What type of City business license do I need?

Ellensburg general business licenseevery person engaging in business in the City of Ellensburg is required to obtain a business license. Engaging in business means commencing, conducting, or continuing in any business, and also the exercise of corporate or franchise powers, as well as liquidating a business when the liquidators hold themselves out to the public as conducting such business.

Ellensburg general business (non-resident) license – businesses located outside the City of Ellensburg that engage in any business activity inside the City limits.

Ellensburg home occupation business license – any activity undertaken for gain or profit that results in a product or service and is carried on in a dwelling, or building accessory to a dwelling inside the City limits requires an Ellensburg home occupation business license.

Home occupations will also need a Home Occupation Permit through the City of Ellensburg Community Development Department. See Ellensburg City Code 15.340.020 for applicable standards.

However, if the proposed activity consists entirely of office procedures and tasks in support of a particular business, and involves no customer or delivery traffic in conjunction with the business, such activity shall be considered an accessory residential use and shall instead require a General Business License.

Ellensburg temporary business license – includes any person who engages in business for less than 90 consecutive days within any 12-month period selling and delivering goods, wares and merchandise and who in furtherance of such purpose hires, leases or occupies any building, structure, parking lot or area, motor vehicle, tent, railroad boxcar, public room in hotels, motels, lodging houses, apartments, shops, or other fixed location for the exhibition and sale of such goods, wares, and merchandise.

Ellensburg temporary business licenses are applied for through the City of Ellensburg Finance Department, not through the State’s MyDOR system.

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