Apply for an Annual Liquor License

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This page will help you apply for a new license, add an additional privilege, change ownership, change privilege, or other (for example, on-premises sales, off-premises sales, distillery, etc.) If you are unsure which license best fits your needs, contact the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission.

The forms will take 15 to 20 minutes to complete. After submitting your completed forms to the City, it may take up to 30 days to process your license.

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The City of Portland Liquor License Program office is currently closed. You may submit your application by mail, email, or bring it to the City of Portland front desk on the first floor of the Portland Building at 1120 SW 5th Ave. The fastest way to submit is by email. 

Gather Information and Forms

OLCC Liquor Licensing Forms

Visit the OLCC website to complete your up-to-date Annual liquor licensing forms

OLCC Liquor Licensing page

City of Portland Forms

The City of Portland is the Local Governing Body for all establishments serving liquor within the boundaries of the city. Download and complete "Personal History Form". This form is required for all persons who are anticipated to have a financial interest in the business as well as key personnel. 

Access Personal History Form here

Creating a Complete Application

A completed application for the City of Portland will depend on the type of applicant and the license Action. Please find the applicable license and action in the chart below. All forms that include an X under the license action must be included in the packet you submit to the City of Portland. 

*For Zoning Map - email LocationApproval@portlandoregon.gov to request a map

License Action →

Forms listed below

For-Profit New OutletNon-Profit New OutletFor-Profit Change of OwnershipNon-Profit Change of OwnershipGreater Priv, Add'l Priv, Change PrivA/LOR, D/LOR
OLCC application form, initialed by an OLCC representativexxxxxx
OLCC business information formxxxxxx
OLCC individual history form for all applicantsxxx
City of Portland personal history forms for all applicantsxxxxxx
Zoning map from the City's Bureau of Developmental Services*x​x
Processing Fee$100$100$75$75$75$75

Submit Application

Application may be submitted by email or mail.

Submitting by email (*new*):

  1. Applicants must submit applications with all required documents — including documents not provided by the OLCC that are specific to the City of Portland.
    1. See table above for a list of required documents. Any applications missing documents will not be processed and will be returned to applicants.
  2. Send all application documents as a PDF attachment in an email to Liquor@portlandoregon.gov.
    1. Do Not Send Zip files - they will be immediately deleted by the City's spam filters. We cannot open Zipped files.
    2. Do Not Send DocuSigned files - we will not be able to open your documents.
  3. Liquor staff will send applicants an invoice with a URL link to an online payment platform within 48 business hours of receipt of the full application.
  4. Applicants must promptly pay invoice online (see table above for cost) through the provided link to complete the application.
  5. Completed applications will then be processed by the City of Portland, which can take up to 30 days.

Submitting by mail:

  1. Applicants must submit applications with all required documents — including documents not provided by the OLCC that are specific to the City of Portland.
    1. See table above for a list of required documents. Any applications missing documents will not be processed and will be returned to applicants.
  2. Make checks payable to "City of Portland."
  3. Mail completed application and check payment in a large manila envelope (often size 9"x12"). Do not fold or staple application. Mail to: Liquor Licensing, 1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 114, Portland, OR 97204.

Questions? Contact Us

Mailing address

1120 SW 5th Avenue
Suite 114
Portland, OR 97204