IMPORTANT NOTICE: BUSINESS LICENSE INFORMATION – NEW OR RENEWAL
ANNOUNCEMENT: Yakima Conversion to DOR Business Licensing Service in 2020
FAQ’s for Drivers of Transportation Network Company (such as UBER and Lyft)
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. Contact our office if you have questions regarding these applications.
Below are links to Regulatory License Application Packets specific for the listed business activity:
Amusement Devices, Jukeboxes, Pool Tables, or Billiard Tables – this license is required in order to install, maintain or operate in any business establishment or for the purposes of profit within the city of Yakima any amusement device, pool table or billiard table. “Amusement device” means a coin-operated machine, device or apparatus which is mechanically, electrically or hand operated and which is designed and used for the purpose of playing a game of skill or chance by one or more players solely for the purpose of amusement and/or entertainment of the player or players. The term also includes jukeboxes.
Liquor Live Entertainment – no premises holding a state license for the sale of beer, wine, whiskey, or other intoxicating liquor for consumption upon the premises shall provide or allow live music, dancing or entertainment to be conducted on such premises unless the owner or operator thereof has first secured a liquor live entertainment regulatory license from the City.
Mobile Vendor (goods, merchandise, or food) – “mobile vendor” means a vendor or seller of goods, merchandise, or food from a mobile food preparation vehicle or other motorized conveyance upon the public streets, alleys, public property of the city, or upon private property. Mobile vendors are regulated under YMC 5.57.030. If you are using a non-motorized cart or temporary structure, please fill out the Street Sales application instead.
- Street Sales – “street vendor” means a vendor selling food or nonalcoholic beverages within a public or private parking lot, pedestrian plaza, sidewalk, or public property using a non-motorized cart or temporary structure. Street sales may also include sales of goods, wares, merchandise or services upon the streets, alleys, or public thoroughfares of the city of Yakima, but shall not include sales from lawfully placed vending machines.
- ***For Mobile Vendor and Street Sales, approval from the Yakima Health District is required (if selling food or beverages) for the mobile food unit floor plan, commissary kitchen, menu, etc.
- ***For Mobile Vendors, approval/inspection from the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is required for the mobile unit.
Right of Way Use Permit Application – 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; community crosswalk painting/markings; signs projecting over the right of way; and short-term permits for temporary placement of dumpster(s), container-type storage units, materials for landscaping projects, temporary right of way closure for construction-related projects.
Sidewalk Cafe Regulatory License Application – to operate a sidewalk cafe within the public right-of-way in any commercial or industrial zoning district in city limits of Yakima