Licensing Requirements/Information


All businesses operating within Woodburn city limits must obtain a Business Registration Certificate.

Please review Municipal Code Chapter 8-11 for more information on the Business Registration Ordinance. This ordinance does not reflect any additional requirements from the state or county.

Business Licenses

The fee for home occupation businesses is $25 per year. The fee for all other Businesses is $50 per year & transfers of ownership must be accompanied by a $20 fee. Failure to submit applications by the required dates will subject the applicant to a delinquency charge.

For Change of Address, Change of Ownership, or Change of business location, please use the same form and check the appropriate checkbox. Submit to the City as soon as possible. Business owners are responsible for updating the Finance Department staff of any changes in mailing addresses, business location, or other pertinent information. You can email us at or our fax number is 503-982-5244.

Businesses engaged in food services must present proof of a current Marion County Health Department Oregon - Food Handlers Card before the Business Registration will be issued.

Solicitor's Licenses

New Ordinance Gives Homeowners More Protection

At the March 13,2017 City Council meeting, the City Council replaced the current Peddlers and Solicitors Ordinance with a new Solicitation Ordinance making it illegal to solicit between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. and at all residences where a "No Soliciting" sign is posted. This change was made because the City Attorney advised the City Council that ordinances similar to the old Woodburn ordinance have been found unconstitutional by courts under state and federal law.

The new Solicitation Ordinance is legally defensible and, at the same time, provides Woodburn residents who chose not to be contacted by door-to-door solicitors the maximum amount of assistance that is legally possible. Under the new approach, residents who wish to not be contacted by solicitors must post a "No Soliciting" sign. Solicitors who attempt to make contact despite the sign, can be cited for violation of the new ordinance.

Police Chief Jim Ferraris also addressed the City Council and said public education would be necessary for successful implementation of the new ordinance and they would utilize traditional media, social media, websites and web-based information platforms to clearly articulate the elements of this ordinance to the public and City staff.

To view the new ordinance, click here.

Here are some FAQs regarding the new ordinance.

Taxi Permits

Taxi Companies must be registered and all drivers must be licensed with the City of Woodburn (ord. 2464).  Applications available at City Hall. 

All taxicab companies must obtain required permits and hire qualified drivers:

All taxicab drivers must obtain appropriate permits before operating a taxi: