When planning to open a new location for your business, you will generally need to refer to both the Plan and Start sections of the Business Portal. These sections will give you an idea of the same permitting and licensing requirements that will exist for your new location, and stand as a reminder of grants and assistance programs that are available.
New versus existing location notes
While there are certain local, state, and national requirements that will remain unchanged, there are a few processes that will need to be completed again or changed for your new location, including:
- Update your business license or acquire a new business license as necessary, click here to visit the Washington Business Licensing Service
- Confer with Development Services at the City of Richland to inquire whether your business is an allowable use within the zoning district of your new location, obtain building permits, and a fire inspection as applicable
- Set up solid waste and recycling collection, electric services, and other utility services for your new location
- Check whether your new location is within a Business Improvement District
Trade name and structure
If your opening a new location, it may be advisable to register your new business as an independent corporate entity. Utilizing an existing business entity for your new location means that both businesses have common revenue, debt, and liability streams. If either location has an impact on its assets or debts, both locations may be liable for the legal ramification of that impact. Consult with a commercial accountant or insurance agent to assess your liabilities for your business, and determine whether you would be best served by filing each of your locations as a legally independent entity.
Information on entity structures may be found by clicking here.