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Holding an event that will exceed the normal levels of noise the City allows? You’re in the right place! We can help you apply for your permit.
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.
Here's a look at the requirements to get a permit:
You'll need to submit affidavits of publication to the Clerk's Office for both of your notices. Our email and mailing addresses are in the Contact Us section of this page.
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 help you apply for your permit:
Noise Permit Checklist(PDF, 177KB)
Sample Public Notice(PDF, 96KB)
Noise Permit Ordinance
There is a $327 application fee for new licenses. Application fees are non-refundable.
There's no extra processing fee to pay with a card online. We accept Visa and MasterCard payments online.
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
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 at your event.
There is a $327 license application fee. 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 the 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.
Come to our office located at the address listed in the Contact Us section of this page. We'll provide you with an application to complete.
311 or 616.456.3000
300 Monroe Avenue NW,
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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