In-Town Business Licenses (formerly Home Occupation Licenses): The Town Council recently passed Ordinance 18-597, (effective January 1, 2019), updating Woodway’s business license regulations to comply with changes in state law. They also used this as an opportunity to update the home occupation section and combine it with the business license section. The major changes included in the updated Woodway Municipal Code (WMC) Chapter 4.01 are:

  1. The adoption of the model language used to define “engaging in business” and various exemptions.
  2. The home occupation regulations (formerly WMC Chapter 4.02) have been incorporated into WMC Chapter 4.01.060.
  3. The Town previously determined that home occupations that did not generate additional vehicle traffic would not be required to obtain a home occupation license. The updated regulations require a business with a physical location within any of the Town’s residential zoning districts to obtain a business license and to also comply with the regulations in WMC Chapter 4.01.060. If the annual value of products, gross proceeds of sales, or gross income of the business in the Town is equal to or less than $2,000, the business license fee shall be waived.

If you feel that, based on the amendments to the WMC, your company does not require a business license, you are not required to obtain a license. If you choose not to obtain a business license at this time, please remember to do so before working in Woodway or you may be subject to late application penalties. Please call Town Hall if you have any questions or concerns about your business license. Thank you and we look forward to working with you in the coming year.

The license fee, for those above the $2,000 threshold, remains $50.00 per calendar year. Please remember to include your license/permit fee with your application, as fees are required at time of submittal.

Business License Application
Home Occupation Supplement

Pet Licenses: Woodway requires licenses for dogs per WMC 5.04.030. If you would like to purchase a license for your cat, you are welcome to do so, but they are not required. *Note* Woodway has no animal control department to capture and return lost pets. We also have no equipment to read microchips. If you need to replace a lost tag, please come to Town Hall during business hours. Replacement tags are $5 each.

Lifetime Dog/Cat License - $20.00


Large Functions: If you will be hosting an event that will include 100 or more people, you are required to submit a Large Function Application to Town Hall for review at least 14 days prior to the event per WMC 6.12.020. Please include a parking plan per WMC 6.12.030 (A) (7) and also review WMC section 6.08.031 regarding the noise ordinance. If you have any questions, please contact Town Hall.

Large Function Application

If you would like to make an online payment for the licenses listed above, click here: webhome_XBP_Button_rectangle

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