City/County Info: 503-823-4000
1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204
The City’s liquor licensing program is housed within the Office of Community & Civic Life. Serving alcohol, and managing people who are consuming alcohol, are big responsibilities. Our goal is to help you provide this service in a way that brings people together, ensures safe practices, and contributes to the vibrancy of our communities.
Want a license to sell alcohol in Portland? Here’s a checklist to get you started:
Step 1: What kind of liquor license will you need? Liquor licenses can be divided into two main categories- Annual Licenses and Temporary Sales Licenses for special events. Both types of licenses have sub-categories that match with their use (i.e. On-Premises sales, Off-Premises sales, Distillery, etc.). The Oregon Liquor Control Commission can help you determine which type of license best fits your need.
Step 2: Get the forms: In Oregon, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) holds ultimate authority over liquor licensing. Licensing applications begin and end with the OLCC. The OLCC creates and owns most of the forms you'll need to apply. Portland participates in the licensing process by supporting application review, public information, and public safety.
City of Portland forms:
* Both annual and temporary license applications MUST be reviewed and approved by the City of Portland and by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC).
Step 3: Know your deadlines and fees: Annual licenses and temporary event licenses have different applications, timelines and fees.
City of Portland liquor licensing application fees:
Submit to the City no fewer than 7 days prior to your event.
OLCC requires 2-4 weeks to process a temporary event application.
Step 4: Submit the right forms to the right place: While a few forms and fees can be submitted online or mailed, a few are required to be done in person. It’s important to find out these details well in advance of your Grand Opening, or special event. For example, if you are applying for a Temporary Sales Liquor License and are starting this process more than one month prior to your special event, you can likely mail in your application and fee. Call the Liquor Licensing program for information about your specific situation.
Step 5: Don't forget to renew: All annual liquor licenses held within the City of Portland must be renewed with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) and also renewed with the City of Portland. The renewal fee for the City of Portland is $35.00 per license. You may submit your City of Portland renewal online, in-person or by mail.
For sidewalk seating, talk to Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT).
If you want to have a band or amplified music on your patio, talk to the City's Noise Control program.
Make sure to check with the OLCC to find out their requirements.
USEFUL CONTACT INFORMATION: We are all here to help!
Here’s how to get a hold of us and a few other important partner agencies:
City of Portland Liquor Licensing Program: Phone: 503-823-4520; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC): Phone: 503-872-5000
Portland Business Alliance: Phone: 503-224-8684; www.portlandalliance.com
City of Portland Neighborhood Program: Phone: 503-823-5827; email: Mingus.Mapps@portlandoregon.gov
Helpful information for liquor licensed businesses in Portland
Application materials for new licensees
Applicants are required to submit a $35 processing fee per application. There are different applications depending on your event, see below for more information. The City of Portland deadline for temporary sales licenses is 7 days prior to the event.
If you have not kept a copy of your OLCC license renewal form, you may use this form to renew your liquor license with the City of Portland. Please submit this form with a $35.00 processing fee payable to “City of Portland.”
Information from the Oregon Health Authority regarding outdoor smoking and compliance.
Click here for a security checklist compiled by the Crime Prevention Program to assist with the design, security, and management practices for your establishment.
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