Permits & Licenses

As of April 20, 2012, all vendor, peddler, solicitor applicants and those listed on the application must submit a criminal background check valid within 30 days of application. Please visit www.michigan.gov/ichat to perform background check to be submitted with the application. Background check fee is $10 per query.

 PEDDLING AND SOLICITING

  • Peddlers and Solicitors must obtain a license from the City Clerk's Office prior to going door-to-door.
  • Applications must be submitted no later than fourteen days prior to the requested effective date. 26-113(a).
  • Prohibitions:  The ordinance prohibits a person from approaching a residence or place of business when a "NO SOLICITING" sign or decal is posted.  The City Clerk's Office maintains a list of residents who have expressed their intention to prohibit all soliciting at their residence or business.  Contact the City Clerk's Office Office to become included on this list and receive your "NO SOLICITING" decal.
  • Peddler and Solicitor Application

 

Peddling - traveling by foot or automotive vehicle from place to place or from street to street, carrying, conveying or transporting goods, wares, merchandise, including food products, offering and exposing the same for sale or making sales and delivering articles to purchasers, or taking or attempting to take orders for the sale of goods, wares and merchandise, books or magazines, personal property of any nature whatsoever for future delivery, or for services to be furnished or performed in the future, whether or not such individual has, carries or exposes for sale a sample of the subject of such sale or whether the subject is collecting advanced payments on such sales or not.

Fees:

Application Fee:  $50.00 
Background check - per peddler:  Must be submitted with application* 
Daily Fee Option:  $10.00 per day/peddler 
Yearly Fee Option:  $1,825.00 
Amendment to the Application: $16.00 

*As of April 20, 2012, all vendor, peddler, solicitor applicants and those listed on the application must submit a criminal background check valid within 30 days of application. Please visit www.michigan.gov/ichat to perform background check to be submitted with the application. Background check fee is $10 per query.


Soliciting
- charitable, religious, political organization – any person who requests money, credit, property, financial assistance or other thing of value, by personal interview or otherwise, on the plea or representation that such money, credit, property, financial assistance or other thing of value, or the net proceeds over reasonable expenses thereof, will be used for a charitable, religious, patriotic, civic, educational or philanthropic purposes.  No Fee

 Fees:

Application Fee:  N/A 
Background check - per solicitor:   Must be submitted with application* 

*As of April 20, 2012, all vendor, peddler, solicitor applicants and those listed on the application must submit a criminal background check valid within 30 days of application. Please visit www.michigan.gov/ichat to perform background check to be submitted with the application. Background check fee is $10 per query.

 

SPECIAL EVENT VENDOR AND VENDOR AT SCHOOL/ATHLETIC EVENT IN CITY PARK

  • Applications must be submitted no later than fourteen days prior to the event. 26-113(a).
  • Special Event Vendors must be approved by the special event coordinator. 
  • Vendor Application

Vending during special events - any commercial vendor engaged in the sale of goods, wares, or merchandise, including food products, on public property at a stationary or fixed location during a special event in the location of the special event. 

(Commercial vendor shall mean any person offering, exposing for sale or making available for a price or donation, making sales and delivering articles to purchasers, or taking or attempting to take orders for sale of goods, foodstuffs or services of any kind, for immediate or future delivery or performance, whether or not such person has, carries or exposes for sale a sample of the subject of such sale or whether or not the person is collecting advance payment on such sale, by any of the following:  (1) Frozen Confection Vendors, (2) Special Event Vendor, (3) School Vendor or other Vendor at an athletic event in a City park)

Fees:

Application Fee:  $50.00 
Background check - per peddler  Must be submitted with application* 
Daily Fee:  $10.00 per day/peddler 

 50% discount for Birmingham licensed merchants

*As of April 20, 2012, all vendor, peddler, solicitor applicants and those listed on the application must submit a criminal background check valid within 30 days of application. Please visit www.michigan.gov/ichat to perform background check to be submitted with the application. Background check fee is $10 per query.

Vending at school or other athletic events in city parks - any commercial vendor engaged in the sale of goods, wares, or merchandise, including food products, on City property at a stationary or fixed location during school or other athletic events at City parks.

(Commercial vendor shall mean any person offering, exposing for sale or making available for a price or donation, making sales and delivering articles to purchasers, or taking or attempting to take orders for sale of goods, foodstuffs or services of any kind, for immediate or future delivery or performance, whether or not such person has, carries or exposes for sale a sample of the subject of such sale or whether or not the person is collecting advance payment on such sale, by any of the following: (1) Frozen Confection Vendors, (2) Special Event Vendor, (3) School Vendor or other Vendor at an athletic event in a City park)

Fees:

Application Fee:  $50.00 
Background check - per peddler  Must be submitted with application* 
Daily Fee:  $10.00 per day/peddler 

50% discount for Birmingham licensed merchants

*As of April 20, 2012, all vendor, peddler, solicitor applicants and those listed on the application must submit a criminal background check valid within 30 days of application. Please visit www.michigan.gov/ichat to perform background check to be submitted with the application. Background check fee is $10 per query.

FROZEN CONFECTION VENDOR (ICE CREAM TRUCKS) 

  • Only three Frozen Confection Vendor licenses will be issued each year.
  • Limited to one license per company each year and limited to one truck per license.
  • Applications shall not be filed with the City Clerk prior to November 1st before the year the vendor is seeking the license. 26-113(a).
  • Frozen Confection Vendor Application

Frozen Confection Vendor - any commercial vendor traveling by automotive vehicle, from place to place, or street to street, carrying, conveying or transporting goods, wares, merchandise or foodstuffs;

(Commercial vendor shall mean any person offering, exposing for sale or making available for a price or donation, making sales and delivering articles to purchasers, or taking or attempting to take orders for sale of goods, foodstuffs or services of any kind, for immediate or future delivery or performance, whether or not such person has, carries or exposes for sale a sample of the subject of such sale or whether or not the person is collecting advance payment on such sale, by any of the following: (1) Frozen Confection Vendors, (2) Special Event Vendor, (3) School Vendor or other Vendor at an athletic event in a City park)

Fees:

Application Fee:  $80.00 
Annual License Fee: $500.00
Background check - per peddler  Must be submitted with application* 
Amendment to the application $26.00

*As of April 20, 2012, all vendor, peddler, solicitor applicants and those listed on the application must submit a criminal background check valid within 30 days of application. Please visit www.michigan.gov/ichat to perform background check to be submitted with the application. Background check fee is $10 per query.

INITIAL MERCHANT LICENSE (aka BUSINESS LICENSE)  

Every merchant, before opening and/or operating a mercantile establishment in the city or before advertising or exposing his goods, wares or merchandise for sale, shall procure from the city clerk an initial merchant's license.  This is a one time license.  Renewal is not required.  See Chapter 26, Article 3 of the city code for additional information.

Fees:

Application Fee:  $100.00 
Transfer Fee:  $100.00 



ESTATE SALES & AUCTIONS    

In accordance with Chapter 126, Section 4.77 3 (a) Temporary Use Standard of the Zoning Ordinance estate sales and auctions are permitted with the following requirements:
1. Sales are allowed for a period not to exceed 3 consecutive days.
2. No more than 2 sales are permitted from the same location in any 12 month period.
3. All signs for sales are regulated by Section 7.27 (B) (5).

Fees:

Application Fee:  $100.00