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King County business licenses

A pawnshop license is required in unincorporated King County where merchandise of any kind is received for which money is loaned or the repayment of a security is required (Title 6* of the King County Code). The license fee is $500 per year, pro-rated quarterly for new applicants applying after January 1st. Licenses expire annually on December 31st.

Detailed record keeping, holding periods, and reports to the King County Sheriff's Office are required.

To apply, complete a Pawn Shop and Pawn Broker License Application. Submit completed applications by email to For assistance, contact Permitting at 206-296-6600 or email