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)

Thursday, November 29, 2018

7 a.m. Friday: SAW & My DOR maintenance


ATLAS Partner Portal will be down early tomorrow as scheduled maintenance is complete.

Both portal gateway sites will be unavailable:
7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.,
Friday, November 30.


~BLS Partnership Services

'Signature' City of Kirkland Joins BLS

​The place once nicknamed “the little city that could” is powering up its economic engine on the eastern banks of Lake Washington.

The Business Licensing Service today adds Kirkland – the state’s 12th largest city by population – as a local partner. Nearly 10,000 companies do business in the city of Kirkland annually. It is consistently rated by publications, such as USA Today, as one of the country's most livable cities.

Kirkland is the original headquarters of the  Seattle Seahawks and Costco, currently number 15 in the Fortune 500. The previously little city is still the reason that "Kirkland Signature" is the Costco house brand that is well-known across the continent.

Kirkland is BLS's 83rd city partner. About one-third of all cities statewide work with BLS for local licensing. By January 2020, about half of Washington cities that license businesses locally will be BLS partners.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

2019 Local Government Fund Distribution Dates

Local Funding Dates 

The Office of State Treasurer's 2019 local fund distribution schedule is now available.

Access the spreadsheet at to see distribution dates and deposit dates.

The spreadsheet is not optimized for printing. Download and save it. A printable 4-page pdf is here.

City staff can track funds for these distribution and deposit dates with the Account Financial Control Summary report in the ATLAS Partner Portal.

~BLS Partnership Services

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Use My DOR for Partner Portal Access, not SAW


If you are having problems accessing ATLAS Partner Portal using Secure Access Washington (SAW), please log in through My DOR, 

The recent systems update may have affected access to ATLAS Partner Portal through SAW. 

We will keep you posted once the issues have been fixed.

 Thank you,

~BLS Partnership Services