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 , a portal to business services at the City of Seattle to START | GROW | and GREEN your business.

Public Works

View construction bids solicitations, City guidelines, templates and policies.


View goods and services solicitations, search blanket contracts, contact a Buyer.


View consultant solicitations, search consultant contracts, get Consultant Roster information.


Interested in doing business with the City of Seattle? The first step is to register your firm.

City Policies and Programs

Quick links to Blanket Contracts , Equal Benefits , Green Purchasing

Contract Search

Consultant Contract

Women and Minority Business (WMBE)

Tools for minority-owned and women-owned businesses (WMBEs).


Online tax resource information. Pay Seattle Business License Tax or Occupation Utility online.

Business Licenses

Apply for a new or renew a Seattle Business License online or Search for a city licensed business.

Building and Construction Permits

Online links for the City's Department of Planning and Development, King County and Washington State.

City Surplus

Auctions 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 taxes

File and pay Seattle Business License Tax or Occupation Utility Tax online.

Check if a business is licensed in Seattle

Look up a business in the City of Seattle Business License Database.

Mayor's Small Business Awards

The Mayor honors outstanding local businesses at Town Hall for their contributions to Seattle's diverse economy.

Renew Your Business License

Renew your business license and update your business information online.

Find Financial Support for Businesses

This 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.

City Services

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 Permits

Walk 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 Resources

Find 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 Incentives

The Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) will put your project ahead of others to help you meet the highest sustainability goals.


DPD GIS offers interactive maps using Seattle GIS data and Microsoft Virtual Earth.

Seattle's Population and Demographics

The City's Population and Demographics website provides population, housing and geographic data, reports, and other information for Seattle and its neighborhoods.

City Planning

Project planning and city initiative information, including a planning meeting event calendar.

Codes and Rules

Answers 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 Data

Use this search tool to find parcel information, including a simple parcel map, for a selected parcel within the Seattle city limits.

Electrical Permits Online

The 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.




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