Datasets > Business Licenses

Category Economic Development
Agency City of Portland
Sub-Agency Revenue
Date Released February 24, 2010
Date Updated April 27, 2014
Frequency Daily

This file contains relative GIS information about businesses which have business licenses with City of Portland, including business name, address, X/Y coordinates (for use with GIS application such as, and property taxlot ID.

Agency Program City of Portland / Revenue
Technical Documentation Business Licenses (metadata)
John McBride :: June 11, 2010 - 10:46am

This data would be more valuable if available as a web service with the ability to select by date created. Also if it contained business owner's name and contact info.

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Michael Bidwell :: October 20, 2010 - 6:44am

The one improvement that could make this useful for those researching 20-minute neighborhoods is to code the business license information by neighborhood. I am working on such a project right now, but I don't know if I will be able to code all of them (just the neighborhood I study).

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jameseisenhauer :: October 21, 2010 - 8:56am

Is this data never updated? It is showing February 24, 2010 as the last updated date.

rnixon :: October 21, 2010 - 11:39am

This dataset is updated daily. Please refer to the technical documentation links for a dataset's maintenance/update frequency. The above field for Date Updated is in error. Thanks.

neba.noyan :: January 13, 2011 - 2:11pm

hi, I checked the technical documentation link for the update information on this dataset, I couldnt find the last dataset update date. Could you help me to find out the vintage mark on this dataset? Thank you!

rnixon :: January 13, 2011 - 2:54pm

Per section 1.4 in the tech documentation, Maintenance/Update Frequency = Daily

neba.noyan :: January 13, 2011 - 3:01pm

Hi, Thank you! Also: Is it possible to get NAICS codes for this data (in addition to NAICS description). Thanks again!

rnixon :: July 19, 2011 - 10:35am

NAICS codes and descriptions are now included in this dataset as of today. Thanks!

rnixon :: November 29, 2011 - 4:04pm

This dataset now includes Zip, Lat and Long coordinates for all records!

trevorshanklin :: December 11, 2011 - 11:00am

it would be nice to see a time series business licenses for previous years

aferlitsch :: June 5, 2012 - 3:24pm

it would be nice if the dataset contained the establishment's name (DBA) vs just the name on the business license. Many times the business license name is not the same as the DBA.

Delaney :: January 24, 2013 - 4:30am

Business licenses are permits issued by government agencies that allow individuals or companies to conduct business within the government's geographical jurisdiction. It is the authorization to start a business issued by the local government.

Jhon123 :: June 25, 2014 - 5:07pm

Thanks. NAICS codes and descriptions are now included in this dataset.

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wudadan :: July 22, 2015 - 5:31pm

The data set records all issued business licenses. Is it possible to include information of which of and when these business died? I am sure many of them did not survive their first a couple of years.

rutherling :: October 11, 2015 - 4:35pm

Metadata site doesn't work.

rnixon :: October 14, 2015 - 9:19am

Metadata link has been updated. Thank you.

wudadan :: February 11, 2016 - 4:06pm

data were not updated after 07/05/2015. Why?

nipulpatel :: July 25, 2016 - 11:13am

Is this data file still being updated? Doesn't seem to be the case. Is there somewhere else we should be going for current data?

lroesch :: October 19, 2016 - 7:40am

Is it possible to get current data in CSV/Text or Web Service format?