Taxicab / Taxicab Driver Business License

City of East Wenatchee Business License

Chapter 5.04 of the City of East Wenatchee Municipal Code requires that every person engaging in business within the city limits of East Wenatchee to register their business and obtain a business license; this includes home based businesses and out of town contractors.

Businesses located outside the city that engage in business activity inside the city limits, must obtain a business license. To determine the appropriate fee only count employees working within the city limits.

Chapter 5.16 Taxicabs

5.16.020 Taxicab License Required

  • Every person who, by means of any taxicab, carries any person within the corporate limits of the city for hire, shall acquire a taxicab license for each taxicab operated within the city.
  • No license shall be issued under this section until the applicant has procured all licenses or permits required by the laws of the state of Washington for the operation of such taxicab and has executed any bonds required by law for such business.
  • The licensing of taxicabs and the licensing of drivers as provided herein shall be under the supervision and control of the police department. The city clerk shall be responsible for issuing all taxicab licenses, subject to the approval and recommendation of the police department. (Ordinance 17-17 Section 3, 2017; Ordinance 99-12 Section 1, 1999; Ordinance 93-1 Section 1, 1993)

5.16.030 Taxicab License Fees

Each applicant for a taxicab license shall pay a license fee of $50 for the first taxicab to be licensed and an additional $25 for each additional taxicab to be licensed. Taxicab licenses shall not be transferable from one taxicab to another or from one owner to another, except following the sale of the business and then only after the city has been notified by the new owner of such sale and all provisions of this chapter are otherwise met. Beginning January 1, 2018, on January 1st of each year, the city will increase the taxicab license fee by 100% of the U.S. Consumer Price Index of Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) August to August statistics for the West Urban Region for the preceding 12 months, rounded up to the nearest whole dollar. (Ordinance 17-13 Section 5, 2017; Ordinance 99-12 Section 1, 1999; Ordinance 93-1 Section 1, 1993).

5.16.200 Driver's License Fees

The license fee for a driver's license shall be $37 for the first year for the initial license and any renewals thereof. Driver's licenses shall not be transferable. The fee for reissuance of damaged or lost licenses shall be $5. (Ordinance 17-13 Section 5, 2017; Ordinance 99-12 Section 1, 1999; Ordinance 93-1 Section 1, 1993).

Additional Information

For all taxicab and taxicab driver related business license questions, please contact the City Clerk.