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This City addendum to the State of Washington Department of Revenue Business Licensing System general business license application is required of all business license applicants.
If the business is physically located on Bainbridge Island, Municipal Code states a business license application must be reviewed and approved for zoning and code compliance before a business license can be issued. The following questions relate to zoning and code compliance information specific to the Bainbridge Island Municipal Code. Planning & Community Development, the City department overseeing zoning and code compliance, requires the questions be answered in full for your business license application to be considered for approval.
Per Finance & Administrative Services, the City department overseeing business licensing, staff will attempt to obtain the answers to the following questions two (2) times. If after two attempts these required questions have not been answered, or not answered completely, the business license application will be terminated. No fee refunds are provided for a terminated license application.
Note: Your UBI is your business license number assigned by the State.
Note: A "General Business" license, also known as a commercial business license, is a category of business license indicating you have rented, leased, or purchased a commercially zoned location on the island to serve as the nexus of your businesses. For City purposes, rented work-share spaces are considered commercial property.
Note: The City of Bainbridge Island has a Sign Code, meaning any signage permanently affixed to the building or permanently stationed on the property must meet Code specifications. If you are working with a property manager and the property allows permanent signage, the manager is usually versed in the Code and knows the signage allowed. Lettering on doors or windows, or the business name on an interior directory, do not come under this Code requirement.
Note: The number of parking spaces designated for your use is typically outlined in your lease.
Per Municipal Code, commercial property must have dedicated parking. If no dedicated parking is available, please explain how parking needs are met for employees and customers.
Note: A "Home Occupation" business license, also known as a home business license, is a category of business license indicating that your home, in a limited capacity, serves as the physical presence nexus of your business.
A physical nexus presence of a business is defined where the everyday, standard business activities take place, activities such as organizing, booking, operating, administrating, bookkeeping, file retention etc. For City purposes:
Only if the rented space is allowing you to use their physical address as the established physical location of your business is a physical nexus presence established -- and, if that is the case, the license would be a General Business license, not a Home Occupation license.
Note: Per Municipal Code, you can use up to half of your residential gross floor area for business purposes. We will accept a good approximation of your square footage.
Note: Per Municipal Code, 'residential gross floor area' is defined as the square footage of your main living structure plus the square footage of any accessory buildings. 'Accessory buildings' are defined as Accessory Dwelling Units (or ADUs) or detached garages. An ADU may be a living or office space. A detached garage may be a barn or a stand-alone garage, but not a prefabricated shed or well house.
Note: What is being asked is if Zoning or Code Compliance were to walk onto the property -- not go inside any structures, but only walk onto the property -- would they see anything that would indicate business is being conducted. 'Equipment' includes such items as vehicles displaying the business name, vehicles awaiting repair as part of a business, a kiln, trailers used for business purposes, earth-moving equipment, tractors, etc.
Note: Municipal Code allows permanent signage for a home business but the sign must meet certain dimensional limitations. Municipal Code allows use of a-frames.
Note: This appears to be a repetition of a question asked through the State. However, Municipal Code clarifies the question in order to exclude any residents of the property.
Note: Remote employees are employees who work from a remote location outside of this home-based business. In other words, remote employees will not be required to come to your home in the course of working for this business.
Note: This Municipal Code stipulation does not relate to billing/invoicing or using any online payment platform. This question is asking if there will be customers coming to your property and handing you payment in exchange for your product or services.
(You can use this space to explain any circumstances impacting or mitigating direct sales at your home. For example, you can use this space to explain if your home is on the monthly Art Walk event, in which sales may take place, but you do not regularly open your home to customers.)
Note: This question addresses traffic in residential areas. While this question is similar to one asked by the State, Municipal Code addresses traffic in residential areas in terms of total round trips. Therefore, the question asks you to provide:
Trips as the normal course of living (e.g., dropping children at school, going to the store, etc.) are excluded from this question. However, trips related to conducting business (e.g., going to the bank to deposit a business payment, going to the UPS, USPS, FedEx, etc., to ship business packages, going to meet a client, etc.) must be included in this number.
A Mobile Retail Food Establishment is commonly known as a food truck or beverage truck. A Mobile Retail Food Establishment may sell food, only sell beverages, or sell a combination of food and beverage.
Approval to operate a Mobile Retail Food Establishment is an approval in addition to approval of a Home Occupation (home business) or General Business (commercial business) license. A Mobile Retail Food Establishment cannot serve as the physical location, the physical nexus presence, for your business because the mobile establishment is not a stationary structure on a single, permanent location.
For City purposes, food prepared in a limited-use rented commercial kitchen facility in order to meet Kitsap Public Health District standards is not the physical location, the physical nexus presence, for your Mobile Retail Food Establishment unless the rented commercial kitchen is allowing you to use their physical address as the established physical location of your business.
Be aware, Mobile Retail Food Establishments are heavily regulated within the City. This means even if a property owner gives you permission to operate your mobile establishment on their property, the zoning for the property may prohibit your truck to operate on that property. If you have questions about whether your Mobile Retail Food Establishment is allowed to operate in a certain area, contact Planning & Community Development at (206)780-3750 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following information MUST be submitted to the City for approval for each site in which you plan to operate your Mobile Retail Food Establishment:
Submit all required information to email@example.com. Make certain to include identifying information such as UBI and business name. Failure to provide the required information will result in termination of your business license application. No refunds are provided for a terminated business license application.
Note: Cannabis growing, processing, and/or retail establishments are heavily regulated within the City. This means cannabis establishments are only allowed to operate within certain zones. If you have questions about whether a potential site is zoned for cannabis establishments, contact Planning & Community Development at (206)780-375 or firstname.lastname@example.org..
Cannabis establishments MUST meet requirements of WAS Chapter 314-55 AND BIMC 18.09 for marijuana businesses.
The State and Municipal Code allow certain businesses to be exempted from the City's business license fee.
Furthermore, the exemption is not granted in perpetuity:
A City business license fee is $65. If you apply for and are approved for an exemption via the City, the City will refund your $65 business license fee collected by the State. The City will not refund any State handling or service fees incurred as part of completing the State business license application.
One or both types of fee exemptions may apply to your business plan:Temporary Stationary Business is any business activity carried on at the same fixed location for not more than one (1) day per week and not more than four (4) consecutive weeks in one (1) calendar year or any business carried on at the same fixed location in the City for not more than four (4) consecutive day in one (1) calendar year. This exemption is limited to non-resident businesses. Businesses on Bainbridge Island do not qualify for this exemption.
Minimum Threshold Business is any person or business whose annual value of products, gross proceeds of sales, or gross income of the business in the City is equal to or less than $2,000.
(Example Substantiation: My craft business is a year old. I only expect to sell on the island once a week during the summer. My gross annual income on Bainbridge Island for last year was $800 and do not expect to exceed that income for the current year.)
Finance & Administrative Services, the City department overseeing business licensing, will review your answers for completeness and contact you if there is any additional information required.
After determining the addendum information is complete, Finance & Administrative Services will attach these addendum answers your business license application and forward your application to Planning & Community Development (PCD) for zoning and code compliance review and approval. Should PCD have additional questions as part of their review, they will contact you directly.
The City of Bainbridge Island proudly supports the business community. If you have any questions regarding business licensing, contact us at (206) 842-7633 or email@example.com.
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