Michigan business licenses

Your easy way to find Michigan business licenses

What should I know about business licenses in Michigan?

Michigan is home to 870,000 small businesses (which make up nearly 100% of total businesses within the state) and growing. It’s a diverse state with many of these businesses owned by minorities. It may be the right time to expand your operations into Michigan, but only if you can navigate the complex requirements for obtaining your business licenses.

Similar to neighboring Indiana, regulated business licenses are decentralized in Michigan. That means a new business owner – or a true business license professional – can’t simply obtain a regulated business license at the state level and expect to be covered wherever they do business within the state. 

It’s frequently necessary to obtain (and renew) separate business licenses in more than one county. That creates a headache for anybody crossing county lines to provide services and may cause delays as you seek to roll out goods to new customers and expand the geographic reach of your services. The good news is that business license experts with Michigan-specific experience exist and are ready to assist.

How many business licenses do you need?

The number of business licenses you need in Michigan depends on a number of unique factors.

These factors include...

  • Within which city/county will you operate your business? 
  • What business activities will you be conducting? 
  • How heavily regulated is your industry? Etc. 

To put it in perspective, we ran the following queries through our own business license research tool. Here are some authentic results:

This may include a county-specific Wayne assumed name certificate. We've collected numerous forms and documents in our database that a business owner should consult before applying for this certificate, including an Assumed Name Certificate Application Form and a Co-Partnership Certificate Application Form.

This may include a local Ann Arbor certificate of occupancy. That certificate requires business owners (at a minimum) to complete a Re-Occupation Application - Commercial.

This may include a state-specific Michigan child care license. In order to get this license, business owners need to submit a Child Care Application-Centers, assuming that they're already well versed in Licensing Rules for Child Care Centers.

State Rates

Michigan sales tax rates updated monthly