*Please note that effective April 1, 2013 the Springfield City Council approved a fee increase to Building and Safety and selected fees in Planning Services, Fire Life and Safety, Engineering Services and General fees, which also includes Business Licensing (except Liquor).
Starting a business can be exciting and challenging. Springfield is ideal for establishing, relocating or expanding your business. Springfield provides companies and developers the efficient and effective tools to proactively shape their future. A wide range of resources provide invaluable assistance for business development, entrepreneurial endeavors, international trade, high technology, manufacturing, retail trade and employer services. All contribute to Springfield’s thriving and highly successful business community. We wish you success in your new venture.
The information provided is intended to assist persons interested in establishing and/or conducting business in the City of Springfield. We suggest that you contact our Community Development Manager at City Hall, (541) 726-3656 as your first contact. We can acquaint you with City procedures and direct you to the various departments that you might need in order to obtain information on business licensing, signs and building permits. In addition to obtaining the business license, you must also comply with all City, County and State regulations for zoning, change of use, building, health and safety.
Business License and Forms
The City of Springfield requires that certain businesses procure a license prior to operation. All business license applications shall be made to the city manager. If a proposed business requires a business license pursuant to the Springfield Municipal Code below, an application and approval of the license shall occur prior to any business operation. Business License Forms & Fees
If you plan to operate a business from your home, certain requirements must be met. Please check with the Current Developement Division at (541) 726-3753 in regard to the Home Occupation requirements and information.
Expiration and Renewal of Business License
The Council sets all business license fees by resolution. All applicants shall pay license fees at the time of application. Business Licenses are issued for a fiscal year, beginning on July 1st and ending on June 30th of the following year, unless otherwise provided by the Council. In certain instances, the City will forward a renewal notice approximately 45 days before the deadline. It is the responsibility of each business owner to renew his/her license by the due date, whether or not it receives a renewal notice. 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.
A duplicate license may be obtained by the Business License Division on a previously issued license for a five dollar fee.
Springfield Municipal Code – Chapter 7 Business: Prior to issuance of any license, an occupancy inspection of the building may occur which could include structural, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, fire and life safety inspection and could require an application for a minimum development standards of the city.
The Business License Office is located at City Hall 225 Fifth Street, Springfield, OR 97477 and can be reached by telephone at either (541) 726-3753 or contact Sophia Seban at (541) 726-2295. Voicemail is available throughout the day.
Office hours are Monday – Friday; 8:00am – 5:00pm.