FOR HIRE DRIVERS - If you have recently moved, please update your address ASAP. Call Taxes & Licenses at 509.625.6070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your license extension and avoid any lapse with your service. For more information, visit our recent blog regarding For-Hire licensing.
City of Spokane Partners with State Business Licensing Service in November 2012.
Taxes and Licenses, under the Office of Management & Budget, functions as a license office for regulatory licenses provided in Division II of Title 10 and administers the various municipal taxes set forth in Title 8 of the Spokane Municipal Code. We are responsible for processing applications, registrations, returns and renewals; and billing, collecting, accounting and auditing of fees and taxes.
The following licenses may be required in addition to a business license.
No person may engage in business in the City or with the City without first having obtained and being the holder of a valid temporary business registration (PDF 128 KB).
Failure to obtain either an amusement device operator's or owner's license or an amusement device license is a class 3 infraction.
Amusement device application (PDF 98 KB)
“Entertainment Facility” is any hotel, restaurant, café, club, tavern, or similar place where live entertainment involving music, singing, dancing, or other similar entertainment is presented to the public, together with food or alcohol.
An “amusement facility,” or “entertainment facility,” is any business, club, or location that is required to have a City business license or permit in accordance with Chapter 4.04 SMC where concerts, dances, carnivals, circuses, teen club, all-ages venue, or a cabaret is presented to the public as a regular course of doing business, not including:
Entertainment Facility license application (PDF 349 KB)
Temporary Entertainment Facility license application (PDF 129 KB)
Chapter 4.04 SMC A permit is required for charitable solicitation.
A regular or temporary business registration issued under Chapter 8.01 SMC must have an Itinerant Vendor Permit under any of the following circumstances:
Businesses with an itinerant vendor permit are required to:
Itinerant Vendor Application (PDF 140 KB)
License Extension! All for-hire licenses issued by the City of Spokane with an expiration date of October 31, 2020 will be extended to June 30, 2021. A temporary, extending driver license with a June 30, 2021 expiration date will be issued to all active for-hire drivers. Temporary taxi decals will be issued for vehicles registered with active taxi for-hire operators.
You may mail in documentation to Taxes & Licenses Dept 808 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201, email documentation to email@example.com*, or drop off documentation at the drop box outside City Hall on Post St (please label envelope Attn: Taxes & Licenses). Payment has to be mailed in or left in drop box. Check or money order payable to The City of Spokane. Online or over the phone payments are not available.
*Emailing documentation is only effective during COVID shutdown.
This chapter is enacted in the exercise of the City of Spokane's police power to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of people in the city of Spokane and pursuant to the specific recognition of the city's authority to regulate all for-hire vehicles as defined in this chapter and operating within the city of Spokane.
10.34A.030 Scope and Applicability
This chapter applies to all drivers and operators of for-hire vehicles, by whatever name, description, or method of operation, engaged in providing or facilitating for-hire transportation services in the city of Spokane; provided, that for-hire transportation services provided at Spokane International Airport are covered by regulations promulgated by, or agreements with, the Spokane Airport Board.
Section 10.34A.040 For-Hire Transportation Activities Requiring License
It is unlawful to act as a for-hire driver or a for-hire operator within the city of Spokane without first obtaining a license to do so as required by this chapter.
A violation of this section is a class one civil infraction. Each subsequent violation is a separate infraction.
SMC 10.51.010 “No person may operate a mobile food vending unit within the city of Spokane without first obtaining a Mobile Food Vendor Permit under this chapter.”