Business Utility Tax

Apply for and file Business Utility Tax or Gambling Tax


Utility Occupation Tax Program

According to the authority given in the Kirkland Municipal code under Chapter 5.08, Utility occupation tax code, certain Kirkland businesses are required to pay Kirkland Utility occupation tax. Businesses within the city of Kirkland that provide electricity, gas service, cable, garbage and telephone/wireless technology are subject to this tax. For further details on this tax please refer to the above referenced code.


Steps to Apply for Utility Business Tax Program:

  1. Apply for a Business License.
    • Businesses may register for a license with the City of Kirkland through the Washington Business Licensing Service’s (BLS) one-stop online business licensing portal. If you would like to fill out the application by hand, you can print out a form here. More information regarding how to apply for a business license can be found here.
  2. Email to receive your City of Kirkland Tax Account number
    • Include your assigned tax account number on your form each month when submitting your tax payment
  3. File and pay taxes
    • Taxes must be paid by the 10th of every month following the month in which activity occurred.
    • Pay your taxes by completing the appropriate tax form below. Mail the completed tax return form, along with a check for payment to:


City of Kirkland - Tax Section 

123 5th Ave 

Kirkland, WA 98033



Telephone, Cable Electric and/or Gas Tax Form

Telephone, Cable Electric and/or Gas Tax Form(PDF, 470KB)

Sanitary / Garbage Services Tax Form

Sanitary/ Garbage Services Tax Form(PDF, 578KB)   



Gambling Tax Program

Under the authority granted by the Kirkland municipal code chapter 7.48 Gambling restrictions- Tax, businesses involved in gambling activities are required to file and pay gambling taxes each quarter. For full details of the City of Kirkland gambling restrictions and tax rates please refer to the above referenced code. Taxes are due as follows: 


Tax Period

Tax Due Date

January – March

April 30th

April – June

July 31st

July September

October 31st

October – December

January 31st


Gambling Tax Form

Gambling Tax Form(PDF, 475KB)


If you have any questions regarding utility or gambling tax, due dates or tax rates, please email us at