To protect staff and the public from the spread of COVID-19, all City facilities are closed to the public until further notice. Most business transactions can be handled over the phone (509) 575-6126 or online.


Effective April 2, 2020, the City of Yakima has partnered with the Washington State Department of Revenue, Business Licensing Service (BLS) for the administration of City business license applications and renewals.


Please Note: If you failed to renew your 2020 general business license with the City of Yakima prior to March 31, 2020 you will have to re-apply with the Department of Revenue Business Licensing Service after April 1, 2020.

Current Business License holders: About six weeks before your current license expiration date, the Business Licensing Service will send you a license renewal letter with instructions on how to renew your City of Yakima business license for 2021.

Please contact our office if you have any questions regarding these future changes. For more information about this transition please view the newsletter in the following link:

News Release – Business License Changes – March 9, 2020

News Release – Agriculture capital Yakima adds combined licensing solution – April 2, 2020

City of Yakima License Overview – Business License Information

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 visit the City of Yakima’s Planning Division or call  (509) 575-6183.

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).

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


Regulatory Licenses

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:

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

Pawnbroker – pursuant to regulations under YMC 5.54

Peddler/Solicitor – door to door sales pursuant to regulations under YMC 5.56

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.

Secondhand Precious Metal Dealer – pursuant to regulations under YMC 5.70

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

Sign Company License – pursuant to regulations under YMC 11.08

Taxi Driver – pursuant to regulations under YMC 5.78