Starting a Business in Livonia

Welcome! The City of Livonia aims to assist prospective, as well as existing, business owners with their business development needs. We encourage you to contact City staff members early in the process to ensure the most efficient use of your time and to discuss permit, zoning, or approval requirements as they relate to each individual project. Whether you are starting your business, expanding, or need information about doing business in Livonia, this is the place to get started. Our Guide to Development (PDF) is a great resource equipped with helpful links, department phone numbers and areas of responsibility, and more.

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Primary Areas of Work / Service of City Departments


  • Cell Towers, wholesaler car dealer zoning approval
  • Demographic information, Geographic Information System (GIS) Maps, Zoning Maps
  • Industrial, commercial, and land development assistance
  • Letters providing Zoning District information
  • Site plan review for proposed improvements to a given lot or parcel

Building / Inspection

  • Building Inspections and Permits:
    • Demolition and moving
    • Electrical
    • Plumbing
    • Signs
    • Structural
    • Zoning compliance
  • Issues Certificate of Occupancy
  • Letters providing historical record on property zoning violations
  • License Registration for Building, HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical, and Sign Contractors
  • Zoning/Ordinance Violations Complaints, Inspections


  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Maps
  • Inspect Public Construction work
  • Permits for work within the public right-of-way
  • Review plans for public improvements
  • Street, Streetlight, Sidewalk repairs/issues

Clerk's Office

  • Birth and Death Records
  • Business Licensing
  • Council Meetings: Agendas, Studies, and Public Hearings
  • Elections
  • Permits: Garage Sale, Block Party, Pets, and Bicycles

Assessor's Office

  • Assessment information
  • Exemption of Personal Property Taxes
  • Lot Split-Combinations
  • Tax information

Tips to Get You Started: "Business To-Do List"

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