Apply for a Valet Fixed Location License

Do you want to provide your customers with valet service? If this service will be provided on a daily or regularly reoccurring basis you’re in the right place! We’ll help you get your business 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

Make sure you qualify

Make sure you qualify: Your valet provider will need to operate out of an existing loading zone if you do not have a drop-off/pick-up location on private property. Make sure there is a loading zone available by checking our Online Map.

Gather your information

Notice to Neighboring Businesses

You need to let all businesses within a City block of your desired valet zone know of your intent to apply for a license. You must give this notice at least 10 days before you submit your license application.

You'll have to upload proof that you issued this notice with your application.

LOCATION REQUIREMENTS

We have pre-designated valet location zones. You can see the available pre-designated zones on our Valet Location Map. Additional fees apply if you propose adding a new location to the map. If you're proposing a new location, make sure you Apply for a Loading Zone before applying for this license.

Make sure you have a detailed map of the drop-off/pick-up location and driving routes. We'll ask you to upload a copy of the map with your application.

Valet Parking Plan

You'll need to provide a valet parking plan. The valet company you're contracting will need to sign the plan to indicate that they will follow it. You'll need to complete the Valet Parking Plan Attachment(PDF, 195KB) . We'll ask you to upload a copy of your plan with your application.

Participating Businesses

You'll need to provide a list of all participating businesses with your application. An owner or manager from each participating business will need to provide a signature of approval. We'll ask you to upload a copy of your completed Participating Businesses Attachment(PDF, 249KB) when you submit your license 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 have some resources to make sure you have everything you need before starting your application. If you're applying to add a new valet location to our map, make sure you thoroughly review the map addition checklist.

Have your payment ready

New License Fees

There is a $426 application fee if you are applying for a new license. If you’re requesting to add a new location to the map, the fee will be $547 instead. Application fees are non-refundable.

Renewal License Fees

The fee for renewal applications is $156. Application fees are non-refundable.

Additional Fees

After we approve your application, Parking Services will assess additional fees. You'll pay these fees for the use of the zone.

Complete the online application

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

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 is ready. You can either pick it up from the office or we'll mail it to you. Your license is valid through the season. 

Make sure to keep a copy of your license in prominently displayed.

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

Make sure you qualify

Make sure you qualify: Your valet provider will need to operate out of an existing loading zone if you do not have a drop-off/pick-up location on private property. Make sure there is a loading zone available by checking our Online Map.

Gather your information

NOTICE TO NEIGHBORING BUSINESSES

You need to let all businesses within a City block of your desired valet zone know of your intent to apply for a license. You must give this notice at least 10 days before you submit your license application.

You'll have to upload proof that you issued this notice with your application.

LOCATION REQUIREMENTS

We have pre-designated valet location zones. You can see the available pre-designated zones on our Valet Location MapAdditional fees apply if you propose adding a new location to the map. If you're proposing a new location, make sure you Apply for a Loading Zone before applying for this license.

Make sure you have a detailed map of the drop-off/pick-up location and driving routes. We'll ask you to upload a copy of the map with your application.

VALET PARKING PLAN

You'll need to provide a valet parking plan. The valet company you're contracting will need to sign the plan to indicate that they will follow it. You'll need to complete the Valet Parking Plan Attachment(PDF, 195KB) . We'll ask you to upload a copy of your plan with your application.

PARTICIPATING BUSINESSES

You'll need to provide a list of all participating businesses with your application. An owner or manager from each participating business will need to provide a signature of approval. We'll ask you to upload a copy of your completed Participating Businesses Attachment(PDF, 249KB) when you submit your license 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 have some resources to make sure you have everything you need before starting your application. If you're applying to add a new valet location to our map, make sure you thoroughly review the map addition checklist.

Have your payment ready

NEW LICENSE FEES

There is a $426 application fee if you are applying for a new license. If you’re requesting to add a new location to the map, the fee will be $547 instead. Application fees are non-refundable.

RENEWAL LICENSE FEES

The fee for renewal applications is $156. Application fees are non-refundable.

ADDITIONAL FEES

After we approve your application, Parking Services will assess additional fees. You'll pay these fees for the use of the zone.

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 Application in English

Mail or drop off your completed application

Make sure you have the appropriate payment ready. Refer to step 4 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 is ready. You can either pick it up from the office or we'll mail it to you. Your license is valid through the season. 

Make sure to keep a copy of your license in prominently displayed.

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

Make sure you qualify

Make sure you qualify: Your valet provider will need to operate out of an existing loading zone if you do not have a drop-off/pick-up location on private property. Make sure there is a loading zone available by checking our Online Map.

Gather your information

NOTICE TO NEIGHBORING BUSINESSES

You need to let all businesses within a City block of your desired valet zone know of your intent to apply for a license. You must give this notice at least 10 days before you submit your license application.

You'll have to upload proof that you issued this notice with your application.

LOCATION REQUIREMENTS

We have pre-designated valet location zones. You can see the available pre-designated zones on our Valet Location MapAdditional fees apply if you propose adding a new location to the map. If you're proposing a new location, make sure you Apply for a Loading Zone before applying for this license.

Make sure you have a detailed map of the drop-off/pick-up location and driving routes. We'll ask you to upload a copy of the map with your application.

VALET PARKING PLAN

You'll need to provide a valet parking plan. The valet company you're contracting will need to sign the plan to indicate that they will follow it. You'll need to complete the Valet Parking Plan Attachment(PDF, 195KB) . We'll ask you to upload a copy of your plan with your application.

PARTICIPATING BUSINESSES

You'll need to provide a list of all participating businesses with your application. An owner or manager from each participating business will need to provide a signature of approval. We'll ask you to upload a copy of your completed Participating Businesses Attachment(PDF, 249KB) when you submit your license 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 have some resources to make sure you have everything you need before starting your application. If you're applying to add a new valet location to our map, make sure you thoroughly review the map addition checklist.

Have your payment ready

NEW LICENSE FEES

There is a $426 application fee if you are applying for a new license. If you’re requesting to add a new location to the map, the fee will be $547 instead. Application fees are non-refundable.

RENEWAL LICENSE FEES

The fee for renewal applications is $156. Application fees are non-refundable.

ADDITIONAL FEES

After we approve your application, Parking Services will assess additional fees. You'll pay these fees for the use of the zone.

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 4 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 is ready. You can either pick it up from the office or we'll mail it to you. Your license is valid through the season. 

Make sure to keep a copy of your license in prominently displayed.

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.