Expanded Outdoor Business Application

Planning

Temporary Outdoor Business Expansion Application


In an effort to support Kentwood businesses and jumpstart the local economy, the City of Kentwood has reduced regulations and expedited the site plan review process for temporary outdoor retail, food, beverage and personal service uses.

Through Nov. 1, retailers, restaurants and personal service businesses wanting to add expanded outdoor spaces for customers, such as exterior building aprons or parking areas, now have the opportunity to apply for such allowances through the Planning Department. 

Additionally, under a temporary sign moratorium, one temporary sign of up to 32 square feet in area is allowed per business. Other restrictions in the Zoning Ordinance applicable to temporary signs, such as sign placement and similar matters, remain in effect. City business license fees for all businesses located in the City will be waived with the exception of the following: transient, waste hauler, door-to-door,and snowplowing licenses, or hazardous material fees. 

Please note, all of the City’s administrative approvals are conditioned upon compliance with the governor’s executive orders as interpreted and enforced upon by the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office. 


HOW TO APPLY

Interested businesses asked to complete an application one of the following ways:


Questions 

If you have any questions, please contact to the Planning Department at 616.554.0707 or ePlanning@Kentwood.us.