Night Club


Customer are strongly encouraged to apply for Business Licenses online through BSEED's Electronic Licensing and Permitting System (eLAPS).


Application Guidelines

Refer to the table for the appropriate eLAPS application for your business.

Business License Type Record Type Application Name License Type
Bar/Class C Night Club Cabaret ABC or Bar Class C Bar Class C
Cabaret A Night Club Cabaret ABC or Bar Class C Cabaret A
Cabaret B Night Club Cabaret ABC or Bar Class C Cabaret B
Cabaret C Night Club Cabaret ABC or Bar Class C Bar Class C

Required Clearances

Refer to the table below for a breakdown of the Clearances required for your business.

Business License Type  Bond
/ Insurance 
 Environmental Health (Detroit Health Department)    Fire   Food Safety (Detroit Health Department)   Police   Property

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Bar/Class C     X X   X X
Cabaret A     X X   X X
Cabaret B     X X   X X
Cabaret C     X X   X X

Required Documents

Refer to the table below for a breakdown of the required documents to include in your business license application. All documents must be submitted through eLAPS.

Business License Type Building Permit 1 State of Michigan Liquor License Activity Document Proof of Ownership: Lease Contract / Property Deed Articles of Incorporation Current Identification
Bar/Class C X X X X X
Cabaret A X X X X X
Cabaret B X X X X X
Cabaret C X X X X X

1 Only required for newly established or change of use.

Associated Fees

Business License applications are subject to multiple fees dependent on scope. Fee types and prices are subject to change. Charged annually.  


Bar/Class C

  • Bar Class C 1-30 Seats: $100.00/year
  • Bar Class C 31-50 Seats: $133.00/year
  • Bar Class C 51-100 Seats: $180.00/year
  • Bar Class C 101-150 Seats: $215.00/year
  • Bar Class C 151 Seats and Up: $381.00/year

Cabaret A

  • Cabaret A with MLCC: $268.00/year

Cabaret B

  • Cabaret B with MLCC: $99.00/year

Cabaret C

  • Cabaret C with MLCC: $161.00/year


Clearance Instructions

Bond / Insurance

Environmental Health (Detroit Health Department)


  • Step 1: Call to confirm and pay fee. 
    • Phone: 313-596-2963
    • Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    • Note: You can mail your payment or pay via phone with credit card for an additional 3% charge.
  • Step 2: Call to schedule inspection. 
    • Phone: 313-596-2954
    • Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • In Person (note phone is preferred): 1301 Third St. Detroit MI 48226

Food Safety (Detroit Health Department)

  • You do not need to schedule this inspection. The Health Department will visit your location according to their schedule. If you have any questions, you may call Food Safety: 313-876-0135


  • Check with BSEED Licensing & Permits about whether you require a Police Department clearance and, if so, whether you need to visit the Police Department or whether they will conduct an unannounced inspection. Some business types that require Police Department clearance include:
    • Gas stations
    • Pedicabs
    • Valet drivers
    • Parking lot attendants
    • Junk collectors

Property Maintenance

  • Call to confirm Certificate of Compliance expiration and schedule inspection if needed. You will be mailed an invoice after the inspection takes place. You will not receive your C of C until all fees owed to BSEED have been paid.
    • Phone: (313) 628-2451
    • Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • In Person: Buildings, Safety, Engineering and Environmental Department (BSEED)
    • CAYMC, 2 Woodward, Suite 412


  • Step 1: Get your Personal Property Tax ID. You must have this in order to apply for a clearance. 
  • Step 2: Use this link to access the clearance application:
    • The application includes 2 components:
      • Component 1: Complete application Information
      • Component 2:  Security submit personal information -social security and/or employer identification number (EIN) - to the City of Detroit through DocuSign
    • Both pages are required in order to complete your application. Failure to do so could result in a longer processing time. Please allow 7-10 business days for an update on your clearance. 
    • Please  direct any questions related to completing the application to the following email address: [email protected]
    • In Person: Treasury, Clearance Unit, CAYMC, 2 Woodward Avenue