In accordance with Section 3-1-3 of Whitefish City Codes contractors, general businesses, home occupations, and short-term rentals are required to register with the city. Business registration promotes public safety through the provision of emergency contact information, regularly scheduled fire inspections, and confirmation of liability insurance, if applicable. Business registration also assists the city to ensure compliance with other regulations or ordinances. Failure to register a business prior to operating a business in the corporate limits of the city constitutes a violation of the Whitefish City Code. Please complete and return the appropriate application with payment to the Finance Department, Customer Service Clerk. The approval process for a business registration could take up to four weeks. To ensure correct zoning for the business location please contact the Planning Department at 863-2410.
In 1996 Whitefish City Residents voted and approved a 2% Resort Tax for Lodging, Retail, Bars and Restaurants, Section 3-3-3 of the Whitefish City Code. In April 2015, Whitefish voters approved to increase the Resort Tax to 3% (PDF), effective July 1, 2015. Resort Tax payments are due by the 20th of the following month (January collections are due February 20th) and can be paid to the Finance Department, Customer Service Clerk.