Local Government Registration
Municipal governments should seek legal council to assist in registration requirements. It is not necessary to register a business name or non-profit with the Corporation Division. Contact the Audits Division for questions regarding proper filing.
Special districts are required to designate a registered office and a registered agent (ORS 198.340). The Notice of Designation of Special District Registered Office and Registered Agent form must be filed with the Secretary of State Archives Division. This form must be completed each time a change is made to either the registered agent or the registered office. There is no fee for filing this form.
The Audits Division of the Secretary of State administers
Municipal Audit Law, requiring Oregon’s local governments, consisting of
approximately 1,785 cities, counties, school districts, and special districts
to comply with statutory annual financial reporting (ORS 297.405 to 297.740 and
Some examples of special districts are water districts, fire districts, park districts, library districts and cemetery districts.
The accounts and fiscal affairs of every municipal
corporation must be audited and reviewed at least once each calendar or fiscal
Visit Municipal Audit and
Local Government Resources to learn about filing requirements or to search
filed municipal audits.