Process Steps for Obtaining Business License .pdf
Step 1: Apply For Your Detroit Business License
You must have a Detroit business license to operate certain types of businesses in the city. For a list of businesses that need licenses, visit the BSEED website. Apply for the license at the Business License Center, Room 402, Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, Two Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226. The Business License Application
is also available for printing. The division phone number is (313) 224-3178. You must pay all license fees when you apply.
Applicant Must Bring The Following:
Applicant must also submit the following supporting documents:
- Assumed Name or Articles of Corporation Papers
Information for all applicants and/or stockholders/corporation officers
Driver License or State Identification Card
Social Security Number
Acceptable Form of Payment: Cash, Certified Check, Money Order or Credit Card (Master Card & Visa)
Federal Identification Number (if applicable)
Proof of property ownership – Lease (Notarized) or Land Contract/Property Deed (registered with Wayne
- Building Permit or Occupancy Permit (from the Zoning Counter, Room 409, Coleman A. Young
- Municipal Center)
Read the Requirements for Income Tax Clearance Document.
Complete the Request for Income Tax Clearance form. Print a copy of the form.
Complete the Employer's Withholding Registration form. Print a copy of the form.
Complete the Accounts Receivable Clearance form. Print a copy of the form.
Forms Cannot Be Filed Electronically At This Time
Step 2: Submit Completed Application including all Legal and Supporting Documents listed under Step 1.
Step 3: Schedule All Required Inspections for Business Location
Important Note: Permits and Inspections will be required prior to opening your business.
Step 4: A Certificate of License will be issued once all approvals are secured.
All Licenses Are Renewable Annually
City Ordinances are available in the City Clerk's Office located in Room 200 at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center.
If not operating a business in the City of Detroit, please check with the city or township where you plan to do business.