Business Licenses

The City of Covington requires all businesses located within the city limits, or who conduct business within the city limits, to be licensed with the city.

The City participates in a joint licensing program with the State of Washington Department of Revenue (DOR), Business Licensing Service. This combined licensing system allows the business owner to meet the local and state requirements with one transaction. 

Applying for a Business License
For fastest service, you may apply online for a City of Covington Business License. Questions should be directed to the State of Washington, Business Licensing Services at 360-705-6741.

The annual fee for a City of Covington endorsement is $60. Business Licensing Services fees can be found at

You may also print paper copies of the Master License Application and City of Covington Addendum and submit these at City Hall. If you would like to apply for a business license at City Hall, an appointment is needed. Please call (253) 480-2400 to schedule.

Home Occupations
If you are located within the Covington city limits and operating from a residence, a Home Occupation Supplemental Application must also be completed and returned to Permit Services. This may be mailed or dropped off at City Hall, faxed to (253) 480-2401, or scanned and emailed to

For clarification of your individual circumstances, please consult Title 5 of the Covington Municipal Code.