Apply for a Snowplow Business License

Do you want to operate a snowplow business in Grand Rapids? You're in the right place to apply for a snowplow business license.

Online

Check your eligibility

To get a City Snowplow Business License, 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. 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

Gather your information

You'll need liability insurance for $1,000,000. 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 additional insured. The certificate should also state that it covers commercial operations or snowplowing operations. Have questions? Give us a call at the number listed in the Contact Us section of this page.

We'll ask you for vehicle information and contact information if your business has additional owners.

Prepare payment

Be prepared to pay the $365 license application fee. Keep in mind that the application fee covers one vehicle. Each extra vehicle is $17 to license.

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 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 keep a copy of your license in each licensed vehicle. Your decals should be prominently displayed on each vehicle.

Paper Form

Check your eligibility

To get a City Snowplow Business License, 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. 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

Gather your information

You'll need liability insurance for $1,000,000. We'll ask for a copy of the certificate of insurance with your application. Make sure to list the City of Grand Rapids on the policy as additional insured. The certificate should also state that it covers commercial operations or snowplowing operations. Have questions? Give us a call at the number listed in the Contact Us section of this page.

We'll ask you for vehicle information and contact information if your business has additional owners.

Prepare payment

Be prepared to pay the $365 license application fee. Keep in mind that the application fee covers one vehicle. Each extra vehicle is $17 to license. Here's a look at your payment options:

MAILED PAYMENTS

  • Check
  • Money order

IN PERSON PAYMENTS

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

Complete the application

Download and print or scan the application to submit.

Download Application in English

Don't have a printer? Don't worry! You can get the packet from our office. We're located at City Hall on the second floor. Our address is listed in the Contact Us section of this page.

Mail or email your form

Mail or email your form to us at the address listed in the Contact Us section. When mailing, make sure to include a copy of your certificate of insurance and payment. Keep in mind that you should never send cash in the mail. We're unable to accept emailed payments. If emailing your form, make sure to include a copy of your certificate of insurance and fax us your payment.

It's important that you send the exact payment. If it's more than the total license and vehicle fee amount, we can't accept the check. We're unable to do refunds. 

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 keep a copy of your license in each licensed vehicle. Your decals should be prominently displayed on each vehicle.

Phone

Make sure we're open

Our office hours are 8 AM - 5 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

To get a City Snowplow Business License, 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. 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

Gather your information

You'll need liability insurance for $1,000,000. We ask that you bring a copy of the certificate of insurance with you. Make sure to list the City of Grand Rapids on the policy as additional insured. The certificate should also state that it covers commercial operations or snowplowing operations. Have questions? Give us a call at the number listed in the Contact Us section of this page.

We'll ask you for vehicle information and contact information if your business has additional owners.

Prepare payment

Be prepared to pay the $365 license application fee. Keep in mind that the application fee covers one vehicle. Each extra vehicle is $17 to license. Here's a look at your payment options:

IN PERSON PAYMENTS

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

Visit our office

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. Make sure to bring a copy of your certificate of insurance, payment and vehicle information for each vehicle you want licensed.

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 keep a copy of your license in each licensed vehicle. Your decals should be prominently displayed on each vehicle.