Doing Business in Kirkland

Outside of buildings on Market Street in Kirkland

Kirkland businesses are essential to the fabric of our community. We are so grateful that you have chosen to do business in Kirkland. Our City staff and departments are available to assist and inform the business community about important opportunities, resources and strategies to survive and thrive during the continued challenges presented by the COVID-19 global pandemic. The City of Kirkland is intentional about creating and supporting a community and economy that are inclusive and welcoming. The safety, vitality and inclusivity of our community is our top priority. 

Business Licensing

For more information on how to apply for a Washington state business license, visit our Apply for a Business License webpage. The City of Kirkland requires a license for all businesses located within City limits, or conducting business within City limits. This Kirkland City business license, sometimes referred to as a Kirkland endorsement, is needed in addition to your state business license. Visit the Washington State Department of Revenue website for more information. 


Permits are required for a variety of operations, events, marketing activities and development. For information on application processes related to permits, visit our permits information page. 



Codes & Laws

For information about codes and laws related to conducting business in Kirkland, visit our Codes & Laws information page.

Development Services

Development within the City of Kirkland can involve three major departments: Planning and BuildingPublic Works, and Fire.  Specialized workgroups from each of these departments are collectively referred to as Development Services. For more information on Development Services, visit the Development Services Center


Economic Development

The City of Kirkland is an active, participating member of a robust, regional economic development ecosystem that includes Cities, government and non-profit organizations, service providers and other partners dedicated to the economic vitality of the Eastside. To learn about resources and to connect with local and regional partners who can assist your business, visit our Economic Development portal. 

Tax Information - Sales Tax

Any retail sales tax generated in Kirkland needs to be reported to the Washington State Department of Revenue, under sales tax code #1716. Phone number to reach Department of Revenue is 360-705-6705.

Tax Information - Business and Occupation Tax

The City of Kirkland does not levy any type of business and occupation taxes, except for Utility(PDF, 26KB) companies.