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Doing Business in Sammamish

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Krista Kielsmeier
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Sammamish Business Portal

Sammamish is a growing city with a thriving business community. This Business Portal provides information on how to do business in the City.

Everything you need to succeed

The Sammamish Business Portal is the City’s primary online resource for businesses. It serves existing, new and future businesses as they explore opportunities to locate and grow in Sammamish. Whether you already own a business or are researching how to start a business, this Business Portal will provide the information you need.

Doing Business in Washington
This website will help you get the WA state licenses and permits you need to start a business. Just don't forget to also review the Sammamish permits here.
Doing Business in Washington
SBA Small Business Guide
If you are a startup this site will help you with the planning process to ensure you are adhering to US regulations.
SBA Small Business Resource Guide
Choose Washington
The State Department of Commerce created this resource page to help you understand the various agencies and partners that you should be aware of.
Choose Washington State
Business Licensing
Learn what it takes to move your idea from dream to reality.
Business License FAQs
Business Permitting
Discover the information and resources you need to grow your business and thrive.
Permit Center
Town Center
Explore the attractive features in the Town Center area.
Town Center

Why do business in Sammamish?

Sammamish is a highly educated and family-oriented city with a growing business community and strategic placement in the central Puget Sound region.

  • Diverse community
  • Highly skilled workforce
  • Median household income of $144,000

The City is strategically located near several major employers (such as Microsoft). It borders the communities of Issaquah to the south and Redmond to the North. The City is uniquely positioned near major employment areas (Seattle, Bellevue) as well as two important transportation corridors (Interstate 90 and State Route 520).

Starting a new business in Sammamish

Below is a helpful list of things to do when starting a new business in Sammamish.

Work on a business plan

Focus on fine tuning your business plan. Leverage available resources through the City and state of Washington.

Choose a location

Start researching your site and space needs. Identify potential locations for your business.

Know your site and zoning

Before moving forward, make sure your site is zoned for your business and use. The City has a number of land use designations that allow for the operation of a business. It is important to understand the rules and regulations applicable to your location.

For specific questions about land use and zoning, speak with the City of Sammamish Planning Division. They can also answer permitting questions.

Verify building use and permits

Work with the City to verify land use or building permit requirements that may apply to you. Navigating the building permit process can be complicated. It's important to work with the City to understand any requirements your location or business may be subject to.

Even if you aren't planning to make improvements or changes to a property, it's important to check with the Building Division. They can make sure your space meets all applicable codes and requirements. Learn more at the Permit Center.

Obtain a business license

Obtain a business license through the Washington State Business License Service. All businesses are required to have one. The city's annual business license fee is $15.00.

Meet other requirements

Research other potential licensing and permitting requirements required by the State and other entities. Liquor licenses are an example.

Understand local taxes

In addition, understand the taxes you're responsible for as a business owner in Sammamish and Washington State.

Below is a brief summary of applicable taxes in the state of Washington and the City of Sammamish.

  • The city has no business and occupation tax (B&O) on businesses.

  • The city has no utility tax, including electricity, natural gas, water, sewer, solid waste, and cable TV.

  • The city has a 5% admissions tax on theaters, although none currently exist within its borders.

  • Businesses operating in Sammamish are required to report retail sales in Sammamish to the state using Tax Code 1739.

  • Businesses and consumers buying goods from out of state not for resale are required to pay use-tax on those items. A "Consumer Use Tax Return"

Sammamish Town Center

Locate your business in the heart of the city

Sammamish Town Center is the City’s newest and most ambitious mixed use residential and commercial center. It allows a diverse range of commercial uses. It is currently home to millions of dollars in private and public investment.

Learn more about features you could enjoy as a business at Sammamish Town Center.

Sammamish Town Center -- start or grow your business today!

Sponsored by the Port of Seattle

The Business Portal was sponsored by the Port of Seattle. Learn more about the Economic Development Plan sponsored by the Port.

Sponsored by the Port of Seattle

Contact the City

For more information or to reach out directly to City staff, please contact the Front Desk for general business questions. Contact Kellye Hilde for Town Center questions.