How to Open a Business in Garden City
Before purchasing property or signing a lease, please check the zoning of the property to ensure the proposed use is permitted at the desired location. The zoning approval process should also be verified. Uses may be permitted by right or by special land use approval. Those uses that are permitted by special land use approval will also require the approval of both the Planning Commission and City Council.
𝗔𝗽𝗽𝗹𝘆 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗥𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗣𝗲𝗿𝗺𝗶𝘁𝘀
Check with the Building Department to determine if any permits will be required for proposed changes to the interior or exterior of a building, to a parking lot, or construction of any new structure or building.
𝗔𝗽𝗽𝗹𝘆 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗖𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗢𝗰𝗰𝘂𝗽𝗮𝗻𝗰𝘆
After all necessary permits have been obtained, a complete reuse/occupancy application must be submitted to the Building Department.
𝗭𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄, 𝗦𝗶𝘁𝗲 𝗜𝗻𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗔𝗽𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗮𝗹
The re-use/occupancy application will be reviewed for completeness and compliance with Zoning Ordinance requirements. A site visit will be performed to identify any site maintenance or other code violations. Once the zoning is approved the applicant will be notified and a list of zoning violations will be provided. All violations must be addressed prior to building occupancy.
𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗱𝘂𝗹𝗲 𝗕𝘂𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗜𝗻𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀
Upon notification of zoning approval, the applicant must contact the Building Department and schedule interior building inspections. Inspection results are typically provided to the applicant within one business day. If a re-inspection is required it should be scheduled after the violation has been addressed.
𝗔𝗽𝗽𝗹𝘆 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗕𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗟𝗶𝗰𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗲
At the same time, the building inspections are scheduled, an application for a business license must be completed at the City Clerk’s Department. A license is required for all businesses in the City.
𝗔𝗽𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗮𝗹 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗜𝘀𝘀𝘂𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗖𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗢𝗰𝗰𝘂𝗽𝗮𝗻𝗰𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗕𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗟𝗶𝗰𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗲
After all inspections have been performed and final zoning and building approvals have been obtained, a Certificate of Occupancy will be issued. A business license will be issued at the same time as the approved Certificate of Occupancy.
6000 Middlebelt Road
Garden City, MI 48135
Applications and additional information are available online at www.gardencitymi.org
GARDEN CITY DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
29213 Ford Road
Garden City, MI. 48135