Doing Business in Ypsilanti
Check if your business or building is in the DDA
Opening a business in the city?
All businesses within the City of Ypsilanti are required to obtain and maintain a valid Business Occupancy Permit.
More information about this program is available on the City’s website at https://cityofypsilanti.com/702/Business-Inspection. For more information about the business inspection program, please contact the Building Department at 734-482-1025.
Available to businesses and building owners in any of the 3 DDA districts of 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 sbdcmichigan.org »
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:
- Michigan Economic Development Corporation Redevelopment Liquor License Fact Sheet »
- PA 501 of 2006 Redevelopment Liquor License »
- YDDA Redevelopment Liquor License Policy »
Street Closures for Events
June 2nd – E. Cross St. – Ypsi Pride
September 1st – E. Cross St. – Rumble of the Bumble / Festival of the Pollinator
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.
We offer restaurant, commercial, and residential rates. All invoices are billed in four month cycles.
If you are interested in purchasing access to one of the dumpsters, please email
curbside recycling for dda businesses / multi-family units
For Commercial and Multi-Family (up to 4) Units:
The red bins will no longer be serviced after Memorial Day 2023. Stacked cardboard will also no longer be picked up after Memorial Day. Whether or not your commercial or multi-family unit is currently serviced, you will need to opt-in for a recycling cart and service. Opt-ins are not a guarantee of service, rather an indication of interest. Not all locations can be safely serviced. Interested parties can sign up for up to three 96 gallon carts. The first one is free, and any additional carts will be at a cost. The carts are 3x that of the current red bins.
Please be patient with City Staff as they take on this huge upgrade. If you are eligible for service and you are new to the program, please be aware that your cart may take a few months to arrive if you opt-in now.
More info and pickup schedules in the links below. Any additional questions can be directed towards the City of Ypsilanti Department of Public Services – Phone: 734-483-1421.
Multi-Family (up to 4 units) Opt-in
Downtown Parking Permits
- West Cross Public Parking Map (PDF)
- Downtown Public Parking Map (PDF)
- Depot Town Public Parking Map (PDF)
The DDA does not manage or operate public parking in the City. For more information on the parking system in the City, please visit the City of Ypsilanti Parking Website.
Civic & Business Organizations
- Downtown Association of Ypsilanti
- Depot Town Merchants
- Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Ypsi Real
- Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation
- Association of Businesses of Color
Government & Education
- City Of Ypsilanti
- Eastern Michigan University
- Ypsilanti District Library
- Washtenaw County
- Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority
- Washtenaw Community College
- Washtenaw Intermediate School District
- Ypsilanti Community Schools
- Charter Township of Ypsilanti
- Ann Arbor SPARK
- Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority