Per Mountlake Terrace Municipal Code 5.05.020, a business is defined as "the carrying on of any form of activity for gain, profit or advantage, whether direct or indirect".
In Mountlake Terrace, business licenses are required for all businesses, including home occupations, single-family residence rentals, apartment complexes, and businesses located outside the city, performing work within the city.
A business license application can be obtained by clicking on a link below or in person at Interim City Hall, 6100 219th Street SW, Suite 200. Business license hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. License fees are due at the time the business license application is submitted. We are unable to accept payment online or over the phone.
Businesses Physically Located Within the City
Please call for information and pricing for these types of business license applications:
- Commercial Business License (PDF)
- Home Occupation Business License (PDF)
- Residential Rental Business License (PDF)
- Taxi Cab Driver's Certificate Application (PDF)
Businesses Physically Located Outside The City
Please call if estimated annual gross revenue will be under $12,000.
For businesses physically located outside of the city and doing work within the city, you need the following application: Non-Resident Business License (PDF).
Business Tax Information
The City of Mountlake Terrace does not have a B&O tax. To obtain a UBI number or for tax information, visit the Washington State Department of Revenue website or contact them at 1-800-647-7706.
For information on permanent signage, please contact the Community & Economic Development Department. You may download a Temporary Signs Brochure (PDF).
Events For Business
Mountlake Terrace Business Association
The association meets monthly on the third Wednesday of each month at 11:45 a.m. for lunch with the formal meeting beginning about noon. Please check their website or Facebook each month to confirm.