Bellingham syncs business registration process with state system

Business owners seeking a Bellingham business registration and a state business license will be able to apply for both at one time now that the city has partnered with the Washington State Department of Revenue to manage the registration process.

The new structure allows Bellingham business owners to apply online with the state’s Business Licensing Service. Registrations can also be sent to state business licensing offices or to Bellingham City Hall.

“Combining the city registration and state license application simplifies steps for our local businesses to get up and running with no added costs,” said John Carter, the city’s finance director, in a press releas. “The new online options will also speed up the process and reduce the chance of errors or incomplete applications.”

City officials have also launched an online local Business and Operation tax payment method.

In Washington, 54 cities have similar combined licensing structures.

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