The City of
The primary way that the City supports business growth in
The business advocate along with the City’s Economic Development Advisory Board (BEDAB) sets the City’s economic development strategy. Working with key community partners like the Bend Chamber and EDCO (Economic Development for
Providing services for the
The best way that the City can provide the right support for
Emergency services – police, fire and
The City’s goal is to expand the needs of businesses in its decision-making. Having an up-to-date database from which to draw for advisory committee selection and/or outreach ensures the right businesses are invited for the appropriate committee.
The excitement and energy surrounding the announcement of OSU Cascades is shared by the City. The opportunity for
Who Should Obtain a Business License?
All businesses that are defined as “for-profit” businesses under the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Code are required to have a business license. Non-profits should register with the City but are not required to pay the fee.
- Businesses that physically conduct business within the City of
Bend, whether or not they have a physical structure in Bendare required to have a business license (including delivery and repair businesses). Similarly, internet businesses and home-based businesses physically located in Bendare required to have a business license.
- Real estate agents, under state law, cannot be required to pay separately for a business license to operate. Therefore it is the responsibility of the real estate agencies to obtain a business license.
- Likewise for professionals such as hairdressers and medical care providers who work in offices but are independent contractors are exempt from registering. Instead, each office or salon will obtain a license.
- Service businesses operated by those younger than18, e.g. lawn-mowing business, lemonade stand, or newspaper delivery business, are not required to obtain a business license.
If ownership of the business is transferred during the year, the new owner must apply for a new business license and pay a separate license fee. Businesses that change their physical location shall notify the city.
We’ll see your license in your window
All businesses based in buildings whose primary purpose is commercial, and all businesses based in vehicles, must display the license in public view at all times.
For businesses that use multiple vehicles, a photocopy of the license is required to be displayed in public view in each vehicle. Businesses based in buildings that are primarily residential need not publicly display the license but must keep it available for inspection upon request.
It is really important to note that a business license does not regulate business activities. Land use and zoning matters are handled through the City’s Planning Department. Health and hazardous materials concerns are addressed by the City’s Fire Marshal and Fire Department. The City’s code compliance officers handle any complaints that businesses are in violation of City Municipal Codes (non-criminal). All other regulatory matters are administered on the county, state, or federal level.
So go get (or renew) yours!
It is easy to get (or renew) your business license. Visit the City’s webpage www.bendoregon.gov and go to the Business Resources page. Click on the link for Business License Application. If you have any questions, just give the City a call 541-388-5505 and someone will assist you.
If you would like more information about the City’s Business Advocacy Program, call or email Carolyn Eagan, the City’s Business Advocate. She can be reached at 541-388-5529 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Let’s improve the City’s business climate together! Get or renew your license today.