Business & Development FAQ
How do I obtain a business license?
We are excited to welcome your business! Whether your business is located in the City of Yelm, or if you are coming into the City to do business, you must first obtain a City of Yelm Business License through the Washington State Department of Revenue
Visit Business in Yelm for more information about business licensing.
What is my neighbor doing on their property?
Major land use actions such as subdivisions or special use permits will be advertised in the legal section of the Nisqually Valley News. All public notices and lists of recent permits are posted in the Document Library. You are also welcome to call the Community Development Department at 360-458-8496. If you have an address, it will help us find the property quickly.
What can I do with my property?
It depends on how your property is zoned.
First, check the Yelm Zoning Map to find your properties zoning classification, then look in the Yelm Municipal Code, Chapter 17 - Zoning for that district. It lists allowable uses as well as density and design requirements. Generally speaking, the residential zoning districts allow for single family and multi-family dwellings and developments. Uses that are accessory to a home are also allowed, such as storage buildings and garages, in home day cares, and home occupations. There are permit requirements for many uses, so check with the Community Development Department first. Yelm’s commercial areas are divided into four classifications, from small and low impact uses in the downtown area, to large commercial uses at the edges of town. Yelm also has a small industrial zoned area for manufacturing and other industrial uses.
How do I obtain a Garage Sale Permit?
You must come to the Yelm Police Department and provide information as to location and specific dates of your sale. A representative will provide you with a permit number for verification. There are also specific rules that apply to how often and how you can advertise for your sale and no off-site signage is allowed.
When do I need a building permit?
Construction projects including new structures, additions, and alteration usually require a building permit. There are a few exceptions, including fences 7 feet or less, uncovered decks 30 inches or lower, and storage sheds 200 square feet or smaller. Plumbing or mechanical permits are required when you replace hot water tanks, furnaces, heat pumps or air conditioners. The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries permits and inspects all electrical and low voltage installations. We encourage you to call the Community Development Department at 360-458-3835 if you have questions about whether a permit is required.