Business Resources

Welcome to Garden City, Michigan! We are excited to have you and are ready to help. This City Hall is a one-stop shop for all your business needs.

As a new business, your initial contact will most likely be with the City of Garden City Planning and Zoning and Building departments. The Planning and Zoning Department will review your proposed use and determine if it complies with zoning and what additional approvals are necessary, including sign permits. The Building Department is responsible for all building permits and scheduling inspections. You will also apply for a Certificate of Occupancy in this department.

Your next stop will be the City Clerk to apply for a business license. Once all of the approvals and inspections are completed and satisfactory, the Clerk’s office will issue a Certificate of Occupancy and the business license. Please remember that you may not occupy the building or be open for business until you have received both the Certificate of Occupancy and business license.

Please contact the Garden City Downtown Development Authority for more details.

Parking Improvement Program

In 1996, the City of Garden City Downtown Development Authority established the Parking Improvement Program (PIP) to stimulate appropriate improvements to downtown commercial sites.

The DDA finds that the creation and maintenance of an attractive downtown is apublic purpose that will be achieved in part through improvements to parking facilities. Downtown Garden City is pivotal to the economic health of the greater Garden City community because its condition, whether perceived or actual, plays such a large part in the impression people have of the area. Downtown Garden City is the focal point of the community and any neglect will create an image of a deteriorating economic base. As a result, potential business may be discouraged from locating in downtown Garden City and existing property owners may defer maintenance and reinvestment in the real estate.

The intent of the PIP is to strengthen the economic viability of downtown Garden City by providing financial incentives for improving the appearance of its parking areas. The PIP provides an opportunity to preserve the architectural heritage of downtown Garden City and enhance the unique atmosphere that downtown Garden City provides to the greater Garden City Community.

Please click here for more information regarding the Parking Improvement Program (pdf).

Facade Improvement Program

In 1996, the City of Garden City Downtown Development Authority established the Facade Improvement Program (FIP) to stimulate appropriate improvements to downtown commercial buildings and sites.

The DDA finds that the creation and maintenance of an attractive downtown is apublic purpose that will be achieved in part through improvements to building facades. Downtown Garden City is pivotal to the economic health of the greater Garden City community because its condition, whether perceived or actual, plays such a large part in the impression people have of the area. Downtown Garden City is the focal point of the community and any neglect will create an image of a deteriorating economic base. As a result, potential business may be discouraged from locating in downtown Garden City and existing property owners may defer maintenance and reinvestment in the real estate.

The intent of the FIP is to strengthen the economic viability of downtown Garden City by providing financial incentives for improving the appearance of its parking areas. The FIP provides an opportunity to preserve the architectural heritage of downtown Garden City and enhance the unique atmosphere that downtown Garden City provides to the greater Garden City Community. It is important to the aesthetic enhancement of downtown that building design treatments be compatible with each other. The DDA believes the best approach is through the preservation of a buildings original architectural features.

Please click here for more information regarding the Facade Improvement Program (pdf).

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Michigan Economic Development Corporation

300 N. Washington, Lansing, MI 48913
888-522-0103
www.themedc.com

Department Contacts for Michigan Business Services

Agriculture & Rural Development/MDARD
800-292-3939 / 8-5 M-F

Environmental Quality/DEQ
800-662-9278 / 8-5 M-F

Michigan Gaming Control Board/MGCB
313-456-1501

Human Services/DHS
866-685-0006

Insurance & Financial Services/DIFS
877-999-6442

Licensing and Regulatory Affairs/LARA

Lottery
517-335-5619

Natural Resources/DNR
517-284-6057 / 8-5 M-F

Secretary of State/SOS
888-767-6424

Transportation/MDOT

Treasury/Taxes
517-636-6925

Unemployment Insurance Agency/UIA
313-456-2188

State Operator for Telephone Directory Assistance
517-373-1837

Michigan Small Business
& Technology Center

Grand Valley State University
1 Campus Drive, Allendale, MI 49401-9403
616-331-5000
www.gvsu.edu/misbtdc