Seattle is a flourishing metropolis -- driven by a diverse and resilient economy, strong entrepreneurial spirit and historically vital business sectors. Use the choices below to see what makes Seattle thrive and to find City resources to help your business grow.
As a starting point, visit growseattle.com , a portal to business services at the City of Seattle to START | GROW | and GREEN your business.
ConsultantView consultant solicitations, search consultant contracts, get Consultant Roster information.
City Policies and ProgramsQuick links to Blanket Contracts , Equal Benefits , Green Purchasing
TaxesOnline tax resource information. Pay Seattle Business License Tax or Occupation Utility online.
Business LicensesApply for a new or renew a Seattle Business License online or Search for a city licensed business.
Building and Construction PermitsOnline links for the City's Department of Planning and Development, King County and Washington State.
City SurplusAuctions and Sales information for City surplus property; Includes Vehicles, equipment, furniture, computers, industrial material and city street signs.
Seattle Economy and Trade
Seattle: A Better Way to Work. Why Seattle thrives, FAQs, Seattle's WiFi Project and International Trade Information.
Doing Business in Seattle
Pay your business taxesFile and pay Seattle Business License Tax or Occupation Utility Tax online.
Check if a business is licensed in SeattleLook up a business in the City of Seattle Business License Database.
Mayor's Small Business AwardsThe Mayor honors outstanding local businesses at Town Hall for their contributions to Seattle's diverse economy.
Renew Your Business LicenseRenew your business license and update your business information online.
Find Financial Support for BusinessesThis Office of Economic Development guide helps connect businesses to financing, loans and tax incentives.
Start a Business in Seattle
This Office of Economic Development Guide helps potential business owners' access local resources and support.
View the City's comprehensive Services A to Z listing or contact the Customer Service Bureau at 684-CITY (2489).
Planning and Development in Seattle
DPD PermitsWalk through the DPD permit application process. Info on common permit projects, types of permits issued by DPD, and contact info if you need more help.
DPD Tools and ResourcesFind permit & complaint status, zoning, or activity in your neighborhood. Use the DPD Tools and Recources portal to find info about permits, payments, forms and publications, maps, zoning, public notices and records.
Green Building Permit IncentivesThe Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) will put your project ahead of others to help you meet the highest sustainability goals.
DPD GISDPD GIS offers interactive maps using Seattle GIS data and Microsoft Virtual Earth.
Seattle's Population and DemographicsThe City's Population and Demographics website provides population, housing and geographic data, reports, and other information for Seattle and its neighborhoods.
City PlanningProject planning and city initiative information, including a planning meeting event calendar.
Codes and RulesAnswers to common code questions, what codes DPD enforces, how to make a property or building complaint and how to check on complaint status, and code compliance contact information.
Parcel DataUse this search tool to find parcel information, including a simple parcel map, for a selected parcel within the Seattle city limits.
Electrical Permits OnlineThe online system allows you to apply, pay for and self-issue certain types of electrical permits in real time when no plan review is required.