How do I apply for a business license?

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

Step 1 - Application: 

  • Apply online and pay associated fees via credit or debit card or electronic check from your bank account.
  • You can contact either BLS at:
    Phone: 360-705-6741
  • Or you can contact the Vancouver Department of Revenue at:
    8008 NE Fourth Plain Blvd #320
    Vancouver, WA 98662
    (360) 256-2060

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. 

Show All Answers

1. General Information
2. What kind of business should I apply for?
3. How do I apply for a business license?
4. What are the City of Battle Ground's requirements to hold a City business license?
5. How do I renew my business license?
6. How do I update my business information?