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Personal Property consists of office furniture, office equipment, testing, diagnostic and electronic equipment, machinery and equipment, coin-operated equipment, rental DVDs, games and videotapes, computers and computer-related equipment, as well as, all related trade fixtures of a business.
Personal Property Statements are to be filed on or before February 20th of each year (a statutory deadline) with Oakland County. Statements are to be delivered to the assessor at Oakland County by February 20th of each tax year. Postmarked is not acceptable.
Personal Property Statements that are filed after the February 20th deadline are considered late. By law, the assessor is required to estimate an assessed value.
No. The statutory deadline for Personal Property filings is February 20th. Therefore, extensions are not granted.
All costs are to be reported as the original costs in the year of purchase, inclusive of sales tax, freight, and installation costs.
Yes. Personal Property is a tax on the tangible assets of a business, inclusive of all related trade fixtures. The real estate (building/structure) will be taxed separately as Real Property.
Yes. Regardless of where the business operates, the tangible assets of the business are subject to Personal Property Tax.
When you receive your Notice of Assessment; the scheduled dates and times of your local March Board of Review are noted. You may either schedule an appointment with your local Board of Review or you may appeal directly to the Michigan Tax Tribunal.
An appeal directly to the Michigan Tax Tribunal requires that your Personal Property Statement has been filed by the February 20th statutory deadline. If you did not file your Personal Property statement, you must first appeal to the March Board of Review. Further, if your appeal is to the Michigan Tax Tribunal you must meet their filing deadline of May 31st.
You must notify your local assessor when your business moves in or out of the jurisdiction. If you purchased or will be acquiring an existing business make sure the seller has paid the Personal Property taxes. The tax bills may be in the name of the old business, but the lien remains on the Personal Property until it is paid.
Yes, you are still responsible for the payment. The status of personal property on December 31st will determine what is assessed and where it is assessed in the following year. According to MCL 211.17, any changes in location or ownership of the personal property after tax day will not affect the assessment.
The Board of Review is required to meet in March of each year. If there is business to conduct, the Board of Review shall also meet in July or December or both July and December.
There are two required meetings of the March Board of Review. They shall meet on the Tuesday immediately following the first Monday in March for the purpose of an organizational meeting. At this meeting, the Board of Review receives the assessment roll for the current year, elects a chairperson and proceeds to examine the roll. During that day, and the day following, if necessary, the board, of its own motion, or on 5 sufficient cause being shown by a person, shall add to the roll the names of persons, the value of personal property, and the description and value of real property liable to assessment in the township, omitted from the assessment roll. The board shall correct errors in the names of persons, in the descriptions of property upon the roll, and in the assessment and valuation of property. The board shall do whatever else is necessary to make the roll comply with the General Property Tax Act. The Board of Review is not required to receive and hear taxpayers at this meeting; however, it may receive and consider written protests for assessment change. If the Board of Review makes a change in the assessment roll that affects a taxpayer, it shall notify the taxpayer and afford that taxpayer an opportunity to be heard in the matter. The notification must be provided by the best means available. The Board of Review shall also meet on the second Monday in March for the purpose of hearing taxpayer appeals. The governing body of a Township may authorize an alternative starting date for this meeting, either the Tuesday or the Wednesday following the second Monday in March. Other dates for public hearings may be scheduled in accordance with Act 267. P.A. 1976, Open Meetings Act. (Appendix)
You may appeal to the Michigan Tax Tribunal, as indicated in your notification of the decision of the March Board of Review.
Property tax exemptions are to be granted only according to authorizing provisions of 12 the law. Generally, it holds true that the Courts require a NARROW interpretation of exemptions. In order to qualify for an exemption, a property must have the qualifications required by the specific authorizing statute.
The March Board of Review has no authority to consider or act upon protests or appeals of Homeowner's Principal Residence Exemptions. If the assessor denies a homeowner's principal residence exemption, the owner may appeal to the Michigan Tax Tribunal within 35 days after the notice of denial, NOT to the March Board of Review. The July and December Boards of Review do have authority to grant a principal residence exemption for the current year and up to three prior years. Appeals from these decisions are also made within 35 days to the Michigan Tax Tribunal.
Every person who makes a request, protest, or application to the March Board of Review must be notified in writing of the Board of Review's action and information regarding the right of further appeal, not later than the first Monday in June. For the July and December meetings, "the board of review shall file an affidavit within 30 days relative to the qualified error with the proper officials and all affected official records shall be corrected. If the qualified error results in an overpayment or underpayment, the rebate, including any interest paid, shall be made to the taxpayer or the taxpayer shall be notified and payment made within 30 days of the notice. A rebate shall be without interest." If the other statutorily-authorized changes are made by the July and December meetings of the Board of Review, the taxpayer shall be notified of the change in writing, in the manner prescribed by the particular statute which authorizes the change.
A non-resident taxpayer may file a protest in writing and is not required to make a personal appearance. The governing body of a Township or City may, by ordinance or resolution, also permit resident taxpayers to file a protest to the Board of Review in writing without personal appearance. If an ordinance or resolution is adopted to allow residents to file protests in writing, it must be noted in the assessment change notice required by MCL 211.24c and on each notice or publication of the meeting of the Board of Review.
