Apply for a City Sign Specialty Contractor License

Are you a Grand Rapids resident and have passed the Sign Specialty Contractor License Exam?  Looking to obtain your new Sign Specialty Contractor License so you can start applying for electrical permits as a contractor in Grand Rapids?  Follow these steps if you haven’t previously been licensed by Grand Rapids.

Has the Development Center previously issued you a license? Renew your existing license or registration instead.

Online Form

Make sure you have time to apply

Applying for a construction license or registration typically takes about 10 minutes. You'll be able to save your application and resume later if you need more time.

Check your eligibility

Make sure you have:

  • Passed the City exam and/or meet any minimum qualifications for the license
  • A completed City of Grand Rapids license application

Have your credit/debit card ready

You’ll need to enter your credit/debit card information to pay the $100 application fee. We accept Visa and MasterCard.

We’ll review your application

Expect your updated license or registration card by mail within 2 weeks of receipt of your application. Keep in mind that you might need to revise your application or attachment if we notice any missing or incorrect information. 

Paper Form

Check your eligibility

Make sure you have:

  • Passed the City exam and/or meet any minimum qualifications for the license
  • A completed City of Grand Rapids license application

Prepare payment

Be prepared to pay the $100 application fee. Mailing your application? Include a check for the application fee. Dropping of your application? You can pay with cash, check, money order or credit/debit (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express). 

Complete the application 

Download and print the application to complete it. Don't have a printer? Don't worry! You can come to our office address listed in the Contact Us section of this page to pick up a paper copy.

Download the English version here

Submit completed application with payment

Mail or drop off the application to the address listed in the Contact Us section of this page.

We'll review your application

Expect to receive your updated license or registration card by mail within 2 weeks of receipt of your application. Keep in mind that you might need to revise your application or attachments if we notice any missing or incorrect information.   

Phone

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. We don't take applications over the phone, but we'll make sure you have everything you need to submit your application.

In Person

Check your eligibility

Make sure you have:

  • Passed the City exam and/or meet any minimum qualifications for the license
  • A completed City of Grand Rapids license application

Prepare payment

Be prepared to pay the $100 application fee. You can pay with cash, check, money order or credit/debit (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express).

Visit our office

Stop by the Development Center to complete an application. We're located at the address in the Contact Us section of this page.

You can download and print the application beforehand if you want. Otherwise, we'll get you a copy when you come in.

Download the English version here

We'll review your application

Expect to receive your updated license or registration card by mail within 2 weeks of receipt of your application. Keep in mind that you might need to revise your application or attachments if we notice any missing or incorrect information.