Business Licensing

The City of Springfield requires that certain businesses procure a license prior to operation. If a proposed business requires a business license pursuant to the Springfield Municipal Code, an application and approval of the license shall occur prior to any business operation. See below for Business License Forms & Fees.

The City of Springfield does not currently require a license or registration for all types of businesses within the city limits.  Reference the table below.

News & Updates

As part of the City’s COVID-19 response, the Springfield City Council has adopted an automatic extension of business licenses and postponing renewal payments until September 30, 2020 for businesses in Springfield that are required to have a business license from the City to operate within the city limits. No late fees will be imposed as well.

On May 20, 2020, the City mailed letters notifying affected businesses that their licenses scheduled to expire on June 30, 2020 have been automatically extended. The extension is effective as of May 4, 2020 and will expire on September 30, 2020 or when the City issues a new license upon receipt of renewal payment, whichever comes first. Affected businesses can to renewal their business license any time before September 30, 2020. All affected businesses must continue to abide by all emergency orders and regulations related to COVID-19. For full details read the City’s news release about the extension.

COVID-19 and Community Gatherings

Currently, Lane County is in Phase 2 Reopening. More information is available at https://govstatus.egov.com/reopening-oregon#phase2.

Guidance for Phase 3 Reopening is still to be determined by the State. More information will be available once finalized at https://govstatus.egov.com/reopening-oregon#phase3.

Overall, the Governor has prohibited large gatherings through September of this year. Large gatherings are defined as “social, spiritual, and recreational gatherings of 250 people or more” including, but is not limited to, “community, civic, public, leisure, faith-based, and sporting events, concerts, conventions, fundraisers, and any other similar events or activities if a distance of at least six feet between individuals cannot be maintained.” More information is available at https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19.

We encourage community members to check the City’s online calendar or other community calendars for the latest information on event cancellations and postponements. As additional information becomes available from the State, we will share it. If you are planning to apply for a Springfield special event permit and have questions please reach out to staff using the contact information below.

Program Overview

Business Licensing is located at Springfield City Hall in the Development and Public Works Department at 225 Fifth Street, Springfield, OR 97477 and can be contacted at 541.726.3662. We can be reached by phone Monday – Friday; 8:00am – Noon and 1:00pm – 4:00pm. Currently, our office is open Tuesdays and Fridays; 8:00am – Noon and 1:00pm – 4:00pm.

Please note: applications require a minimum of two (2) weeks to process, unless otherwise stated. Missing supplemental information will result in an incomplete application and will not be accepted.

Applications submitted late will be subject to an expedited fee of 50% of license fee.

2019 Master Fees and Charges Schedule – July 1, 2019

Licenses and Fees

Business License
Fees and Notes
Alarm Agent $44.10 for 2 years
Alarm Business $106.05 per year
Alarm System $66.15 Initial then $24.15 renewal
Auctioneer $200.55 per year; $78.75 per day
Auto Wrecker $78.75 per year
Carnival/Circus $416.85 per day
Christmas Tree Sales $54.60 per year
City Hall Facility Use Please call for information
Dance Hall $200.55 first year then $101.85 renewal
Door to Door Solicitor $57.75 per year
Electrical Products $42.00 per year
Fireworks Sales $54.60 per year
Garage Sales No Charge
Liquor Sales $100.00 first license; $75.00 per change; $35.00 annual renewal; $25.00 per day for temporary license
Manufactured Home Park Please call for licensing information
Marijuana Criminal Background Check No Charge
Marijuana Facility License (Recreational) $2,407.65 per year
Medical Marijuana Dispensaries (MMD) $901.95 per year
Pool Tables Please call for licensing information
Rentals (fourplexes or more, hotels/motels) $21.00 per unit per year
Secondhand/Antique Dealers $175.35 per year
Sound Truck/Car $66.15 per year; $7.35 per day
Special Event $172.20 per event
Special Event (COVID-19 Use) See application
Texas Hold ’em $132.30 per year
Tobacco Retail $102.90 initial annual then $66.15 renewal
Transient Merchant $21.00 per day
Transient Merchant Food Cart $43.05 per year
Vending on City Streets No Charge

Expiration and Renewal of Business License

Business Licenses are issued for a fiscal year, beginning on July 1st and ending on June 30th of the following year. A renewal notice will be mailed approximately 45 days before the due date. It is the responsibility of each business owner to renew his/her license by the due date. Applications submitted during the business year are not pro-rated and are subject to the entire fee. Penalties apply if the license is not renewed by the due date. A penalty of $10.00 or (10%) ten percent of the license fee, whichever is greater, shall accrue for each month a business has operated without obtaining a business license. All business licenses are subject to a 5% technology fee. Business licenses are not transferable.

Home Occupation

When a business is operated out of a home it must meet certain requirements. Review the Home Occupation Information if you are considering operating a business from your home. Contact our Planner on Duty for additional information at 541.726.3753.

Public Passenger Vehicle Services

To obtain a business license for a ”Public Passenger Vehicle Services” in the City of Springfield and/or The City of Eugene, please follow this link for an application http://www.eugene-or.gov/index.aspx?nid=832 or contact 541-682-5379. In the City of Springfield, Public Passenger Vehicles Services may not be approved for storage in residential areas. Contact our Planner on Duty for additional information at 541.726.3753.

To register your business name, please contact the State of Oregon at 503.986.2200 or register online at https://secure.sos.state.or.us/cbrmanager/index.action#stay

You may view our Springfield Municipal Code-Chapter 7 business in order to view all required business licenses. In some cases, Lane County or the State may have additional requirements.