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
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

$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