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Any person or entity that recruits, solicits, supplies or employs workers for janitorial services must have a valid Property Services Contractor License.
Apply for a license.
If you have questions or need help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-378-8958.
FAQ for workers coming soon. In the meantime, please call us with questions at 503-378-8958 or email
Learn more about the
new application process for property services contractors.
Note: Unlike other labor contractors, property services contractors are NOT required to provide evidence of financial security (a bond or deposit) unless they have failed to comply with wage and hour laws or civil rights laws in the previous two years or cannot provide certification of general liability insurance in the amount of one million or more.
In order to renew a property services contractor license, the applicant will need to provide documentation of required training on sexual harassment and discrimination as well as documentation on work locations, employee counts and demographic information employees provide voluntarily.
The law now defines a "property services contractor" as any person that:
A) For an agreed remuneration or rate of pay, recruits, solicits, supplies or employs workers to perform labor for another person to provide services that include janitorial services;
(B) Enters into a subcontract with another for any of the activities described in paragraph (A) above.
Yes. Insofar as your company is being remunerated for providing workers to perform janitorial services for your clients, your company has met each of the elements of a property services contractor.
No. Individuals who operate as sole proprietors under their own names and assumed business names, who work alone, and who are not recruiting, soliciting, supplying or employing workers are not required to obtain a labor contractor license.
No. The administrative rules implementing the revised law indicate that "janitorial services" means work defined as “Janitorial Services” by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), but does not include residential house-cleaning services. The NAICS code for Janitorial Services (561720) includes as representative examples:
However, residential house-cleaning work or cleaning work that clearly appears under another NAICS classification would not be considered Janitorial Services. Carpet cleaning on the customer's premises, for example, falls under NAICS code "561740 Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services". A contractor whose only services fall outside the scope of “janitorial services” (for example, building security services; new construction clean up; or carpet cleaning) would not need to hold a license to supply or employ workers.
You can search the 2017 NAICS by keyword online at
If you or your business meet the definition of a property services contractor (see above) check out our overview of the application process. All of the forms you’ll need to get started are available on our property services contractor forms directory.
Please do not hesitate to contact us! Our number is 503-378-3292. We’re returning telephone calls as quickly as possible but due to the volume of questions we’re receiving, we may not be able to pick up right away, so please do leave a message. Alternatively, you can send us an email to
You must submit a tax certification form (copies of which are included with the application materials) to each agency, which will complete the form and return it to you. Include the completed tax certification form with your application. BOLI is not able to obtain a completed tax certification form for you.
Before taking the examination, you must have been issued a temporary permit. Contact the License Unit to arrange to take the examination within 30 days of being issued your temporary permit.
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