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Starting a Business

Many businesses choose to locate on Bainbridge Island because of the lifestyle, sense of community , and the easy access to Seattle and Kitsap County.

Business types range from industry leaders like Sage Manufacturing and Net Systems to home-based Internet companies.

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Registering Your Business
The State of Washington provides one-stop business registration to assist in understanding and meeting federal, state, and local licensing requirements. The process includes obtaining a Master Business Application and UBI number and registering a Trade Name. Applications for a Master Business License can be obtained at:

Master Business Application
Washington State Dept. of Revenue
P. O. Box 9034
Olympia, WA 98507-9034
1-800-647-7706 (automated)

Dept. of Labor and Industries
Washington State
500 Pacific Ave., Suite 400
Bremerton, WA 98312

Request a new Master Application if you are changing your business, structure, name, ownership, product or service, etc..

Obtaining a City License
All businesses located on Bainbridge Island or doing business in the City of Bainbridge Island must apply for a city business license. Forms can be obtained at City Hall or online at the City's web site.

City of Bainbridge Island
280 Madison Avenue
(206) 780-8610
Hours: 8:00 - 4:00 p.m. Mon. - Fri
Business License Information

Obtaining a Specialty License
Many times a business owner may need additional licenses for landscaping, painting, shipbuilding, or other purposes. For more information on specialty licenses, contact the Business and Professions Division at 360/753-4401, or on the Department of Licensing web site at

State and Federal Tax Requirements
These vary with the form and nature of your business. For state tax assistance, contact the Department of Revenue at 1-800-647-7706 or The IRS can assist you with federal forms, information, and publications. For general information, call 1-800-829-1040. For IRS forms and Business Tax Kits, call 1-800-829-3676.

Wage Regulations
For questions concerning wage regulations, call or write to the Department of Labor & Industries at:

Department of Labor & Industries
Employment Standards
315 - 5th Ave. S, Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98104-2607
1-206-515-2800 or 1-800-274-1288

Wage Regulation

Department of Labor & Industries
P. O. Box 44400
Olympia, WA 98504
1-866-219-7321 or 1-360-902-5316

Industrial Health & Safety Regulations
For information on health and safety rules, contact:

Division of Industrial Safety & Health
P. O. Box 44600
Olympia, WA 98504-4600
1-800-423-7233 or 1-360-902-5470

Industrial Insurance
For information on hiring employees, on insurance, and on tax withholding for employees, contact:

Division of Industrial Insurance
Employer Services
P. O. Box 44144, MS-4144
Olympia, WA 98504-4144
1-800-321-2808 or 1-360-902-5799

Environmental Regulations
For guidelines or permits concerning air/water quality, shoreline protection, waste disposal, etc. contact:

Washington State Department of Ecology
P. O. Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600
1-425-649-7000 – Northwest Regional Office

Employment Security
Call 360-902-9500 for information.

Local Fire Regulations
Bainbridge Island Fire Department 206-842-7686

Business Assistance
For general business information, start-up information or business assistance, contact the CTED Business Assistance Center’s Hotline at 1-800-237-1233.

Small Business Development
The Washington State University Small Business Development Center provides one-on-one counseling to small businesses. The centers help businesses develop a business plan, map out a business strategy, develop a bookkeeping system, and assist with business start-up at no cost. Also, at no cost, the centers help businesses with research and market analysis. Furthermore through a statewide network of community colleges, the centers sponsor education and training workshops. For more information and/or an appointment, call the Small Business Development Center in Seattle (2401 Fourth Ave., Suite 450), 1-206-553-7328;