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City of Yakima License Overview

The City of Yakima requires a City of Yakima Business License for all businesses operating within city limits.  An important piece of the business license review process is checking to make sure the proposed business use is approved in that particular Zoning District.  If you have questions about whether your proposed business is compatible with the current zoning of the property, please call the City of Yakima’s Planning Division at (509) 575-6183.

There are other license (Regulatory License) requirements within the City of Yakima for specific kinds of businesses (Heating Journeyman, Secondhand Dealers, Pawn Brokers, Taxi Drivers, etc.). Applications for these specialty licenses can be found at the bottom of this page. If you have questions regarding these applications, please contact our office at (509) 575-6126.

Click here for a copy of the Municipal Code section which states the kind of businesses that are exempt from paying the Business License fee (you still need to apply for the license if you are conducting business within city limits of Yakima).

Business Licenses

We have application packets geared toward your type of business.  Choose the application packet below that best describes your business:

General Business License Application– For businesses listed in Table 4-1 (YMC 15.04.030) and located within the City of Yakima.

Home Occupation Business License Application – For businesses listed in Table 4-2 (YMC 15.04.120) conducted in a dwelling and located in residential zones and the Professional Business (B-1) zone within the City of Yakima.

Out of Town Business License Application – For businesses located outside the city limits but conduct business within the City of Yakima limits.

Mobile Vendor Business License Application  – (those who want to sell door to door also need a Regulatory License)

FAQ’s for Drivers of Transportation Network Company (such as UBER and Lyft)

Regulatory Licenses

Below are links to Regulatory License Application Packets specific for the listed business:

Secondhand Dealer


Taxi Driver

Peddler/Solicitor (door to door sales)

HEATING JOURNEYMAN APP ONLY(successfully passing a test is required in order to obtain this license, please call our office for more information)

Sign Company License

Right of Way Use Permit Application (pamphlet) – for private use of the public right of way pursuant to Yakima Municipal Code Chapter 8.20, including but not limited to: long-term residential or business/commercial use of the right of way; sidewalk signs; signs projecting over the right of way; or small wireless facilities; short-term permits for temporary placement of dumpter(s), container-type storage units, materials for landscaping projects, temporary right of way closure for construction-related projects.

Below you will find the Preliminary Industrial Waste Survey that you will need to complete within 30 days of your Business Application.

Industrial Waste Survey