Port Orford welcomes creative, enterprising, small businesses to our community!

The tourism, recreation, and retirement sectors are up and coming and complement our existing maritime economy.

We cherish our unique small town atmosphere and without large national retailers nearby, there are many opportunities to provide needed services to local residents and visitors, or to otherwise relocate or start a business.

Our city is remote, but high speed Internet now makes it possible to readily communicate widely.

If you have questions about starting a business in Port Orford, please contact City Hall. All businesses are required to have and maintain a business license.

Download business license by clicking here.

Business Taxes and Fees

Business Personal Property

Requires annual filing. One-third payment is due by November 15. If fully paid by November 15, a 3 percent discount is allowed.


Corporations doing or authorized to do business in Oregon pay excise tax. Corporations not doing or authorized to do business, but having income from an Oregon source, pay income tax. For more information contact the Oregon Department of Revenue, 955 Center St., NE, Salem, OR 97301, 503.378.4988

Unemployment Insurance

Employers pay this quarterly. The rate schedule in effect depends on the balance in the Trust Fund as of August 31 each year and the amount of revenue needed to maintain the balance at a level adequate to pay benefits. For more information contact the Oregon Employment Department, 875 Union St., NE, Salem, OR 97301, 503.947.1488.

Transient Lodging Tax (TLT)

Transient lodging facilities, such as motels, bed and breakfasts and vacation rentals charge guests 7% of the lodging charges.

Download the TLT Registration form.

Download the TLT Quarterly Report form for commercial lodging & owners of vacation rentals

Download the TLT Quarterly Report form for property managers

The funds sent to the City are used both for City facilities, and to fund TLT grants.