City Commission Policies

City Commission policies are approved by the City Commission. These policies are sets of rules, procedures, and guidelines that govern the City Commission and City Employees.

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City Commission Policy for disabilities accommodations in City owned buildings. Enacted April 9, 1963. Revised January 24, 1995.

Access to City Buildings for Individuals with Disabilities (600-07)(PDF, 7KB)

City Commission Policy to provide guidelines for the acquisition and transfer of tax foreclosed properties under P.A. 123 of 1999. Revised August 20, 2002. Revised May 28, 2013.

Acquisition and Transfer of Tax Foreclosed Properties Acquired in Accordance with P.A. 123 of 1990 (900-44)(PDF, 243KB)

Guidelines (900-44)(PDF, 317KB)

City Commission Policy to provide guidelines and criteria for the acquisition of real properties. Enacted August 10, 1999. 

Acquisition of Real Property Not Associated with Right-of-Ways, Easements, or Encroachments (900-39)(PDF, 18KB)

City Commission Policy to define the City's partnership with Parks and Recreation Department. Enacted July 26, 2005.

Adopt-A-Park, Partnership and Sponsorship Programs in Parks and Recreation (1100-09)(PDF, 11KB)

City Commission Policy to establish qualifications for economic development tax-exempt bond allocations.  Enacted August 25, 2009.

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Recovery Zone (900-51)(PDF, 15KB)

City Commission Policy about Club, Class B or Class C liquor licenses. Enacted June 12, 1962. Revised September 15, 1970.

300-01 Approval of Class C Liquor Licenses(PDF, 10KB)

City Commission Policy to give exemptions to qualifying companies located within an existing Renaissance Zone. Revised August 29, 2006.

Approval of Various Exemption Certificates for Qualifying Companies Located Within an Existing Renaissance Zone (900-47)(PDF, 34KB)

City Commission Policy to encourage the renovation and expansion of manufacturing facilities and the construction of new industrial plants.  Enacted June 29, 1982. Revised September 14, 2010.

Apps. For Industrial Facilities Exemption Cert.-P.A. 198(PDF, 100KB)

 

City Commission Policy to establish a uniform basis on which the City may assign or rescind assignments of 24-hour vehicle use to officials and employees. Enacted November 17, 1970. Revised May 15, 1996.

Assignment of 24-Hour Vehicle Use to Elected and Appointed Officials, and Employees of the City (600-13)(PDF, 13KB)

 

City Commission Policy regarding combustible waste and solid waste ordinances. Enacted March 20, 2001.

Backwater Valve/Sump Pump/ Footing Drain Program (1000-22)(PDF, 31KB)

City Commission Policy for the leasing or use of City-owned property for commercial billboard and sign purposes. Enacted November 29, 1966.

Billboards on City Property (900-02)(PDF, 9KB)

City Commission Policy  for recognition of local civic organizations eligibility for a bingo license. Enacted April 27, 1976.

200-05 Bingo Licenses (PDF, 15KB)

City Commission Policy on the signage for the Neighborhood Business Improvement Program (NBIP). Enacted February 5, 1985.

Business District Identification Signs (900-12)(PDF, 20KB)

City Commission Policy to  establish a policy for City response to requests by businesses to receive exemption, deductions, or credits of the Renaissance Zone Program . Enacted March 4, 1997. Revised February 24, 1998.

Business Relocation to a Renaissance Zone (900-36)(PDF, 15KB)

City Commission Policy to establish the annual financing plan for the City Capital Improvement Program. Enacted October 23, 1979.

Capital Improvement Program(PDF, 12KB)

City Commission Policy to establish a policy for charging off certain uncollectible accounts off the City’s books. Enacted October 25, 2011.

Charging Off Uncollectible Accounts (400-02)(PDF, 98KB)

City Commission policy governing citizen boards and commissions. Enacted February 7, 1984. Revised December 21, 2010.

Citizen Boards and Commission (300-06)(PDF, 21KB)

Procedure for submitting proposed policies to the Grand Rapids City Commission. Enacted February 13, 1963.

