2017 ORS 603.025¹
Licenses required
  • application
  • term
  • renewal
  • surety bond
  • fee
  • rules

(1) A person may not sell, offer to sell or expose for sale meat products or engage in any other activity described or identified in subsection (4) of this section without first obtaining and maintaining a license for that activity from the State Department of Agriculture. All such licenses shall expire on June 30 next following the date of issuance or on such date as may be specified by department rule. Renewal applications must be postmarked before the expiration date to be timely.

(2) Application for a license required by this section shall be made to the department on forms prescribed by the department and shall contain any information the department deems necessary. The license is personal and nontransferable, with a separate license required for each establishment location. A new license is required each time there is a change in ownership, legal entity or establishment location.

(3) In addition to other license requirements of this section, if an applicant for a license under subsection (4)(c) of this section has an average weekly dollar value of meat animal purchases that exceeds $10,000, the applicant shall submit with the application a surety bond with one or more corporate sureties authorized to do business in this state, or an irrevocable letter of credit issued by an insured institution, as defined in ORS 706.008 (Additional definitions for Bank Act). The bond or letter of credit shall be in an amount equal to twice the average daily value of meat animal purchases during the preceding calendar year, or the amount of $20,000, whichever amount is greater. The department shall prescribe the form for the bond or letter of credit. A bond or letter of credit is subject to department approval and must be conditioned upon faithful performance by the licensee of all obligations to the producers of meat animals arising from the sale of meat animals by producers to the licensee.

(4) Each of the following activities must be licensed, and the fee established by the department paid with the license application:

(a) Operation of a meat seller establishment. A license under this section allows only the meat products preparation described in ORS 603.010 (Definitions) (8).

(b) Operation of a nonslaughtering processing establishment. A license under this section allows selling meat products at the same location without obtaining the license described in paragraph (a) of this subsection.

(c) Operation of a slaughterhouse. A license under this section allows selling meat products at the same location without obtaining the license described in paragraph (a) of this subsection.

(d) Operation of a custom slaughtering establishment or custom processing establishment. A license under this section does not allow selling meat products without first obtaining and maintaining the license described in paragraph (a) of this subsection.

(e) Operation of a slaughterhouse, custom slaughtering establishment or custom processing establishment wherein only poultry or rabbits are slaughtered or prepared. A license under this section allows selling only poultry or rabbit products at the same location without obtaining the license described in paragraph (a) of this subsection.

(5) The license required by this section shall be displayed at all times in a conspicuous manner at the address shown on the license.

(6) The department may adopt rules establishing license fee schedules for establishments licensed under this section. The department may determine the license fee for an establishment based upon the annual gross dollar volume of sales and services by the applicant. In establishing the amount of the license fee for an establishment, the State Department of Agriculture shall use the annual gross dollar volume of sales and services by that establishment within Oregon during the prior calendar year or, if the establishment maintains sales and service records on a fiscal basis, the prior fiscal year. If the establishment applying for an original license or for a renewal license cannot provide the annual gross dollar volume of sales and services for a full calendar year, the department shall base the fee on estimated annual gross sales and services by the establishment. If an establishment whose previous year’s fee was determined using an estimated gross sales and services figure applies for renewal of that license, the fee for the previous license year shall be adjusted to reflect the actual annual gross dollar volume of sales and services by the establishment.

(7) Except as provided in this subsection, the department may not adopt a rule under this section to establish a license fee that is more than three percent higher than the license fee charged during the preceding year for an establishment of the same type and having the same volume of gross sales and services. When adopting a rule establishing a license fee, notwithstanding the three percent limit, the department may round the fee amount to the next higher whole dollar amount. Fee schedules adopted under this section may not change the amount of the same license fee more frequently than once each year. [1973 c.175 §4; 1975 c.703 §1; 1982 s.s.1 c.4 §1; 1991 c.331 §92; 1991 c.632 §1; 1997 c.631 §505; 2005 c.735 §§1,2; 2007 c.768 §§19,20; 2012 c.64 §1]

Note: The amendments to 603.025 (Licenses required) by section 36, chapter 64, Oregon Laws 2012, become operative July 1, 2019. See section 45, chapter 64, Oregon Laws 2012. The text that is operative on and after July 1, 2019, is set forth for the user’s convenience.

