead.

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, call on clients, or provide services, you will also need a Redmond business license. Refer to the list of exempt businesses if you are not sure whether your business requires a license. 

Things to Know When You Apply Online

The background information below may be helpful to know before applying. These options will come up when moving through the application process online. 

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.

Commercial Businesses in Redmond

If your business is located in a commercial location, please contact the Planner on Call at 425-556-2494 or via email at 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

Home Based Businesses in Redmond

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, oversized vehicles, signs, or safety hazards that may be generated.

Miscellaneous Businesses

 The following business types are classified as a "Miscellaneous Business License".
  • Adult entertainment facilities, managers, and entertainers
  • Adult cabarets
  • Carnivals, circuses & amusements
  • Music boxes
  • Pawnbrokers
  • Peddlers, solicitors, or canvassers
  • Public bathhouse establishments, attendants
  • Public dance halls, public dances
  • Shooting sports facilities
  • Tow trucks
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

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Redmond City Hall
15670 NE 85th Street, 1st Floor


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City of Redmond
PO Box 97010
Redmond, WA 98073-9710

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