All business license renewals due Jan. 1 in Florence


“No person shall maintain, operate, engage in, conduct or carry on any business within the city without first having obtained a license"

Dec. 31, 2019 — “No person shall maintain, operate, engage in, conduct or carry on any business within the city without first having obtained a license for the current year as provided by this chapter.”

This is the text from Florence City Code, Title 3, Chapter 1, which states that everyone doing business in Florence must have a current business license. The cost to operate a business in Florence, or to operate a business elsewhere and sell goods or services in Florence, depends on the type of work being done and the amount of time that work will take.

If a business’s physical address is located within City of Florence limits, if a business is required to come into the city limits to do work or if a business owner advertises in Florence, then the business will likely require some type of Florence Business License. There are some variables to consider when deciding which, if any license is required.

According to the city website, there are four types of business licenses for the city: temporary; permanent; home occupation; and master vendor/vendors.

A temporary business license lasts for six months from the date of approval. Temporary business license fees are $40 for a one-time job, or for six months. Food vendors, contractors or any business that does not plan to operate for more than six months would qualify.

Permanent business licenses and home occupations are good until the end of the calendar year of the year applied for, and are renewable annually after that.

Home Occupation fees are $45 per year, which is prorated for the second half of the year at $25. To qualify for a home occupation license, a person must operate their business from within their permanent residence and fill out an additional “Home Occupation Form.”

Master vendor/vendor licenses last for as long as the special event or the season applied for, which is usually one weekend. These fees are $20 per vendor, with one person or organization applying for a master vendor’s license. These license types are specific to special and seasonal events, such as Florence’s annual Rhododendron Festival.

Permanent business license fees are $80 per year, which is prorated for the second half of the year at $40. The fee is waived for nonprofit organizations with a valid 501(c)3. 

All business licenses are subject to a $10 application fee.

Business license fees pay for city staff to review each business license application and to verify that applicants follow applicable city, state and county regulations. Staff is also tasked with determining whether a business will endanger property and public safety.

The application process can take up to 30 days to complete but may completed in a shorter time frame, depending on the staff time required to approve the request.

Business license renewals are due by Jan. 1 of each year in order to maintain legal business status and to avoid any late fees.

Business owners may apply for a city business license at Florence City Hall, 250 Highway 101, during regular business hours, or through ci.florence.or.us.

For more information about the City of Florence business license program, contact Florence City Recorder Kelli Weese at 541-997-4106 or [email protected]

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