How do I apply for a business license?

Obtaining a City of Battle Ground business license is a 3-step process:


Step 1 - Application: There are two possible methods to apply for a City business license: online via the BLS website (fastest method), or by mail (via paper application). Application-related fees are found below.

  • Apply online and pay associated fees via credit or debit card or electronic check from your bank account.
  • By mail (via paper application): Download Business License Application, City Business License Addendum, and Battle Ground instructions.

Step 2 - City review and license activation: Upon successful completion of an application and associated payment, BLS will notify the City that the application information is available for review with respect to City regulations. Unless issues arise during the review, the City will typically activate a license within a week of BLS notification. (If issues arise, the applicant will be contacted).


Step 3 - Issuance of business license: Upon the City’s activation of a business license, BLS will mail to the business a Washington State Business license that has the applicable category of city license printed within the "City Endorsement" section of the state license, along with an expiration date. There are three possible categories of city license issued for Battle Ground, see descriptions below.

  • Battle Ground Business - Applies to a for-profit business.
  • Battle Ground Home Occupation - Applies to a for-profit business that is located in the city at residential-zoned property.
  • Battle Ground Nonprofit Business - Applies to business that is qualified for one or more of the nonprofit exemption criteria.

Note: A business’s state-issued Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number is used to reference its city business license account. 

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