The exemption on your old home remains in effect until December 31 of the year your home is sold. If you move to your new residence before your first home is sold, the exemption expires on December 31 of the year you move out. You must rescind the homestead exemption within 90 days of the date you no longer own or occupy the property as your principal residence. You may rescind your exemption on the Request to Rescind/Withdraw Homestead Exemption Form (Form 2602) at closing. If your agent did not provide you with Form 2602, you can pick one up at city hall.
Yes, within 90 days of moving. The exemption will remain in place until December 31 of the year the use is changed from your principal residence to a rental property.
The lender must rescind the homestead exemption using the Request to Rescind/Withdraw Homestead Exemption Form (Form 2602). If you need a Form 2602 you can pick on up at city hall.
Claim the exemption for the home you occupy as your principal residence.
You must be a Michigan resident to claim this exemption. You may claim your Michigan home only if you own it and occupy it as your principal residence. You may not have more than one principal residence.
No. You must own your principal residence to claim an exemption for it.
Yes. Complete the affidavit using your name, address, social security number, and signature. Your children should not sign the affidavit.
No. Leasing with an option to buy is considered a rental arrangement, so the home is ineligible. When you exercise the option to buy, you may claim an exemption.
Yes, unless the home is rented to another person.
I own the lot adjoining and contiguous to my home, and it has a different property identification number than the parcel on which my homestead is located. May I also claim an exemption on this property?
You may claim an exemption on this property as long as the property claimed is adjoining or contiguous to your home. A road does not break contiguity. File an affidavit for each parcel.
Yes, but only on the portion of the property that is your home. You may claim the partial exemption even if the property is classified as commercial.
Yes. If more than 50% of your home is used as your principal residence, you may claim an exemption for your entire home. If you use 50% or less of your home as a principal residence, a percentage of your home that you occupy will be used.
You may claim an exemption only on the unit you occupy as your principal residence even if there is an adjoining entrance between the units.
Accountants often confuse the Principal Residence Exemption Affidavit with the "Homestead Property Tax Credit". These are 2 separate filings. The Principal Residence Exemption Affidavit is filed with your city or township and can reduce the school portion of a homeowner's property tax bill; if they qualify. While the "Homestead Property Tax Credit" relates to the filing of your yearly income tax return with the State of Michigan and has nothing to do with your eligibility for reduced property taxes on your home.
Every person in Michigan is allowed to claim a Homestead on their primary residence which reduces the tax rate by 18 mils per thousand on their tax bill. In order to enjoy the lower tax rate, you must own and occupy the residence for which you are claiming.
A homeowner who has claimed a Principal Residence Exemption on a property and sells that property or converts the home to another use (i.e. rental property) must rescind the exemption they maintained when the property was owned and occupied as a primary residence in accordance with the laws of the State of Michigan. If it is determined that a property was claimed as a Principal Residence when in fact it was not, the owner may be subject to additional property taxes, penalty, and interest.
Yes, you will need to fill out the Conditional Rescission of Principal Residence Exemption (PRE), which enables a person who has established a new principal residence to retain a PRE on property previously exempt as the owner's principal residence. The conditional rescission allows an owner to receive a PRE on his or her current Michigan property and on previously exempted property simultaneously if certain criteria are met. An owner may receive the PRE on the previous principal residence for up to three years if that property is not occupied, is for sale, is not leased, and is not used for any business or commercial purpose.
As long as the personal property is worth less than $80,000, that property may qualify for the exemption.
The Disabled Veterans' Exemption reduces the property tax liability on the principal place of residence of qualified veterans who, due to a service-connected injury or disease, have been rated 100% disabled or are being compensated at the 100% rate due to unemployability.
MCL 211.7u provides for a property tax exemption, in whole or part, for the principal residence of persons who, by reason of poverty, are unable to contribute to the public charges. In order to receive a poverty exemption, a taxpayer must annually file a completed application form, and all required additional documentation, with the supervisor, assessor, or the Board of Review where the property is located.
Capped Value (CAP): Last year's taxable value, less losses, increased by the amount of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) or 5%, whichever is lower, plus the value of new construction.
Consumer Price Index (CPI): Determined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Assessed Value (AV): Half of the True Cash Value
State Equalized Value (SEV): County and State Equalization studies are performed after the local municipalities have finalized their assessment rolls which results in a factor applied to the assessed values.
Taxable Value (TV): The lesser of the SEV and the CAPPED Value. Property taxes are determined by multiplying the taxable value by the millage rate.
Personal Property: Personal Property is identified as the tangible assets of a business, inclusive of all related trade fixtures, though not real estate.
Tax Day is December 31st. The current tax year is based on December 31st of the prior year.
When Proposal "A" passed in 1994, which reduced the school property taxes, the new law requires full disclosure. The law requires a Property Transfer Affidavit be on file, otherwise, penalties will be applied by the State.
P.A. 415 defines transfers and requires that whenever a property transfers ownership, a Property Transfer Affidavit must be filed by the new owner with the assessing officer (even if you are not recording a deed) within 45 days of the transfer. This affidavit must disclose the following:
The city of Bloomfield Hills does not currently charge for a second tax bill.
The taxable status of real and personal property for a tax year shall be determined as of each December 31 of the immediately preceding year, which is considered tax day. An assessing officer is not restricted to any particular period in the preparation of the assessment roll but may survey, examine, or review properties at any time prior to or after the tax day.
