Minor Work Permit

What is the purpose of this permit?
To allow a business to employ minors. NOTE: The Minor Work Permit is an endorsement of the Master Business Application that is completed through the DOR online application. If the business selects the box for hiring minors on the Master application, the DOR system is designed to send the applicable information to L&I Employment Standards for processing. The Program reviews the permit information to ensure compliance with Employment Standards laws/rules and verification of an active Workers Comp Account, for approval/denial for the minor work permit.
Who issues this permit?
Business Licensing Service
How much will this permit cost?
New request - $19

Renewal - $12
Where can I get the application for this permit?
The application is called 'Minor Work Permit' is online and can be accessed at http://bls.dor.wa.gov/minorworkpermit.aspx.
How long will it take to review my application?
Allow 2 – 3 business days for a response to online applications. Accuracy and completeness speeds up the processing time.
Where do I submit my application?
Department of Revenue Business License Service
How long is my permit valid?
12 months
Notes / Comments:
Note: The Department of Labor and Industries “approves” the permit, but Department of Revenue, Business Licensing Services “issues” in the form of an updated Business License
Permit Timeliness Results

Permit Timeliness data collection is in response to a State Auditor’s Performance Audit and RCW 43.42A. Each regulatory agency developed a plan to improve permit clarity, predictability, and timeliness. Each agency considers the customers experience to ensure permit assistance is simple to use, easy to access, and designed in a customer-friendly manner. Agencies report progress to the Governor’s Office for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance (ORIA). ORIA prepares and distributes reports, with participation from the State Auditor’s Office and Results Washington. See latest report here: https://www.oria.wa.gov/ORIA-2020-PermitTimelinessProgressReport.pdf.

All permits submitted for reporting were entered into this Regulatory Handbook. Here are the results of the performance data:

Estimated Time Required By the Agency to Process a Permit Application (Definition)
Average number of days from Receipt to Complete: 1
Maximum number of days from Receipt to Complete: 1

Estimated Time Required By the Agency to Issue a Permit Decision (Definition)
Average number of days from Complete Application to Decision: 1
Maximum number of days from Complete Application to Decision: 1

(Summary results based on 38720 submittals in 2023)

Where can I get permitting assistance?
Helpdesk phone: Employment Standards Office: (360) 902-5316 or (866) 219-7321
Department of Labor and Industries
7273 Linderson Way SW
PO Box 44000, Olympia WA 98504-4000
Tumwater, WA 98501-5414
Telephone: (360) 902-5800
Website: https://www.lni.wa.gov/
* Permit information last updated 1/27/2020