Entertainment Device License


All entertainment devices shall be licensed to operate lawfully within any establishment in the city of Renton, pursuant to Renton Municipal Code (RMC) section 5-7. Entertainment device is defined as any machine, structure, apparatus, or device of any type that provides for entertainment or amusement or as a game of skill for which a charge is made for use or play.

Such devices include, but are not limited to:

  • Phonograph, nickelodeon, or similar mechanical music machine
  • Any type or variation of games known as shuffleboard, pool, foosball, bowling alley (portable), darts, or video game, electronically activated or not

License Fee

$30 per device per quarter (or $120 annually per device), however, license fees shall not exceed $3,000 per year at a single location. Licenses are non-transferable and non-refundable and each license shall be kept in prominent display at the location for which the license has been issued.

Due Dates

Entertainment devices are required to be registered and paid quarterly. Registration and payment are due on the 30th day of the month immediately succeeding the quarter in which the fee is accrued.

Fee Accrued Payment Due
January 1 - March 31 (1st Quarter) April 30
April 1 - June 30 (2nd Quarter) July 31
July 1 - September 30 (3rd Quarter) October 31
October 1 - December 31 (4th Quarter) January 31

Registering your Entertainment Device

Complete and sign the applicable section, "Entertainment Device Registration", on the Combined Tax Form. Remit registration and payment to:

City of Renton
Attn: Tax and License Division
1055 South Grady Way
Renton, WA 98057

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