In addition to a business license, one or more of the following Regulatory Licenses are required if your business engages in any of the activities listed below. Regulatory licenses may also have a separate application and renewal forms. Businesses requiring a regulatory license must also maintain a Tacoma business license.
For more information on Regulatory Licenses, contact the Tax and License Division at (253) 591-5252 or view the Tacoma Municipal Code Title 6 -Tax and License Code.
In an effort to promote and encourage long-term sidewalk vending, Tacoma's City Council has changed the requirements for sidewalk vending businesses. The City has partnered with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, and the Go Local campaign to help create an easier application process for potential sidewalk vending business. For more information, please call Tax and License at (253) 591-5252. For information on the Health Department mobile food cart requirements please call (253) 798-6460.
In addition to the City of Tacoma, vendors are required to contact other regulatory agencies to ensure they are in compliance.
Requirements for Entertainment and Dancing Establishments
Written safety plans are a requirement for all entertainment establishments that hold an Entertainment and Dancing license. An Entertainment and Dancing Supplemental Form will be sent to all current licensed businesses when their license renews.
Security Personnel License
Security personnel working at an establishment will need to obtain a Security Personnel license by completing the Security Personnel license application. Security Personnel applicants will also be required to attend the City's training program. It is the responsibility of the business owner to ensure that the security personnel working at their establishment has a current license with the City of Tacoma.
For a detailed list of the requirements, please read Tacoma Municipal Code Chapter 6B.70 or contact the Tax and License office at (253) 591-5522 or via email.