General Information

Business Licenses

Businesses Operating in Milton

The City is proud to have the following licensed businesses located in Milton.

Business Licensing

Any individual, corporation, partnership or sole proprietor who wishes to conduct business within the City of Milton must first obtain a nontransferable business license. All businesses must first register with the Department of Licensing Master Licensing program and be able to supply a UBI (Unified Business Identifier). In addition to obtaining a business license, you must also comply with all City, County, and State regulations for zoning, building, health and safety.

Each branch or location of a business must obtain a license as if each branch or location were a separate business; and when two or more businesses are conducted in the same location, each business must be licensed.

Online applications are available at: http://bls.dor.wa.gov/file.aspx.

Application in and of itself does not guarantee issuance of a license, and business may not be conducted while the application is in the approval or appeal process.

Failure to receive a notice of renewal shall not excuse the business from applying for and securing the license, and paying of all license fees due.

Home Occupations
For businesses operating out of a residence who have customers coming to their business, a Home Occupation Permit is also required (MMC 17.08.380) in addition to the Business License.  To apply for a Home Occupation Permit, please review the Home Occupation Regulations and complete this APPLICATION  Return the completed application to the City of Milton Public Works Office along with the $300.00 Home Occupation Permit Fee.  Do not return it with your Business License Application.

If your business operates out of a residence, but you do not have customers coming to your business, a permit is not required.  Even though a permit is not required, the business is still required to conform to the requirements for a Home Occupation.  To document the understanding of the requirement for regulatory compliance absent a permit, please complete the Exemption Form and return to the City of Milton Public Works Office.


Small Business Assistance Program: The City of Milton has created a Small Business Assistance Program to provide financial assistance to qualifying local small businesses that have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of the program is to help these businesses mitigate the economic impacts of COVID-19, lessen disruptions to workers, and maintain availability of local goods and services. The City is allocating $100,000 from the City’s portion of CARES Act funding to implement the Small Business Assistance Program available to eligible local small businesses. Please see our Small Business Assistance Program for complete details and application.

If you meet the criteria, here’s how to apply:

  • Review the policy and complete the application, Small Business Assistance Program. 
  • Submit application by email, mail or drop box no later than November 25, 2020. Limited funds are available and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis as determined by completed applications and proper documentation.
  • Questions? Please call 253-922-8733 or accountspayable@cityofmilton.net

ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF FEDERAL FUNDS: “This project was supported by a grant awarded by US Department of the Treasury. Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of the Treasury. Grant funds are administered by the Local Government Coronavirus Relief Fund thru the Washington State Department of Commerce.