Forms & Permits

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Boards & Commissions Forms

Application to Serve
Application to Serve (Online Submission)

Planning Commission

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

Zoning Board of Appeals

ZBA Application

Departmental Forms

Assessing Office

Homestead Exemption Affidavit
Request to Rescind/Withdraw Homestead Exemption
Property Transfer Affidavit
Address Change

City Manager

Lighthouse Award Nomination Form
Access to and Use of Public Property
Encroachment Permit Application
2015 Calendar Photo Submission
2015 Calendar Photo Submission (Online)

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
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 Affairs

Special Events Policy
Special Events Application
City Parks & Beach Application
Mulligan’s Lodge Reservation Form

Community Center

Rental Application

Election Information

Election Inspector Application
Absent Voter Application

Human Resources

Employment Application

Information Technology

Website Feedback Form (Online Submission)

Planning & Community Development

Permit Applications and Fee Changes 2013
Administrative Approval Application
Amendment of an Approved Planned Development Application
Building Permit Fees Table
Building Permit Application | Instructions
Change of Use Application
Commercial/Industrial Building Permit Application
Construction Demolition Certificate of Understanding
Construction Valuation Chart
Contractor Registration
Demolition Application
Electrical Permit Application
Fence Permit Application
Home Occupation Application
Homeowner Rehabilitation Program (NIP Grant Application)
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
Request for Zoning Change (Planning Commission)
Retaining Wall Permit Application
Site Plan Review Application (Planning Commission)
Sidewalk Cafe Permit Application
Sign Permit Application
Special Inspection Application
Landmark Sign Permit Application (Planning Commission)
Sensitive Area Overlay Permit Application (Planning Commission)
Special Land Use Permit Application (Planning Commission)
Temporary Use Permit Application
ZBA Application (ZBA)

Public Works

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 Appeals Procedures
Police & Fire Reports 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

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

FOIA Summary
Grand Haven FOIA Procedures & Guidelines
FOIA Request (General)
FOIA Request (Department of Public Safety)

Click here to view the entire Freedom of Information Act

Upcoming Community Events

Meijer Grand Parade

August 2, 2014
11:45 AM / 01:45 PM
Downtown Grand Haven

The Meijer Grand Parade is a highpoint of the annual Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival. In the 2-hour parade you'll see marching bands, clowns, military units, local sports teams, dignitaries and many other groups.

Nearly 100,000 people attend and line the streets of "Coast Guard City, USA" to show their appreciation for the valuable service that the men and women of the United States Coast Guard provide to all of us each and every day.

Contact Information:
Coast Guard Festival
Phone: 616-846-5940

Michigan Pirate Festival

August 4, 2014 / August 10, 2014
All Day
Loutit District Library

Michigan Pirate Festival in Grand Haven set for August 4-10

Loutit District Library (LDL) and Harbor Island will be the port of swashbuckling, piratical fun for the whole family as the 8th Annual Michigan Pirate Festival invades Grand Haven, August 4-10.
Pirate re-enactors from historical to fantasy personas come from around Michigan and the Mid West to entertain everyone from young powder monkeys to seasoned buccaneers.

The pillaging’ and plundering’ begins August 4 at 9 a.m. when LDL opens. Kids are invited to pick up a treasure map from the chest located at the Library’s Youth Services Area. This treasure map will lead young pirates and their families around downtown Grand Haven in search of fortune.
All Library events and activities are free and open to the public.

Following Friday’s sail in the festival moves to Harbor Island for family activities Friday evening, August 8 through Sunday, August 10. The Harbor Island gate will open Friday at 8 p.m. with free admission for the evening. Admission for Saturday and Sunday is $5 for adults and children under 13 are free.

Michigan Pirate Festival is sponsored by the Brethren of the Great Lakes and Loutit District Library.
For information visit or

Contact Information:
Larry Halverson
Phone: 616.842.5560 x222

Grand Haven Sidewalk Sales

August 15, 2014 / August 16, 2014
Downtown Grand Haven

Downtown Grand Haven merchants are holding their famous “Sidewalk” Sales on Washington Avenue! Music, great deals, and lots of fun in Downtown Grand Haven.

Friday 9am - 8pm & Saturday 9am - 5pm.

Located on Washington Avenue from Harbor Drive to Third Street.

Contact Information:
Allison Revell
Phone: 616-844-1188

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