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Contractor License Requirements

Get information about permit requirements in the City of Portland.

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We sell permits in line with State of Oregon requirements. These are set up by the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB), and the State of Oregon Building Codes Division (BCD). They regulate and license the activities of construction contractors in our state. All contractors using the Permits Online system must have a CCB License.

Also, contractors who use trade permits (electrical, mechanical and plumbing) must be licensed correctly for that work. Some specialty electrical license holders may buy limited fixture types online.

Mechanical Trade (MT) permits – All fixtures 

  • CCB License is the only required license for the full list of available fixtures online

Plumbing Trade (PT) permits – All fixtures 

  • CCB License, and
  • BCD Plumbing License with the letters PB in it to buy the full range of plumbing fixtures online

Electrical Trade (ET) permits – All fixtures 

  • CCB License, AND
  • BCD Electrical License (has the letter(s) C, LMS, CPI, CLS, CLR, CRE, BME, LEA, LEB, ST, LME, LMM, LRT, LR, or PS in it), AND
  • BCD Supervising Electrical License (has the letter S in it) to buy the full list of available electrical fixtures online

Specialty electrical licenses and permits 

Electrical (ET) Permits – Limited Energy/Low Voltage (not a Supervising License)

  • CCB License, and
  • BCD Limited Energy License (has the 3 letters CLE, CLR, CPI, CRE, or LHR in it)

Limited energy electrical licenses  

Contractors with Limited Energy Electrical Licenses may buy the following 2 fixtures online:

  • Service Reconnect Only, and
  • Limited Energy Panel/Signal Circuits

Electrical (ET) permits – Electrical signage (not a supervising license) 

Electrical permits require both: 

  • CCB License, and 
  • BCD Journeyman Electrical license (has the letter J in it)

Journeyman electrical licenses  

Contractors with Journeyman Electrical Licenses may only buy the following two fixtures online:

  • Service Reconnect Only, and
  • Sign or Outline Lighting

Landscape Contractor Board (LCB) license numbers 

Permits Online does not support Landscape Contractor Board (LCB) License Numbers.

To get a permit using a Landscape Contractor Board License, please contact the Development Services Center.

Note: Trade Permits are sole proprietary as issued, and are non-transferable.