Apply for an amusement devices permit

Service
All organizations offering amusement machines, devices, or games for display or operation that require payment or other valuable consideration for viewing and/or use must first obtain a permit from the City of Portland Revenue Division.

This form should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete

A permit is required whether or not the business owns the device(s). Permits expire on December 31 and must be renewed each year.

1) Count your regulated devices

Count the total number of regulated devices at the location, whether owned or non-owned.

Examples of regulated devices include:

  • Darts
  • Foosball
  • Pool tables
  • Video games
  • Trivia games
  • Shuffleboard
  • Pinball machines
  • Claw or grabber cranes
  • Vending machines where an element of chance, bonus, or prize is involved.
    • E.g., machines containing mystery items.
  • Video games (except state-owned video poker terminals)

Do not include:​​​​​

  • Keno
  • Music devices
  • State-owned video poker
  • Pull tab or lottery devices
  • Vending machines where no element of chance, bonus, or prize is involved.
    • E.g., machines exclusively containing manufacture labeled food and beverage items.

2) Download and fill out the application

IMPORTANT: Download and save the form to your computer, then open it in Adobe Acrobat Reader to complete and print. Using your web browser to complete the form may result in incorrect form calculations and other issues.

Download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader program.

3) Submit your completed application with payment to us

Make your check payable to 'City of Portland.'

Returned checks will incur a $35 charge (Returned Check Charge Policy)

By mail

Mail your completed Amusement Location Permit Application and payment to:

City of Portland Amusement Permits
PO Box 8084
Portland, OR 97207-8084

In person

Bring your Amusement Location Permit Application and payment to:

City of Portland Revenue Division
111 SW Columbia St. Suite 600
Portland, OR 97207-5840

Location

Mailing address

City of Portland Amusement Permits
PO Box 8084
Portland, OR 97207