City Commission Policy to provide a program to assist City employees purchase a home. Enacted October 24, 1995. Revised April 28, 1998.

City Employee Home Ownership Incentives (600-06)(PDF, 13KB)

City Commission Policy to establish a procedure for the handling of personal injury, property damage, and sewer backup claims against the City. Enacted February 21, 1984. Revised February 6, 2007.

200-03 Claims Authority and Procedure(PDF, 201KB)

City Commission Policy to limit claims for damages to City-owned trees. Enacted February 13, 1963. Revised September 13, 1988.

Claims for Damages to City-owned Trees (1100-03)(PDF, 8KB)

City Commission Policy to establish the terms and conditions under which the City Commission will approve applications for commercial rehabilitation exemption certificates under Act 210, PA 2005. Enacted October 20, 2009.

Commercial Rehabilitation Exemption Certificates for Qualified Retail Food Establishments (900-53)(PDF, 19KB)

City Commission Policy regarding the passing of an employee. Enacted January 13,1987.

Condolences Upon Death of an Employee (600-03)(PDF, 9KB)

City Commission Policy to establish a process for confidentiality agreements between elected officials, appointed officers and employees of the City of Grand Rapids. Enacted June 19, 2007

100-05 Confidentiality Agreements(PDF, 45KB)

City Commission Policy to help Elected and Appointed City Officials avoid actions that may result in conflicts of interest. Enacted December 13, 2006. 

100-06 Conflicts of Interest and Ethical Standards of Conduct Policy for Elected and Appointed Officials(PDF, 185KB)

City Commission Policy for construction, reconstruction, and repair of sidewalks and other public improvements. Enacted May 29, 1979. Revised April 17, 2001.

Construction, Reconstruction, and Repair of Sidewalks and Other Public Improvements (1000-03)(PDF, 17KB)

City Commission Policy to promote equal opportunity, nondiscrimination, and prevention of wage theft by firms doing business with the City of Grand Rapids. Enacted May 23, 1989. Revised October 27, 2015.

Contract Compliance (600-10)(PDF, 274KB)

Guidelines (600-10)(PDF, 266KB)

City Commission Policy about “public purpose” activities that may not receive financial support of the City. Enacted December 23, 1975.

Contribution for Public Purpose Activities (900-01)(PDF, 76KB)

City Commission Policy to define program goals of the Corridor Improvement Authority and designation of one or more Corridor Improvement Districts  within the City of Grand Rapids. Enacted November 13, 2007.

Corridor Improvement Authority (900-49)(PDF, 172KB)

City Commission Policy to provide guidelines for price quotes or bids to make purchases of goods in an amount of up to $2,500. Enacted August 10, 1999. Revised October 27, 2015.

Delegation of Purchasing Authority (700-09)(PDF, 85KB)

City Commission Policy to continue the Delinquency Control Committee Enacted November 16, 1993.

Delinquency Control Committee (900-31)(PDF, 11KB)

City Commission Policy to provide procedures and guidelines for the disposition of City-owned non-residential property. Enacted February 20, 2001. Revised October 11, 2011.

Disposal of City of Grand Rapids Owned Non-Residential Property (900-41)(PDF, 103KB)

City Commission Policy to provide procedures and guidelines for the disposition of all City-owned residential property. Enacted September 27, 1988. Revised October 11, 2011.

Disposal of City Owned Residential Property (900-22)(PDF, 120KB)

City Commission Policy to provide guidelines for reimbursement costs of educational courses. Enacted May 27, 1969. Revised April 24, 2018.

Education Reimbursement (600-04)(PDF, 133KB)

City Commission Policy to establish the bases for permitting private encroachments within the City. Enacted November 7, 1961. Revised March 28, 2017.

Encroachment Approvals (1000-02)(PDF, 118KB)

City Commission Policy to establish procedures and guidelines for enhanced access to public records. Enacted October 1, 2002.

Enhanced Access to Public Records (600-14)(PDF, 20KB)

City Commission Policy to ensure equal employment opportunities and non-discriminatory practices in the City of Grand Rapids. Enacted June 18, 1991. Revised October 27, 2015.

