Michigan Business License

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General Business License Requirements for Michigan.

Business licenses are often required of business entities, regardless of their products and services. This page provides an overview of business license requirements in Michigan.

Michigan General Business Licenses

Michigan Business License

Not required

General Business License licensure is not required on the State level in Michigan.

Michigan does not have a general business license at the state level, but local licenses are often required.

Local General Business Licenses

Detroit Business License

Agency:City of Detroit Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department - Licensing & Permits Division
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No

See the list of Businesses Licensed by the city to determine whether or not your business will need a license.

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration


Business License Application


Steps for Obtaining a Business License

Filing Method:

Apply for the license at the Business License Center, Room 105, Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226

Agency Fee:

Fees vary by the category of license. See the Business License Center Rate Report for details.


Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

Fees vary by the category of license. See the Business License Center Rate Report for details.



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