“We’ve been recognized as one of the safest cities in Washington, as well as the smartest and fastest growing city in the state. Why? Because we are a community with a vision and we’re dedicated to excellence.”
-Steve Stuart, City Manager
Why Do Business In Ridgefield?
In Ridgefield, people take nature, play and community connection as seriously as they take business. They participate in a host of local events and engage in the town’s many cultural opportunities. And when the morning sun emerges through the shimmering fog lifting off the water’s edge, they revel in the area’s beauty. And after work, local’s know they can make their kid’s T-ball game on time.
With abundant land, a welcoming community offering an attractive escape from the high cost of big city living, proximity to the Portland-Metro area, and a landscape and lifestyle with no equal, Ridgefield is experiencing rapid growth.
With this rising tide comes a healthy, growing place amenable to business.
- LOCATION: On the I-5 corridor, 20 minutes to Portland, Oregon, and 20 minutes to the Portland Airport.
- LABOR FORCE AND TALENT: Educated and skilled talent pool with access to ample higher-education opportunities.
- AFFORDABLE: No corporate or personal income taxes and an entry cost that’s lower than the Metro-area.
- RESPONSIVE: A professional public-sector that offers a full suite of support services.
- PRO-BUSINESS: A community with a shared vision of excellence that embraces business growth.
- FAST: Efficient and streamlined permitting process to get your business up and running quickly.
- READY: Infrastructure, developable land, and three distinct business hubs available.
The Junction is a regional employment hub in the heart of the Discovery Corridor. It is a mixed-use destination that provides an attractive gateway to Ridgefield and the Portland-Metro area.
The best near-term opportunity at this key intersection is for a grocery-anchored retail center near the Pioneer & 45th roundabout. With this concept, sites for commercial use would be possible at the three as yet undeveloped quadrants of The Crossing.
The Downtown Waterfront District is nestled at the end of Pioneer Street featuring a vibrant mix of locally-owned businesses in a spectacular natural setting. Here, small-town charm is made magical with the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge as its front door, and the meandering Lake River providing a welcoming avenue for kayaking, fishing, boating, hunting and bird watching.
The City of Ridgefield offers an array of services to smooth the way for you in starting a new business. As with any big move, you should also seek legal and financial assistance to assure that you think through all of the risks and challenges. Once you’re ready to move forward there are a few basic items of which you need to be aware:
- You will need to register with the State of Washington. Department of Revenue Washington State has a great website that provides a step by step guide to assist in deciding what types of licenses and registrations may be required. The City of Ridgefield requires a business license for operating within the City limits.
- The City of Ridgefield requires a business license for operating within the City limits.Your business must meet the zoning requirements, including the type of use, and require land permits. Review the City’s Municipal Code to determine if your business meets the criteria.
- Your business must meet the zoning requirements, including the type of use, and require land permits. Review the City’s Municipal Code to determine if your business meets the criteria.You may operate a small business out of your home provided it meets the requirements for home occupations listed in Section 18.205.030(R) of the City’s Municipal Code. A Home Occupation Permit may be required. Please contact our Community Development Department at (360) 887-3908 with questions.
- You may operate a small business out of your home provided it meets the requirements for home occupations listed in Section 18.205.030(R) of the City’s Municipal Code. A Home Occupation Permit may be required. Please contact our Community Development Department at (360) 887-3908 with questions. Any new construction or renovations will require a building permit. All new businesses will require a Change of Occupancy Permit.
- Any new construction or renovations will require a building permit. All new businesses will require a Change of Occupancy permit.
The City of Ridgefield supports and facilitates creation and expansion of businesses, large or small. Please view our New Business Checklist for information. If you have questions, contact City Hall at 360-857-3557.
The Sign Code, Chapter 18.710 of the Municipal Code, allows temporary and permanent signs to be displayed in the City. The purpose of the Sign Code is to ensure that signs are constructed, erected, and maintained in a safe manner that does not create visual distractions for motorists. It also helps our community maintain a neat, clean, orderly, and attractive appearance. Most signs, temporary or permanent, need a Sign Permit from the City.
Door-to-door solicitation is legal in Ridgefield with a Peddler’s, Canvassers and Solicitors License. This license is required under Ordinance No. 505, Ridgefield Municipal Code, Chapter 5.08. Applicants must allow 48 hours after application is received for the purpose of investigating the applicant.
The City’s Municipal Code includes many regulations that may affect your business. Relevant sections include:
- Title 5: Business Licenses, and Regulations
- Chapter 5.08: Peddlers, Canvassers, and Solicitors
- Title 18: Development Code
- Chapter 18.205: Uses
- Chapter 18.710: Signs