Quick Start Guide - Business Renovation

Steps to Renovate Your Existing Legal Business 

01Apply for permits

For a list of permits required for your project, please visit:


For specifics about the trade permitting process, see the Quick Start Guide document

02Begin construction upon issuance of permits

During construction, please post your permits on the exterior of your property.

03Schedule City of Detroit inspections

You may request an inspection by applying online or calling BSEED Construction Inspection division.

Inspections are required for all trades. When approved you will be provided your Certificate of Acceptance.

04Apply for Certificate of Occupancy

After approved final inspections for all trades, you can submit for your Certificate of Occupancy or Certificate of Compliance. These will be required to open your business and begin operation.


*To apply via email, send completed application to [email protected] 

05Apply for a business license

Some uses require a business license,. View the list of business types requiring a license here.

For a list of all the required information for submissions see the step-by-step guide for applying for a business license.

06Open your business!

Don’t forget! Your business licenses have to be renewed annually and your Certificate of Compliance every two years.

07Health Department Approval - when applicable

Plan Review from the Detroit Health Department Food Safety Division is required when constructing a new food establishment or remodeling an existing food establishment. Construction may not begin until approval is granted.

You will need to submit the Fixed Establishment Plan Review Packet.
For additional guidance see the Fixed Establishment Plan Review Manual


* In person: 100 Mack Ave., 3rd Floor

** ePlans submission is ONLY available if applying with your Building Permit. Be prepared with all required materials when uploading your other documents. Otherwise, this can be done after submitting for your building permit directly with the Health Department.

Note: fees for plans submitted through ePlans must be paid directly to the Health Department. Review will not begin until all the required documents are submitted and the plan review fee(s) are paid in full.

08Pre-Opening inspection

After completion of construction, contact the Food Safety division of the Health Department schedule an inspection.