How to Get a Business License in OR
You can get a business license by applying with the correct licensing or regulatory agency for your business.
Business licensing requirements generally depend on your business’s activity and location (zoning requirements).
There are three main licensing jurisdictions:
State of Oregon Business Licensing
Oregon does not have a standard state business license, and because there is no state sales tax, there is also no Oregon seller’s permit.
Businesses in certain professions may be required to have specific licenses or permits. The Oregon Business Xpress License Directory provides more information about which businesses need licenses as well as contact information for the relevant state government offices.
Local Oregon Business Licensing
In Oregon, you may need other licenses or permits from your local government depending on your business activity or location.
For example, in the City of Portland and Multnomah County, every business must register.
Federal Business Licenses and Permits
You can get a business license by applying with the correct licensing and regulatory agency for your business. Business licensing requirements depend on your business’s activity and location (zoning requirements).
If your business conducts activities that are regulated by the federal government, you will need to apply for the appropriate business license or permit.
Choose a business activity below to learn how to apply:
Firearms, ammunition, and explosives
Fish and wildlife
Mining and drilling
Radio and television broadcasting
Transportation and logistics
OR Business License FAQ
What is a business license?
A business license is a permit issued to businesses by a government office that allows the business to operate in a particular area. They can be issued by federal, state, or local governments. There are typically different licensing requirements for different businesses and different locations.
What are the types of business licenses?
There are many types of business licenses. These include licenses at the local, state, and federal levels, licenses related to sales tax and other taxes, and specific licenses for various professions. There are also environmental licenses, zoning permits, and more.
Is there a national business license?
Most businesses don’t need a federal business license, but some industries, including broadcasting, investment advising, and drug manufacturing, do have federal regulations and licenses.
Is an EIN the same as a business license?
No. An employer identification number (EIN) is issued by the IRS to identify and keep track of businesses, but it does not license them to operate.
Is an LLC considered a business license?
No. An LLC is a type of business structure. While you are required to register as an LLC, it is not a business license.
Who needs an Oregon business license?
There is no statewide, standard business license in Oregon. Only businesses in certain professions or locations need a license.
What licenses do I need to open a business in Oregon?
It depends on your business’ location and profession. Not all businesses need a license.
How much does an Oregon business license cost?
The cost of different business licenses in Oregon varies.
How do I get an Oregon business license?
The processes for obtaining different Oregon business licenses vary.