|What State of Michigan requirements apply?
||One Stop Web Tool
Use this comprehensive tool to identify state requirements for business, including licenses and permits. The idea behind the Michigan Business One Stop is to make doing business in our state easier than ever!
|What City-issued business licenses are required?
One or more business license(s) may be required to any person operating, conducting, maintaining, or otherwise engaging in any trade, business, profession, occupation, amusement, or privilege. The City Clerk’s Office will issue a business license in accordance to the provision of the City Code for the purpose of preserving public health, safety, or welfare.
|What construction permits are required?
||The City Development Center is your one stop source for project planning, construction plan review, permitting and inspection services. One or more permit(s) is/are required for site work; for modifications to any structure (including a single wall); or to an electrical, HVAC, or plumbing system. Most work must be performed by a licensed contractor, and a professional designer (architect or engineer) is highly recommended. Special requirements apply in historic districts.|
|What Fire Department permits are required?
||Inspections & Permits
|A Fire Department Operational Permit is required for restaurants, bars, and night clubs; many industrial processing activities; and businesses involving the processing, handling, or storage of hazardous materials. For a complete listing, click here. A permit is also required for a special event or for pyrotechnics special effects.|
|How can I obtain approval to install a sign?
||Sign Permit Application (PDF)
|A sign permit is required for any sign or banner, whether permanent or temporary, placed in the City of Grand Rapids. Sign regulations are detailed, and are intended to balance the advertising needs of businesses with the public's general interest in an attractive and clutter-free community. Sign regulations are included in the Zoning Ordinance (see pp. 282-332). A sign permit is required for an awning that functions as a sign.|
|How can I obtain permission to use the City right-of-way (street, sidewalk, etc.)?
Temporary Occupancy Permit (PDF)
Encroachment Permit (PDF)
|A Sidewalk Permit issued to a licensed sidewalk builder is needed to construct or repair sidewalk located in the public right-of-way, a curb cut / drive approach from a public street to a private driveway or curb / gutter. A Temporary Occupancy Permit (PDF) is needed to occupy the public right-of-way for non-permanent construction-related purposes (e.g., scaffolding, dumpster, equipment). An Encroachment Permit (PDF) is needed for ongoing use of the right-of-way for permanent steps, awnings, overhanging building features (e.g., facade, equipment).|
|What Kent County licenses and registrations are required?
|You must register your "Doing Business As" (DBA) name with the Kent County Clerk. Also, food service establishments and temporary food vendors must be licensed by the Kent County Health Department. For additional information, visit Kent County's contact us page.|