If you have jobs in several cities in the Portland metropolitan area, you can pay for a single license from Metro that lets you conduct business in multiple cities. Metro's license covers all construction trades – both commercial and residential – as well as all landscape contractors.
The Metro license is optional, but it costs less to buy a single license from Metro than a number of licenses from individual cities.
Metro's business license is not a substitute for a business license from the city in which your principal place of business is located, or where dollar limits, as explained below, are exceeded. Also, some cities that honor Metro's license may have additional requirements for contractors doing business there. Please inquire with the local jurisdiction in which you are performing work using Metro's license to determine if there are any additional license requirements.
These 20 cities honor the Metro license:
|Fairview||Lake Oswego||West Linn|
|Gladstone||Oregon City||Wood Village|
Metro's license does not cover the city of Portland. To get a business license for work performed in Portland, please contact the City of Portland.
What does the Metro license cost?
The annual fee for Metro's business license is $185 and eliminates the expense of applying for a separate license for work in the 20 cities that honor it.
To qualify for the regional license you must:
- be licensed with the Oregon Construction Contractors Board or the Oregon Landscape Contractors Board, unless proof of exemption is provided;
- have a corresponding city license if your principal place of business is located in any of the 20 cities honoring the Metro license; and
- earn $250,000 or less in gross receipts per year per jurisdiction honoring the Metro license, or hold a city license for any jurisdiction listed in which that dollar limit is exceeded.