CITY OF WAYNE:
The Community Development Department is actively involved in facilitating economic growth in the City of Wayne. With success under our belt, we are aiming to put ourselves on the map as a destination for corporations, organizations and entrepreneurs looking for a place to start their business or looking to expand.
Located at the heart of bustling Michigan Avenue and just minutes from the I-275 corridor, we are just a short distance from Detroit and Ann Arbor as well as other hubs of business and social amenities.
Wayne has a population of just over 17,000 and a trade area of 15 miles, reaching over 355,000 consumers with a median household income of over $60,000.00. The City is conveniently situated less than 10 miles from two major airports; Detroit Metropolitan Airport and Willow Run Airport. Our corridors consist of 1-94 with over 250,000 vehicles traveling daily, I-275 and I-96 with over 150,000 vehicles per day.
OPENING A BUSINESS:
The City of Wayne requires businesses to have a Certificate of Occupancy (Zoning Compliance) before opening a new business. The Zoning Compliance assures compliance with city zoning requirements. A Zoning Compliance Application ($100) fee and inspection fee ($350) must be submitted to start the inspection process to obtain a valid Certificate of Occupancy. The property will be inspected by five different inspectors. You must get approval from the fire department, mechanical, electrical and plumbing inspectors and then a final from the building inspector. Once you have all five approvals a Certificate of Occupancy will be issued allowing you to move into the property and open your business.
The City of Wayne aims to assist prospective business owners in opening their business in our community. While there is information available on the website, we encourage you to contact City staff members early in the process to ensure the most efficient use of your time and to discuss permit and approval requirements. If you have questions at any point in the process please contact:
First Point of Contact: (obtain additional property listings)
Lori Gouin, Community Development/Planning Director: (734)-722-2002
Questions about Site Plans and Zoning:
Questions about Permits, Business Inspections and Engineering:
Michael Buiten, Building and Engineering Director (734) -728-9100