Business Climate

The Soundside is a vibrant place for any company to conduct business. Take advantage of the Soundside’s pro-business environment to build a new facility, relocate your business, expand your operations and workforce, and enter new markets and international arenas. In the Soundside, you will find a wealth of opportunity and an ideal business climate in which companies of all types, including new and emerging businesses, can thrive.

Compared to other cities in the region, the Soundside has a wide assortment of housing options, available commercial real estate at competitive rates, a diverse labor pool, lower tax rates, a variety of job training and educational programs, and close proximity to major transportation modes. Seattle Southside’s cities and partners are dedicated to increasing job opportunities and income for its residents and stimulating quality business investment and real estate development in Southwest King County.


Washington State offers an extremely favorable tax environment for business and citizens. Washington State ranks sixth highest on the Small Business Survival Index. Washington State has:

  • No personal or corporate income tax
  • No inventory tax
  • No tax on intangible assets, such as bank accounts, stocks, or bonds
  • No tax on retirement income earned and received from another state.

Washington State also offers several tax incentives that make it an attractive place to do business, including manufacturers’ sales and use tax deferrals and exemptions, a high-tech sales and use tax deferral, high-tech business and occupation tax credit programs, and a warehouse sales tax exemption program. For more information on these tax incentive options, and to see if your business might qualify, visit the Incentive Programs: Deferrals, Exemptions, and Credits section of the Washington State Department of Revenue website.

Business Licenses, Building Permits and Zoning Info – Contact Information


City of Burien – Community Development
400 SW 152nd St.   Suite 300
Burien, WA 98166-3066
(206) 248-5520 or (206) 812-7577
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Des Moines

Des Moines City Hall
21630 11th Ave. So. Suite A
Des Moines, WA
City Planning Assistance: (206) 870-7576
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Normandy Park

801 SW 174th Street
Normandy Park, WA 98166
Main Phone Number: 206 248-7603
City Fax Number: 206 439-8674
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City of SeaTac – Community and Economic Development
4800 South 188th Street
SeaTac, WA 98188-8605
Main Phone Number: 206.973.4800
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Department of Community Development
6300 Southcenter Blvd., #100
Tukwila, WA 98188
Phone: 206 431-3670
Fax: 206 431-3665
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EC Computers owned by Patricio Mendoza in Des Moines part of the SoundSide alliance
Patricio Mendoza, owner - EC Computers in Des Moines