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Castle Rock joined the state’s Business Licensing Service Thursday, making it the third Cowlitz County city to do so.

Managed by the Department of Revenue, the online service streamlines applications and renewals for Washington state and city businesses licenses.

It allows businesses to update their licenses at the same time they add a liquor license, a minor work permit or any of the hundreds of required state and local licenses.

“The ease of this is that all these businesses go to one site, and they can renew their licenses for the state and all the cities they do business within the city limits of at once,” said Carie Cuttonaro, Castle Rock city clerk. Before, those businesses would have to go to several locations to get all those licenses, Cuttonaro said.

“This makes it a one stop shop. ... The state has done an excellent job with this process,” she said.

Castle Rock is home to about 200 businesses, many of which operate in other area cities like Longview and Kelso, according to a state Department of Revenue news release. Longview and Kelso are also partners with the state service, and Kalama is slated to join the program next year.

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