Non-emergency city offices are closed on Nov. 25 and 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Refuse, recycle, and yard waste collection service are delayed one day. Thursday’s collection will be picked up Friday and Friday’s collection will take place Saturday. Our yard waste drop-off site is CLOSED on Thanksgiving day but open on Friday and Saturday from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
Do you want to rent space in your home in Grand Rapids? You're in the right place to apply for a Home Occupation-Class B License for a One-Room Rental.
We only issue 200 licenses for one-room rentals per year. Make sure to get your application in as early as you can. You should know that you will not be able to claim 100% Principal Residence Exemption while renting out space in your home.
To get a Home Occupation Class B License for a one-room rental, make sure 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.
Contact the Planning Department at 616-456-4100 to confirm the property meets zoning requirements. Check before submitting your application to avoid long delays in processing your license.
Fire Inspections are done as needed at the discretion of the Fire Department. If one is required, the Fire Department will contact you to set it up.
Here's a look at what you'll need to complete your application:
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 also have resources to help you prepare your application:
There is a $464 application fee for a first issuance of a license. The renewal fee is $144.
We use a third party system called Citizen Access for business license applications. If this is your first time using this system, it's a good idea to learn How to Create a Citizen Access Account.
Your application might take some time. That's why we recommend that you gather all the required information first.
Apply in English
The Fire Department will contact you to schedule an inspection.
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 your license is ready. You can either pick it up from the office or we'll mail it to you.
The license must be displayed openly on the property where all customers can see.
All licenses are good for one year from when they are issued. Make sure to note your expiration date so you renew your license on time next year.
There is a $464 application fee for new licenses. The renewal fee is $144.
All application fees are non-refundable. Here's a look at our accepted payment methods:
Fill out the PDF application and return it to us by mail or in person.
Download Application in English
Make sure you have the appropriate payment ready. Refer to step 3 for accepted payment methods.
Our office hours are 8 AM - 5 PM, Monday through Friday. We are out of the office on public holidays.
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.
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.
Home Occupation Class B: One-Room Rental License Checklist(PDF, 186KB)
Home Occupation License Ordinance