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Notice to Business Owners:  2014 Business License renewals will be mailed out by the end of December 2013. The fees will remain the same as 2013. You will have to the end of January 2014 to pay for your Business License.  If you need an extension to pay past January 2014 please contact the Clerks office at 313-928-1144.

Business licenses are required for all businesses operating within the City with the exception of those that are licenses through the State of Michigan. License fees vary with the business and must be renewed every year (December 31st).

This document is available to view in PDF format.Business License Application

Click here to view all License and Permit information in the Clerk's section.

All businesses are required under MCL 211.21 to file a Personal Property Statement (Form L-4175) with the city in which the business has personal property by February 20th of each year. The Michigan Constitution provides for the assessment of all real and tangible personal property not exempted by law.

Business Personal Property generally consists of furniture and fixtures, machinery and equipment, computers, etc. All tangible personal property in your possession as of December 31st of the preceding year, including fully appreciated and expensed assets, must be reported.

The Personal Property Statement form is mailed each year in December. If you do not receive a form you can complete and print a copy from the state treasury website.

Contact the Assessor's Office at 313-928-2124 should you have questions about assessable personal property.