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Business Licenses

  • Pay for a business license.

    Update your license

    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

    Non-profit organizations

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

    Additional information

    Frequently asked questions

  • Do I need a D.B.A. or fictitious business name?

    If your business name is anything other than your surname, it is required to be registered with the state. Should you accidentally "infringe" upon another business name you may face legal action. 

    Register your business

    How long is this license good for?

    The business license is valid for one year and is billed on the first of the month from the month the application was received. It must be renewed annually.

    How long will it take to get my business license?

    The actual process to obtain the business license takes only a few days for home occupations. Commercial businesses can take as long as four weeks to process and approve. Upon approval, the business license will be mailed to the mailing address listed on the application.

    My business is non-profit. Do I still need to apply for a license?

    Yes. The license fee is waived for non-profit businesses. However, proof of non-profit status is required (for example: 501(3)(c)).

    Please note: for commercial non-profit businesses, employee and review fees are not waived.

    What if I have more than one business or more than one location?

    If you own more than one business, a separate business license is required for each type of business and for each location.

  • Contact us

    For more information about business licensing contact us at 503-618-2370 or