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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 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 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:

Commercially located business within City limits

Out of Town Business that conducts business within City limits

Home Occupation

In-home daycare

Mobile vendor (those who want to sell door to door also need a Regulatory License)


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

Sign Company License


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