Municipality Location and General Contact Information

150 E Main St
Hillsboro OR 97123
Building Department information for City of Hillsboro, OR

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City of Hillsboro, OR - Building Department Information

The following Building Department information is available for City of Hillsboro, OR

Building and Related Codes and Amendments

City of Hillsboro Building Codes - Oregon Building Codes

The City of Eugene Building division provides plan review and inspection services for home improvement and construction projects. Our goal is to make sure structures in our community are safe and meet State Building Code and local code requirements. We hope this page will provide you with information to assist you in your construction project. Our staff is also available to assist you at the counter Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

As of March 1, 2017, all commercial and multi-family projects must be submitted electronically through eBuild.  If submitting your project through eBuild is a hardship for you, feel free to contact Kyle Richardson, Permit Review Manager, by  or at 541-682-5534.  Our goal is to work with you to make your project a success!

State of Oregon Codes and Standards

The division works to ensure the adopted codes and standards are accessible. Eight of the adopted specialty codes are available to read online. The remaining codes are comprised of multiple standards listed on the program pages.

Oregon codebooks online

Access amendments, errata, helpful tools, and additional information on the code program page.

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Permit Information and Forms

Building Department permits are issued in order to ensure that appropriate plans have been reviewed and the resulting construction is inspected to satisfy local, state and federal requirements. In doing so, we help protect the health, wellness, and safety of our community. This further provides a guarantee on your investment and project.

Examples of scenarios that require a building permit include, but are not limited to:

  • Build a new commercial building, residential home, shed or structure
  • Build an addition to a commercial building, residential home, shed or structure
  • Repair, renovate or demolish any building or structure
  • Change the use and/or occupancy of a building
  • Change, remove or install any required means of egress in a building

Please refer to our checklists here for residential, commercial and industrial application and submission information and requirements. All building permit applications can be found here.

If you have any questions about your project, permit application or submission requirements, please feel free to call us at 503-681-6144 and we would be happy to help.

Applications and Forms

Permit Applications

Additional Forms

  • Credit Card Authorization Form
  • Refund Request Form
  • Archive Request Form

Permit and System Development Fees

 Residential (One & Two Family) & Commercial/Industrial/Multi-Family

Contact Us for more information about permit and system development fees.

Notice of Water System Development Fee Increase

Please follow the link to read the notice about the increased Water System Development Charge on March 1, 2017. 

Plan Review

Our Plan Review process is designed to keep your project on track.

Our experienced and customer-focused plans examiners are here to help make sure your project meets all state codes and regulations. We know project delays can be costly and so we strive to deliver plan review comments within 14 calendar days of plan submittal.  If your residential project is deemed a "simple" plan, we will have it reviewed in 10 business days.

To ensure our services are as efficient and effective as possible, we require commercial plans to be submitted to the City electronically through our ProjectDox system. New to digital plans or not sure how to get started? We offer personalized one-on-one training at your office or ours, or call any of our knowledgeable staff for help.

 What does electronic plan review mean for you?

  • Big cost savings as paper plans are phased out.
  • Real-time, 24/7 online access to your project status and plan reviews. 
  • Increased security of your intellectual property.

If you are already using the system, you can access the ProjectDox portal here.

 Check out submittal checklists here.

Licensing Information

Business Licenses

Any person(s), business, or organization conducting business inside the city limits of Hillsboro is required to obtain a business license. 5.04.02

STEP ONE: Determining The Type Of Business 

The City of Hillsboro Has Four Primary Classifications of Businesses. 

  • Resident Commercial business – consists of any non-residential storefront location that resides within the City of Hillsboro’s jurisdiction.
  • Home Occupation business – includes any business owner residing in the City of Hillsboro, who is not opening a commercial location. Includes Mobile Vendors residing in the City of Hillsboro.
  • Non-Resident business - any person(s), company, or organization primarily based outside Hillsboro’s city limits, that travel into the City of Hillsboro to conduct business or provide service. Includes Mobile Vendors residing outside the City of Hillsboro.
  • Non-Profit/ Exempt Organization- any not for profit organization operating in the City of Hillsboro that can claim tax exempt status and/or provide a 501(c)3 form.

