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 https://dor.wa.gov/open-business/apply-business-license/variable-business-license-fees.

You may also print paper copies of the Business License Application and City of Covington Addendum and mail along with the appropriate payment to:

Business License Service
PO Box 9034
Olympia, WA 98507-9034

For questions you may email BLS@dor.wa.gov.

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 permitservices@covingtonwa.gov.

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