ShatillaBakery300The City of Dearborn’s Economic and Community Development Department has four important missions within the city government: business retention, attraction and investment; improving neighborhoods and maintaining property values; contributing to the creation of a high quality of life environment within which Dearborn’s residents, workers and visitors can thrive; and providing commercial services for construction, inspection and building permit activities.

Dearborn is a great city to live, work, and play. We have great hotels, vibrant neighborhoods, and the Henry Ford – America’s Greatest History Attraction, a gateway site for Michigan tourism. We are a regional employment center for Greater Detroit, and have a daytime population that swells to 150,000 residents, workers and visitors. Our schools are top notch and we offer a variety of educational experiences found in few communities. We are the home town of Henry Ford and headquarters of the Ford Motor Company. We have great downtown districts, interesting ethnic businesses, and a diverse population of over 100,000 residents who are pleased to share their community.


Dearborn 2021-2026 Five-Year Consolidated Plan Draft

Outdoor seating and sidewalk cafe applications:

pdf Temporary Outdoor Service Areas Application - June 2020 (1.19 MB)

pdf Sidewalk Cafe Application - June 2020 (1.76 MB)

Economic and Community Development Projects & Programs:

For more information about assistance with Rent, Mortgage and Utility Payment Program, click here.

For more information about the Small Business Grant Program, click here.*

*Coming in 2021


Location Dearborn Administrative Center, 16901 Michigan Ave., Suite 6
Hours 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday
Phone 313-943-2180
Email Email the Economic and Community Development Department


ECD Services

Permit Services