Located in a beautiful and one of a kind location with wonderful opportunities, West Yellowstone, Montana is a natural for business. New businesses -both seasonal and year-round-are encouraged and welcomed. Prior to opening, all new businesses must secure a business license from the Town Council-a process that may take up to three weeks. Failure to obtain a Town business license is a violation of Town ordinances.
If a business will sell any goods or services that are subject to the Town’s resort tax, then a refundable resort tax bond in the sum of $500 must accompany the business license application. See taxable items and exemptions. The resort tax bond shall be executed by a surety company licensed to do business in Montana. In lieu of a surety bond, the applicant may submit a cash bond of equal amount. …(reference section 5.04.060 of the Town of West Yellowstone Municiple code)
Basic business fee: $50
Transferred business: $25
Hotels, motels, condos etc: basic fee plus $3 per unit
Campgrounds and RV park: basic fee plus $1 per unit
Establishment License for all purpose beverage license: $250
Bars, taverns and lounges selling alcoholic beverages: basic fee plus $250 with all purpose beverage license
Beer and Wine: basic fee plus $50
Resturants; seating under 50: basic fee
Resturants; seating over 50: basic fee plus $50
Rental equiptment establishments; basic fee plus per unit: snowmobile/motor bikes/mini bikes, $0.25 cents per unit; cars, $1 per unit; bicycles, basic fee only
Wholesalers and freight delivery; not based in West Yellowstone: basic fee
Contractors: basic fee
All single purpose businessses; such as gift shops, cable TV, barber shops; basic fee
Multi business license; business under single ownership at a single address; basic plus $25 per each additional business
Communications companies: $100
Daycare centers: basic fee
*Fees are not exclusive and may have additions or adjustments depending on the structure of your establishment. Please refrence our municiple code for more information.
Expositions: $50 per vendor that does not already hold a West Yellowstone business license; or $250 for the entire event.
*Please apply for the license at least four weeks prior to the event.
If you have questions, reference the link to the Town of West Yellowstone Municiple Code or to call the Town Office at (406) 646-7795