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Initial Business License

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Initial Business License

Welcome to the City of Clawson! We're excited to have you consider our special community for your business. In order to get started, you simply need to complete the following steps: 

1. Consider a location -  Make sure your business fits in with the zoning of that property. For more information about zoning districts, and permitted and/or special uses in those districts - please see the Planning & Zoning section. If your new business is a different use than the existing use for that property, you may require site plan approval from the Planning Commission. 

2. Apply for a Certificate of Occupancy and/or an Initial Buisness License -  In order to open your new business, you must submit an application for an Initial Business License  license is required for each trade or business located within the City, and a Certificate of Occupancy is required to determine compliance with the Michigan Building Code for all of the following situations.

  • New Construction
  • Signiciant renivation of an existing struture for a new tenant 
  • New leases of existing structures
  • Transfer of ownership of existing structures or leases within existing structures 
The Certificate of Occupancy will require an inspection by the City Building Official, as well as the Fire Marshall, to ensure that all relevant building and fire codes are being adhered to in an effort to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of your patrons and employees. Applications can be submitted to the Community Development Department, or the City Clerk's office located at 425 N. Main Street. 


Once you have your Initial Business License and Certificate of Occupancy, you're set to go! As you navigate your journey here in Clawson, please be sure to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. 

Contact Information

Jon Weingarten, Administrative Clerk  
jweingarten@cityofclawson.com
248.435.4500 x121
Monday–Thursday, 7:30am–5:00pm

Machele Kukuk, Interim City Clerk
425 N. Main St.
Clawson, MI 48017
248.435.4500, x118
cityclerk@cityofclawson.com
248.435.3240, fax

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