Customer Service

Save Time, File and Pay Online

No walk-in service for business license and tax customers is currently available in the Seattle Municipal Tower. All in-person customers must make an appointment. Business license and tax customers should file their business taxes online at Those needing a regulatory license (e.g. adult entertainers and for-hire drivers) should make an appointment with the Consumer Protection Division

You can save time by going online to:

  • Apply for a business license
  • Renew a business license
  • Pay business taxes

Filing and Payment Options

Online Filing 
  • Apply, renew, file and pay business taxes and license fees.
Phone Tax Filing
(206) 684-8484
  • File using the automated phone system if you had less than $100,000 in revenue last tax year and do not owe taxes or fees.
  • You will need your City of Seattle customer number and tax obligation number to use this service.

  • Business license tax certificates cannot be renewed by phone. Renewal payments must be submitted online or through the mail.
US Postal Service
  • All tax returns and license fees can be paid and submitted though the US Postal Service.

Limited Service Appointment Only
No Walk-In Service

License and Tax Administration is offering limited in-person assistance on Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. You must make an appointment to receive in-person assistance. No walk-in customer service is available. Appointments only.

Payments for Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities can be made:

Money orders are available free of charge at any Wells Fargo branch in Seattle city limits. Include the following information with your check or money order when depositing it at a drop box location:

  • Your name and contact information, so we can reach you if there are questions.
  • The bill or invoice you received OR
  • The account number or invoice number you are paying.
  • If you do not have an account number or invoice number, please provide the department contact, name and/or phone you are working with.

Your payment will be processed as soon as possible. Pet licenses can be purchased online here.

Court tickets can be paid online here.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Stay up to date with COVID-19 updates and public health recommendations

City Finance

Jamie Carnell, Interim Director
Address: 700 Fifth Ave., 4th Floor, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 34214, Seattle, WA, 98124-4214
Phone: (206) 684-8484
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

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