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 can acquaint you with City procedures and direct you to the various departments that you might need in order to obtain information for such as 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. Please consult with the appropriate jurisdictions.
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.
Please note that we require a minimum of two (2) weeks to process some applications. Incomplete information will delay the review process. *NOTE: There was a fee increase on business licenses effective April 1, 2016
When a business is operated out of a home it must meet certain requirements. Please 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.
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. All 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.
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 reached at 541.726.3753.
Office hours are Monday – Friday; 8:00am – 5:00pm.