Due to the passage of Proposal A, your taxable value can only increase 5% or the CPS (Consumer Price Index), whichever is lower. The taxable value can also increase when new construction is added. This includes decks, garages, additions, etc. Assessments will change according to the effect of the market conditions. Should you need information regarding assessments, field sheets, or tax matters, please contact the City Office.
When market value changes, naturally so does assessed value. For instance, if you were to increase the total market value of a parcel of property by building a garage, the assessed value would increase proportionately. Similarly, should a property value be decreased because of a fire or other catastrophe, the assessed value would decrease to show the downward effect of the damage on the market value of the property. The economy of the entire community affects assessed value.
Property Tax Bills are mailed twice each year: July 1 and December 1. Summer Taxes are payable from July 1 through August 31st without interest. Winter Taxes are payable from December 1 through February 14th without penalty. If the due date falls on a weekend or holiday, your payment will be due the following business day. If you do not receive your tax bill, please call the Treasurer's Department at 248-530-1401 and a screen print of your taxes will be mailed to you. To avoid late penalties, please allow sufficient time (7 to 10 days) for mailing, as postmarks are not accepted.
Assessments are a function of property value and property taxes are calculated on your taxable value. In 1994 Proposal A required property taxes be calculated based on the Taxable Value, not the Assessed Value. By law, Taxable Values are annually increased or decreased each year by the CPI (Consumer Price Index) or 5% whichever is lower; unless there are physical changes to the property or a transfer of ownership occurred.
During the 1990s and early 2000s, property values greatly exceeded the annual CPI. This has created a gap between the Assessed and Taxable Values. Property taxes will continue to rise until the taxable value is equal to the Assessed Value. Therefore, it is possible for your assessment to go down, yet a Taxable Value will increase until the assessment and taxable value are equal. Proposal A does not permit the taxable value to ever be higher than the assessed value.
The filing deadline is June 1 of the year the exemption is being claimed.
Yes. If you buy a new home and move into it on or before the June 1st filing deadline, you may claim an exemption on the new home. New residences may be claimed by filing a Principal Residence Exemption Affidavit (Form 2368) that is typically available at closing. If your agent does not provide you with this form, you can pick one up at city hall.
PA 114 of 2012 allows those who initially own and occupy their home from June 2 through November 1 to claim a principal residence exemption for the winter taxes only for that year, as long as their Principal Residence Exemption Affidavit form is timely filed. Note: If the school operating taxes for your school district are levied on the summer tax bill only, this exemption will not benefit you until the following year.
Can I, as the closing agent, be held liable to a buyer or seller if the buyer is not granted a homestead exemption because I did not provide either an update or an affidavit form, or I did not submit their form on time?
Closing agents are required to provide either an affidavit or update form at closing. However, PA 415 of 1994 does not provide a legal course of action against the closing agent, by the buyer or seller, if the agent fails to provide a homestead exemption form or fails to file the form with the local tax collecting unit.
The test the Michigan Department of Treasury uses to determine principal residence includes such things as where you are registered to vote, the address on your driver's license, where your children attend school, and the address from which you file your income tax returns.
Tax amounts are calculated by multiplying the Taxable Value of a parcel by the millage rate divided by 1,000.
As of March 1, all delinquent property taxes are payable only to theOakland County Treasurer1200 N Telegraph RoadPontiac, MI 48341
For payments made in the month of March, a revised statement must be obtained from the City of Bloomfield Hills Treasurer's Department and submitted with your payment to the County Treasurer's Office. To contact the Oakland County Treasurer's Office call 248-858-0611.
The City has two drop boxes conveniently located in front of City Hall. Payments may be made using either of the two drop boxes at the City Hall Administration Building parking lot at 45 E Long Lake Road. Payments must be received in the dropbox before the start of the next business day to be included in the business transactions for the prior day.
The Millage rate for the City of Bloomfield Hills can be found on the Treasury Department webpage. Your millage rate will depend on which school district you reside in.
Enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope with your payment, and you will be mailed a screen print receipt. If you have sold your property and received a tax statement in error, please forward the statement to the new owner or return it to the Treasurer's Department with correction(s) of name and/or address.
The IRS School Codes are as follows:
When you receive your Tax bill, it will have an itemized listing of how the collection is distributed. It is distributed to the related taxing authorities inclusive of, but not limited to, the City, the Local School Districts, and Oakland County.
Yes, failure to receive the bill does not eliminate the penalties. As a property owner it is your responsibility to make sure you receive, and pay your taxes in a timely fashion. If you do not receive your tax bill by the third week of July or December, you should call the Treasurer's Office at 248-530-1401 for another copy. Late summer and winter bills accrue interest at the rate of ¾ of 1% per month. This rate of interest was established as a part of the City Charter and cannot be waived by City Employees. Payments made after February 14th are also subject to a 3% penalty. Please call the Treasurer's office for the correct payoff amount.
You may apply for a summer deferment which will allow you to pay without penalty until February 14th of the current tax year. There is an income limitation per household in order to qualify. This form must be filed each tax year by the summer tax due date. The Application for the Deferment of Summer Taxes is available at the Treasurer's Office or on the State of Michigan's website.
