Apply for a Temporary Use Permit

A Temporary Use Permit can allow activities on a short-term basis that might not generally be allowed by zoning or development standards. Temporary Use Permits are generally used for things like outdoor sales, parking lot sales, food stands, or other service establishments on private property. The review process ensures that temporary uses do not impact the health, safety, and welfare of the community.

Use this process to apply for a Temporary Use Permit for up to 30 days. If your temporary use will be longer than that, you will need approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals

Online

Step 1.Review the Zoning Code

Review the City of Kalamazoo's Zoning Code for the district that your property is in. You can look up property details online using BS&A Online or GIS Mapping.

View the Zoning Code

Step 2.Prepare Supporting Documents

You will need to provide a sketch plan or layout of the event on the property. If you are not the property owner, you will also need to obtain written permission to apply for the Temporary Use Permit and provide it with the application.  

Step 3.Submit an Application

Submit the Temporary Use Permit application and upload the sketch plan, permission, and any other supporting documents you wish to approve. Apply at least 14 days before your planned event. 

Apply for a Temporary Use Permit

Step 4.Application Fee

If your application is approved, you will need to pay the Temporary Use Permit application fee. You can pay this when you pick up your permit, or we can help arrange other payment options.   

Step 5.Issuance of Permit

Once your application has been reviewed and the application fee has been paid, your Temporary Use Permit will be issued for the stated dates and times.  

By Mail

Step 1.Review the Zoning Code

Review the City of Kalamazoo's Zoning Code for the district that your property is in. You can look up property details online using BS&A Online or GIS Mapping.

View the Zoning Code

Step 2.Prepare Supporting Documents

You will need to provide a sketch plan or layout of the event on the property. If you are not the property owner, you will also need to obtain written permission to apply for the Temporary Use Permit and provide it with the application.  

Step 3.Submit an Application

Submit the Temporary Use Permit application and upload the sketch plan, permission, and any other supporting documents you wish to approve. Apply at least 14 days before your planned event. 

Temporary Use Permit Application(PDF, 214KB)

Return the application by mail to:

City of Kalamazoo
Community Planning & Economic Development
245 N Rose Street Suite 100
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Include the application fee with your application. Checks should be made payable to the City of Kalamazoo. Current fees are available in the Community Planning & Economic Development Fee Schedule(PDF, 128KB).

Step 4.Issuance of Permit

Once your application has been reviewed and the application fee has been paid, your Temporary Use Permit will be issued for the stated dates and times.  

In Person

Step 1.Review the Zoning Code

Review the City of Kalamazoo's Zoning Code for the district that your property is in. You can look up property details online using BS&A Online or GIS Mapping.

View the Zoning Code

Step 2.Prepare Supporting Documents

You will need to provide a sketch plan or layout of the event on the property. If you are not the property owner, you will also need to obtain written permission to apply for the Temporary Use Permit and provide it with the application.  

Step 3.Submit an Application

Submit the Temporary Use Permit application and upload the sketch plan, permission, and any other supporting documents you wish to approve. Apply at least 14 days before your planned event. 

Temporary Use Permit Application(PDF, 214KB)

Return the application during business hours to:

City of Kalamazoo
Community Planning & Economic Development
245 N Rose Street Suite 100
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Include the application fee with your application. Checks should be made payable to the City of Kalamazoo. Current fees are available in the Community Planning & Economic Development Fee Schedule(PDF, 128KB).

Step 4.Issuance of Permit

Once your application has been reviewed and the application fee has been paid, your Temporary Use Permit will be issued for the stated dates and times.