As organizers of the downtown New Year's Eve GR Ball Drop prepare for the big event, we want to make sure you're aware of several closures that may impact you if you're near or plan to visit City Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 31.
City Hall Open New Year's Eve
Does your business host events that allow dancing? You'll need a dance hall license, and we can help you apply.
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.
Before getting started, make sure you have everything you need.
To apply for your license you will need to have the things listed below.
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 Dance Hall License Checklist(PDF, 178KB) for more details.
There is a $508 application fee for new licenses. The fee for renewal applications is $121. Application fees are non-refundable.
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
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 permit is ready. You can either pick it up from the office or we’ll mail it to you.
Make sure to keep a copy of your license displayed on the property where all customers can see.
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. So make sure to plan accordingly.
There is a $508 application fee for new licenses. Renewals cost $121. 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.
Dance Hall License Checklist(PDF, 178KB)
Dance Hall License Ordinance
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300 Monroe Avenue NW,
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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