Please provide information to the treasurer's office in writing. There is also a notice of change form on the back of your tax bill. If a Mortgage Company will be paying, that Mortgage Company must submit a written request to the Treasurer's office.
You can pay your tax bill via in-person, online, mail, and telephone.
For online payments follow the instructions provided:
All information can be found on face of tax bill.
Please note you will be charged an Enhanced Access Fee based upon your amount of tax.
For E-checks, you will be charged a flat $2.50 fee.
For telephone payments call 888-600-3773 or 248-858-0025 and follow further instructions.
A complete list of required inspections may be found on the permits and forms page. It is updated periodically. If there is any question as to whether a permit is needed for any work, call the Building Official at 248-530-1408.
The City of Bloomfield Hills has adopted the 2015 Michigan Building Code, 2015 Michigan Residential Code, the 2015 Michigan Plumbing and Mechanical Code and the 2014 Michigan Electrical Code. The City also has adopted the 2015 International Property Maintenance Code.
Your permit must be posted on-site and the plans available to the inspectors for all inspections.
No. Each trade permit must be pulled separately.
A building bond and/or a road preservation bond may be required depending on the type of work being permitted. The bond will be returned after a final inspection is approved.
Yes. You will be required to fill out a Homeowner's Affidavit stating that you will personally be doing the work and be responsible for the work. All work must conform to code and you will be held personally liable. If a State of Michigan licensed Builder or Maintenance/Alteration Contractor is hired by the homeowner to supervise the work, then we strongly recommend the permit be issued to the licensed builder.
The City will not recommend any company, however you may look at our records of licensed contractors that do work in the City.
Before beginning your home improvement or construction project, contact the Building Division at 248-530-1409 for information concerning permits. Permits are required for many types of jobs, including, but not limited to, the following:
If there is any question as to whether a permit is needed for any work, call the Building Official.
Yes, a Fence Permit is required.
Air conditioner condensers are considered accessory structures, and accessory structures are not permitted in the required side yard. If you have a question regarding the placement of an air conditioner or generator, please contact the Building Official at 248-530-1408.
The Zoning Ordinance regulates the size of lots as well as the placement of a residence on a lot. Typically, these restrictions regarding placement are referred to as setbacks, which means the distance a structure must be placed or setback from the lot line.
Anyone contemplating building a new house or addition should contact the Building Department to discuss, ordinance requirements may be different today than when your home was constructed.
Yes, an individual responsible for the work performed must be present for the inspection.
Inspections can be requested through BS&A Online. Inspection requests can also be emailed to the Building Department.
Time requests for building inspections are limited to 2-hour ranges; however, depending on the amount and type of inspection, time requests may not be honored. Please keep in mind that certain inspections may take longer, or other problems may arise, that will create delays in the schedule. If the situation dictates, please call the building department and discuss the situation with the inspector for time arrangements.
Building code interpretation or code-related questions shall be addressed by the Building Official during regular office hours. Trade Inspectors are available by requesting a telephone conference through this office. For more information, call the Building Official at 248-530-1408.
Please provide the permit number, type of inspection, property address, and the name and number of the individual scheduling the inspection.
Learn more about how to apply for an absentee ballot on the Michigan Secretary of State website.
Voters can obtain information on the status of their absentee ballot by using the Michigan Voter Information Center.
The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for all elections.
Learn more about Early Voting in Michigan from the Secretary of State’s website resources.
The Michigan Voter Information Center can help you determine whether you are registered to vote, and where you cast your ballot on Election Day. If you are not registered, you can follow the step-by-step instructions to register. You may also learn about voting equipment in your precinct, the voter identification requirement, and what you need to know if you would like to work at the polls on Election Day.
The Michigan Voter Information Center can help you determine what you will see on your ballot on Election Day. You may also contact the City Clerk to view a sample ballot.
You are not required to vote the entire ballot. You may pick and choose the races or ballot questions for which you want to vote. Skipping sections of the ballot does not invalidate your ballot.
Michigan has prohibited the practice of displaying election-related materials at the polls for decades. This includes clothing and buttons as well as materials such as pamphlets, fliers and stickers. You cannot display such items in the polling place or within 100 feet of an entrance to a polling place. If you go to the polls with a shirt or button bearing election-related images or slogans, you will be asked to cover or remove it.
After receiving your absent voter ballot, you have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to complete the ballot and return it to the City Clerk’s Office. Your ballot will not be counted unless your signature is on the return envelope and matches your signature on file. If you received assistance voting the ballot, then the signature of the person who helped you must also be on the return envelope. Only you, a family member or person residing in your household, a mail carrier, or an election official is authorized to deliver your signed absent voter ballot to your clerk's office.
No, there is not a fee for notary services. Do not sign documents in advance. Documents must be executed in the presence of the Notary. Photo identification is required. For additional information, please call 248-644-1520.
You may register to vote by mail, at the City Clerk's Office, County Clerk's Office or any Secretary of State Branch office. Additional voter registration information may be obtained on the state website.
A person desiring to inspect or receive a copy of a public record must give a written request for the public record to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) coordinator (City Clerk's Office). Subject to fees.
Due to the passage of the statewide ballot proposal 18-3 in November, all eligible and registered voters in Michigan may now request an absent voter ballot without providing a reason.
