Business Licensing

Marijuana Licensing:

Please email applications and supporting documents to

The City Business License Administrator provides applications and coordinates all interdepartmental approvals pursuant to licensing ordinances. The Business License Administrator is responsible for issuing all business licenses for the City of Portland. To contact the Business License Administrator, call 207-874-8557.


Under the City Council's emergency proclamation, the City Manager may temporarily suspend certain traffic, outdoor dining, and retail business rules to allow for the safe and successful recovery of local businesses.  Permit application materials for businesses interested in this program are below. 

Read our list of Frequently Asked Questions

Temporary Business Licenses for Pilot Program 
Outdoor Dining - Extension of Permit
Temporary Public Property Outdoor Dining
Temporary Private Property Outdoor Dining 
Temporary Parklet Outdoor Dining
Temporary Sidewalk Sale

Business License Requirements:
Prior to receiving a city license to conduct a business, most business types require an inspection or approval from:
*Treasury Department Approval
Any outstanding taxes or sewer fees will affect your ability to obtain your business license until they are brought current.

City Treasury Division
Room 102
Portland, ME 04101
Ph: 207-874-8490


All business licenses require a $45 application fee. However, if you are applying for multiple licenses at the same time, only one $45 fee is required. All fees, applications, and licenses must be paid on an annual basis. Renewal application fees are $35. Please do not send cash in the mail.

Applications, Permits & Supporting Information

Taxi & Livery Applications

Doing Business As (DBA)

Regardless of the type of business license applied for, if the applicant intends to operate as a sole proprietor or a partnership, a d/b/a (doing business as) must be filed. The d/b/a filing fee is $10.