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 37 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 106 KB)
“Entertainment Facilty” 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 50 KB))
Chapter 4.04 SMC A permit is required for charitable solicitation.
A charitable solicitation permit is a Class I license as provided in Chapter 4.04.
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 25 KB)
Section 10.34.020 Activities Requiring License
You may need a special event permit if your event is a pre-planned activity that involves the use of, or has impact on, public property, facilities and/or needs the provisions of City public safety services. If your event is on private property, but may still impact public services or safety you may be required to obtain a special events permit.
Examples of special events include, but are not limited to, block parties, parades, demonstrations, concerts, run/walk events, celebrations, commercial or non-profit/fundraising forms of entertainment, amusement, and cultural recognition. This information is not all inclusive and only meant to be a general guide as to which events may require permits. Some events may require permits from more than one Department.
Depending on where the event will be held, certain City department(s) will act as the main contact. Once applications are received, the originating department will notify all other City departments that need to be involved with the upcoming event. Each department will review the application for anything that may require special conditions, inspections, permits, or licenses. Once the Special Event Permit is approved, the event can occur.
See the table below to download the correct application for your event. Please note that some events overlap: for example, planning a foot race that begins and ends in Riverfront Park with a beer garden and live music at the end, but the majority of the race is on city streets. You would begin with the Special Event Permit application and the Permit Issuing Department (in this case, Police) will coordinate with the other departments involved. Please note this may require additional permits.
|Criteria||Permit Issuing Department||Application|
|Is your event on the public right of way (roads, sidewalks)? Would it be considered a block party?||Engineering Services||Block Party Permit (PDF 62 KB)|
|Is your event on the public right of way (roads, sidewalks)? Examples: races, parades, marches||Police Department||Special Event Permit (PDF 79 KB)|
|Is your event in a City park, but not Riverfront Park?||Parks Department||Parks Special Event Permit (PDF 341 KB)|
|Is your event in Riverfront Park?||Parks Department||RFP Special Event Permit (PDF 127 KB)|
|Is your event on private or public property that will involve open flame, fireworks, cooking fuels, tents or canopies, amusement buildings, or involve a beer garden?||Fire Department||Fire Special Event Permit (PDF 111 KB)|
|Is your event on private property, such as parking lot, but could potentially create noise violations (amplification, music, etc.)? If a concert or dance, may need Temporary Entertainment License.||Engineering Services||Block Party Permit (PDF 62 KB)|
|Taxes and Licenses||Temporary Entertainment License (PDF 64 KB)|