Apply for a Commercial Business License

Do you have a commercial location for your business in the city limits of Medford?  You will need to apply for your commercial business license.

Do you have a commercial business but not located in Medford?  You will need a Medford business license to conduct business here.



What you need to know!

Step 1.First things first!

1.  Check on zoning for your location, making sure the type of business you have is approved by our Planning Department.  541-774-2380 or  Let them know the address you are looking at and what type of business you have.

2. Check in with our Building Department to make sure all is good to go permit-wise.  Give them the address where you would like to open and let them know the type of business you have.   541-774-2350 or

Step 2.Now you are ready to apply!

  • You will need to submit the following items for review: 
    1. Medford business license application (filled out entirely - do not miss a question as this may delay final approval!)
    2. Medford Fire Depart. Business Information & check list (2 pages)
    3. Current floor plan (including dimensions, showing interior rooms, windows and doorways, etc.)
    • IF you have a commercial business but located outside the City limits of Medford, you only need to fill out the application.  We consider this a "Commercial OCL (outside city limits)" type of business license.

Step 3.Submit your business license packet

  • Four ways to submit your business license application packet:
    1. Email:
    2. In person: 200 S. Ivy Street, Lausmann Annex, Second Floor
    3. By mail: City of Medford Attn: B/L, 200 S. Ivy Street, Medford, OR 97501
    4. Fax: 541-618-1726

Step 4.Approval and Payment

  • The review process takes approximately 1-2 weeks *If you have any open Building permits at your location, your business license application will be placed on HOLD until final inspections have been done and approved.  After that, the review process takes approximately 2-5 business days to finalize.
  • Once the review process is done, you will be contacted by us for payment (via email or phone)
  • If you are a commercial business and not located here in Medford, your review process is only 1-3 days. (Commercial OCL)
  • Commercial business license fee is $100 as well as a $50 application review fee.
  • We accept Visa, MasterCard, check or cash (all credit cards will be charged a 2.69% processing fee)
  • Payments can be made online (link will be provided), mailed in or in person with check or cash
  • Once payment has been made, you can request a copy of your license be sent to you by email or a hard copy by mail


Application(PDF, 94KB)

Medford Fire Info & Checklist(PDF, 172KB)

Exemption Form(PDF, 59KB) (Should you be exempt from the City Fee?  Read through this to make sure!)