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We wish to take this opportunity to welcome you and your business to the community! We believe that you will find great opportunities here in Federal Way, located near the I-5 corridor and our beautiful Puget Sound. Federal Way is a centrally located major city with many resources for your business.

We wish you every success in your endeavors!

If you need assistance please contact us at 253-835-2506 or click here to email us.



The City of Federal Way regulates all businesses operating within city limits per City Code 12.05.040. These include standard businesses, home occupations, temporary permits, outside contractors, right of way activity permits, day care and adult family homes. Depending on the type of business you are registering, it can take one to four weeks to process your application. Specialty registrations such as pawnbroker, second hand dealer, day care and adult family homes will need to fill out an additional application. Depending on the type of registration, it may take 1-4 weeks for processing and review.


To find out if your business is regulated under Federal Way jurisdiction, click here to go to the King County Parcel Viewer. Applications are in pdf format.

            Physical & Mailing Address:
City of Federal Way
            Business Registration
            33325 8th Ave. S.
            Federal Way WA 98003

If you have further questions regarding business registration, or if you would like an application mailed, faxed, or emailed to you, please contact 253.835.2506 or bl@cityoffederalway.com, fax 253.835.2509. You can also stop by the Finance Department on the second floor of City Hall. 

If you are trying to open a Pet Related business, you also need to get a Public Health Permit. Their website for Pet Related Businesses: 


Business Services

Free Assistance for Small Businesses
If you are a small business and would like free assistance with issues related to marketing, loan applications, forecasting, equity funding and buildings and equipment, please contact the Small Business Development Center through Highline College at 206.878.3710 or by email.



Ade Ariwoola
Finance Director

33325 8th Ave. S.
Federal Way, WA  98003

Ph: 253.835.2527