State of Oregon: Business – State License Requirements

License Requirements

The state of Oregon doesn’t have a general business license.
However, many occupations and business activities require special licenses, permits or certifications from state agencies or boards.

The state of Oregon offers a searchable online
license dire​ctory,
a directory of over 1,100 licenses,
permits and certifications. ​

Check Local License Requirements

Local Requirements

Cities and counties may require a license for businesses operating in their jurisdictions. If your business is located within the city limits,
city offices to see if a local business license is required. If there is no specific listing for business licenses in your directory, the city hall information number is an appropriate initial contact.

Licensing offices for the following cities are:

Portland Bureau of Licenses  |  503-823-5157

111 SW Columbia St., Ste. 600

Portland, OR 97201-5840


Salem Permit Application Center | 503-588-6256

555 Liberty Street SE, Room 320

Salem, OR 97301


Eugene Building and Permit Services | 541-682-5379

99 W 10th Avenue, Suite 240

Eugene, OR 97401


City of Medford Finance Department | 541-774-2030

411 W 8th Street

Medford, OR 97501

To check on business license requirements at the county level, contact​ your county administrative offices. The county planning department or county commissioner’s office is an good first contact.

Check Zoning for Business Location

Zoning Requirements

Be sure the location you choose for your business is
zoned for your business activity. Other factors to consider include regulations on business signs and parking at the location.

If you are planning to operate a business from
determine if
there are restrictions on home-based businesses in your area. Your local city or county planning office
this information.​​​​​​​​​​

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