Your request for an absent voter ballot must be in writing and can be submitted to the City Clerk. Applications for an absent voter ballot are available at the city clerk's office. You can also access the Absent Voter Application (PDF) online.
Requests to have an absent voter ballot mailed to you must be received by your clerk no later than 5 pm the Friday before the election.
Once your request is received by the local clerk, your signature on the request will be checked against your voter registration record before a ballot is issued. You must be a registered voter to receive an absent voter ballot. Requests for absent voter ballots are processed immediately. Absent voter ballots may be issued to you at your home address or any address outside of your city or township of residence.
After receiving your absent voter ballot, you have until 8 pm on Election Day to complete the ballot and return it to the clerk's office. Your ballot will not be counted unless your signature is on the return envelope and matches your signature on file. If you received assistance voting the ballot, then the signature of the person who helped you must also be on the return envelope. Only you, a family member or person residing in your household, a mail carrier, or election official is authorized to deliver your signed absent voter ballot.
You can check on the status of your absent voter ballot request by contacting the City Clerk's office at 248-644-1520. Voters can obtain contact information for their clerk by using the Michigan Voter Information Center.
The polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm for all elections.
You can check on the status of your absent voter ballot request by contacting the City Clerk’s Office. Voters can obtain contact information for their clerk by using the Michigan Voter Information Center.
Michigan voters can cast absentee ballots beginning 45 days prior to Election Day. These ballots are tabulated on Election Day.
If obtaining your absent voter ballot in person, you will be requested to show a photo ID.
If you are not in possession of a photo ID, you can sign an affidavit stating you are not in possession of a photo ID. This requirement does not apply if requesting your ballot via mail.
When you go to the polls to cast a ballot, you will be asked to produce photo identification. The requirements are the result of a 1996 law determined to be enforceable by the Michigan Supreme Court in 2007.
The following types of photo ID are acceptable:
The ID does not need your address. If you do not have a photo ID or do not bring it with you to the polls, you may still vote. Simply sign an affidavit stating that you are not in possession of photo identification. Your ballot is included with all others and is counted on Election Day.
The Michigan Voter Information Center website can help you determine whether you are registered to vote and where you cast your ballot on Election Day. If you are not registered, you can follow the step-by-step instructions to register at this site as well.
Registered Michigan voters who have moved within 60 days of the election may still vote at their previous address if they did not register to vote at their new address by the close of registration for this election.
The Michigan Voter Information Center can help you determine what you will see on your ballot on Election Day. You may also contact the City Clerk to view a sample ballot. Sample ballots are posted on the city's website 30 days before the election.
Yes, on a limited basis. For information about this please visit the website about ballot selfies.
You must meet an identification requirement under federal law. That means you must:
Never send an original document.
If you don't fulfill that requirement, you will be asked for an acceptable form of identification before you vote in your first election in Michigan. The identification requirement does not apply if:
You are not required to vote the entire ballot. You may choose the races or ballot questions for which you want to vote. Skipping sections of the ballot does not invalidate your ballot.
Michigan has prohibited the practice of displaying election-related materials at the polls for decades. This includes clothing and buttons as well as materials such as pamphlets, flyers, and stickers. You cannot display such items in the polling place or within 100 feet of an entrance to a polling place.
If you go to the polls with a shirt or button bearing election-related images or slogans, you will be asked to cover or remove it.
After receiving your absent voter ballot, you have until 8 pm on Election Day to complete the ballot and return it to the City Clerk's Office. Your ballot will not be counted unless your signature is on the return envelope and matches your signature on file. If you received assistance voting the ballot, then the signature of the person who helped you must also be on the return envelope. Only you, a family member or person residing in your household, a mail carrier, or election official is authorized to deliver your signed absent voter ballot to your clerk's office.
Requesting an Emergency Absentee Ballot
You may make an "emergency" request for an absentee ballot if you cannot attend the polls because of:
The emergency must have occurred after 5 pm on Friday prior to the election. If you are requesting an emergency absentee ballot, you may have someone deliver your written request for the ballot to your city or township clerk's office before 4 pm on Election Day.
Emergency ballots must be returned to the clerk's office by 8 pm on Election Day.
The agenda is available by 5 pm on the Friday before the scheduled meeting.
Citizens should speak with the City Clerk or the City Manager if there is a community concern they wish to address with the City Commission.
Everyone is allowed three minutes during the recognition of the audience.
Interested citizens can email or mail correspondence to the City Clerk's "email" to be directed to the City Commission's attention.
Please contact the Department of Public Safety at 248-644-4200 to inquire about the open burn regulations.
All dogs four months and older must be licensed in the City of Bloomfield Hills. The pet license is dependent upon the pet being immunized against rabies and the license will expire one year from the date of issuance. Licenses can be obtained from the City Offices during regular business hours, or by mail. When registering by mail, please enclose your pet license registration form (on the city website under form center), immunization record, and payment ($10). Proof of residency is now required when applying for a pet license.
Report your missing dog to the Department of Public Safety by calling 248-644-4200.
A property owner is permitted to have one estate sale at their property during the year.
The City does not permit garage sales or yard sales. Estate sales are required to be permitted and regulated by the In-home Sales Ordinance Section 14-26.
Comcast Phone: 888-266-2278
AT&T Phone: 800-288-2020
View a list of known Homeowner's Associations the City has been made aware of:
Note: To have your HOA added to this list please contact City Hall at 248-644-1520.