Equal Business Opportunity- Construction(PDF, 131KB)
Guidelines (600-12)(PDF, 980KB)

City Commission Policy for equal business opportunity. Enacted July 13, 2004. Revised October 27, 2015.

Equal Business Opportunity-Goods and Services(PDF, 130KB)

Guidelines (600-15)(PDF, 465KB)

To set forth the City’s commitment to ensuring equal services to all persons, regardless of immigration status and/or national origin. Enacted 11/14/2017.

Equal Service Policy(PDF, 177KB)

City Commission Policy to recommend policies, rules and regulations for public use of parks and recreation facilities and programs. Enacted June 18, 1991.

Establishment of a Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (1100-07)(PDF, 15KB)

City Commission Policy to encourage the General Operating Fund Departments to have unexpended year-end departmental appropriation balances. Enacted November 23, 1993.

Expenditure Reduction Program 700-05(PDF, 13KB)

 

City Commission Policy to provide guidelines for evaluating and approving requests for extension of Renaissance Zone. Revised November 21, 2006. Revised June 19, 2007.

Extension of Time Period for Existing Renaissance Zone Parcels (900-48)(PDF, 45KB)

 

City Commission Policy for the extension of Water and Sewer Facilities. Enacted May 11, 1976.

Extension of Water and Sewer Facilities (1000-09)(PDF, 16KB)

City Commission Policy to provide loans to homeowners lacking other resources to correct exterior conditions which are a hazard. Enacted March 15, 1988.  Revised April 29, 1997.

Exterior Repair Loans (900-18)(PDF, 19KB)

City Commission Policy to clarify and reiterate the City’s Policy of fair and equitable service to the people of the City. Enacted July 18, 1996. Revised October 27, 2015.

100-04 Fair and Equitable City Service Delivery(PDF, 90KB)

City Commission Policy to support the rehabilitation of vacant residential structures. Enacted April 6, 1996. Revised August 28, 2001.

Gap Financing Program (900-34)(PDF, 21KB)

 

City Commission Policy regarding financial guidelines for the City Manager in the preparation of the annual Preliminary Fiscal Plan. Enacted December 16, 1997.

General Financial Guidelines (700-06)(PDF, 15KB)

City Commission Policy regarding city owned property purchases. Enacted September 27, 1988

Good Faith Deposits on Bid Proposals (900-27)(PDF, 11KB)

City Commission Policy to encourage compliance with rules and regulations concerning the conduct of police officers during interactions with citizens. Enacted July 23, 1996. July 8, 2003.

Grand Rapids Police Dept. Civilian Appeal Board (800-02)(PDF, 17KB)

City Commission Policy regarding financial assistance for grant agreements. Enacted February 15, 1972.

Grant Applications (700-02)(PDF, 12KB)

City Commission Policy designed to implement the residential elements of the City's Master Plan for the Heritage Commons Neighborhood. Enacted August 1, 1989.

Heritage Commons Neighborhood Area Housing Policy (900-29)(PDF, 11KB)

City Commission Policy to assist low- and moderate-income first-time homebuyers. Enacted December 17, 1996. Revised December 12, 2017.

Homebuyer Assistance Fund (900-35)(PDF, 88KB)

City Commission Policy to establish basic guidelines for homestead poverty exemption eligibility. Enacted December 22, 1998. Revise May 9, 2017.

Homestead Poverty Exemptions (700-07)(PDF, 73KB)

City Commission Policy to provide principles to guide public and private decision-making, which affects the provision of housing and the maintenance of neighborhoods throughout the City.  Enacted March 9, 1965. June 6, 1982.

Housing Policy (900-26)(PDF, 15KB)

City Commission Policy to review and decide appeals submitted by applicants for financial assistance. Enacted January 13, 1976.  Revised October 12, 2010.

Housing Rehabilitation Appeals Board (900-17)(PDF, 82KB)

City Commission Policy to preserve the housing quality of Grand Rapids neighborhoods. Enacted June 9, 1988. Revised December 12, 2012.

