All businesses operating in the city of Sterling Heights are required to fill out a business registration with the City Clerk. Once the complete application, registration fee, and certificate of occupancy are submitted, a business certificate is issued for the current year. Prior to expiration the following year on April 30, the City Clerk’s office will mail out renewal forms to all registered businesses requesting any changes. As long as the business is still operating in Sterling Heights and there has not been a change in ownership, a new certificate will be mailed at no charge.
Click here to print a Business Registration Application.
In addition to a business registration , the following businesses require a specific license to operate in the city of Sterling Heights. For questions relating to business registrations and licenses, call the City Clerk’s office at (586) 446-2420.
In December of 2016, the City of Sterling Heights implemented a new ordinance requiring certain businesses with outdoor patio spaces to obtain a specific license authorizing the use of such spaces. Click here for the Outdoor Patio Space License Application.