How To Start A Roofing Business In Oregon

How to Start a Roofing Business In Oregon

Here are some steps on how to become a legal roofing business in the state of Oregon.  You must do your own thorough research, as laws change regularly. .  This information will also help you start other roofing and construction-related businesses such as installing gutters and siding.
Getting started– The state of Oregon has a few resources to help you start your business:  Starting A Business In Oregon and Oregon Start A Business Guide (PDF Download)

1. Select your business structure 

Find out more about business structures (Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.) and registering a business name here: Oregon Business Structure

More on Business Entities: Choosing a Roofing Business Structure

2. Register your business name.

Find out more here:  Registering Your Business Name FAQ

If you need help selecting a name for your roofing business:  

3. Register your business.

Find out more about how register your business with the state of Oregon here: Oregon Business Xpress

4. Open a Business Checking Account.

You will need to open a separate bank account for your business with your new business name.

5. Find out about taxes and hire an accountant.

You may want to file your own taxes if you are a small company. As you grow, it will be easier to have an accountant do the work. More info about taxes here:

6. Get Liability Insurance.

In Oregon and many states, understanding the regulations and laws regarding the need for contractor liability and bonds for contractors can be tricky. Having the right coverage is crucial for all roofing contractors.

We work with ContractorsLiability.com because they’re the one-stop-shop for General Liability insurance and are able to get online quotes in all 50 states. Plus, their expertise means they’re fast when it comes to getting the right bond and liability coverage.  Oregon roofers need to win the job and stay protected at an affordable price. Learn more >

7. Register as a Contractor.

Find out more here: Oregon Construction Contractors Board

8. Worker’s Compensation.

You will need Worker’s Compensation if you have any employees. Find out more>

9. Get Health Insurance.

Since you will be self-employed, you will need your own health insurance.  If you have employees, you will need a plan that will include their health needs also.

10. Find out if you need a license to operate in your city.

You may be required to obtain a license to do business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.

11. Research the need for permits.

Depending on the locale, you may need to apply for permits before commencing certain types of roofing jobs.

12. Building Code and Inspections.

You must be aware of building codes for particular jobs, and may be subject to inspections.

13. OSHA.

Depending on how many employees you have, you may need to follow OSHA regulations.

14. Financing.

Depending on your startup budget, you may need to apply for financing to help pay for equipment. Direct Capital offers financing for equipment for businesses*Must have a 700+ FICO score OR be in business 2 years for consideration. Find out more>

15.  Marketing.

To get your roofing business going, you may need to use multiple marketing techniques:  Roofing Marketing Ideas