Category Archives: License Fees

Commercial Kitchen Basics

By Devra Gartenstein, SCORE Volunteer

For entrepreneurs interested in starting food businesses, the hurdle of finding a commercial kitchen can be one of the toughest barriers to entry. Not only is kitchen space hard to find, but the intricacies of regulations from different licensing agencies supervising different types of food production can feel confusing and even daunting. Continue reading

Ask SCORE: How do I get a business license?

Kitsap County does not require business licenses but the cities of Port Orchard, Poulsbo, Bainbridge Island and Bremerton each have business license requirements.

NOTE: Businesses NOT physically located in the city, but still doing work there, are required to obtain a license for the city. Business should check to make sure their use is compliant with land use and zoning.

All business must apply for a Master Business License from the Washington State Department of Licensing, which registers the business with the state departments of Revenue, Licensing, Labor and Industries, Employment Security, Secretary of State, and the Washington State Department of Commerce.

A new corporation locating in the State of Washington must file for Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State‘s office, which will issue a UBI (Unified Business Identifier) number.

To make sense of it all, we suggest that you visit our state’s Business Licensing Wizard. It asks a few questions that gives you a personalized list of licensing agencies based on your type of business.

Lower fees for food carts in Bremerton.

On July 8, 2016, Josh Farley wrote an article for the Kitsap Sun describing some changes being made to make running a food food cart in Bremerton a bit less costly and a lot more friendly.

Until this week, a food truck operator would have to pay $75 for a business license, plus $150 to be able to move to different areas of the city. A nonmotorized food cart used to have to pay $75 for a business license, plus $250  — and anytime they changed locations, they paid another $250 for each new spot.

At Wednesday’s meeting, the City Council adopted new, lower fees for food carts — $100 for an initial location, plus $50 for each new spot. They still have to pay $75 for a business license, but the lower fees will make it much easier to operate at festivals, car shows, farmers markets, etc.

The Council is also working to create a communal spot for carts and trucks in the city.

“Nothing has been decided but a spot near the Puget Sound Navy Museum, with the hustle and bustle of downtown, the ferry traffic and shipyard nearby, might be a fit, City Attorney Roger Lubovich said.”