*If you are uncertain which jurisdiction your business resides in, please verify your address in the Address Inquiry provided. Hillsboro Maps

STEP TWO: Obtaining The Necessary Applications 

General Business License Application:

Home Occupation Application:

Mobile / Temporary Business Permit Application: 

  • Application 
  • Aplicación en Español
  • Supplements all mobile vendors OR businesses that will operate less than 90 days
  • Includes: Ice cream trucks, Taco trucks, Food stands, Christmas tree stands, Firework stands, Fruit, Flower or Vegetable stands, etc.

Background Verification Form:

  • Form 
  • Supplements all specially regulated or reviewed businesses
  • Includes: Second Hand Dealers, Pawn Shops, Antique Dealers, Firearms Dealers, Paycheck Cashing Stores, Armed Security Services

Exempt Business Certification Application: 

  • Application 
  • Aplicación en Español
  • Required for all exempt organizations operating in the City of Hillsboro
  • Must include a 501(c)3 form or any supporting documentation showing current tax exempt status

STEP THREE: Determining The Total Cost 

General Businesses 

The Business License base fee is $105.00. The base fee includes the first 2 people associated with the business. Each additional person associated with the business is $5.00 per person. There is no additional charge after 147 employees, leaving a limit on employee fees of $725.00. Employee fees are calculated on a full time equivalent basis. Example: 2 half time employees would equal 1 full time employee and constitute a single $5.00 increase. 

Rental/Property Management Companies 

The Business License base fee is $105.00. This includes the first 3 Rental units. Each additional rental unit is $5.00 per unit. There is no additional charge after 148 units, leaving a limit on rental unit fees of $725.00

Supplemental Business Permits 

When applicable, a portion of the general business license fee will be waived to accommodate the cost of the supplemental permits and ensure the total base fee remains $105.00 

Downtown Businesses 

Businesses located downtown Hillsboro between South 1st Ave and SE 4th Ave and NE Lincoln St and SE Baseline St, will be assessed an additional $25.00 fee plus $2.50 for each additional co-owner or employee. 

STEP FOUR: Submitting Your Applications 

General Commercial Businesses 

Submit application with a check or money order via mail, for same week processing. The license will be mailed out the same day as processed. 


Bring applications to the 1st floor of the City of Hillsboro Civic Center, for same day processing. We accept cash, check, money order, Visa and MasterCard. 

Home Occupation Businesses | Mobile & Temporary Business Permit 

Submit applications with a check or money order via mail for same week processing. Upon approval of the Home Occupation Permit or Mobile/Temporary Permit application, an account will be created and a license will be mailed out the same day as processed. 


Bring applications into the City of Hillsboro Civic Center for same day processing. Submit the permit application at the 4th Floor Planning Department reception. Upon approval of the Home Occupation or Mobile/Temporary permit, bring a copy of the approved application down to the 1st floor reception and submit the permit along with the General Business License application, for same day processing. 

Regulated & Reviewed Businesses 

Submit the General Business License application and the Background Verification application via mail. Upon approval of the background information application, the applicant will be contacted for payment arrangements. This process takes approximately 10 business days. 


Submit the General Business and Background Verification applications to the Hillsboro Civic Center, 1st floor reception. Upon approval of the background information application, the applicant will be contacted for payment arrangements. This process takes approximately 10 business days.

Where to Send Applications

Please mail your application(s) to:

City of Hillsboro
Attn: Business Licenses
150 E Main St. 
Hillsboro OR, 97123

Additional Resources: 

Starting a business in the State of Oregon: 

Starting a business in Washington County: 

For more information on Business Licenses or to obtain a Business License Application, please call 503-681-6408 or 503-681-6438. For information on the internet contact please email us

Additional Information

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