Apply for a Solid Waste Hauler License

Own a business that offers waste pickup services to Grand Rapids residents? We'll help you apply for your license.

Online Form

Check your eligibility

You are eligible if you have a valid driver's license and don't owe money to the City. We're unable to issue you a business license if you don't meet these requirements.

UNSURE IF YOU OWE?                 

  • Check if you owe court fees, property taxes or parking tickets. Call the Treasurer's Office at 616-456-3020
  • Check if you owe taxes to the City. Call the Income Tax Department at 616-456-3415

Collection Regulations

Collection within the City is restricted to specific times:

  • After 7:00 am on weekdays
  • After 9:00 am on weekends

Three or more verified complaints of these types of violations could lead to revocation of your license:

  • Excessive noise of waste hauler activities at one location
  • Operation during prohibited hours

Storage Requirements

Storage of waste in a residential district is prohibited. Any business with a residential address listed on the application must also submit a letter verifying that they will not be storing any materials at the residence.

Gather your information

Insurance Requirement

You'll need liability insurance for $1,000,000 combined single limit that meets these conditions:

  • $1,000,000 per occurrence 
  • Covers motor vehicle, bodily injury, and property damage
  • City of Grand Rapids listed as additional insured

We'll ask you to upload a copy of the certificate of insurance in the online application. Don't have a copy? Don't worry. You can check the option to have your insurance agent send the certificate. Make sure to list the City of Grand Rapids on the policy as additionally insured.

Vehicle List Requirement

If you operate more than 10 vehicles, you'll need to attach a completed Vehicle List(PDF, 18KB) to your application. Use as many copies of the list as you need. Include all of this information about each vehicle in your list:

  • Year and make of vehicle
  • VIN number
  • State of Michigan license plate number

Have questions? Give us a call at the number listed in the Contact Us section of this page. There are many things that you need to do to apply for the license. We recommend reviewing the Solid Waste Haulers License Checklist(PDF, 342KB) for more details.

Have your Visa or MasterCard ready

There is a $362 application fee for new licenses. The fee for renewal applications is $233. Application fees are non-refundable.

There's no extra processing fee to pay with a card online. We accept Visa and MasterCard payments online.

Complete the online application

We have an online form to guide you through this process. The application might take some time. That's why we recommend that you gather all the required information first.

Apply Online in English

We'll review your application

It takes us 5-10 business days to process applications. Keep in mind that it may take longer to process your application if we find that you need to make changes.

We'll call or email you to let you know that your license and vehicle decals are ready. You can either pick them up from the office or we'll mail it to you. Your license is valid through the season.

Make sure to display your license openly on the property where all customers can see. Apply your decals to all vehicles.

Renew your license

We use a standard licensing year of July 1 through June 30 for all businesses. Your license will expire on June 30 regardless of when you apply. The fees are also the same no matter when you apply during the year.

Paper Form

Check your eligibility

You are eligible if you have a valid driver's license and don't owe money to the City. We're unable to issue you a business license if you don't meet these requirements.

UNSURE IF YOU OWE?                 

  • Check if you owe court fees, property taxes or parking tickets. Call the Treasurer's Office at 616-456-3020
  • Check if you owe taxes to the City. Call the Income Tax Department at 616-456-3415

COLLECTION REGULATIONS

Collection within the City is restricted to specific times:

  • After 7:00 am on weekdays
  • After 9:00 am on weekends

Three or more verified complaints of these types of violations could lead to revocation of your license:

  • Excessive noise of waste hauler activities at one location
  • Operation during prohibited hours

STORAGE REQUIREMENTS

Storage of waste in a residential district is prohibited. Any business with a residential address listed on the application must also submit a letter verifying that they will not be storing any materials at the residence.

Gather your information

INSURANCE REQUIREMENT

You'll need liability insurance for $1,000,000 combined single limit that meets these conditions:

  • $1,000,000 per occurrence 
  • Covers motor vehicle, bodily injury, and property damage
  • City of Grand Rapids listed as additional insured

We'll ask you to upload a copy of the certificate of insurance in the online application. Don't have a copy? Don't worry. You can check the option to have your insurance agent send the certificate. Make sure to list the City of Grand Rapids on the policy as additionally insured.

