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Business Licenses

Congratulations on your decision to open your Auburn business! The City of Auburn wants you to know that you are not alone in your enthusiasm to make your business venture a success. To assist you in your new endeavor we have developed many tools and resources to help your business to success.

Please feel free to contact us directly with any questions you may have. For general business information, where to locate and other valuable resources please email Business License Services. If your questions are more specific regarding how to physically create a facility and get your doors open, or questions on fees, forms or process, please contact our staff at the Community Development Services Department. Whatever your needs, we are open for business and available and eager to assist you. 

Business Licenses are required under Title 5 Business Licenses and Regulations | Auburn City Code and all rules and requirements may be found online as outlined within Sections ACC 5.10.010 - 5.84.070. The purpose of the license is to identify, authorize, track and report various commerce enterprises operating lawfully within the City of Auburn and to provide emergency contact information to emergency personnel.

For questions, please contact the business licensing at 253-804-5011 or email us at [email protected].


The City of Auburn is now partnered with the Washington State Department of Revenue Business Licensing Service (BLS).

Do I apply for my Auburn license or endorsement through the city directly or the state??

Residential rental, mobile vending / food truck, marijuana, massage, and a few other regulatory licenses apply or renew directly through the city. All other licenses general licenses are renewed and applied for through the state Business License Services (BLS).  If you are unsure where to renewal or apply, review Tab Two below to ensure there is no delay in the processing of your renewal or new business license / endorsement application. 

The 2023 in-city annual license fee for the City of Auburn is $103.00 unless it is a regulatory license. The fee for non-resident licenses/endorsements is $52.00. This does not include any additional fees or assessments for permits, applications, or other regulatory license fees.

If you have any questions, please contact Auburn Business Licensing at 253-804-5011 or email us at [email protected].  For details on the Business License web portal with the Department of Revenue, please go to Open a business | Washington Department of Revenue.