BURIEN: A city where business is welcome

Burien is conveniently located minutes away from downtown Seattle, but it has the ease and affordability of a small town. Our friendly atmosphere means the hard work of running a business is a bit easier here. Burien’s city government encourages the entrepreneurial spirit. Our community works so that local business thrive. We see business people as vital members of our community and our city prospers when your business succeeds.

Why Choose Burien?

The economic fabric of our city is woven together from a vibrant array of businesses, arts organizations, and community groups. The community and a proactive approach to business make our city an ideal place to be an entrepreneur. Burien’s 50,000 residents enjoy a household income that is well over the national average. We are home to nearly 2,000 businesses employing more than 15,000 talented people. Our city stands apart because Burien residents seek opportunities to support local business. We believe business contributes to the quality of life in our city.

Read more about our city and all that Burien can offer your business.

             Regional Connection

             Business Friendly


             Talented Workforce

Start Your Business

As a young city, we understand how much work goes into turning a good idea into a dream come true. Starting a new business is a brave and exciting step! It can also feel a little overwhelming. Luckily, there are resources in Burien to support your success. Our city welcomes business and values business owners. We work hard to provide the details you need to get started quickly and easily.

Find all the information to get your business off the ground and meet some people who can help you on your way.

             Research zoning requirements

             Apply for a UBI

             Apply for a City of Burien business license

             Open a permit application

             Hire a local professional

             Get to know Burien’s Economic Development team

Grow Your Business

When you realize that your hard work has paid off and it is time to expand your business, Burien is ready to commit energy and enthusiasm to your continued success. We know that our community prospers when you do, so we offer a range of resources to assist business expansion. As your business grows, you may need a larger space or a new location. You may need additional staff or financing options. You may need technical assistance or support solving regulatory issues. As growing city, we know that transitions sometimes come with challenges. We are here to help you work through the obstacles you may face with growth.

Connect with the information you need to take your business to the next level.



            Workforce Assistance

            Site Location/Expansion Assistance

            Business Resources

            Translation Assistance

Economic Development

Burien’s quality of live improves when we cultivate the businesses that help our city flourish. We drive investment to our city by creating a climate for business. Burien partners with businesses to set policies that support entrepreneurs. We have a robust business assistance program which includes customized assistance with city permits and other issues as well as a strong referral network for organizations that can help with business plans, financing, workforce issues, and everything a business needs. We also develop targeted programs like the Burien Film Office and the Burien Wellness Fair to support important Burien industries.

Read more about Burien’s business environment and the work we do to improve it.

            Business Assistance

            Business Attraction

            Business and Economic Development Partnership

            Wellness Cluster

            Burien Film Office

            Soundside Alliance

            Economic Development Projects and Initiatives

Building and Construction

In Burien we know that when you launch or expand a business, time means your money. Our city has a friendly, pro-active approach to permitting and construction that gets you “open for business” quickly. Find all the information to help get the permitting process underway here or visit one of the knowledgeable staff at our permitting desk in City Hall.

            Permit Center

            Community Development Projects

Updated October 28, 2021