Thursday, August 16, 2018

Partnership Plan Updated for Fiscal Year 2019

The state Business Licensing Service has published a Fiscal Year 2019 update to its 2018-2019 Partnership Plan.

The new plan, which advances the plan first issued in December, lists more cities for prospective partnership through June 2019. It also adjusts the report cycle to coincide with Washington State's fiscal year of July through June. The list of current partners is on the BLS website.

BLS will continue to provide progress reports to lawmakers and stakeholders each year as required under Chapter 35.90 RCW.

Our team is working to add more than 140 cities to partnership by the end of December 2022. Cities wishing to join BLS partnership in Fiscal Year 2020 should contact BLS Partnership Services at or 360.705.6777.

32+ cities will be added in FY 2020. Some have begun the partnership process.
Another 16+ partnership "slots" remain for FY 2020.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Model Ordinance - Requesting Your New BLS Endorsements

BLS City Partners -

We are preparing to handle your requests for system changes necessary to implement the model ordinance and threshold standards required by Chapter35.90.080 RCW.

Option 1 - You may choose to have a Non-Resident Business endorsement with a fee charged to out-of-city businesses that exceed a revenue threshold of $2000 (or greater depending on your city's requirements).

Option 2 - You may choose to have a No-Fee Business endorsement ("Registration Only") for out-of-city businesses that are below a revenue threshold of $2000 or greater depending on your city's requirements.

Important: You must have your code updated and approved by Oct. 17, 2018, including notifying BLS of the changes.

Association of Washington Cities (AWC) led the work on implementation of the model ordinance and threshold limits. We recommend connecting to AWC for guidance on code adoption.

AWC Phone: 360.753.4137
AWC Staff Contacts:
Andrew Pittelkau - Government Relations Analyst 
Victoria Lincoln – Government Relations Advocate
Sheila Gall – General Counsel

~ BLS Partnership Services

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Centralia adds service to boost business licensing

The place where the Skookumchuck River pours into the Chehalis River became an important Northern Pacific railroad station in the late 19th Century. It gave rise to a new city along the rail line. Sitting midway between Seattle and Portland, the city was aptly incorporated as Centralia in 1886, just three years before Washington State joined the union.

Today, Centralia joins the union of cities connecting commerce and licensing compliance as part of the state's Business Licensing Service (BLS).

Home to more than 1500 businesses, the biggest community in Lewis County joins its Southwest Washington neighbors in Thurston, Cowlitz, and Clark counties. The contiguous city of Chehalis also joins BLS this month. Local businesses can now apply for licenses in nearly 80 cities in a single process with a streamlined annual renewal for both state and city registrations.

Friday, July 27, 2018

New look for

The (SAW) portal will get a new look starting Thursday. The SAW changes will not affect the look or functionality of the My DOR portal.

The SAW changes are focused on improving the customer experience. The new SAW portal will show the Washington state logo, improving the display on mobile devices, and offer enhanced help features.

The update is slated to be complete by 8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 3.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Model Ordinance Update
We will provide regular updates this year about the model ordinance and revenue threshold adoption requirements and deadlines.

We will post news at BLS Partner Post as it becomes available. More webinars will be set to help cities prepare for the changes required by RCW 35.90.080.


Association of Washington Cities Webinar
Prepare to streamline your business license
10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 8
Registration required. Free to AWC members.
Who should attend?
Finance directors, clerks, city managers/administrators, business license officials, and elected officials.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Bainbridge Island builds a bridge for business

Roads and bridges connect Bainbridge Island to its neighboring waterfront communities. As of today, Bainbridge Island commerce is also connected statewide via the Business Licensing Service (BLS).

Just a short ferry ride from the Northwest's biggest metro area, Bainbridge Island hosts more than 3000 businesses along its miles of waterfront and forested hillsides.

The city joins nearly 80 cities in linking to the state’s business licensing “one-stop.” Island businesses can now apply for more than 400 different state and local business registrations in a single transaction. They can also use their secure My DOR account login renew all of these licenses quickly in a streamlined online process.

Bainbridge Island supports its civic endeavors with a local business and occupation (B&O) tax. By 2020, most local jurisdictions that levy a local B&O tax will use BLS data for increasing compliance with licensing regulation and tax registration. The data is connected to the state Department of Revenue's local tax data in the same system, which is provided for free to BLS partner cities.

Revenue news release

Thursday, June 28, 2018

UPDATED:New Model Ordinance Information Webinar

Deck for the July 11 webinar is here.
Join BLS for our first webinar to help you with the model ordinance language to implement the requirements of RCW 35.90.080. This ordinance affects almost every city in Washington State.

  • 30-minute meeting *plus* time for Q&A. 
  • Association of Washington Cities (AWC) expert will be on-hand for complete information. 
  • Join by phone or web. No registration - just click.

3 p.m., July 11, 2018.
Meeting number (access code): 802 998 543
Meeting password: Training#123


Meeting number (access code): 802 998 543