Forms & Permits

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The City of Grand Haven accepts electronic payments for Taxes, Water/Sewer, and Cost Recovery Invoices. Make these payments online at Point and Pay.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

FOIA Summary
Grand Haven FOIA Procedures & Guidelines
FOIA Fee Itemization Form
FOIA Request Form
Public Safety FOIA Request Form

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Boards & Commissions Forms

Application to Serve
Application to Serve (Online Submission)

Planning Commission

Landmark Sign Permit Application
Land Use Permit Application
Lot Split and Combination Application
Planned Development Rezoning Application
Request for Zoning Change
Site Plan Review Application
Special Land Use Permit Application
Sensitive Areas Overlay Permit Application

Zoning Board of Appeals

ZBA Application

Departmental Forms

Assessing Office

Homestead Exemption Affidavit
Request to Rescind/Withdraw Homestead Exemption
Petition to Board of Review
Property Transfer Affidavit
Address Change

City Manager

City Email Newsletter Signup
Lighthouse Award Nomination Form
Access to and Use of Public Property
Encroachment Permit Application

Clerk’s Office

Bed & Breakfast
Building Mover (Yearly) License
Building Wrecker (Yearly) License
General Permit Application
Going Out of Business Sale Application
Insurance Claim Form
Junk Dealer License
Kayak Storage Rack
Metal Detectors License
New Business Notification
Pedicab Business License
Pedicab Operators License
Permanent Vendor Application
Sewer Backup Insurance Claim
Solicitors & Transient Merchants License
Sound Truck (General Permit Application)
Taxicab Business License
Taxicab Driver’s License
Taxicab Addition to Existing License

Community Center

Special Events Application
Special Events Application (Online Submission)
Banner Policy
City Parks & Beach Application
Community Center Rental Application
Duncan Park Application
Mulligan’s Lodge Reservation Form
Airport Rental Inquiry
Artisan Market Application *Application Deadline June 30, 2017*

Community Development

Permit Applications and Fee Changes 2013
Amendment of an Approved Planned Development Application
Backyard Chicken Permit Application
Beekeeping Permit Application
Building Permit Fees Table
Building Permit Application | Instructions
Commercial/Industrial Building Permit Application
Construction and Demolition Protocol for Use of Public Space
Construction Valuation Chart
Contractor Registration
Deck Construction Guide
Demolition Application
Electrical Permit Application
Electric Services Application
Fence Permit Application
Home Occupation Application
Homeowner Rehabilitation Program (NIP Grant Application)
Landmark Sign Permit Application (Planning Commission)
Land Use Permit Application
Lot Split and Combination Application
Mechanical Permit Application
Moving Permit Application
Permit Application Instructions
Permit Requirements
Planned Development Rezoning Application
Plumbing Permit
Rental Registration Application
Request for Zoning Change (Planning Commission)
Retaining Wall Permit Application
Sensitive Area Overlay Permit Application (Planning Commission)
Sidewalk Cafe Permit Application
Sign Permit Application
Site Plan Review Application (Planning Commission)
Special Inspection Application
Special Land Use Permit Application (Planning Commission)
Temporary Use Permit Application
ZBA Application (ZBA)

Election Information

Election Inspector Application
Absent Voter Application

Human Resources

Employment Application

Information Technology

Website Feedback Form (Online Submission)

Public Works

Donation Application | Donation Policy
Hold Harmless Agreement
Pot Hole Report (Online Submission)
Right of Way Permit Application
Water Pollution Report Form
Water/Sewer Tap Permit Application

Public Safety

Complaint Form
Compliment Form
Downtown Parking Informational Brochure
Downtown Parking Permit Application
Emergency Contact Form
Fire Safety Audit Worksheet
Parking Ticket Appeals Procedures
Precious Metal & Gem Dealer Registration
Private Property Crash Report
Special Event Tent Form
Water Pollution Report Form

Treasurer’s Office

Downtown Parking Informational Brochure
Downtown Parking Permit Application
Property Tax Automatic Payment Enrollment Form
Summer Tax Deferment Form

Water Billing

Automatic Payment Enrollment Form


Nondomestic/Industrial User Survey Form


Upcoming Community Events

The History of Radio in Michigan

May 4, 2017
07:00 PM / 08:30 PM
Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Avenue, Grand Haven, MI 49417 616.842.5560 x222

The Early Days of Radio in Michigan presents the history of the first commercial stations and their programs. As public interest increased and radio set sales skyrocketed, radio soon became an all-American pastime. Some of the best shows originated from Detroit because the city had some of the first radio stations in the country. Based on years of research, this lecture and visual presentation will include old photographs and soundtracks of early radio shows that are sure to recall many wonderful memories. This program is presented by the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, WGHN, and Loutit District Library.

Homebuyer Education class

May 9, 2017
05:00 PM / 08:00 PM
Neighborhood Housing Services, 11 N. Sixth, Grand Haven 616-935-3270

Valuable, unbiased information for the first-time homebuyer presented in a casual, small-group setting. No selling, no pressure, no tests! Class is 6 hours long, split over 2 evenings: May 9 and 23, 5-8pm. $25 per household. Pre-registration required. Completion earns a Homebuyer Ed Certificate. Call Neighborhood Housing Services at 616-935-3270 for more information.

Yes, There is A Michigan Accent

May 11, 2017
07:00 PM / 08:30 PM
Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Avenue, Grand Haven, MI 49417 616.842.5560 x222

Edward McClelland, author of How to Speak Midwestern, will present Yes, there is A Michigan Accent revealing that Michiganders have an accent and that it’s becoming more distinct from the rest of the United States because of Michigan’s participation in the Northern Cities Vowel Shift, the most significant change in English vowel pronunciation in a thousand years. It’s what makes “can” sound like “cayen,” “pop” sound like “pahhhp” and “seven” sound like “suvun.”
Grand Haven's retail store, The Bookman, will have books available to purchase and sign following the program.

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