Business Licenses

Business Licensing

Any individual, corporation, partnership or sole proprietor who wishes to conduct business within the City of Milton must first obtain a nontransferable business license. All businesses must first register with the Department of Licensing Master Licensing program and be able to supply a UBI (Unified Business Identifier). In addition to obtaining a business license, you must also comply with all City, County, and State regulations for zoning, building, health and safety. For more information please refer to the Milton Municipal Code.


Each branch or location of a business must obtain a license as if each branch or location were a separate business; and when two or more businesses are conducted in the same location, each business must be licensed.


Online applications are available through the State of Washington Business Licensing Service.

Application in and of itself does not guarantee issuance of a license, and business may not be conducted while the application is in the approval or appeal process.

Failure to receive a notice of renewal shall not excuse the business from applying for and securing the license, and paying of all license fees due.

Home Occupations

For businesses operating out of a residence who have customers coming to their business, a Home Occupation Permit is also required (MMC 17.08.380) in addition to the Business License. To apply for a Home Occupation Permit, please review the Home Occupation Regulations and complete this application. Return the completed application to the City of Milton Public Works Office along with the $300 Home Occupation Permit Fee. Do not return it with your Business License Application.

Home Occupation Permit Exemptions

If your business operates out of a residence, but you do not have customers coming to your business, a permit is not required. Even though a permit is not required, the business is still required to conform to the requirements for a Home Occupation. To document the understanding of the requirement for regulatory compliance absent a permit, please complete the Exemption Form and return to the City of Milton, Public Works Office, Building C.

Business Spotlight

Would you like your Milton business to be featured on the City of Milton Facebook page?

In an effort to bring awareness to the businesses here in Milton, each week we will spotlight a Milton business on our Facebook page. To have your business featured, please return the Milton Business Spotlight form to our Community Outreach Coordination Martin Moore.