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Holiday closure

Most City of Portland offices will be closed Monday, July 4, to observe Independence Day.

Apply for a temporary business license

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Businesses, including vendors and promoters, doing business over a very limited term in Portland must apply for a temporary business license from the City of Portland's Revenue Division.

Just a few moments to fill out the form

1) Determine eligibility

If your business meets the criteria below, you must apply for and obtain a temporary business license certificate:

  • Seasonal vendors operating in a temporary location and conducting limited, seasonal sales (i.e., Christmas tree and fireworks sales). Fees: $10/day/location, not to exceed $100/location.

  • Special events vendors selling event-related merchandise. Fees: $10/day/vendor, not to exceed $100/location.

  • Film production companies filming in the City of Portland for no more than 3 business days per calendar year.

  • Promoters of commercial entertainment doing business in the City of Portland for no more than 3 business days per calendar year. Fees: $25/day.

  • Vendors in temporary structures for no more than 14 days. Fees: $10/day/vendor, not to exceed $100/location.

  • Amusement ride operators not in the same location for more than 14 days. Fees: $10/day/vendor; and $10/day for each ride operated.

If your business does not meet the eligibility for a temporary business license, you must register for a Revenue Division tax account.

2) Apply for a temporary business license

Online

We accept Visa, Mastercard, or Discover cards (with a 2.45% convenience fee). Electronic funds transfers (ACH payments) do not have a convenience fee.

Apply for a temporary business license
Please note: fees paid for a temporary business license are not refundable. 

By mail, fax, or in person

1) Download and fill out the Temporary Business License application

2) Submit your application and payment to us

Please note: fees paid for a temporary business license are not refundable.

By mail or in person

Mail or drop off your registration form to:

Revenue Division
111 SW Columbia St., Suite 600
Portland, OR 97201-5840
United States

By fax

Fax your registration form to the Revenue Division:

503-823-5192

If you fax in the form, you must mail the payment in separately.

Contact

Revenue Division General Contact

phone number503-823-5157Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
fax number503-823-5192

Location

Mailing address

111 SW Columbia
Suite 600
Portland, OR 97201