Business Licensing

In accordance with Ordinance #471, all businesses operating in the city of Sterling Heights are now required to obtain an annual Business License with the City Clerk. Once the completed application, registration fee, and required documents are submitted, a business license is issued for the current year. Prior to expiration the following year on April 30, the City Clerk’s office will send a renewal notice to all registered businesses.

In 2021, all businesses will apply as a new business as we transition to a new software system.



Apply for license here

Specialty Licenses

In addition to a business license, the following businesses require a specific license to operate in the city of Sterling Heights. Questions relating to business licenses can be sent to licensing@sterling-heights.net.

Amusement Devices
Application
Ordinance

Mobile Vending
Application
Ordinance
Auction Sales / Auctioneer
Application - Auctioneers
Application - Auction
Ordinance

Outdoor Patio Space
Application
Ordinance
Banquet and Event Facility
Application
Ordinance
Pawnbroker
New Application
Renewal Application
Ordinance

Body Art / Tattoo
New Application
Renewal Application
Ordinance

Refuse Collection
Application
Ordinance
Carnival / Festival
Application (with rides)
Application (without rides)
Ordinance

Secondhand Goods Merchant
New Application
Renewal Application
Ordinance
Going Out of Business
Application
Solicitor / Peddler
Application (for profit)
Application(non-profit)
Ordinance

Hotel / Motel
Application
Ordinance
Taxicab
Application - Taxicab
Application - Taxi Driver
Ordinance
Junk Yard
New Application
Renewal Application
Ordinance


Liquor License
Liquor License applications are available at the City Clerk's office. For questions regarding the purchase or transfer of a liquor license in the City of Sterling Heights, contact the City Clerk.

To obtain a temporary liquor license for events, contact the Police Department at (586) 446-2800.



Massage Establishment
New Application
Renewal Application
Ordinance