Irrigation lines requested to use the Rouge River or other Natural Features in the City as the source for their sprinklers are listed as an exemption in our Natural Features Ordinance, meaning it is exempt from the ordinance requirements to stay 25 feet from the natural features. The ordinance requires complete restoration of the area to its native or pre-disrupted state. To ensure the restoration is completed appropriately, a building permit should be issued once a permit or correspondence of approval from MDEQ/EGLE is granted to the property owner to allow the irrigation line. Building Department would inspect for restoration only. Natural Features Setback Ordinance Section 24-249
The City of Bloomfield Hills does not permit secondary meters. For more information, you may visit our website.
Anyone who lives, works, or owns property in the City of Bloomfield Hills is eligible for a library card at the Baldwin Public Library. Simply go to the Library with a valid photo ID card showing your current address (e.g., a driver's license, passport, or state ID), and the Circulation Desk staff will register you for library privileges
Stop by City Hall to visit the Baldwin Lending Library, a bookshelf in the lobby of City Hall where residents can find many popular current bestsellers, movies on DVD, and up-to-date information on Baldwin Library events.
The Lending Library works on the honor system, pick up a book and return it back to City Hall when you are finished with your selection. No due dates, no late fees! Just another great benefit of the City's partnership with the Baldwin Library. You can also go directly to the Baldwin Library website.
The City does not require an inspection to be performed for the sale of a home. If you wish to have an inspection completed, this would need to be done by a 3rd party inspector.
A Certificate of Occupancy is not required after a sale of a home. The City requires a Certificate of Occupancy for occupancy after construction.
Please contact the Public Safety Department at 248-644-4200 to communicate the details of your event and to determine if a parking plan and/or permit is required.
City residents west of Woodward Avenue have weekly collection on Tuesday. City residents east of Woodward Avenue have weekly collection on Wednesday.
Items must be ready for pickup by 7 am.
GFL offers three levels of service options for city residents:
GFL is closed 6 days yearly on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. If your pickup day falls on or after a holiday during the business week, services will be pushed back one day.
Bulk Waste must be curbside by 7 am along with the solid waste.
Please note: All doors and racks must be removed from appliances
You may schedule a large item pick-up by calling 866-772-8900.
Yes, the city uses SOCRRA for hazardous waste and recycling. You can visit their website.
All sites are closed on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
Yes, The Drop-off Center is available by appointment only. Call 248-288-5150 to schedule an appointment.
Residency will be verified by the attendant.
Address: 995 Coolidge, Troy, MI (between 14 Mile and Maple)
Packing peanuts are not accepted.
Please Note - accepted materials are subject to change at any time due to the availability of end markets and expense to handle. Please check back for updates or download the Waste Wizard app for up-to-date information about what can and cannot be recycled.
There are two options for the disposal of household hazardous waste for residents.
Not Accepted: Unlabeled waste or containers with unknown contents, radioactive materials, explosives, waste from clean-ups or spills, hazardous waste generated by a business or industry.
Electronic items require special handling and should not be disposed of in regular trash.
There are three options available for electronics recycling for eligible residents.
You are responsible for removing any sensitive or personal information from hard drives, etc. SOCRRA does not provide this service.
Yes, SOCRRA's Paper Shredder is available by appointment only for residents (not businesses) of the City of Bloomfield Hills. The shredder is located at the Recycling Drop-Off Center is located at 995 Coolidge, Troy, MI (between 14 Mile and Maple).
Changes in Shredder Use: Since the shredder is in an enclosed space, usage of the paper shredder is limited to one person at a time. As a result, there may be users ahead of you. Please wait outside of the shredding area and maintain social distancing. Residents must wear a mask while using the site and the shredder.
Please only shred sensitive documents. Staples are okay. Please no paper clips and no plastic.
he exterior of a residential and commercial structure shall be maintained in good repair, structurally sound and sanitary so as not to pose a threat to the public health, safety, or welfare as outlined in the International Property Maintenance Code, 2015.
No recreational vehicles can be stored on any lot in a residential district except for in an enclosed garage, provided however that a recreational vehicle may be parked on a driveway or in the rear yard of a residential lot for a period not to exceed a total of twenty-four (24) hours during loading or unloading. Recreational vehicles are considered to be the following:
All exterior property and premises shall be free from any accumulation or storage of constructional materials such as but not limited to:
This is unless said materials are related to and necessary for lawful construction activities on the premises, the storage is neat and orderly and is limited in duration to the time reasonably necessary to incorporate the stored items into the construction on the premises.
No owner of any parcel of land within the city shall permit any growth of weeds, grass or other vegetation to a height no greater than seven (7) inches on the average, or any accumulation of dead weeds, grass, or brush.
Prior to May first in any year the city manager is authorized to notify the owner of any parcel of land or the agent of the owner to cut, destroy, and/or remove the material and vegetation and to keep it cut, destroyed and/or removed until October 15 of that year.
Use of off-street parking for the storage or repair of motor vehicles or for the parking of wrecked or junked vehicles is prohibited.
An individual parcel owner may remove the greater of 4 regulated trees or 10% of the regulated trees from their lot within a two-year period without a permit. If the owner elects to remove a percentage of the regulated trees on the parcel, they must adequately document the total number of regulated trees on the parcel. Anything over the above allotted number of trees requires a permit.
