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Business License

Business licenses are required for any work within the corporate city limits of Benton City. You may obtain an application at Benton City Hall, 708 9th Street. Some materials are summarized and you may see complete regulations in City Hall.


Business License Fees

Category A (See definitions below) $35.00
Category B $50.00
Category C $50.00
Multiple Business $75.00
Home Occupation Addendum $15.00

Late Fees

Category A (See definitions below) $10.00
Category B $15.00
Category C $15.00
Multiple Business $20.00
  • Annually renew business licenses by February 28 of the current year or a late fee will apply.
  • If your business operates out of your residence, a Home Occupation Addendum is required.
  • Please provide a State Tax License Number and a Copy of your Contractor's License if applying for Category C.
  • If unsure of the classification of your business, see below.

Category A - $35.00.

Category A licenses shall include, but are not limited to, the following or similar business activities:

Auctions, banks, and financial institutions; dray and transfer; motel, hotel, and cabin courts; recreational vehicle parks, theaters, charitable and religious solicitors; cafes and restaurants; retail stores, used furniture stores, and antiques stores; apartments and commercial rentals; professions including physicians, surgeons, dentists, lawyers and accountants; service stations and body and fender repair shops; lumber yards and real estate offices. (Ord. 619, April 4, 1995).

Category B - $50.00

Category B licenses shall include, but are not limited to, the following or similar business activities:

Private detectives, taverns, places of liquor sale, pawn shops, salvage and junk, places of amusement or amusement devices; peddlers, tow trucks, pool halls, building and construction contractors, and dance halls. (Ord. 619, April 4, 1995).

Category C - $50.00

Category C licenses shall include, but are not limited to, the following or similar business activities:

Vehicles for hire, parades and demonstrations, private or public utilities, cable television, and telephone companies. (Ord. 619, April 4, 1995).

Multiple Businesses - $75.00

In the case of multiple businesses where more than one of any of the businesses for which a license is required is carried on by the same person in the same location.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

State Tax Registration

Washington State Department of Revenue, 22 W. Kennewick, WA 99336. Phone: 585-1501.

Contractor Licensing

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries, 500 N. Morain Street Kennewick, WA 99336. Phone: 735-0100.