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4 Licenses, Permits and Other Regulations Depending on the specific type of business, some kind of certification, license or permit may be required but there is no generic Michigan business license. Several occupations and services within a business are required to be licensed by the State of Michigan. Access the State License Search site for licensing information at: www.michigan.gov/statelicensesearch Local licensing, permits and/or regulations may be different than state. Be sure to check with your county, city, village, or township clerk to determine if any local licenses or registrations are required and to obtain the necessary forms. Local licensing, permits and/or regulations may be different than state. Be sure to check with your county, city, village, or township clerk to determine if any local licenses or registrations are required and to obtain the necessary forms. Environmental Considerations Small businesses operate in an increasingly complex legal environment related to regulations and laws for consumer protection and environmental preservation. While compliance may seem difficult, the good news is that government provides a wide-range of assistance to businesses. One key to managing compliance is to stay up to date on the legal and business environment in which your business operates. A business involved in activities that have the potential to impact the environment (such as land clearing and construction) or operating processes that generate air emissions and solid or liquid waste (such as coating lines, boilers, and cleaning metal parts with solvent) may need permits, licenses, or other authorizations from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). For more information and specific program contacts at MDEQ at: www.michigan.gov/deq The MDEQ regulates business activities that involve: • The release of air emissions • Solid waste disposal/processing • Storage, hauling and disposal of hazardous waste • Major alterations to the landscape • Building near waterways or wetlands The Department of Natural Resources also has some permitting and licensing programs related to use of, and approvals for the use and sale of, environmental resources. You can learn more from their Customer Services Guide found at: www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/ DNR_customer_service_guide_407568_7.pdf • • Other Resources Environmental Assistance Program (EAP). Free technical assistance, consultation, and guidance by calling 800.662.9278 or online at: www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135- 3307_36106---,00.html The Michigan Guide to Environmental, Health and Safety Regulations. A general and informational reference that provides an overview of the regulatory programs that apply to many businesses, not just manufacturers. Available at www.michigan.gov/ehsguide 25