For more information on
commercial licensing,
please contact the
WDFW License Division

Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm

360-902-2464 (Option #4)

Salmon Hotline

Salmon Hotline (NOAA)


Welcome to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's (WDFW) commercial licensing website. The Department is committed to providing sustainable commercial fishing opportunities.

Here you'll find information on requirements and license fees for commercial fishing and shellfishing, guiding and charter operations and fish buying, as well as specialty licenses for game farming, taxidermy, trapping, fur dealing and other fish and wildlife-related activities. Other business licenses may also be required from state and local governments.

For additional information about business license requirements in Washington, please contact the WDFW Licensing Division at 360-902-2464 or via e-mail at

Please see our 2018 license year changes in the letter to commercial fishery license holders.

Open Entry Commercial Licenses
These licenses are not limited by moratorium.

Limited Entry Fisheries
These licenses are limited by moratorium. An existing license may be transferred to another owner, but no new licenses may be issued.


Land Use Permits and Regulations