VEHICLE LIST REQUIREMENT

If you operate more than 10 vehicles, you'll need to attach a completed Vehicle List(PDF, 18KB) to your application. Use as many copies of the list as you need. Include all of this information about each vehicle in your list:

  • Year and make of vehicle
  • VIN number
  • State of Michigan license plate number

Have questions? Give us a call at the number listed in the Contact Us section of this page. There are many things that you need to do to apply for the license. We recommend reviewing the Solid Waste Haulers License Checklist(PDF, 342KB) for more details.

Have your payment ready

There is a $362 application fee. The fee for renewal application is $233. Application fees are non-refundable. Here's a look at our accepted payment methods:

Mailed Payments

  • Check
  • Money Order

IN PERSON PAYMENTS

  • Cash
  • Check
  • Money order
  • Credit or debit cards (Visa, Discover, or MasterCard)

Download the application

Fill out the PDF application and return it to us by mail or in person.

Download the Application in English

Mail or drop off your completed application

Make sure you have the appropriate payment ready. Refer to step 3 for accepted payment methods.

We'll review your application

It takes us 5-10 business days to process applications. Keep in mind that it may take longer to process your application if we find that you need to make changes.

We'll call or email you to let you know that your license and vehicle decals are ready. You can either pick them up from the office or we'll mail it to you. Your license is valid through the season.

Make sure to display your license openly on the property where all customers can see. Apply your decals to all vehicles.

Renew your license

We use a standard licensing year of July 1 through June 30 for all businesses. Your license will expire on June 30 regardless of when you apply. The fees are also the same no matter when you apply during the year.

Phone

Make sure we're open

Our office hours are 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. We are out of the office on public holidays.

Call us for instructions

You can find our number in the Contact Us section of this page. We'll get you all the information you need to apply for your business license.

In Person

Check your eligibility

You are eligible if you have a valid driver's license and don't owe money to the City. We're unable to issue you a business license if you don't meet these requirements.

UNSURE IF YOU OWE?                 

  • Check if you owe court fees, property taxes or parking tickets. Call the Treasurer's Office at 616-456-3020
  • Check if you owe taxes to the City. Call the Income Tax Department at 616-456-3415

COLLECTION REGULATIONS

Collection within the City is restricted to specific times:

  • After 7:00 am on weekdays
  • After 9:00 am on weekends

Three or more verified complaints of these types of violations could lead to revocation of your license:

  • Excessive noise of waste hauler activities at one location
  • Operation during prohibited hours

STORAGE REQUIREMENTS

Storage of waste in a residential district is prohibited. Any business with a residential address listed on the application must also submit a letter verifying that they will not be storing any materials at the residence.

Gather your information

INSURANCE REQUIREMENT

You'll need liability insurance for $1,000,000 combined single limit that meets these conditions:

  • $1,000,000 per occurrence 
  • Covers motor vehicle, bodily injury, and property damage
  • City of Grand Rapids listed as additional insured

We'll ask you to upload a copy of the certificate of insurance in the online application. Don't have a copy? Don't worry. You can check the option to have your insurance agent send the certificate. Make sure to list the City of Grand Rapids on the policy as additionally insured.

VEHICLE LIST REQUIREMENT

If you operate more than 10 vehicles, you'll need to attach a completed Vehicle List(PDF, 18KB) to your application. Use as many copies of the list as you need. Include all of this information about each vehicle in your list:

  • Year and make of vehicle
  • VIN number
  • State of Michigan license plate number

Have questions? Give us a call at the number listed in the Contact Us section of this page. There are many things that you need to do to apply for the license. We recommend reviewing the Solid Waste Haulers License Checklist(PDF, 342KB) for more details.

Have your payment ready

There is a $362 application fee. The fee for renewal application is $233. Application fees are non-refundable. Here's a look at our accepted payment methods:

IN PERSON PAYMENTS

  • Cash
  • Check
  • Money order
  • Credit or debit cards (Visa, Discover, or MasterCard)

Visit our office to apply

Visit us on the 2nd floor of City Hall. Our address is in the Contact Us section of this page. We'll get you an application and answer all of your questions about the process. Make sure you have your payment ready. You can see our accepted payment methods in step 3 above.

We'll review your application

It takes us 5-10 business days to process applications. Keep in mind that it may take longer to process your application if we find that you need to make changes.

We'll call or email you to let you know that your license and vehicle decals are ready. You can either pick them up from the office or we'll mail it to you. Your license is valid through the season.

Make sure to display your license openly on the property where all customers can see. Apply your decals to all vehicles.

Renew your license

We use a standard licensing year of July 1 through June 30 for all businesses. Your license will expire on June 30 regardless of when you apply. The fees are also the same no matter when you apply during the year.