DBOP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

It is the policy of the City to encourage and increase the utilization of local businesses by giving certified businesses the competitive edge needed to procure with the city of Detroit.

After you have been in business for at least one (1) taxable year, unless applying for Detroit Start-up, Woman- Owned Business Enterprise, and/or Minority-Owned Business Enterprise only.

The process for certifying a business with CRIO is the same for all certifications. The Business Certification Application is online and the business can select which certification(s) it is applying for and can upload the required documents.  

After a business applies and provides all required documentation, then a site visit must occur. The site visit allows CRIO to verify the businesses’ existence and operation. Once a site visit is approved the business is then invoiced for the certification fee. Once the fee is remitted, a signed certificate is e-mailed and mailed to the business. This process takes 30 to 40 days.


Please visit our website and complete our online application. Please be sure to have all required documents ready to upload at the time of your application submission. Applicants who do not have all of the required documentation will not be considered for certification

 A list of documents can be found on our website. You will also find links to all the forms on our website.

The fee is calculated based on gross receipts from the prior tax year. The following is the fee structure:

  • Gross Receipts less than or equal to $250,000*, Fee is $250
  • Gross Receipts less than $1,000,000, Fee is $500
  • Gross Receipts greater than $1,000,000 and less than $5,000,000, Fee is $1,500
  • Gross Receipts greater than $5,000,000, Fee is $2,500
  • WBE/MBE Only** $250

*Businesses who have been in operation in the city of Detroit for less than two (2) taxable years are able to certify as a Detroit Start-Up (DSU) and pay a discounted fee of $250 if the business gross receipts are less than $250,000.

** Businesses who apply as MBE only and have a current MBE certificate with the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) will have the program fee waived.


The easiest way to check your application status is to review our DBOP Pipeline Status dashboard.