All exterior property areas are to be maintained in a clean, safe and sanitary condition, this includes the removal of trees or tree branches that have fallen.
Businesses at times use a “banner” type sign on the exterior of their property to advertise or celebrate an award or milestone. This type of sign is prohibited.
A “natural feature” is a wetland such as a lake, pond, river, stream, or creek.
There is a 25-foot setback from the boundary or edge of a wetland and no activity such as construction, landscaping, tree/brush removal can occur within the setback without approval from the city.
Even though a residence may be vacant due to a seasonal change of homes or a pending sale, it is still the homeowner’s responsibility to ensure that the property is properly maintained. The property shall be properly landscaped which includes:
Maintenance includes regular landscaping and removal of all trimming:
Property shall be maintained in a secure manner so as not to be accessible to unauthorized persons. Secure manner includes the closure and locking of all windows, doors, and gates.
The exterior of a residential and commercial structure shall be maintained in good repair, structurally sound, and sanitary so as not to pose a threat to the public health, safety, or welfare as outlined in the International Property Maintenance Code, 2015.
No recreational vehicles can be stored on any lot in a residential district except for in an enclosed garage, provided however that a recreational vehicle may be parked on a driveway or in the rear yard of a residential lot for a period not to exceed a total of 24 hours during loading or unloading. Recreational vehicles are considered to be the following:
This is unless said materials are related to and necessary for lawful construction activities on the premises, the storage is neat and orderly and is limited in duration to the time reasonably necessary to incorporate the stored items into the construction on the premises.
No owner of any parcel of land within the city shall permit any growth of weeds, grass, or other vegetation to a height no greater than seven inches on the average, or any accumulation of dead weeds, grass, or brush.
Prior to May first in any year the city manager is authorized to notify the owner of any parcel of land or the agent of the owner to cut, destroy, and/or remove the material and vegetation and to keep it cut, destroyed, and/or removed until October 15 of that year.
Use of off-street parking for the storage or repair of motor vehicles or for the parking of wrecked or junked vehicles is prohibited.
An individual parcel owner may remove the greater of 4 regulated trees or 10% of the regulated trees from their lot within a two-year period without a permit. If the owner elects to remove a percentage of the regulated trees on the parcel, they must adequately document the total number of regulated trees on the parcel. Anything over the above-allotted number of trees requires a permit.
All exterior property areas are to be maintained in a clean, safe, and sanitary condition, this includes the removal of trees or tree branches that have fallen.
Businesses at times use a "banner" type sign on the exterior of their property to advertise or celebrate an award or milestone. This type of sign is prohibited.
A "natural feature" is a wetland such as a lake, pond, river, stream, or creek.
Even though a residence may be vacant due to a seasonal change of homes or a pending sale, it is still the homeowner's responsibility to ensure that the property is properly maintained. The property shall be properly landscaped which includes:
The city does not have a survey or site plan on file for each privately owned property. The building department may have a site plan related to a previous building permit. Submit a FOIA request to the City Clerk to determine if there is a plan on file for your property.
Easements on private property are maintained in the records related to your property deed at the Oakland County Register of Deeds office.
The city of Bloomfield Hills' budget fiscal year is from July 1st through June 30th. A budget is adopted by City Commission each year in June preceding the new fiscal year.
Prior to the City Commission approving the fiscal year budget at the Commission Meeting in May of every year, a public hearing is held during the Commission Meeting in May. During this meeting, the proposed budget is presented to the public, at which time questions can be asked and concerns expressed.
The City budget for the upcoming fiscal year must be adopted by City Commission no later than the Commission Meeting on May 31st of each year per the city charter.
View the City Budget.
View the City's Financial Reports.
The City's Annual Financial Reports must be posted 6 months after the closing fiscal year.
Call the Inspection Request Line no later than 4 p.m. of the day prior to the date of the requested inspection. That telephone number is 248-644-1520. Inspection requests can also be emailed to the
Building code interpretation or code related questions shall be addressed by the Building Official during regular office hours. Trade Inspectors are available by requesting a telephone conference through this office. For more information, contact the Building Official.
For all non-emergency dispatch, call the Police Department at 248-644-4200. For an emergency, you should always dial 911.
Obtain your permit by following these steps:
All records are subject to the fee schedule below regardless of the method of request.
All traffic crash reports are entered electronically for reporting to the State of Michigan. This helps improve accuracy and track important traffic crash data. Once our officer has taken your crash report, they will enter it into this system and submit it for approval.
We request up to 7 business days for the report to be approved by the sergeant in charge of traffic crash reporting. Once approved the report will be available. City residents may obtain a copy of their traffic crash report at the station, you will need your driver's license.
No, residents wishing to purchase pistols from licensed dealers in Michigan are no longer required to obtain a purchase permit from their local law enforcement agency. Licensed dealers are now able to produce the appropriate pistol registration paperwork and perform the appropriate federal background checks. Once the background check is approved and the paperwork is completed, the dealer will give you a copy of the Pistol Sales Record that needs to be delivered to the Public Safety Department. The State of Michigan no longer requires an inspection of the firearm.
