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(1) Application for the city’s general business license required by this chapter is made through the Business Licensing Service (BLS), and must include all information required for all licenses requested, the total fees due for all such licenses, and the application handling fee required by RCW 19.02.075. The BLS will provide information of the license application to the city, and the city clerk-treasurer will ensure the proper review of the license application and applicant as appropriate prior to approving issuance of the license through the BLS.

(2) For all other city licenses that may be required, and which are obtainable only directly from the city, the following requirements apply:

(a) No such license shall be issued or renewed except upon written application made to the city clerk-treasurer. If, in the opinion of the city clerk-treasurer, there exists any question regarding the approval of an application, said application shall be submitted to the chief of police and/or considered by the city council at its next regularly scheduled meeting.

(b) The application for such a license shall contain the information as required on a city license application. Each application shall be signed by the business owner or the business owner’s registered agent and shall state the nature of the business, address and telephone number and the names and addresses of all owners of the business, and such other information as may be required by the city. All applications shall be completed in full.

(c) No license issued to do business within the limits of the city shall be transferable. Only the individuals to whom the license is issued shall be eligible to operate on that license. If multiple persons are listed on a license each person may be investigated individually; separate investigation fees may apply.

(d) All persons operating on or doing business under a license of the city shall, at all times, keep such license either on their person or properly displayed while operating within the city limits.

(e) No person shall be issued a business license if the laws and regulations of the state of Washington or the United States government require such person to have a license or permit under state or federal law or regulation and such person does not possess such state or federal license or permit.

(f) The city clerk-treasurer or designee is authorized but not required to mail business license applications. Failure of the business to receive such a form shall not excuse the business from complying with all requirements of this chapter. (Ord. 591 § 1, 2022; Ord. 534 § 1, 2018; Ord. 456 § 1, 2012; Ord. 325 § 4, 1996)