Business In Yelm

Starting a Business:

We are excited to welcome your business! Whether your business is located in the City of Yelm, or if you are coming into the City to do business, you must first obtain a City of Yelm Business License through the Washington State Department of Revenue

  1.   File your online business license application or renewal
  2.   Get a city or state license
  3.   Access Washington business information instantly

If you are operating a business in your home, inquire about obtaining a Home Occupation Permit. If you are going door to door, inquire about obtaining a Peddler Permit. If you are a driver for hire, inquire about obtaining a Driver for Hire License. These are all additional permits excluding the business license.

Zoning & Permitting- Yelm has a variety of commercial zoning districts that allow a wide range of retail commercial activities. If you are interested in starting a business in Yelm, the first stop should be the Planning & Building Division. This is an opportunity for applicants, at no cost, to meet with City staff to discuss a proposed project before investing time or money. The intent is to identify all requirements before the project begins in order for you to make an informed decision. Existing retail spaces may need little to no improvement for your business, but please check first as some changes may require extensive upgrades.

Existing Businesses:

B & O Taxes- Yelm collects a business and occupation tax, based on the type of business you operate and gross income generated, or value of products produced. All Business & Occupation Tax filings can be completed using our electronic filing form at You must file a tax return each quarter even if no tax is due.

Special Events- The Yelm Sign Code allows additional signage for special events such as grand openings, sidewalks sales, and anniversary sales. You can have up to four special events a year at your place of business, up to 2 weeks each. Contact the Planning & Building Division for this free permit.

If your company is interested in working with Yelm, the City maintains Small Works and Consultant rosters through Municipal Research Services Center of Washington.