603.025 (Licenses required). (1) A person may not sell, offer to sell or expose for sale meat products or engage in any other activity described or identified in subsection (4) of this section without first obtaining and maintaining a license for that activity from the State Department of Agriculture. All such licenses shall expire on June 30 next following the date of issuance or on such date as may be specified by department rule. Renewal applications must be postmarked before the expiration date to be timely.

(2) Application for a license required by this section shall be made to the department on forms prescribed by the department and shall contain any information the department deems necessary. The license is personal and nontransferable, with a separate license required for each establishment location. A new license is required each time there is a change in ownership, legal entity or establishment location.

(3) In addition to other license requirements of this section, if an applicant for a license under subsection (4)(c) of this section has an average weekly dollar value of meat animal purchases that exceeds $10,000, the applicant shall submit with the application a surety bond with one or more corporate sureties authorized to do business in this state, or an irrevocable letter of credit issued by an insured institution, as defined in ORS 706.008 (Additional definitions for Bank Act). The bond or letter of credit shall be in an amount equal to twice the average daily value of meat animal purchases during the preceding calendar year, or the amount of $20,000, whichever amount is greater. The department shall prescribe the form for the bond or letter of credit. A bond or letter of credit is subject to department approval and must be conditioned upon faithful performance by the licensee of all obligations to the producers of meat animals arising from the sale of meat animals by producers to the licensee.

(4) Each of the following activities must be licensed, and the fee established by the department paid with the license application:

(a) Operation of a meat seller establishment. A license under this section allows only the meat products preparation described in ORS 603.010 (Definitions) (8).

(b) Operation of a nonslaughtering processing establishment. A license under this section allows selling meat products at the same location without obtaining the license described in paragraph (a) of this subsection.

(c) Operation of a slaughterhouse. A license under this section allows selling meat products at the same location without obtaining the license described in paragraph (a) of this subsection.

(d) Operation of a custom slaughtering establishment or custom processing establishment. A license under this section does not allow selling meat products without first obtaining and maintaining the license described in paragraph (a) of this subsection.

(e) Operation of a slaughterhouse, custom slaughtering establishment or custom processing establishment wherein only poultry or rabbits are slaughtered or prepared. A license under this section allows selling only poultry or rabbit products at the same location without obtaining the license described in paragraph (a) of this subsection.

(5) The license required by this section shall be displayed at all times in a conspicuous manner at the address shown on the license.

(6) The department may adopt rules establishing license fee schedules for establishments licensed under this section. The department may determine the license fee for an establishment based upon the annual gross dollar volume of sales and services by the applicant. In establishing the amount of the license fee for an establishment, the State Department of Agriculture shall use the annual gross dollar volume of sales and services by that establishment within Oregon during the prior calendar year or, if the establishment maintains sales and service records on a fiscal basis, the prior fiscal year. If the establishment applying for an original license or for a renewal license cannot provide the annual gross dollar volume of sales and services for a full calendar year, the department shall base the fee on estimated annual gross sales and services by the establishment. If an establishment whose previous year’s fee was determined using an estimated gross sales and services figure applies for renewal of that license, the fee for the previous license year shall be adjusted to reflect the actual annual gross dollar volume of sales and services by the establishment.

(7) The department may not adopt or enforce a rule under this section establishing a license fee that is higher than the license fee charged for the license year that began July 1, 2018, for an establishment of the same type and having the same volume of gross sales and services. Fee schedules adopted under this section may not change the amount of the same license fee more frequently than once each year.

See annota­tions under ORS 603.030 in permanent edi­tion.

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 603—Meat Sellers and Slaughterers, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors603.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 603, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano603.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
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