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Business Information


Help for small businesses offered by Wayne County

Recognizing that this is a difficult time for small businesses, Wayne County officials are committed to working to create and gather resources that can provide relief to the businesses and people of the county. A comprehensive, online list of resources and information for local businesses during and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak has been developed. This information is continually updated as more resources become available.

CLICK HERE to access the Wayne County COVID-19 Resources page.

Opening a business in GPW?

Visit the Building Department to receive a Business License Application and a copy of "The City of Grosse Pointe Woods Business Owners' Handbook" . The handbook contains helpful information on the following topics:

  • How to start a business in GPW
  • Understanding the commercial business district
  • Property maintenance inspection
  • Fire department inspection
  • Business license and Certificate of Occupancy
  • Regulations governing signs, awnings, remodeling of front elevations, exterior of building and façade
  • Off-street parking and parking lot requirements
  • Zoning

Business Links

Business Owners' Handbook Business License Application Business License Info Business Permits and Forms Business Count GPW Zoning Map

Important Contacts

Building Official Gene Tutag
(313) 343-2426
City Clerk Lisa Hathaway
(313) 343-2440
City Administrator Bruce Smith

City Communications

As a business owner you can receive our email newsletter for notifications about Mack Avenue Business information and events. Click here to subscribe to the email newsletter and select "Mack Avenue Business Info" from the list at the bottom of the form.

Another option as a business owner is to register at to receive emergency alerts from the Department of Public Safety. Once registered you can subscribe to the Mack Avenue Business Group by texting keyword MACK to 888-777 which will automatically add you to the group. Subscribers can remove themselves at any time by texting keyword STOP to 888-777.

**Standard text message rates apply for subscribers who do not have text plans with their cell phone providers**

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