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Any person who conducts business in Gresham or owns a business based in the city must acquire a business license on or before the business begins. Conducting business in Gresham without a license can result in penalties, violation notices, citations and court action.

Types of Business Licenses

  • Commercial Business*
    Conducted in a building or office, whether owned, rented, or leased
  • Home-Based Business*
    Operated any place people live
  • Independent Contractor
    Works for a business but not as its employee. The business does not pay unemployment, disability, or workers' compensation insurance or withhold taxes from pay.
  • Mobile Home Park
    Landowners with mobile homes on site that they don't own themselves
  • Outside Gresham
    For businesses located outside of Gresham, but coming into Gresham to do business
  • Regional Contractor Business License
    Contractors or landscapers can buy a single license to construct, alter and repair requirements in 20 cities in the Portland metropolitan area.
  • Rental Housing
    Required for all residential rental properties including rental homes, duplexes, mobile homes, apartments, condominiums, or rooms in a lodging house
  • Seasonal Business
    Temporary enterprises, such as a fireworks stand or Christmas tree lot
  • Second Hand or Precious Metal and Gem Dealer
    Sellers of used and/or second-hand regulated property, or buyers and sellers of metals and gems, such as gold, silver, platinum, diamonds, and rubies. Also applies to sellers of imitation metals and gemstones.
  • Payday Lenders
    In addition to a business license, all payday lender locations within Gresham must have a payday lender permit.  The City of Portland administers the payday lender program pursuant to an intergovernmental agreement with Gresham. 
  • Amusement Device
    A pool table, pinball machine or game of skill, and mechanically controlled and operated musical instruments or machines, commonly known as "juke boxes" operated for a commercial purpose.  An electronic game machine does not include machines which are part of the State lottery.
  • Bingo and Social Games
    The City authorizes the playing or conducting of bingo and social games by charitable, fraternal and religious organizations in accordance with state law. 

*A non-profit organization will need to submit a commercial or home-based business license application, depending on business location. A 501(c)(3) document must be provided to the City to be considered a non-profit.

Further information on Business Licenses can be found in the Gresham Revised Code under Chapter 9 Business Licenses and Regulation 

Other Licensing Forms

Report transient lodging taxes 

Licensing Fees 

Seasonal Sales Stand Application Packet  

PPI Towing License Application


Questions about business licenses? Call 503-618-2370.

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