type of business license do I need in the state of Oregon?
In the state of Oregon, there is no General Business
license. However, many business activities require
special licenses, permits, or certificates at the county
or city level. To check on business license requirements
at the county level, contact your county administrative
offices. The county planning department or county
commissioners office is usually a good place to start.
To check on the requirements in your city, please
find your city's website using the links below.
THE LINKS TO YOUR CITY BELOW TO APPLY FOR A BUSINESS
How do I find out which license my business
Various businesses in Oregon require special licenses,
permits, registrations, or certificates from state
agencies or boards. Cities and counties may also require
businesses to have a license or permit to operate. Please check with your local city/county to determine
what you may need.
The State of Oregon offers an online
License Directory of various licenses, permits, registrations
and certificates at www.licenseinfo.oregon.gov. The
Business Information Center also provides information
on state license requirements at the website of the Oregon Secretary of State. These sites are mainly devoted to state-level licenses
and have very little information on city or county
What are some other possible requirements need to
start my business?
To start a business in Oregon, some other possible
requirements might be:
• checking with Department of Environmental Qualifications
• Register patents, copyrights, trademarks, etc..
• Buying wholesale for your business
• Determine if you must comply with the Americans
with Disabilities Act
Do I need to register my business in Oregon?
The state of Oregon requires businesses to first
register their business name if they are going to
use an assumed name or "dba". This is usually
the case when you are operating as a sole proprietor.
The assumed name registration allows you to chose
a business name. The form you will fill out is called
a Business Name Registration. You may also need to
choose and register your businesses entity (if you
are forming a corporation, LLC, or limited partnership)
by filing a Domestic Business Entity form. You can
file these registrations through the Oregon Secretary
of State’s Corporation Division. Forms are available
online at the website of the Oregon Secretary of State or
by calling 503-986-2200.
The completed forms can be
mailed or faxed in to
Public Service Building, Suite 151
255 Capitol St. NE
Salem, OR 97310-1327
There is a $50 processing fee for registering. Please
allow two weeks for processing.
Another registration your business may need to register
is for the Oregon Trade and Service Mark Registration.
This can also be downloaded from the Secretary of State's website.
What is required to obtain a city or county
business license in Oregon?
Before applying for a business license at the city
level, you may need the following:
• city business license application
• city Exemption Request form
• some cities require Business Income Tax Forms
There might be certain exemptions to operating a business
without a license, however, exempt businesses must
submit an Exemption Form. Contact your local city
to find out what may be required.
Please find your
city’s business license application information by
choosing your city from the list above.
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