If you want to register a business in Washington, it only takes a few easy steps. First off, you must file your formation documents to the Secretary of State office (or website). You need to provide the following information/documents during the filing process:
· Company name
· Business location
· Date of formation
· Type of business structure
· Information of Washington registered agent
· Signature of registered agent
· Personal information of signer(s)
The formation documents will be processed and wait for your UBI number. You will be notified if your business is formed using the contact information you provided. Take note of your UBI number.
The next step is to submit your business license application. You can also do this online. The types of licenses and permits required will vary depending on the type of business and your location.
You must then secure your Employer Identification Number for filing your business taxes in the future. Next, pay your taxes to the Department of Revenue in Washington. The final step is to obtain necessary insurances for your business.
It is also essential that you stay in compliance with all of the business regulations in the state of Washington. This will enable you to keep operating your business legally.
The local government of Washington consists of various units such as 39 counties, 279 municipalities, and 296 public school districts. In addition to these local government units, there are also 1,173 special districts, which include the public utility, hospital, cemetery, library, sewer districts, and more.
The state law is the one that determines the power that each municipalities have. The distinction between the local government units is not just classified according to the ones above. They can also be based on classes.
In the state of Washington, there are five classes of cities: first-class cities, second class cities, towns, unclassified city, and code cities.
Counties are able to form its own government using charters. However, counties are governed by an elected board of commissioners. There are also other elected officials that run the county such as the sheriff, prosecuting attorney, auditor, treasurer, clerk, and coroner. Meanwhile, the cities and towns follow either the mayor-council or council-manager systems.