Starting & Operating a Business in Delta Township
We are thrilled that you are considering Delta Township as a potential home for your business! Delta Township has dedicated staff ready to assist you through our Economic Development Office on your journey. Please contact them early in your process.
Below is intended to give you an overview of starting a business in Delta Township. Please know that it may not included everything you need to know to start a business because each business is unique. You are required to meet all federal, state and local requirements for your business.
- Zoning and Location
- Licensing, Permits, and Code Compliance
- Taxes and Fees
- New Business Checklist
Please contact our Economic Development Office @ 517-323-8560 with any question about operating a business in Delta Township.
Planning Department to learn more.
- View our online Zoning Explorer
- View the Delta Township Zoning Ordinance
Licensing, Permits, and Code Compliance
In general, the Township has no licensing requirements beyond State of Michigan requirements.
State of Michigan
You are required to register you business with the State of Michigan. The State provides a helpful state license search at https://www.michigan.gov/statelicensesearch/
Some home-based businesses are permitted, some require a Special Land Use Permit, and some are prohibited. You can review and fill out the Home Occupation Questionnaire and Regulation packet.
Food Trucks or Food Carts
Delta Township does require you to license a food truck or food cart. Special Transitory Food Units Ordinance
You may need a building permit if you plan to build or modify and existing structure. Please contac the Building Department.
Personal Property Taxes
As a business you will be required to pay personal property taxes. If you have questions about you taxes contact the Assessing Department.
The personal property of all entities in the State of Michigan is taxable unless specifically exempted by Michigan general property tax laws. Taxable personal property is generally the furniture, fixtures, equipment, machinery, leasehold improvements, office machines, computers and tools of business. There are some exceptions for churches, farms and other organizations.
All taxable property must be reported annually to the local assessor on or before Feb. 20. The Michigan State Tax Commission has an approved form which must be used in reporting personal property.
Tax day is Dec. 31 each year. The personal property statement requires all property be reported based on its location on Dec. 31.
All businesses with property in Delta Township must comply with state laws. The Assessor's Office attempts to mail forms to all entities believed to have taxable property on tax day. These forms are mailed the first week of January each year.
Please see our Business Personal Property Tax page for more informaion.
Sales Tax and State Tax
If your business sells tangible goods, you will need a sales tax license from the State of Michigan.
Do you have an idea, question or comment for the Township? Let us know!
Lansing MI 48917
Fax: (517) 323-8599
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