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    Our licensing year is from July 1st through June 30th. You may apply for the 2015-2016 Licensing Year after June 1, 2015.  Applications and ordinances are in PDF format.

    **JULY 1st - new fees **

    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 or e-mailed to grbusinesslic@grcity.us.

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

    Category 

    1st Issuance Fee 

    Renewal  Fee 

    AMBUCAB (Chapter 94, Sec. 7.105 )     
         Company  $352 $147
         Vehicle    
              First Vehicle $202 NA
              Each Additional Vehicle $  13 NA
         Driver  Each $251 NA
         
    AMBULANCE COMPANY  (Chapter 106) $343 $147
         
    AMUSEMENTS (Chapter 103)    
         Mechanical Rides     
              First Ride $416 After 15 days
              Each Additional Ride $  40 After 15 days
         Coin-Operated Device     
              Owner     
                   First Device $242 $148
                   Each Additional Device $   8 $   8
              Owner-Operator     
                   First Device $262 $148
                   Each Additional Device $   8 $   8
              Operato $263 $147
         
    CARWASH, Coin-Operated (Chapter 108) $245 $140
         
    DANCE (Chapter 102)    
         Dance Hall License $382 $147
         
    DOWNTOWN VENDOR  (Chapter 46)  $300 NA 
                        Each Additional Cart  $  20 NA
          Sidewalk Vendor  $292 NA
          Vending Zones    
             
    GOING OUT OF BUSINESS PERMIT  (STATE LAW) $  50 $  50
         
    HOME OCCUPATION  (Chapter 116)

    (Zoning)

       
         Class A $  106 $ 77

         Class B 

         One-Room Short-Term rental fact sheet

    $ 301 NA
         Class C​ $ 301​ ​$147
    HOTEL/MOTEL (Chapter 152, Article 6) $409 $147
         
    JUNK DEALER (see SECOND HAND)
         
    LAUNDRY, Coin-Operated  (Chapter 107) $321 $140
         
    LIQUOR LICENSE (All Classes) (Chapter 157)    
         Processing Fee, Each Application $1,077 NA
               Development District Application    
         Temporary $993  
         

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

    $395 $147
         
    MOTION PICTURE THEATER APPLICATION  (Chapter 104, Sec. 7.346) $393 $140
         
    MOTOR VEHICLE RENTAL AGENCY  (Chapter 105) $263 $144
         
    NOISE VARIANCE PERMIT (Chapter 151, Article 5) $317 NA
         Sample Public Notice     
         
    PARKING FACILITY (Chapter 97)    
         Structure, Each $351 $140
         Surface Lot, Each $282 $140
         
    PAWNBROKER (Chapter 100) $371 $147
          
    PEDICAB (Chapter 114)       
        Company $305 $147
         Driver $134  
         Vehicle $194  
              Each additional vehicle  $  21  $  21
          
    SECOND HAND  (Chapter 101) (STATE LAW) $356 $148
         
    SNOWPLOW SERVICES (Chapter 52, Article 2)     
     **Revised Penalties, January 2012**​
         Owner, Includes First Vehicle $307 NA
         Each Additional Vehicle $  16 NA
         
    SOLID WASTE HAULER  (Chapter 25) $281 $211
         
    SOUND TRUCK  (Chapter 151, Article 6)    
         Commercial, Each Vehicle    
              First Day $193 NA
              Each Additional Day $   9 NA
         Non-Commercial, Each Vehicle    
              First Day $193 NA
              Each Additional Day $   9 NA
         
    TAXICAB (Chapter 94 & Chapter 181)    
        Company  $1,810 $148
        Vehicle    
              First Vehicle $252 NA
              Each Additional Vehicle $  50 NA
         Driver  Each  (Drug Testing Release Form) $300 NA
         
    TRANSIENT MERCHANT  (Chapter 99)    
         Permit for a Year, Each $290 NA
         Special Event Permit  $213 NA

                   ​Special Event Co-Sponsor Fee Approval Form

    ​reduces the Special Event fee by 50%
         Mobile Vending Cart    
              First Cart $217 NA
              Each Additional Cart $  31 NA
         Mobile Vending Cart Operator  $275 NA
         
    VALET PARKING (Chapter 113)    
         Drop-off Location​ ​$2,020
         Fixed Location $455 $148
         Special Event $419 NA
         Each Additional Special Event at same location (same 
         applicant)
    $  30 NA