LICENSES, REGISTRATION and PERMITS

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Business Licenses

Business licenses are required if you plan to operate a business within an incorporated area, whether you will be sited in a commercial zone or in your home. Licenses are required for each city where you are participating in business activities, not just where the business is based.  Requirements and fee schedules vary by location.

Business License

INSIDE CITY LIMITS

ADDT’L PER EMPLOYEE

OUTSIDE CITY LIMITS

HOME BASED

TEMPORARY

City of Scappoose

EXEMPT 2011

 

$  100.00

$  50.00

$  40.00

City of St. Helens

$  55.00

$  5.00

$  100.00

$  55.00

$  25.00

City of Clatskanie 

$  55.00

$  5.00 

$  140.00

$  50.00

$  30.00

City of Rainier

$  45.00

$  6.00

$  100.00

$  45.00

$  15.00

City of Vernonia

$  60.00

 

$    80.00

$  60.00

$  35.00

City of Columbia City

$  50.00

 

$ 100.00

 $  50.00

 Varies

Unincorporated County

N/A

 N/A

N/A 

 N/A

 N/A

 

Building & Occupancy Permits

City building permits, occupancy permits, and other land use related permits may be required if you plan to site your business within city limits. Ordinances regulate signage, parking, and other business concerns as well.

Contact the appropriate city or county planning department:

 

Federal & State

The State of Oregon publishes, How to Start a Business in Oregon. It is a well-organized and comprehensive guide addressing many of the key questions pertaining to state and federal business licensing and registration.

Federal Employee Identification Number (EIN)

Businesses that are established as a corporation, limited liability company, partnership, or sole proprietorship with employees, must obtain a federal tax number through the Internal Revenue Service website or by completing IRS Form SS.4, "Application for Employer Identification Number". Sole proprietors with no employees can use the owner's social security number as the federal tax number. 

State Business License

The Oregon License Directory is the official State of Oregon website that provides a single information source for Oregon licenses, certifications, permits, and registrations (all referred to as licenses). Information on all known state licensing is available on this site, as well as links to license holder lookups, and federal license summary information with links.  The license directory will assist with common state business licenses such as Assumed Business Name (dba), Limited Liability Company, Corporation, Foreign Business Corporation (out of state), Non-profit Corporations, and Combined Employer’s Registration.