Business License

2016 business license renewal forms and 2015 Business & Occupation (B&O) Tax forms will be mailed in early January 2016.

2016 Business License Application
2016 Nonprofit Business License Application
2015 Business and Occupation Tax Form

The City of Bainbridge Island requires that businesses (including nonprofit organizations) working on or soliciting business on Bainbridge Island have a city business license.  Our form is pretty straightforward – the only “extra” information we require being a UBI # (unified business identifier) that one receives when applying for a Washington State Business License.  You can complete the State Business License form entirely online and the UBI# will be emailed to you.

Once we have received a completed City of Bainbridge Island Business License application, it takes 5-10 business days for us to process it and mail out a business license.  That license is good until the end of the year and at the beginning of 2017 the city will initiate contact with everyone holding a city business license to renew it.  Unless your business is a nonprofit organization, the fee to initially obtain a license is $65 and the annual renewal of the license is $65.  

The city does have a Business and Occupation (B&O) tax.   All businesses are subject to the tax but only those with gross revenue over $150,000 (earned on Bainbridge Island) are required to pay.  B&O tax forms are mailed with license renewal documents at the beginning of the year.  Nonprofit businesses pay no license application or license renewal fees but are still subject to applicable B&O taxes.

Short-Term Home Rental Information     
City of Bainbridge Island Business License FAQs                   
Fee Schedule a/o June 29, 2016  
Utility Tax Form
Commercial Parking Tax

Please contact the Finance and Administrative Services Department with any questions about licensing requirements for doing business on Bainbridge Island 206-780-8668.