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COVID-19 Tax Relief for Tacoma Businesses


Tax & License Office Temporarily Closed  

To protect the health and safety of our staff and customers and to help lessen the impact of COVID-19, the Tax & License Customer Service area is temporarily closed. Although this temporary counter closure means we may not be able to assist you in-person, our staff is working remotely to continue to serve you, Monday through Friday from 8 AM - 5 PM. 

Payment/Contact Options

We have a number of options available to make a payment, register a new business or contact us.  


Tax & License:      Renew/apply for business license, file/pay tax at FileLocal-wa.gov 

Animal License:    Renew/apply for pet license at cityoftacoma.org/pets 

Phone:            (253) 591-5252

Email:               licenseinfo@cityoftacoma.org

Mail:                PO BOX 11640, Tacoma WA 98402


Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.


Tax & License Team

Mission Statement

The Tax & License division acts with Integrity, Service, Excellence, and Equity in administering Tacoma's tax, license, and employment standards regulations - providing for a fair, equitable, and safe business and working environment while delivering high-quality customer service.



Available Services 


I Want To:

  1. File my taxes or renew my business license online with FileLocal
  2. Close My Account
  3. Update My Mailing Address
  4. Print My Business License Certificate

What's New


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Chronic Nuisance and Business License Code Changes 

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