What is the purpose of this license?
This license is to operate a crematory in Washington.
Who issues this license?
Department of Licensing
What activities require this license?
Cremating human remains in Washington.
How much will this license cost?
Where can I get the application for this license?
The application is called 'Crematory Operation Permit Application' is online and can be accessed at
How long will it take to review my application?
The estimated processing time for a completed application is 5 business days.
Where do I submit my application?
Funeral and Cemetery Licensing
Department of Licensing
PO Box 35001
Seattle, WA 98124-3401
How long is my license valid?
1 year
Notes / Comments:
This is no longer a permit or endorsement, due to rule changes WAC 308-48 it is now a standalone 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:

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: 2

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 28 submittals in 2019, no data for current year)

Where can I get permitting assistance?
Web page URL:
Subject matter expert phone: (360) 664-1555
Subject matter expert email:
Statewide Contact:
Department of Licensing
Funeral and Cemetery Licensing
Post Office Box 9012
Olympia, WA 98507-9012
Telephone: (360) 664-1555
* Permit information last updated 10/25/2022