Welcome to Farmington Hills!
If your business is growing, we can help lead you through the
processes at Farmington Hills City Hall, whether you need a
permit, guidance with financing, or development of a business
We are well aware that there is intense competition between
communities and states for your economic development investment,
which is why our City goes the extra mile to aid with start-ups,
assist with expansions, and encourage retention of business
In the City of Farmington Hills, we have a vibrant business
community and economic development is an important part of that
success story. To learn more about economic development and
business opportunities in Farmington Hills, contact our office
at (248) 871-2500.
• How do I start a business?
• How do I move into a building?
• I want to make changes to my building, what do I need to know?
• How do I get a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O)?
• Does the City of Farmington Hills offer incentives?
• How can I get help with financing?
• Can I buy City-owned property?
• Can I operate my business out of my home?
• Can I expand to the building next door even if it is zoned
How do I start a business?
Starting a business in Farmington Hills is actually very easy.
With the exception of a few businesses, (daycare, massage
therapy, peddlers, solicitors, and outdoor seasonal sales), no
license is required by the City. You simply register your
business with the State (Michigan One Stop) and check to be
certain that you are in compliance with all applicable
regulations through State and County departments, such as the
How do I move into a building?
Moving your business into a Farmington Hills building is as easy
as 1, 2, 3. 1- Find the desired location, 2 - Verify that it
meets all of the necessary zoning requirements, 3 - Sign the
paperwork and move into your new business home! If you find that
your desired location does not have the proper zoning for your
intended use, please contact us so that we can go over options
to help you create the perfect home for your business.
I want to make changes to my building, what do I need to know?
Making changes to property is simple. All the details of what
you need to know are captured here (link to building code), but
basically, any addition requires a permit.
Do I need a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O)?
If you are moving into any building currently occupied or
vacant, or moving into new construction, you must apply to the
building department for a
Certificate of Re-occupancy.
Does the City of Farmington Hills offer incentives?
The City of Farmington Hills participates in all of the Economic
Development programs made available by the State of Michigan.
The City participates on an as-needed basis and works with
companies to connect them to the capital and labor that is
available through County, State, and Federal resources.
How can I get help with financing?
Whether it is start-up capital, working capital, or expansion
funds, the City of Farmington Hills Economic Development
Department can connect you with the necessary resources. We work
with traditional and non-traditional lenders, and County, State
and Federal governments, to connect you with programs such as
CEED, SBA 504 loans, and Invest MI. Please contact us for
further information on these and other great programs at
Can I buy City-owned property?
Currently the City has no commercially/ industrially zoned
parcels available for sale.
Can I operate my business out of my home?
The City of Farmington Hills is a great supporter of
entrepreneurship. Many of our residents operate thriving
home-based businesses. These businesses should show no signs of
commercial activity to the general passer-by (no signs,
commercial vehicles, etc.) so as not to interfere with the
residential feel of the neighborhood. Otherwise, there are
relatively few limitations, which can all be found in our
under Home-Based Businesses.
Can I expand to the building next door even if it is zoned
Please contact the
Zoning Division for assistance with