Housing Rehabilitation Program (900-13)(PDF, 108KB)

City Commission Policy to establish a policy for City response to requests of industrial applicants.  Enacted June 6, 1978.

Industrial Development (900-07)(PDF, 8KB)

Statement of Investment Policies, Procedures and Objectives. Enacted September 26, 1989. Revised April 11, 2017.

Investment Program and Policy (400-01)(PDF, 331KB)

Guidelines(PDF, 294KB)

Letter from the Liquor Control Commission dated May 14, 1965. Enacted June 22, 1965.

Liquor Control Commission (300-03)(PDF, 11KB)

 

City Commission Policy to establish a procedure for the handling of all civil litigation involving the City of Grand Rapids. Enacted February 21, 1984. Revised September 5, 2012.

200-04 Litigation Authority and Procedure(PDF, 75KB)

City Commission Policy to provide relief to long sewer and water connections with equity of cost. Enacted  February 13, 1963. Revise April 25, 1989.

Long Sewer and Water Connections (1000-16)(PDF, 8KB)

City Commission Policy to determine alternatives for providing housing for the lower income families. Enacted March 9, 1965.

Low Income Housing Needs (900-04)(PDF, 8KB)

City Commission Policy for Disadvantaged Business Entreprise (DBE), Women Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Projects. Enacted February 21, 1984. Revised October 27, 2015.

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Contracts (600-09)(PDF, 50KB)

City Commission Policy to establish guidelines for the reconstruction, repair, and removal of areaways and sidewalk located along Monroe Center. Enacted May 1, 1990. 

Monroe Center Areaways and Sidewalks (1000-18)(PDF, 12KB)

City Commission Policy for the Neighborhood Business Improvement Program, Enacted August 3, 1982. Revised September 30, 2003.

Neighborhood Business Improvement Program (900-10)(PDF, 36KB)

City Commission Policy to define program goals and requirements for the neighborhood enterprise zone. Revised March 16, 2004. Revised February 23, 2016. Revised January 30, 2018.

Neighborhood Enterprise Zone (NEZ) (900-45)(PDF, 134KB)

City Commission Policy regarding The Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Act (ORPA). Enacted August 28, 2001. Revised February 23, 2016.

Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Exemption Applications (900-42)(PDF, 338KB)

City Commission Policy about the City’s commitment to bring to action the "Open City" principles of  transparency, participation, collaboration, inclusiveness and innovation. Enacted December 13, 2006. 

100-07 Open City Policy (PDF, 154KB)

City Commission Policy to identify the policies, practices, and procedures to be employed by the City Commission. Enacted April 30, 1974.  Revised December 4, 2004.

200-01 Open Meetings Act(PDF, 12KB)

City Commission Policy to strengthen the competitive position of downtown building owners and managers and ease the transition of suburban workers into the downtown environment. Enacted November 14, 1995.

Parking Incentive Plan (900-33)(PDF, 10KB)

 

 

City Commission Policy to provide guidelines for the delivery of customer parking services to those neighborhood business areas located within or adjacent to the City’s CDBG Target Area. Enacted September 15, 1998.

Parking Services in Neighborhood Business Area (900-37)(PDF, 17KB)

City Commission Policy for fees and charges of Parks and Recreation Department Services.  Enacted July 28, 1992.

Parks and Recreation Department Fees and Charges (1100-08)(PDF, 15KB)

City Commission Policy to establish an alternative to the policy  for the Partial Improvement for Gravel Streets. Enacted July 18, 1972.

Partial Improvement for Gravel Streets (1000-12)(PDF, 16KB)

City Commission Policy to establish a policy under which all gravel streets will be improved. Enacted January 20, 1976.

Paving and Other Improvements for Gravel Streets (1000-13)(PDF, 15KB)

City Commission Policy to about City's payment of relocation expenses. Enacted May 14, 1974. Revised November 14, 2000.

Payment of Relocation Expenses (600-05)(PDF, 12KB)

City Commission Policy to establish a standard for the prequalification of bidders and subcontractors. Enacted February 28, 1984. Revised June 24, 2003.

