PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The cost of a liquor license in Oregon is going up for the first time in 70 years.
Effective Tuesday, Oct. 1, the fee will double. The increase will bring Oregon in line with the national average cost for licenses.
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has doubled 19 common license types, affecting stores, bars, restaurants and wineries.
Now a full liquor license will now be $800, up from $400.
Winery or brewery license fees will increase from $250 to $500.
The new revenue will be used to move the renewal process to an online system. The rest of the money will go to support the OLCC’s compliance initiatives.
It’s all part of a bill approved by state lawmakers in the last legislative session.