Friday, October 18, 2019

One phone number for business licensing customer service: 360-705-6741

The state Business Licensing Service is consolidating its customer service phone line at 360-705-6741.

The toll-free line will no longer print on state business licenses or renewal letters mailed to customers.

Update your signs and websites

Please update any of your signs, publications, and web information that list the toll-free number and replace it with 360-705-6741. Thank you for your assistance.

BLS is updating its own publications and websites with this phone line.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Rivers run through it: Wenatchee goes with the BLS flow

The Columbia River flows through hundreds of miles of farmland and orchards on its way to the Pacific. Tons of grain, fruits, and other commodities that start on the Columbia Plateau travel to markets by way of Wenatchee. Today, this Chelan County commercial center is converging with the state Business Licensing Service.

Dubbed the Apple Capital of the World, Wenatchee is located where the eponymous river merges with the Columbia. The city is the headquarters of the largest fresh market shipper of sweet cherries on the planet. Home to 35,000 full-time residents, Wenatchee welcomes visitors each spring for its annual Apple Blossom Festival.

The city joins neighbors Cashmere, East Wenatchee, and Leavenworth in the BLS network of municipal partners. Nearby Chelan, Entiat, and Waterville join in 2020.

Welcome, City of Wenatchee. You are the apple of our eye.

The Wenatchee River flows eastward to its confluence
with the Columbia just north of downtown Wenatchee.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Flavored vapor product ban does not impact licensing


Effective Thursday, October 10, 2019, the State Board of Health imposed a ban on all flavored vapor products for 120 days. This ban does not impact state or local licensing.

Businesses with flavored vapor products in inventory may refer to the Department of Revenue’s information posted at

Sales of non-banned vapor products will still occur. All the existing and new reporting and taxation requirements remain for those sales.

The ban does not prohibit possession of flavored vapor products by consumers.

Destroying flavored vapor products

The state Liquor and Cannabis Board is consulting with affected state agencies and will post information on its website with options for returning or destroying product. 

The Department of Ecology has a list of approved vendors for destroying flavored vapor products.

~BLS Partnership Services

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Mercer Island builds bridges to boost commerce

Hometown of a tech billionaire, a rock-and-roll Hall of Famer, and the mother of a U.S. President, Mercer Island is connected to the world economy by more than floating bridges.

Today, Mercer Island is building another bridge -- a virtual bridge to connect to an elaborate network that supports communities and commerce across the Evergreen State, Mercer Island is the newest partner in the state Business Licensing Service, joining more than 100 other Washington cities.

The city was the longtime home for the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, rocker Steve Miller, and Ann Dunham, mother of former President Barack Obama. She attended Mercer Island High School.

The island has about 25,000 residents and is the most populated island in a lake in the nation. Its local businesses will benefit from simplified and expedited registration and renewal processes for state and city licensing.

Mercer Island has also been home to a chairman for the Seattle Mariners, the CEO of Ford Motors, and many famous athletes and actors. As such it has one of the 100 richest zip codes in the United States, according to IRS figures.

Ahoy, Mercer Island!

Aerial view of Mercer Island between Seattle and Bellevue in Lake Washington.
Photo Credit: Dllu (

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Federal Way moves ahead with BLS partnership

One of Washington's fastest-growing business communities today is more connected to regional commerce than ever before.

The city of Federal Way and its 100,000 residents are now linked up to the state's premier business licensing portal, BLS.

More than 50 cities in King and Pierce counties are BLS partners. See the map of current and future partners here.

Federal Way, Washington's 10th largest city, is home to the
Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden and 100,000 residents
(source: Wikimedia Commons)

Monday, September 30, 2019

It's time to update your requirements and fees

Partners –

It’s time to review your process for changes affecting your Business Licensing Service partnership. Some relevant items are:

  • Changes to licensing requirements
  • New, increased or reduced licensing fees, or any changes regarding your city or program on the BLS website
  • Changes in legislation or agency policies impacting your program
  • Changes to city ordinance impacting your regulatory process

If you have changes to report, obtain a Partner Change Request form by emailing Return the completed form by October 16, 2019.

Removing ATLAS access for old accounts
Also, please send a list of staff who are no longer actively using the BLS system to
  • Name
  • Email
Primary Contact for Business Licensing Service 
If the primary BLS contact has changed, please reply with the following for the new contact:

  • Name
  • Title
  • Email
  • Phone      
Thank you for helping us keep your licensing requirements and our partnership information up to date.

~BLS Partnership Services

Thursday, September 26, 2019

With a name like Grandview, it has to be good!

Today a city that is home to a Smucker's manufacturing plant is the newest BLS partner city -- Grandview!

Smuckers started using the "With a name like Smuckers, it has to be good" tagline in 1962. Smuckers was founded in 1897, just a short while before Grandview was founded in 1906.

Hundreds of Grandview workers support the local industry that revolves around the Yakima Valley's vineyards and orchards. More than one-third of the state's wine grapes grow in the valley. Welch's also has a juice processing plant in Grandview.

The town is aptly named for its clear sightlines to Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, Rattlesnake Hills, and Horse Heaven Hills. It is the third city in the valley to join BLS in the past two weeks. Four more valley cities will join BLS in the next six months, too.

Welcome, Grandview. We think you'll like the new horizon.