Apply for a Sidewalk Builder's License

Need to do work in the Right-of-Way and don't have a Sidewalk Builder's License?  We'll guide you through the license application.

Online Form

Determine if you need a license

This license will allow you to do the following work in the Right-of-Way :

  • Sidewalk
  • Driveway Approach
  • Retaining Wall
  • Curb or curb and gutter
  • Areaway construction or repair
  • Any other work that will be in the right-of-way

Gather your information

First time applicants

Are you a first time applicant? You'll first need to schedule a written exam. These can be scheduled between 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Call us at 311 or 616-456-3000 to schedule your written exam.

Once you pass, provide us with the following documentation:

  • Three references from past concrete work
  • A current $10,000 Surety Bond- email to sidewalks@grcity.us
  • A current Certificate of Liability Insurance. Certificate must include the City of Grand Rapids as additional insured and insures against liability
  • $98 license fee payment

 Returning applicants

Are you a returning applicant? Provide us with the following information to renew your license.

  • A current $10,000 Surety Bond- email to sidewalks@grcity.us
  • A current Certificate of Liability Insurance. Certificate must include the City of Grand Rapids as additional insured and insures against liability
  • License fee payment
    • $70.00 if your license is current
    • $87.50 if your license expired less than 31 days
    • $98.00 if your license expired more than 31 days ago

Have your credit/debit card ready

You'll need to enter your credit/debit card information to pay the license fee. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover. 

We'll review your application

You can expect to hear back from us within 10 business days.

Paper Form

Determine if you need a license

This license will allow you to do the following work in the Right-of-Way :

  • Sidewalk
  • Driveway Approach
  • Retaining Wall
  • Curb or curb and gutter
  • Areaway construction or repair
  • Any other work that will be in the right-of-way

Gather your information

First time applicants

Are you a first time applicant? You'll first need to schedule a written exam. These can be scheduled between 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Call us at 311 or 616-456-3000 to schedule your written exam.

Once you pass, provide us with the following documentation:

  • Three references from past concrete work
  • A current $10,000 Surety Bond- email to sidewalks@grcity.us
  • A current Certificate of Liability Insurance. Certificate must include the City of Grand Rapids as additional insured and insures against liability
  • $98 license fee payment

 Returning applicants

Are you a returning applicant? Provide us with the following information to renew your license.

  • A current $10,000 Surety Bond- email to sidewalks@grcity.us
  • A current Certificate of Liability Insurance. Certificate must include the City of Grand Rapids as additional insured and insures against liability
  • License fee payment
    • $70.00 if your license is current
    • $87.50 if your license expired less than 31 days
    • $98.00 if your license expired more than 31 days ago

Have your payment ready

Be prepared to pay the license fee. We accept checks, Visa, MasterCard and Discover. 

Complete the Sidewalk Builder's License Application

Download the application and print or scan to submit.

Download the English version here

Don't have a printer? Don't worry! You can complete the form in our office. We're located at the address listed in the Contact Us section.

Mail or email your application

Mail or email your application to us at the address listed in the Contact Us section.

We'll review your application

You can expect to hear back from us within 10 business days.

Phone

Determine if you need a license

This license will allow you to do the following work in the Right-of-Way :

  • Sidewalk
  • Driveway Approach
  • Retaining Wall
  • Curb or curb and gutter
  • Areaway construction or repair
  • Any other work that will be in the right-of-way

Gather your information

First time applicants

Are you a first time applicant? You'll first need to schedule a written exam. These can be scheduled between 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Call us at 311 or 616-456-3000 to schedule your written exam.

Once you pass, provide us with the following documentation:

  • Three references from past concrete work
  • A current $10,000 Surety Bond- email to sidewalks@grcity.us
  • A current Certificate of Liability Insurance. Certificate must include the City of Grand Rapids as additional insured and insures against liability
  • $98 license fee payment

 Returning applicants

Are you a returning applicant? Provide us with the following information to renew your license.

  • A current $10,000 Surety Bond- email to sidewalks@grcity.us
  • A current Certificate of Liability Insurance. Certificate must include the City of Grand Rapids as additional insured and insures against liability
  • License fee payment
    • $70.00 if your license is current
    • $87.50 if your license expired less than 31 days
    • $98.00 if your license expired more than 31 days

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/ renew your Sidewalk Builder's License. We don't issue licenses over the phone, but we'll make sure you have everything you need to apply for/ renew your Sidewalk Builder's License.

In Person

Determine if you need a license

This license will allow you to do the following work in the Right-of-Way :

  • Sidewalk
  • Driveway Approach
  • Retaining Wall
  • Curb or curb and gutter
  • Areaway construction or repair
  • Any other work that will be in the right-of-way

Gather your information

First time applicants

Are you a first time applicant? You'll first need to schedule a written exam. These can be scheduled between 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Call us at 311 or 616-456-3000 to schedule your written exam.

Once you pass, provide us with the following documentation:

  • Three references from past concrete work
  • A current $10,000 Surety Bond- email to sidewalks@grcity.us
  • A current Certificate of Liability Insurance. Certificate must include the City of Grand Rapids as additional insured and insures against liability
  • $98 license fee payment

 Returning applicants

Are you a returning applicant? Provide us with the following information to renew your license.

  • A current $10,000 Surety Bond- email to sidewalks@grcity.us
  • A current Certificate of Liability Insurance. Certificate must include the City of Grand Rapids as additional insured and insures against liability
  • License fee payment
    • $70.00 if your license is current
    • $87.50 if your license expired less than 31 days
    • $98.00 if your license expired more than 31 days

Have your payment ready

Be prepared to pay the license fee. We accept checks, Visa, MasterCard and Discover. 

Complete the Sidewalk Builder's License Application

Download and print or scan the application to submit.

Download the English version here

Don't have a printer? Don't worry! You can complete the form in our office. We're located at the address listed in the Contact Us section.

Visit our office

Come visit our office with the required documents listed above. We're located at the address listed in the Contact Us section. Our office hours are 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM.

We'll review your application

You can expect to hear back from us within 10 business days.