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Customer Service Center

The City recently remodeled our permit center to offer a one-stop center where customers can meet and work with staff from Community Development to get projects done on time and on budget with the goal of making sure that we are asking the right questions, meeting our customer's needs, and problem-solving continuously. The best measure of how we perform is when we have helped you succeed.

We identified and implemented process and code changes that make working with us even easier. Every day, we strive to make sure that our customers have:

  • Questions answered
  • Expedited permit processing
  • Customer-service-focused problem solving
  • Competitive fee structures

Business Licenses

The City offers a low cost business license and no business and occupation tax. Business licenses are valid from January 1st to December 31st and cost $100 ($50.00 for Outside City Contractors Business License). Certain businesses pay a different fee. For a listing of these businesses, please see city code 5.20.030.

It is easy to apply for a business license:

Contact the City Permit Center at 253-931-3090 if you have any questions or need additional information.

Businesses which process or serve food are required to have an approved Fats, Oils, and Grease Control Plan on file. Information regarding the requirement can be found on the FOG Reduction Program webpage.

Permit Center

Permit and Application Fees

Please contact the Permit Center at 253-931-3090 to verify fees prior to submitting your application.

City of Auburn Fee Schedules (PDF)
VRFA Fee Schedule (PDF)


The Auburn Permit Center is located in the Customer Service Center, 2nd floor, One East Main Street in downtown Auburn, across the street from City Hall. There is plenty of free parking available nearby.


The Permit Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, excluding recognized holidays. You can also access our online services page around the clock.

Contact Info

  • Phone: 253-931-3090
  • Fax: 253-804-3114