Prequalification of Bidders and Sub-Contractors (1000-17)(PDF, 18KB)

City Commission Policy regarding the use and programming of the City's cable access station, the Grand Rapids Information Network. Enacted March 15, 1988. 

100-03 Programming of Grand Rapids Information Network (G.R.I.N.)(PDF, 11KB)

 

City Commission Policy to the conditions and outline the procedure by which the City will utilize its Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE).

Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (PACE) (900-55)(PDF, 303KB)

City Commission Policy to allow the City Commission to exempt eligible nonprofit housing property owned by a charitable nonprofit housing organization.  Enacted March 4, 2008.

Property Tax Exemption for Nonprofit Housing Organizations (900-50)(PDF, 29KB)

City Commission Policy to establish a policy for the City of Grand Rapids to accept gifts for public property. Enacted September 10, 2001. August 15, 2006. February 6, 2018.

Public Art and Memorials (1100-06)(PDF, 288KB)

City Commission Policy to define rules governing the compensation paid to Realtors or Real Estate Brokers. Enacted February 7, 1978.

Real Estate Fees (900-06)(PDF, 13KB)

City Commission Policy to provide guidelines for the administration of relocation assistance to low and moderate income persons. Enacted January 27, 1976. Revised March 7, 1989.

Relocation Assistance (900-16)(PDF, 13KB)

City Commission Policy to establish the amount the City will determine “substantially delinquent” status to enforce certain provisions of the State Renaissance Zone Act.  Enacted December 22, 1998. Revised June 8, 1999.

Renaissance Zone: Determination of Substantially Delinquent (700-08)(PDF, 15KB)

City Commission Policy to provide guidelines for the review and approval of requests to rename City streets. Enacted October 1, 1996.

Renaming City Streets (1000-20)(PDF, 19KB)

City Commission Policy to improve rental housing conditions and maintain affordability for low-income families. Enacted February 17, 1998. Revised July 22, 2008.

Rental Rehabilitation Program (900-19)(PDF, 39KB)

City Commission Policy to define the basis upon which the City of Grand Rapids shall enter into agreements with other municipalities for the repair and maintenance of borderline streets. Enacted November 24, 1959.

Repair of Borderline Streets (1000-11)(PDF, 9KB)

City Commission Policy to review and permit more than one driveway to single family residential properties. Enacted June 10, 2003. 

Request for Multiple Residential Driveways (1000-23)(PDF, 12KB)

City Commission policy for the evaluation of liquor license requests. Enacted March 27, 2007. Revised November 1, 2016.

Requirements for Approval of Liquor License Requests in City Development Districts (300-08)(PDF, 182KB)

City Commission policy for annual reviews of all club tavern, Class B, and Class C licenses. Enacted August 3, 1976.

300-04 Review of Class C Liquor Licenses(PDF, 24KB)

 

City Commission Policy regarding Notices of Intent and Applications filed with the City . Revised February 11, 2003. Revised July 26, 2016.

Review Procedures for Notices of Intent and Applications to Establish Groundwater Restricted Zones (900-43)(PDF, 98KB)

 

City Commission Policy to declare that the City will comply with all safety laws and ordinances.  Enacted August 10, 1982.

Safety Policy (600-02)(PDF, 10KB)

City Commission Policy to provide a policy for guiding City decisions relative to the resale of property in the Campau II Project. Enacted November 2, 1982.

Sale of Land in Campau II (900-25)(PDF, 16KB)

City Commission Policy to establish a policy for Special Assessment billings. Enacted December 12, 1978.

Special Assessment Billing (700-03)(PDF, 10KB)

City Commission Policy to establish a policy for the allocation of costs of various public improvements. Enacted March 24, 1981.

Special Assessment for Public Improvements (1000-14)(PDF, 125KB)

City Commission Policy on special assessment for residential, commercial, and industrial developers. Enacted September 18, 1979.

Special Assessment for Residential, Commercial, and Industrial Developers (700-04)(PDF, 12KB)

 

 

City Commission Policy for special assessments in  improvements within Community Development target areas. Enacted March 2, 1976.

Special Assessment in CD Target Areas (900-03)(PDF, 15KB)

City Commission Policy for assessment of construction costs for public improvements on major streets. Enacted January 16, 1973.

