Tuesday, April 23, 2019

New online Business License Application coming this June

BLS is preparing to enhance the online Business License Application. With development underway, BLS is issuing a “soft-freeze” that puts system changes on-hold. 

Partner Change Requests will be prioritized after the mid-June implementation of the new online application process. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Napavine links Lewis County commerce in licensing service

All three incorporated cities in Lewis County connected to Interstate 5 are now also connected to the state Business Licensing Service.

Today, Napavine joins neighbors Centralia and Chehalis in the state's signature combined licensing service. The city was incorporated 105 years ago and is now home to more than 2000 people and nearly 200 businesses. More than a dozen southwest Washington cities are now BLS partners.

Thousands of travelers regularly pass through the city off the interstate's Exit 71 on their way to White Pass, Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens and the beautiful lakes and rivers fed by snowmelt of the Central Cascades Range.

Welcome, Napavine.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

New licensing partnership blooms in Skagit Valley - Burlington!

On the fertile north bank of the Skagit River, a new partner in the state Business Licensing Service is budding with potential.

The new link for the city of Burlington will streamline license requirements for hundreds of local businesses, many of which prepare for tulip tourism traffic each spring. Skagit County neighbors Anacortes, Mount Vernon, and Sedro Woolley also connect to BLS, the state's signature combined licensing service.

For all of April, the famous tulip brings visitors from around the world
through Burlington to see the bounty of colors in the pastoral fields.
This month, Burlington is hosting thousands of flora fawners during the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Now, businesses serving the visitors can save time with the online service solution that ties local licensing requirements to their existing state tax accounts. 

Welcome to BLS, city of Burlington!

Tulips and related floral sales are
a big part of the Burling tourism economy.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Adding Products/Services to Partner Licensee Report


We have updated our Partner Licensee report to include a business's Product/Service description entered on its business license application. (See section 4e of the Business License Application form).

You will see the information in the "ProdDescription" column of the Partner Licensee report. It is the third-from-last field.

This information is non-public. A business's product/service description may not be shared externally. However, you may use the aggregated data for analysis and statistics.

IMPORTANT: If you use Partner Licensee data for tax discovery, local taxation, utilities, or other systems, you should update your configuration to accept the new field. Another option is removing the new field from an exported spreadsheet and saving the resulting file in a format compatible for your external system.

~BLS Partnership Services

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Tukwila commerce scales up with BLS

Westfield Southcenter Mall
(source: Wikimedia commons)
The place where major interstate highways converge near the nations's 15th busiest airport is connecting to BLS to bolster local commerce. BLS will help Tukwila streamline its business license registration and renewal processes. Nearby SeaTac and Federal Way will also join the BLS bandwagon soon. King County is home to more than 2 million people and will soon be home to more than 20 BLS-linked communities.

Tukwila -- nicknamed "The Hazelnut City" -- is where 20,000 suburban residents live. It's also where hundreds of thousands of visitors each year access popular shopping and dining around Westfield Southcenter Mall and its 1.6 million square feet of retail area.

With more than 3000 businesses working within city limits each year, the city is a major hub for commerce and commuters heading east toward suburbs on Lake Washington, west toward SeaTac International Airport and north to Seattle.

The Tukwila Link Light Rail Station is a key stop between the
state's largest city and a busy international airport.
(source: Wikimedia commons)

Monday, March 25, 2019

Requesting an Address Change

Partners –
Requesting an address change for a business location may affect a state tax account and impact local licensing requirements. As such, an address change process must be handled only by an authorized individual.

Refer to steps below to help a business update its address.
Option 1: Business sends a Secure Message (free for updating addresses within the same city)

  1. Sign-in to My DOR 
  2. Select “Send a Secure Message” in the Other Services menu at right
  3. Select Business License Renewal
  4. Compose and send a message, such as;

  • My current address is {current address} and it needs to be changed to {new address}
  • I am updating my current {mailing or physical} address for UBI {UBI Number} to {new address}

Select "Send a secure message" from the secure.dor.wa.gov screen

Option 2: Business Information Change Form

  1. Business completes a Business Information Change form
  2. Authorized business representative signs form
  3. Scan the form and send to bls@dor.wa.gov or fax to (360) 705-6699

Address Corrections by City Staff
Your city may ask for minor changes to physical addresses. These may include small changes such as fixing typos, updating attention lines or suite numbers.
Email your requested changes to both of these email addresses:
FaxBLS@dor.wa.gov and
BLS registration and renewal team members will review the request and reply by email when the request is completed or notify you if there are further questions that need answers first.


~BLS Partnership Services

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Black Diamond polishes up business planning with BLS

Today, the state Business Licensing Service welcomes the city of Black Diamond.

Incorporated 60 years ago, Black Diamond is a historic coal mining town in east King County growing rapidly today with the region's economic boom.

BLS will now connect Black Diamond growing businesses with their required state registrations. The partnership also lets companies working in nearby Covington, Enumclaw, and Maple Valley -- along with more than 80 other Washington cities -- sync application renewal processes for local licensing.
Black Diamond is named for the coal mining company that started work there after 1880.
The pastoral city in the upper Green River Valley also boasts Lake Sawyer Regional Park at its northwest edge.
(source: Flikr user VikiSuzan; - Creative Commons License)