To purchase a pistol from a private party, you will need to obtain a Permit to Purchase. Residents will need to come to the Public Safety Department between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday. It is suggested that you call and speak with a communications specialist prior to arriving to ensure staff is on hand to assist you. Staff will conduct the appropriate background checks and issue or deny a permit, based on the findings. Should you be approved, the permit will be immediately issued and is valid for 30 days. Once the firearm is purchased, you will need to return the appropriate section of the sales permit to the Public Safety Department. The State of Michigan no longer requires an inspection of the firearm.
Any resident wishing to apply for a CPL can contact the Oakland County Clerk's Office or find the application online.
All traffic citations are entered into an electronic system for submittal to the 48th District Court. If you were issued a traffic ticket you may pay your fines in person at the 48th District Court or online. We do not accept payment for citations at our department.
If you wish to set up a hearing or have any questions regarding your traffic citation, please contact the 48th District Court directly by phone at 248-647-1141.
If your vehicle has been impounded by our department you must come into our station and get a release form prior to going to the impound yard. We require:
Records requests can be submitted via email, via fax at 248-644-4813, or via mail to:
City ClerkRecords Request45 E Long Lake RoadBloomfield Hills, MI 48304
An FOIA request form can be found on the city's website under the Form Center.
You can call public safety to make an appointment at 248-644-4200. You will be asked to pay a $100 fee.
CodeRed is a community notification software. After you make an account, you will receive a notification via text or email when there is an emergency in the area. Some examples of notifications are evacuation notices, bio-terrorism alerts, boil water notices, and missing child reports.
The House Key program is a free service provided to the residents of the City of Bloomfield Hills by the Public Safety Department. The purpose is to provide a safe and secure location for an additional key to your house to be stored.
Should you become locked out of your house, you can call our station and an officer will respond with the key and assist you in opening your home. Your key will only be used by this department in cases of an emergency such as medical problems or fire emergencies.
To register for this program you will need to fill out the house key form below or pick up a copy at our front desk. Once this is completed, bring it along with a key to the front desk and drop it off. The form will need to be notarized and either the Chief or certain on-duty dispatchers can assist you with that.
Yes, we now allow residents to use our range facilities to shoot their private firearms. You will need to supply your own ammunition and we require lead-free frangible ammunition. This can be purchased at your local gun shop. Residents wishing to use the range facilities must make arrangements ahead of time with one of our range officers. Please call 248-644-4200 and ask to speak with a range officer to set up your appointment.
The House Watch program is a free service provided to the residents of the City of Bloomfield Hills by the Public Safety Department.
To take advantage of this free service call 248-644-4200 or complete the House Watch Request online form, whenever you are leaving your home unoccupied for 2 or more days (some houses we watch 3 to 4 months). Let the Communications Specialist or Officer who answers the phone know you would like to be placed on House Watch.
They will ask you several questions and then your house will be placed on the watch list. Throughout the time you will be gone an officer will periodically check the outside of your home and if anything unusual is found or occurs to your home, you or your contact person will be notified.
OK2SAY is a new program that enables students to confidentially report potential harm or criminal activities involving students or school employees.
Students (and others) can submit tips 24/7 by telephone, text, Email, Smart Phone App, or via a web-based form on the OK2SAY Website.
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DTE Energy has an online reporting tool that makes it easy to get your street light working again. For residential and businesses customers, you can report outages using their online reporting tool.
Things to remember:
Please contact DPW by calling 248-530-1412 with the exact location of the down street sign.
No, the Road Commission for Oakland County maintains all traffic signals within the City.
Your water/sewer bill is based completely upon water consumption. If you have a bill which seems higher than usual, you should check your home for water leaks. There is an indicator on the face of your meter which can be used to identify water consumption. The water meter cannot register excess water usage, therefore cannot overstate your water consumption, unless the water actually passed through the meter and into your home. If you have any questions call Oakland County's Water Resources Commission at 248-356-6299.
Yes, your "remote reader" could be malfunctioning, failing to send a signal to our meter-reading equipment and therefore, not generating a bill. If you suspect that you should be getting a bill but have not, please contact Oakland County Water Resources Commission at 248-858-1110 immediately to schedule a repair appointment. Failure to do so may cause a large back-billing for water consumed.
Please contact DPW by calling 248-530-1412 for hazardous conditions on any city-maintained roadways and sidewalks.
For hazards on Charing Cross, Eastways, Long Lake, Quarton, Lahser, or Woodward, contact the Road Commission for Oakland County directly via phone (toll-free) at 877-858-4804 or through the Road Commission's Website (use the "Contact Us" button).
Please Contact Critter Control by calling 586-323-1010. Please note the city is not responsible for any costs incurred.
The property owner is responsible for paying any costs incurred for dead animal removal from their property.
If the tree is on a homeowner's property, it is the homeowner's responsibility to find a removal service. If the tree has fallen on the city's road right-of-way or on-road, please report it to Public Safety Dispatch by calling 248-644-4200.
DTE Energy has an online reporting tool that makes it easy to get your power working again! For residential and businesses customers, you can report outages using their online reporting tool. If you experience any issues or difficulties with using the online reporting tool.
Oakland County's Water Resources Commission is contracted to serve as the city's water and sewer department. They can be reached by phone at 248-356-6299. If it is an emergency, you may call the 24-hour water, sewer, and grinder pump emergency line at 248-624-6366.