Thursday, July 9, 2020

Updated look at Secure Access Washington website

Starting Friday, July 10, users of the Secure Access Washington (SAW) portal will see some changes to the website at https://secureaccess.wa.gov.


July 10 changes to the SAW website are:

  • Updated service list layout
  • New buttons added in the "Add a New Service" and "Help" sections (see below).
  • Clarified instructions to add services
  • Alphabetical service list added
  • Improved "Help" menu options and article search



The new alphabetical service list option makes searching easier.
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The updated Help menu is available on July 10.

Lyman joins BLS

The town of Lyman is a new BLS partner today.

Lyman is along the North Cascades Highway in the Upper Skagit Valley. 

It joins Concrete in the service with fellow neighbor Hamilton joining next week.

Dozens of local businesses will immediately see the benefits of streamlined license renewals already enjoyed by their neighbors in Sedro-Woolley and Burlington. BLS supports about 600 different types of regulatory licenses among dozens of state agency programs and more than 130 Washington municipalities.

The Town of Lyman is on the North Cascades Highway and
the Skagit River in eastern Skagit County.
(Photo credit: Town of Lyman)

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Grand Coulee gets area businesses in the flow of BLS

The neighboring communities of Grand Coulee and Coulee Dam are starting to power up local commerce in July with the benefits of the Business Licensing Service (BLS).

Both communities are streamlining licensing by linking to the state’s one-stop service for business that partners with more than 130 Washington cities and towns.

Grand Coulee, founded in 1935, is at the intersection of two state highways and a gateway to fishing, boating, and other outdoor recreation. It starts BLS partnership today.

The town of Coulee Dam, founded in 1933, is the only community in Washington that lies within three counties – Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan. It is home to the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area headquarters operated by the National Park Service. It starts BLS partnership later this month.

BLS supports about 600 different types of regulatory licenses with its free service to benefit public agencies and local governments. A list of partner cities is listed on the city license endorsements page of https://dor.wa.gov.

 
The Grand Coulee dam started generating power in 1942.
Photo credit: U.S. Bureau of Reclamation / Public domain



Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Updated BLS processing fees in effect today

Partners—

BLS processing fees are updated today as required by SSB 6632 approved by state lawmakers.

Update your city or agency websites and forms to link to the new fees posted at dor.wa.gov/BLSProcessingFees.

New fees for applications, renewals

The BLS application processing fee is raised while other fees are lowered. See the list below for details:

  • Open/Reopen a Business - $90 (non-refundable)
    A business owner is opening the first location of a new business/UBI or re-opening a business/UBI that has no active locations.
  • Adding an Additional Location - $0
    A business owner is adding an additional location to a current business.
  • Adding a City Non-Resident Business Endorsement to an Existing Location - $0
    A business owner is filing to add a non-resident city endorsement that may be required when a business is not physically located inside city limits but travels into the city to conduct business.
  • Any Other Purpose - $19 (non-refundable)
    A business owner is filing for any purpose other than those listed above.
    Examples: Hiring employees, registering a trade name, adding additional endorsements to an existing location, etc.
  • Annual Renewal Processing fee - $10 (non-refundable)
    Processing fee to renew a location for any number of license endorsements.

~BLS Partnership Services

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Ferndale businesses score big with new BLS partnership

The state Business Licensing Service (BLS) today welcomes the city of Ferndale as its final new partner in the month of June. Presently, 137 Washington state communities are BLS partners with eight more coming aboard next month.

Ferndale has grown up along the banks of the Nooksack River to become a thriving city of 15,000 between Bellingham and the Canadian Border.

Ferndale is the hometown of many successful football athletes and coaches, including former NCAA championship football coach Dennis Erickson and Super Bowl champion coach Doug Pederson, in addition to quarterback Jake Locker who threw for 3716 yards at Ferndale High School before starting for the University of Washington Huskies on his way to become a top-10 NFL draft pick.

Today, Ferndale is in the end zone to score for its commercial sector with streamlined registration and renewal processes for businesses. Whatcom County neighbor Lynden will join the one-stop service for business in July. Nearly 20,000 Whatcom County businesses have a local license issued by BLS.

Touchdown, Ferndale!

Hovander Park in Ferndale preserves the history of the
pioneers who settled along the Nooksack River in the late 1800s.


Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Revenue offices closing for July furlough days & holiday

Partners 
In response to the Governor's directive to furlough state employees, the state Department of Revenue (DOR) offices are closed on these days in July.

  • Thursday, July 2
  • Friday, July 10
  • Friday, July 17
  • Friday, July 24

DOR offices are also closed Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day.

State Agency Partners: Please respond to DORBLSPartner@DOR.WA.GOV if your agency has designated furlough closure dates.

~BLS Partnership Services

Friday, June 19, 2020

BLS processing fees changing on July 1

Partners—

On July 1, 2020, BLS processing fees will change for the first time in seven years. 


New BLS processing fees

A Business License Application processing fee is required for each application received in addition to applicable endorsement or trade name fees. An annual renewal processing fee is required for each location that has renewable endorsements. While some of the fees will increase, others will decrease. See below for processing fee descriptions and the fees effective July 1:


  • Open/Reopen a Business - $90 (non-refundable)
    A business owner is opening the first location of a new business/UBI or re-opening a business/UBI that has no active locations.
  • Adding an Additional Location - $0
    A business owner is adding an additional location to a current business. 
  • Adding a City Non-Resident Business Endorsement to an Existing Location - $0
    A business owner is filing to add a non-resident city endorsement that may be required when a business is not physically located inside city limits but travels into the city to conduct business.
  •  Any Other Purpose - $19 (non-refundable)
    A business owner is filing for any purpose other than those listed above.
    Examples: Hiring employees, registering a trade name, adding additional endorsements to an existing location, etc.
  • Annual Renewal Processing fee - $10 (non-refundable)
    Processing fee to renew a location for any number of license endorsements.


Update your website and forms

IMPORTANT: Update your websites, forms and other information after July 1 to link to the new fee schedule. The link, https://dor.wa.gov/BLSProcessingFees, will be live on July 1.



Additional information

 SSB 6632- Final Bill Report


~BLS Partnership Services