Special Assessment of Major Street Construction (1000-07)(PDF, 15KB)

City Commission Policy to limit claims for damages to City-owned trees. Enacted February 13, 1963. Revised September 13, 1988.

Special Events (1100-05)(PDF, 96KB)

City Commission Policy for a uniform procedure for the installation of ornamental-type street lighting with underground wiring in new developments.Enacted January 29, 1974.

Street Lighting for New Development (1000-08)(PDF, 7KB)

 

City Commission Policy for the extension of Water and Sewer Facilities. Enacted May 11, 1976.

Street Lights for Residential Areas (1000-10)(PDF, 8KB)

City Commission Policy to about requesting the City’s consent for the vacation of a public right-of-way. Enacted February 13, 1963. December 15, 2015.

Street Vacations (1000-01)(PDF, 11KB)

City Commission Policy to establish a consistent procedure for holding public hearings on subdivision plat applications. Revised April 19, 2005. 

Subdivision Processing and Public Hearings (900-46)(PDF, 11KB)

City Commission Policy to promote environmental stewardship and sustainability practices in the operations, renovations and construction of City buildings and facilities. Enacted January 24, 2006. 

Sustainability Policy for City Buildings(PDF, 10KB)

City Commission Policy to define temporary service agreements. Enacted February 13, 1963. 

Temporary Service Agreements (Water/Sewer) (1000-15)(PDF, 11KB)

City Commission Policy to establish the basis for permitting temporary use of City-owned property. Enacted September 15, 2009.

Temporary Use of City-Owned Property (900-52)(PDF, 15KB)

City Commission Policy to establish terms and conditions the City will permit temporary use of its streets and public right-of-way for special events. Enacted May 6, 1980. Revised May 11, 1982.

Temporary Use of Streets for Special Events (1000-05)(PDF, 25KB)

City Commission Policy about the use of the City’s logo by third parties. Enacted March 28, 2017.

200-06 Third Party Use of Logo(PDF, 312KB)

City Commission Policy for UDAG fees.Enacted June 23, 1981. Revised March 13, 1984.

UDAG Application Fees (900-08)(PDF, 11KB)

City Commission Policy for upgrading alcoholic beverage licenses. Enacted October 8, 1963.

300-02 Upgrading Alcoholic Beverage Licenses(PDF, 7KB)

City Commission Policy to establish the Urban Development Fund. Enacted January 22, 1991.

Urban Development Fund (900-30)(PDF, 8KB)

City Commission Policy regarding Monument and Veterans Memorial Parks. Enacted November 21, 2006. Updated May 28, 2013.

Use of and Alterations to Monument Park and Veterans Memorial Park (1100-10)(PDF, 106KB)

City Commission Policy to provide guidelines for use of City-County Plaza. Enacted October 28, 1969.

Use of City-County Plaza (1100-02)(PDF, 11KB)

City Commission Policy regarding the attendance of elected officials at conventions, conferences, regional meetings, training programs, and other official travel. Enacted April 30, 1963. Revised April 9, 2019.

100-02 Use of Public Funds by Elected Officials for Travel and Other Expenses(PDF, 314KB)

City Commission Policy for the issuance of  Temporary Occupancy Permit. Enacted June 24, 1980.

Use of Right-of-Way for Construction 1000-06(PDF, 12KB)

City Commission Policy governing the use of welfare labor. Enacted July 22,1978.

Use of Welfare Labor 600-01(PDF, 8KB)

City Commission Policy to establish a policy regarding the full cost recovery of all user fees. Enacted April 30, 2013.

User Fee Policy (700-10)(PDF, 221KB)

City Commission policy regarding Voluntary Equitable Development Agreements. Enacted January 30, 2018. 

Voluntary Equitable Development Agreements (900-56)(PDF, 149KB)

City Commission Policy to ensure equal employment opportunities and non-discriminatory practices in the City of Grand Rapids. Enacted June 18, 1991. Revised October 27, 2015.

Workforce Diversity (600-11)(PDF, 29KB)