Permits & Regulations

Whether you're starting a new business or expanding your operations, securing permits and following regulations can be a confusing process. The City of Beaverton's Economic Development Division is here to help your business navigate through the system. For assistance, contact Mike Williams at (503) 526-2456 or mwilliams@beavertonoregon.gov.

Permits
Learn more about different types of City of Beaverton permits and licenses.

Business Licenses
All companies located in or conducting any business in Beaverton are required to obtain a Beaverton business license.

Metro License
Your business may be eligible for a Metro permit covering multiple cities (Portland not included), instead of obtaining separate permits for each city. Eligible businesses include landscaping, and commercial and residential construction. Contact Metro for more information.

Zoning
Land use regulations enacted by the City for allowed uses per zone, density and other standards, are identified in Chapter 20 of the City Development Code. The zone applied to property is shown on zoning maps. For more information, please contact the City of Beaverton's Planning Division of the Community Development Department at (503) 526-2493.

Home Occupation Permits
If your business will be located in your home, you may need a home occupation permit. Standards and conditions for operating a home business are identified in Chapter 40, Section 40.40 of the Development Code. For more information, please contact the City of Beaverton's Planning Division of the Community Development Department at (503) 526-2493.

Development Code Review
Improvements to private property, including parking lot paving or landscaping, may be subject to design review. Design Review standards are found in Chapter 60, Section 60.05 of the City Development Code. For more information, please contact the City of Beaverton's Planning Division of the Community Development Department at (503) 526-2493.

Building Code/Fire Code Review
You may be required to obtain building, mechanical, plumbing, and/or electrical permits for your new or remodeled business. You may also need an occupancy permit or land use permit. Contact the City of Beaverton's Community Development Department for more information at (503) 526-2493.

Business Sign
If you plan to install or place signs outside your business, applicable standards for sign size, placement and number of signs allowed are found in the City of Beaverton's Development Code, under Chapter 60, Section 60.40. Contact the City of Beaverton's Planning Division of the Community Development Department at (503) 526-2493.

Alarm Permit
If you have or install a burglar alarm at your business, you must obtain an annual alarm permit from the City of Beaverton Police Department. Call (503) 526-2260 for more information.

Liquor License
If you plan to sell or offer alcohol at your business, you must obtain a State of Oregon liquor license through the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. The City of Beaverton must also endorse your application.

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