Transient Merchants License

About Transient Merchants

In order to solicit business in the City of East Grand Rapids, each Transient Merchant must be licensed by the city. An applicant must fill out the application form and make a copy of their driver’s license or picture ID to attach. A copy of the rules and regulations governing transient merchants will be given to them.

Each applicant will be given a criminal background check. This could take up to one week. After approval, the license may be issued.


The fee for a license is $25 per day, $100 per week, and $200 per year. A $50 badge deposit is also required for each solicitor at the time of licensing. This is refundable upon return of merchant’s picture badge at the end of the license period. Refund of the badge deposit is void 30 days after expiration date.