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    Our licensing year is from July 1st through June 30th. You may apply for the 2014-2015 Licensing Year after June 1, 2014.  Fees are NOT pro-rated nor are they refundable. Click on the category to obtain the Business License application form, or click on the City Code reference number to read the City Code.

    To check if a STATE license is required, click here.

    For the City of Grand Rapids Licensing and Regulations Generally (Chapter 91), click here.

    If you need to pay by credit card CLICK HERE and download the form to be mailed back with your application or faxed to our office at 616-456-4607.

    Mailing Address:  Grand Rapids City Clerk-Licensing, 300 Monroe NW, 49503

    Category 

    1st Issuance Fee 

    Renewal  Fee 

    AMBUCAB (Chapter 94, Sec. 7.105 )     
         Company (PDF) $336 $138
         Vehicle    
              First Vehicle $182 NA
              Each Additional Vehicle $  14 NA
         Driver (PDF), Each $229 NA
         
    AMBULANCE COMPANY (PDF) (Chapter 106) $310 $138
         
    AMUSEMENTS (Chapter 103)    
         Mechanical Rides (PDF)    
              First Ride $391 After 15 days
              Each Additional Ride $  40 After 15 days
         Coin-Operated Device (PDF)    
              Owner (PDF)    
                   First Device $221 $138
                   Each Additional Device $   8 $   8
              Owner-Operator (PDF)    
                   First Device $240 $138
                   Each Additional Device $   8 $   8
              Operator (PDF) $241 $138
         
    CARWASH, Coin-Operated (PDF) (Chapter 108) $224 $131
         
    DANCE (PDF) (Chapter 102)    
         Dance Hall License $356 $138
         
    DOWNTOWN VENDOR (PDF) (Chapter 46)  $278 NA 
                        Each Additional Cart  $  20 NA
          Sidewalk Vendor (PDF) $270 NA
          Vending Zones (PDF)    
             
    GOING OUT OF BUSINESS PERMIT (PDF) (STATE LAW) $  50 $  50
         
    HOME OCCUPATION (PDF) (Chapter 116)

    (Zoning)

       
         Class A $  87 $ 63

         Class B 

         One-Room Short-Term rental fact sheet

    $ 287 NA
         Class C​ $ 287​ ​$137
    HOTEL/MOTEL (PDF) (Chapter 152, Article 6) $383 $138
         
    JUNK DEALER (see SECOND HAND)
         
    LAUNDRY, Coin-Operated (PDF) (Chapter 107) $297 $138
         
    LIQUOR LICENSE (All Classes) (Chapter 157)    
         Processing Fee, Each Application $1,045 NA
               Development District Application (PDF)    
         Temporary $965  
         

    LIVE ENTERTAINMENT PERMIT APPLICATION (PDF) (Chapter 104, Sec. 7.349)

    $369 $138
         
    MOTION PICTURE THEATER APPLICATION (PDF) (Chapter 104, Sec. 7.346) $367 $131
         
    MOTOR VEHICLE RENTAL AGENCY (PDF) (Chapter 105) $241 $134
         
    NOISE VARIANCE PERMIT(PDF) (Chapter 151, Article 5) $291 NA
         Sample Public Notice (PDF)    
         
    PARKING FACILITY (PDF) (Chapter 97)    
         Structure, Each $328 $131
         Surface Lot, Each $260 $131
         
    PAWNBROKER(PDF) (Chapter 100) $346 $138
          
    PEDICAB (Chapter 114)       
        Company $273 $138
         Driver $118  
         Vehicle $173  
              Each additional vehicle  $  21  $  21
          
    SECOND HAND (PDF) (Chapter 101) (STATE LAW) $331 $105
         
    SNOWPLOW SERVICES (PDF) (Chapter 52, Article 2)     
     **Revised Penalties, January 2012**​
         Owner, Includes First Vehicle $283 NA
         Each Additional Vehicle $  16 NA
         
    SOLID WASTE HAULER (PDF) (Chapter 25) $259 $200
         
    SOUND TRUCK (PDF) (Chapter 151, Article 6)    
         Commercial, Each Vehicle    
              First Day $173 NA
              Each Additional Day $   9 NA
         Non-Commercial, Each Vehicle    
              First Day $173 NA
              Each Additional Day $   9 NA
         
    TAXICAB (Chapter 94 & Chapter 181)    
        Company (PDF) $1,698 $138
        Vehicle    
              First Vehicle $231 NA
              Each Additional Vehicle $  50 NA
         Driver (PDF), Each $275 NA
         
    TRANSIENT MERCHANT (PDF) (Chapter 99)    
         Permit for a Year, Each $268 NA
         Special Event Permit (PDF) $195 NA
         Mobile Vending Cart    
              First Cart $196 NA
              Each Additional Cart $  31 NA
         Mobile Vending Cart Operator (PDF) $252 NA
         
    VALET PARKING (PDF) (Chapter 113)    
         Drop-off Location​ ​$1,979
         Fixed Location $420 $138
         Special Event $388 NA
         Each Additional Special Event at same location (same 
         applicant)
    $  31 NA

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