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Rental Business License

Rental Business 

The activity of renting or leasing real property (residential dwellings, land or commercial buildings) requires a business license. Only one business license is required for all rental properties in Tacoma.  Property owners are required to register every rental property located in Tacoma when licensing and certify that each property meets the requirements of RCW 59.18.060.  

 

It has been statistically demonstrated that some rental properties are responsible for a disproportionate share of police and emergency medical calls for service and blighted property conditions.  The license fee provides revenues to the City’s general fund to help support crime prevention training, education, inspection and code enforcement services related to rental properties.

 

Apply for New Rental Business License

 

Online - the easiest way to file; use FileLocal to register online, user fees apply. Allow three to five business days to process your application. 

 

Mail – complete the Registration and Rental Business License Application. Allow up to fifteen business days from the date you mail the application to receive your license.

 

In Person – complete the Registration and Rental Business License Application.  Allow up to one hour to process a new business license application. Applications received after 4 PM will be accepted, however, may not be processed the same day.

 

The Tax & License office is located at 747 Market St., Room 212, Tacoma, WA 98402. Payment is due at time of application; cash, check or credit cards are accepted.