Business Licenses

You will need Adobe Acrobat ReaderĀ© to view these forms.The license year for ALL annual business licenses obtained through the City of Battle Creek is May 1 through April 30th unless otherwise noted.   Our licenses are NOT prorated nor are the fees refundable.

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License Fee Requirements Ordinance Reference
Ambulance Service $25.00 per year Completed application;proof of vehicle insurance; copies of all complaints filed with or against the ambulance operation for the past 18 months; copies of any disciplinary proceedings before the Department concerning the ambulance operation; rate changes must be filed 30 days prior to the effective date and performance criteria must be maintained and submitted to the City Clerk on a monthly basis.

Chapter 804

Amusement Device

$25.00/machine per year

Completed application Chapter 805
Auctioneer $15.00 per day or $50.00 per year
Completed application; $2,000 License and Permit Bond
Chapter 806
Billiards $25.00 Annual Fee & $10.00 per table

Completed Application


Chapter 840

$25.00 Annual Fee               $15.00 per lane


Completed Application


Chapter 808

Carnival/Circus

Carnivals and Shows        $50.00 for the 1st day, $25.00 for each additional day

Circuses - $150.00 per day

Mechanical Amusement Rides- $15.00 per day per ride

Completed Notarized Application; $500,000 CSL Comprehensive General Liability Insurance


Chapter 812
Chapter 816
Chapter 832

Downtown Vendor


$50.00 annual fee (includes 1st month fee); each succeeding month $30.00; *$10.00 per month for each additional employee (application must be submitted for each additional employee)

Completed Notarized Application (per person/employee); $1,000 License or Permit Bond (per person/employee); Automobile Insurance (if applicable); Food Service License (if applicable), Valid Government Issued ID

Chapter 864

Drop Box


$25.00/box per year

Completed Application; Scaled drawing showing the proposed site location and dimensions; Completed notarized property owner affidavit form

Chapter 866
Going Out of Business

$50 Original Application
$50 1st Renewal
$50 2nd Renewal
Completed Application; notarized "Statement of Applicant", full, detailed and complete inventory of the goods to be sold including cost price of each item. No extensions permitted after second renewal. Public Act 39, 1961

Limousine

Effective March 21, 2017 the City will no longer license Limousine Companies.


Effective March 21, 2017 - The Limousine, Taxicab, and Transportation Network Company Act; Public Act 345 of 2016 requires all limousine carriers, taxicab carriers or TNCs to be registered with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).  Visit LARA online for more information regarding registration and fees.

Public Act 345 of 2016

Pawnbroker

$200 Annual Fee;  $10.00 per person/employee 


Completed Application; $3,000 Bond with at least two (2) sureties; Valid Government Issued ID for each person
Chapter 836
Refuse Hauler
 $100 Annual Fee, Inspection fee of $20 per vehicle 

Competed Application; $1,000 Permit Bond; Insurance requirements:  $500,000 CSL Comprehensive General Liability and $500,000 Automobile Liability


Chapter 1064

Secondhand Goods and Junk Dealers


$200 Annual Fee;  
$10.00 per person/employee
Completed Application; Valid Government Issued ID for each person
Chapter 836
Taxicab Company

Effective March 21, 2017 the City will no longer license Taxicab Companies.


Effective March 21, 2017 - The Limousine, Taxicab, and Transportation Network Company Act; Public Act 345 of 2016 requires all limousine carriers, taxicab carriers or TNCs to be registered with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). Visit LARA online for more information regarding registration and fees.

Public Act 345 of 2016
Taxi Driver
Effective March 21, 2017 the City will no longer license Taxicab Drivers.

Effective March 21, 2017 - Before an individual may operate a limousine or taxicab on behalf of a limousine carrier or taxicab carrier or accept transportation network company prearranged ride requests as a transportation network company driver using a transportation network company's digital network, he or she shall submit an application to the limousine carrier, taxicab carrier, or transportation network company.  


Public Act 345 of 2016
Temporary Off-Site Used Car Lot
No Fee

Completed Application; State approval of a supplemental dealer license; property where the off-site sale will be conducted must be zoned appropriately for new or used motor vehicle sales; Scaled drawing showing the proposed site location and dimensions


Chapter 862
Theater

Annual Fee Per Theater:          $25 up to 500 seats                  $40 - 501 to 1,000 seats          $50 - 1,001 seats or more

Completed Application
Chapter 854
Tree Trimming
$25 Annual Fee

Completed Application; $1,000,000 CSL Comprehensive General Liability (description of operations must include tree trimming and tree removal).  $500,000 Automobile Liability (insurance certificate must list schedule of automobiles)

Chapter 860
Used Car Lot
$100 Annual Fee (Initial application)
$50 Annual Fee (Renewals - if received before 9/15)

License Term: October 1 - September 30

Completed Application; Site plans, drawn to a scale of at least 1 inch to 100 feet; Copy of State of Michigan license (renewals only); Evidence of ownership of the premises or an executed lease for the licensed premises; Copy of the repair facility registration or a written service agreement with a registered repair facility; Copy of license from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for underground storage tanks on site, if applicable (initial application)

Chapter 862
Vendor

$50.00 annual fee (includes 1st month fee); each succeeding month $20.00; *$10.00 per month for each additional employee (application must be submitted for each additional employee)


Completed Notarized Application (per person/employee); $1,000 License or Permit Bond (per person/employee); Automobile Insurance (if applicable); Valid Government Issued ID; Food Service License (if applicable)
*Additional Information for Fireworks Vendors Can Be Found 
Chapter 864