Business Registration & Payment

No person shall carry on business activity within the corporate limits of the city without first obtaining a certificate of registration as provided under Chapter 50 Licenses located in the City Code of Ordinances.

The City of Muskegon business registration process involves completing a Business Registration Application, and a Fire Safety Audit Worksheet (not applicable to home-based businesses) and submitting a $35 fee. Per Ordinance, this fee is to be paid annually. For registering a “Not for Profit” organization, please contact the Clerk’s office at (231) 724-6705.

If you are a new business and wish to apply for a license online, choose “Submit a New Business Registration,” click Online Business Registration Application and follow instructions. A valid email address is required when using the online form. The Fire Safety Audit Worksheet is not available for completing online but can be obtained at the link Fire Safety Audit Worksheet and then mailed, faxed or emailed to the Clerk’s office.

A hard copy of an application can also be obtained at Business Registration Application and then returned to the Clerk’s office. When submitting a Business Registration Application by mail, please include the Worksheet (if applicable) along with a check or money order of $35 made payable to the City of Muskegon, and return to the Clerk’s office.

Contact our office: Phone: (231) 724-6705

Fax: (231) 724-4178
Email: teairra.clark@shorelinecity.com

Mailing address:

City Clerk’s Office
933 Terrace St.
Muskegon MI 49440