Open entry commercial licenses

Some licenses require additional application materials to be considered complete. For more information call 360-902-2464 or email commercialsales@dfw.wa.gov

Food fish gear licenses

These licenses are not limited by moratorium.

Shellfish licenses

These licenses are not limited by moratorium.

Emerging commercial fishery licenses

These licenses are not limited by moratorium.

The Department of Health's Commercial Harvesting and Cultivating on Private Land brochure describes other state and local licenses or permits you may need to commercially harvest or cultivate shellfish in Washington, and what you must do to meet Tribal treaty rights requirements.

Wholesale licenses

These licenses are not limited by moratorium.  To learn more, see: Saving Account Assignments, Surety Bonds, and Cash Deposits for Commercial Wholesale Fish Buyers and Limited Fish Sellers.

Specialized licenses

  • Fur dealer license
    Required for persons who purchase, receive or resell raw furs for profit in Washington State. Licensed Fur Dealers are required to maintain records of all furs handled and allow inspection of both records and premises by WDFW Enforcement. 
  • Game farm license
    Required for persons who possess, propagate, sell, or transfer wildlife (mainly upland gamebirds and waterfowl) as allowed by Washington State Law. Licensees are required to provide an annual report of activity, maintain veterinary-certified premises, and allow department inspection of facilities and records. Please contact the WDFW Wildlife Program at 360-902-2515 or wildthing@dfw.wa.gov for an application or additional information.
  • Taxidermist license
    Required for persons who practice taxidermy for profit in Washington State. Licensed Taxidermists are required to maintain records of all animals handled and allow inspection of records and premises by WDFW Enforcement. 
  • Trapping license
    Required for all trappers, including wildlife control operators. Before a Trapper's License is issued, applicants must have passed the Washington Trapper's Education Program administered by the WDFW Hunter Education Program. Before a Trapper's License is renewed a Trapper's Report of Catch must be provided to WDFW indicating the applicant's previous trapping activity.

    Trapping contacts:
    WDFW Commercial Licensing, 360-902-2464 (Licenses/renewals)
    WDFW Wildlife Program, 360-902-2515 (Trapping to mitigate human-wildlife conflict)
    WDFW Hunter Education, 360-902-8111 (Trapper Education)

Guide licenses

These licenses are not limited by moratorium.