Business Licenses

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader© 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

Carnival                                       

$50.00/1st day                           $25.00/each additional day          

Circus                                       $150.00/day

Mechanical Amusement Ride    $15.00/1st day/per ride                     $10.00/each additional 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

Limousine

$35 Annual Fee; Inspection fee of $20 per vehicle


Completed Application; Insurance requirements:  $100,000 per person/$300,000 per accident– Bodily Injury $100,000 per accident Property Damage or $300,000 – Bodily Injury and Property Damage –CSL (Combined Single Limit).

(Limousine drivers are required to hold a chauffeurs license issued by the Secretary of State.)
Chapter 829

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

$35 Annual Fee, 

Inspection fee of $20 per vehicle


Completed Application; Insurance Requirement: $100,000 per person/$300,000 per accident – Bodily Injury  and $100,000 per accident – Property Damage OR $300,000 – Bodily Injury/ Property Damage – CSL (Combined Single Limit)

(Taxi cab drivers are required to be licensed separately by the City Clerk’s Office.)

Chapter 850
Taxi Driver
$25 Annual Fee

Completed Application; Valid Government Issued ID          (Taxi drivers are required to hold a chauffeurs license issued by the Secretary of State.)


Chapter 850
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