Thursday, February 7, 2019

Daffodil Festival blooms in Orting – as does BLS

In the valley west of Mount Rainier, the Carbon and Puyallup rivers juxtapose the pastoral city of Orting.

Each spring, cities in this river valley join up for the Daffodil Festival, culminating in the twilight Daffodil Parade through Orting’s streets.

This April, as Orting businesses ramp up for Daffodil Festival, they'll be connected to neighbors in Puyallup and Sumner in the state Business Licensing Service(BLS).

BLS connects and streamlines the application and renewals processes for businesses working in these cities. By mid-2020, all but three cities within Pierce County will be ready for business with BLS.

The Daffodil Festival's annual April parade passes through Puyallup and Sumner
 before finishing the evening on the streets of new BLS city partner Orting.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Darrington syncs business licensing to state system

The town of Darrington in east Snohomish County joins many of its Northwest Washington neighbors today as full partner in the Business Licensing Service.

Business owners in Darrington can sync up licenses with state registrations in a single annual renewal process. Local and regional businesses will get the immediate benefit as they interface in the same portal used for Washington State tax registration and reporting. The service is also used by nearby Granite Falls, Lake Stevens, and Marysville.

Darrington levies a local Business and Occupation tax (local B&O). The city now can use exportable data to create its tax notice mailings from updated Department of Revenue reporting.

BLS supports licensing and reporting for more than 20 local B&O cities, including configuring data to seamlessly interface with third-party systems. BLS services are free to city partners.

Rugged Glacier Peak rises 10,500 feet to the sky east of Darrington.
(source: Wikimedia Commons)

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Ridgefield connects to BLS

U-Haul was founded in Ridgefield in 1945.
(Source: Flickr dalehumbley -
Creative Commons License)
The City of Ridgefield in Clark County is our newest BLS city partner.

Hundreds of local businesses now benefit when application and renewal processes are linked to required state registrations.

Ridgefield joins Battle Ground, Vancouver, and Washougal in the combined licensing service. By 2021, the Clark County cities of Camas, Castle Rock, La Center and Yacolt will be among the 100+ Washington cities connecting to state licensing for their respective business communitie

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Feb. 1 early morning: SAW & My DOR maintenance


ATLAS Partner Portal will be unavailable during upcoming scheduled maintenance.

Both portal gateway sites will be down from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Friday, Feb 1.


~BLS Partnership Services

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

UPDATE: ATLAS Service Restored Thursday

Update: 8 a.m. Thursday
ATLAS service is restored. 

We have removed the notice at

We will continue to monitor the system performance. If you are still experiencing slowness, please contact us.

Thank you.

Update: 5 p.m. Wednesday
The ATLAS system issues are unresolved. We have posted this notice at

Our online business licensing and tax filing system, My DOR, is currently experiencing technical issues. We are working to resolve the issue.

Thank you for your patience as we work to fix this issue.


The ATLAS system is not functioning as expected today. It is running slow.
Our information technology is aware and addressing the issues.
We will update the information later Wednesday.
~BLS Partnership Services

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Work items updated with Non-Resident endorsements

Partners –

Some of you may notice small changes to your My Work items.

Due to the changes required for the new Model Ordinance and revenue threshold requirements under Chapter 35.080 RCW some city license/endorsements had to be changed. This change caused some work items that were created before December 31 to be removed and a new work item to be created.

Specifically these are the items in your queue previously showing as City General Business. They now show as City Non-Resident Business. Because of the change in endorsement type, any information contained such as notes or the endorsement status were not retained. Items in “pending” or “on-hold” status may reappear in your queue. Conduct your usual review and approval process for these.

To see if a change was made since Monday, use the account history in the Activity screen. Click the forward or backward arrows. See image below.

~BLS Partnership Services

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Model ordinance and threshold requirements in effect

All Washington cities that issue general business licenses must comply with a new model ordinance and revenue threshold as of January 1, 2019 (RCW 35.90.080).

Cities adopted standard definitions of “Engaging in Business”, as well as one of two options for an exemption for certain businesses located outside a city’s limits.

Out-of-city-limits businesses – or “non-resident” businesses – that have a yearly in-city gross income equal to or less than $2,000* are either:

  1. Exempt from city’s general business license requirements; or
  2. Required to register for a no-fee city license.

BLS supports this process for its partner cities.

*This is the minimum amount of the threshold. The amount may be set greater than $2,000 if adopted by the city.

Resources for cities

Chapter 35.90.080 RCW holds the requirements for the model ordinance and revenue thresholds that cities must adopt.
City business licensing resources and deadlines
Model ordinance language 
Association of Washington Cities White Paper (pdf)