Doing Business in Ypsilanti

Michigan Small Business Development Center

Are you thinking about launching or growing your small business? If you are then you should visit the Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC). They offer free counseling, market research, and business training services and have a local office in Downtown Ypsilanti. For more information visit »

SPARK East Business Incubator

Since 2008 the SPARK East Business Incubator in Downtown Ypsilanti has been a magnet for innovation based companies of all sizes. If you are an entrepreneur looking for a space for your start-up company and the resources to get your business venture off the ground, you should pay SPARK East a visit. For more information visit SPARK’s website »

Redevelopment Liquor Licenses Available in the Ypsilanti DDA Districts

The State of Michigan approved the creation of Redevelopment Liquor Licenses through PA 501 of 2006. This act allows local governments to issue new liquor licenses above their allotted quota with the stated purpose of encouraging economic development in approved development areas. Redevelopment Liquor Licenses are available for $20,000 provided certain investment thresholds and performance criteria are met. For specific details and application see:

Street Closures for Events

July 13th, 2018:  N. Washington block between Pearl and Michigan Ave. – First Fridays Ypsilanti
August 3rd, 2018:  N. Washington block between Pearl and Michigan Ave. – First Fridays Ypsilanti
September 7th, 2018:  N. Washington block between Pearl and Michigan Ave. – First Fridays Ypsilanti/ Festival of the Honey Bee


The DDA regulates three dumpster enclosures in Downtown Ypsilanti.  They are located in the N. Huron, S. Huron, and N. Adams parking lots.
All enclosures require a code for access.
You can purchase a code at a residential rate of $25 a month, commercial rate of $50 a month or a restaurant rate of $125 a month.
All invoices are billed in four month cycles.

If you are interested in purchasing access to one of the dumpsters, please email

DDA Permit and Public Parking

Downtown Parking Permits

To apply for a downtown residential parking permit, print the application form or pick one up from the Treasury Department on the first floor of City Hall.

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must present a driver’s license
  • Applicant must present proof of residency (by means of utility bills, lease or valid state driver’s license)
  • Applicant must present their vehicle registration
  • An annual fee of $300, or $115 for four months, must be paid for each permit

Visitor permits are not available for the downtown area. Contact the City Treasurer with questions at 734-483-1103.


​Residential Parking Permits

Parking Permit Fees as of July 1, 2017
New Permits: $33
Permit Renewal: $17
Additional Visitor Pass (only 2 allowed per address):   $17
Downtown Permits:  Annual – $300 & Quarterly – $115

If you reside within one of the residential areas and do not own a car you may apply for a “Location Only Permit”.  LOP may be used as visitor passes, and are subject to the same rules and regulations.

Non-resident property owners and their employees and contractors are eligible for Service Vehicle Passes within RPP areas.

Residential Parking Permits are available from the City Treasurer and must be renewed annually. Permits run annually from September 1 – August 31 and are not prorated.

To determine whether you are eligible for a Residential Parking Permit, please refer to the map of program areas and the list of addresses included in the program:

  1. Residential Parking Map and Street List.pdf
  2. Residential Permit Parking Application (PDF)


To apply for a residential parking permit, print the application form or pick one up from the Clerk/Treasurer’s office on the first floor of City Hall.

Acceptable Forms of Payment

  • Cash
  • Check
  • Money Order
  • Credit Card

Pay via Credit Card
Accepted credit cards include:

  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • VISA

A 3.15% fee applies to use a credit card with a minimum fee of $1.05.

Hours of Enforcement & Application Requirements

The Residential Permit Parking Program limits on-street parking to neighborhood residents and property manager service vehicles during certain times. Streets included in the Residential Permit Parking program are marked with signs stating the hours of enforcement. Vehicles that violate the posted restrictions are subject to a $60 ticket and towing.

Application Requirements

  • Proof of residency within the RPP area (by means of utility bills, lease or valid state driver’s license)
  • Current vehicle registration
  • Current driver’s license or state ID
  • An annual fee of $33 must be paid for each new permit, or $17 for each renewal at the same location as the previous year
  • Completed application form
  • All existing parking citations must be paid before permit can be issued

Visitor Permit

The first permit holder per household will also receive a Visitor Permit which may be placed in a visitor’s vehicle. Contact the City Treasurer with questions at (734) 483-1103.
To see parking maps for each district please select from the following: Downtown, Depot Town, West Cross. A map for all three districts combined can be found here.

Changes Made Annually

Changes to the RPP program are made on an annual basis by the City Manager upon recommendation of the Traffic Review Committee. Contact the City Manager’s Office at 734-483-1810 for more information on being included in this program.

The Residential Permit Program is established in Chapter 102, Sections 102-101 to 102-107 of the City Code of Ordinances.

Please download maps for complete information about parking in our districts.


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