Friday, July 13, 2018

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

Video: July 11 presentation

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 

Friday, June 8, 2018

Address information in BLS Reports


We have seen some data export issues in Atlas Partner Portal. In particular, we are looking at the Partner Welcome File.

Address information exported is sometimes incomplete. It may be missing suite numbers or apartment numbers, especially if these are on a separate line from the street address.

We are working to identify and fix these issues. If your office notices issues with Atlas reports or gets returned mail due to using bad addresses, please send a screen-capture or a description of the issue to:  

Thanks in advance for your help.

~BLS Partnership Services

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Lakewood is the top recruit for BLS

The city of Lakewood, home to both thousands of Armed Forces families and regional businesses, is the newest Washington State community to enlist the Business Licensing Service.

The recruitment of Lakewood connects local business licenses with required state program registrations. The Pierce County city of 60,000 borders Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the fourth largest domestic U.S. military base with about 200,000 people.

More than 20 South Sound cities in Mason, Pierce and Thurston counties will soon be connected in the state's business licensing “one-stop.” Puyallup joined in May, while Orting, Shelton, Yelm and others link up by early 2019.

The constellation of South Sound cities streamlines application and renewal processes for businesses working in various local jurisdictions.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Welcome City of Puyallup!

The Home of the Washington State Fair is trotting out a new service for its business community. The city of Puyallup gallops into Business Licensing Service (BLS) partnership today.
Puyallup is the 14th Pierce County community to join BLS. Neighbors Lakewood and Orting will join soon. The cluster South Sound of partner communities is a benefit to businesses like contractors. BLS brings state and local licensing requirements together in the state's combined licensing “one-stop" for businesses. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

BLS City Partner Workshops in June

Registration is now closed. Thank you for your interest.

Join us!

This June, the state Business Licensing Service (BLS) is hosting three local business licensing workshops for our existing and future city partners. To save your time, workshops follow the Department of Revenue’s Local Government Partnership meetings in Tumwater and Kennewick. 

A stand-alone workshop will be in Marysville, also. Select the city below where you would like to join.

This is a great opportunity to get updates on legislation affecting local business license requirements, as well as see demonstrations of licensing system features. We will have time for your questions, too.


  • 2018 legislation update
  • BLS city partnership planning
  • Revenue’s Tax and Licensing Systems Replacement
  • ATLAS Partner Portal demo
  • Q&A

Locations & Registration - Click the city name to register


Date: Thursday, June 7, 2018
Time: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Marysville City Hall, City Council Chambers, 1049 State Ave., Marysville, WA 98270  (map)

Tumwater – Webinar available 

Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. (follows Local Government Partnership meeting)
Location: Revenue headquarters, 6400 Linderson Way SW, Suite #114, Tumwater, WA 98501 (map)
This meeting will also be offered via WebEx.


Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018
Time: 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (follows Local Government Partnership meeting)
Location: Kennewick City Hall, City Council Chambers, 210 W 6th Avenue, Kennewick, WA 99336 (map)


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