Doing Business in Snohomish County
Planning to start a business in Snohomish County? Expand your existing business? Thinking about relocating here? Snohomish County Government offers a range of services to support you. Contact our Office of Economic Development to fast track your business here.
Starting a BusinessThe Washington State Department of Commerce Choose Washington portal features information on starting your business in Washington state, including “Grow Your Business”.
Information on policies and procedures for starting a business in Washington state is available from the Washington state Department of Revenue. For information on licensing a business in Washington state, visit the Washington state Department of Licensing.
Economic Alliance Snohomish County offers comprehensive information about starting or purchasing a business in Snohomish County, including resources for minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses. It also offers several resources tailored to small businesses, including related to contracting opportunities, training, and other assistance.
Resources for Entrepreneurs and Startups
Northwest Innovation Resource Center: NWIRC works to support innovators, inventors, and entrepreneurs in Snohomish County and northwestern Washington State bring their ideas to life.
Startup Washington: An extension of the national Startup America partnership, Startup Washington works to enhance the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Washington State through supporting entrepreneurs to build successful, sustainable businesses.
Ventures: Ventures is a non-profit organization providing education, support, and access to capital needed to launch and grow successful small enterprises, with a focus on low-income, women, and minority populations for whom traditional business development services are often out of reach.
Expanding Your Business
Thinking about expanding your business in Snohomish County? Planning and Development Services (PDS) is your one-stop resource for assistance with permitting, land use and commercial development applications, zoning, code compliance, inspections, and more.
Snohomish County licenses certain businesses that pose a health, safety and/or welfare concern to residents of Snohomish County as defined by county code. Businesses may also need to register with or obtain a business license from the Washington state Department of Revenue, the Secretary of State's Office, and/or other agencies or local governments. More information is available through the Snohomish County Auditor.
If you are locating your business within an incorporated city, please check with each city about its business licensing requirements.
Relocating to Snohomish County
Looking to relocate your business to Snohomish County?
Economic Alliance Snohomish County serves as a primary economic development contact for companies considering locating new business and industrial facilities here. Their website features comprehensive site selectors and other informational resources.
Snohomish County offers competitive options for industrial and commercial properties. For information on leasing opportunities at Paine Field – Snohomish County Airport, visit the Paine Field website.
Economic Alliance Snohomish County features listings of available business property in Snohomish County.
Information on siting and real estate availability in incorporated cities and the Port of Everett is available through their individual websites.
Innovation Partnership Zones
Washington State has designated innovation partnership zones (IPZs) that offer businesses and investors specialized environments that cluster research, workforce training, and businesses to help create new innovations, products, and jobs.
Snohomish County hosts two innovation partnership zones:
Aerospace Convergence Zone (countywide)
Bothell Biomedical Manufacturing Innovation Zone