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 directory, a directory of over 1,100 licenses, permits and certifications.
Check Local License Requirements
Cities and counties may require a license for businesses operating in their jurisdictions. If your business is located within the city limits, check 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:
111 SW Columbia St., Ste. 600
Portland, OR 97201-5840
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 a good first contact.
Check Zoning for Business Location
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 home, determine if there are restrictions on home-based businesses in your area. Your local city or county planning office can provide this information.