pay my property taxes...
If you are paying current taxes contact your township or city Treasurer, if you are paying DELINQUENT taxes only, you contact the County Treasurer. Delinquent is not the same as simply "past due" the statement date. Current taxes are paid to local treasurers ONLY; for example, summer & winter taxes for 2016 will be paid to their local treasurer until February 28, 2017. The local treasurers cannot accept payments after February 28th. On March 1st these previous year taxes are turned over to the County Treasurer as delinquent, and you will have to contact our office for the correct amount. We do get updated information from the local treasurers during the collection period, so we can provide taxpayers w/ the amount due to their local treasurers. Since most of our local treasurers are only part-time it is often easier to contact us than the local treasurer to get the amount due. Current taxes are only payable to the local treasurer, and delinquent taxes are only payable to the County Treasurer.
pay a traffic ticket...
You can pay for your traffic tickets by calling 90th District Court at 231-547-7227 during normal business hours Monday thru Friday with a Visa, MasterCard or Discover Card. You may also mail a Check or Money Order made payable to: 90th District Court, 301 State Street Charlevoix, MI 49720. You can also stop into the County Building and pay at the 90th District Court Window.
Find information about Burn Permits...
Burn permits are handled through the DNR, and information is available by clicking here.
Find information regarding concealed weapons...
will need to visit both the County Clerk's office and the Sheriff's
Department in the process. Initially, please contact the County Clerk.
Find out about registered sex offenders in the area...
purchase a dog license...
dog licenses are purchased through our County Treasurer,
and you can go to the "search all county documents" tab from any page
to print the application, or you can come into the Treasurer's Office in
the County Building.
register to vote, find out where I go to vote or request an absentee ballot...
You can find out about registering by visiting any Secretary of State office, or by clicking here. All inquiries regarding voting locations and ballots in Charlevoix County are directed to the County Clerk.
obtain a passport...
The County does not process passports, nor do we take photos for passports. You can contact the Secretary of State offices or a post office location for more information.
obtain a DD-214, or an additional copy...
request an aerial map of my property...
All requests for mapping and aerial photography should be directed to our Equalization Department.
find out information regarding my home, it's build, or other structural information...
This information is retained through various sources, and the Department of Building Safety can assist and direct you to the correct party for each type of information.
find out about my existing or new septic and/or drainfield...
Septic and drainfield permits and information must be obtained through the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, and you can find out more about permits by clicking here
find out about the zoning regulations on my property...
Charlevoix County, each municipality is responsible for their own
planning and zoning. You would need to contact the Zoning Administrator
for the municipality inwhich the parcel is located. A list of Zoning
Administrators can be found on the County Planning Department's webpage.
Change the name of the owner of a parcel...
The Equalization Department records reflect property owner as it is established in the recorded documents at the Register of Deeds
office. To change the owner of record a document, usually a deed, will
need to be recorded transferring the ownership from the current owner to
the new owner. Please contact the Register of Deeds office for more
Change the mailing address associated with the owner of a parcel...
Submit a change of address request through the Equalization Department’s Contact Us page or call us at 231-547-7230.
Appeal the assessed value of a parcel...
assessment notices are mailed in February of each year. The assessed
value and taxable values can be appealed by petitioning the March Board
of Review. Your assessment notice will include the dates and times the
March Board of Review will meet. You can petition in person, or by mail.
Print and complete form L-4035 and either mail it to the assessor’s address listed on the assessment notice or bring it to the board of review.
Apply for a Principle Residence (Homestead) Exemption...
Complete the PRE Affidavit form
and mail to the assessor for the township/city the property is located
in. If you’re unsure if you qualify for the Primary Residence Exemption,
please review the State Guidelines.
Find out information about a parcel...
online Parcel Search from the home page of this website, from the
Equalization page or various other pages. If the information you are
looking for isn’t available, please contact us at 231-547-7230. Please
The current year’s assessed values are not available from the
Equalization Department until sometime in May. Prior to this you may
contact the unit’s assessor and they may be able to provide you with a
taxes can be obtained from the County Treasurer’s office by calling
231-547-7202 or online for a fee through BS&A. Current year taxes
can be obtained by contacting the township/city treasurer. If you are
unsure of who that would be for either your assessed value or your
taxes, you can click on the tab "Cities & Townships" at the very top
of any of our webpages and select the township you are looking for, or
by clicking here to be redirected.
Find out about something that isn't listed here, or make a suggestion of something to add...
email our administration department if you don't know where to find your
answer, or to make a suggestion of a question we may want ot add, email here.
find out how to get married...
All questions regarding marriages can be answered through our Clerk's office. They will walk you through the application requirements and process, as well as anything else you may need to know on this section of their page MARRIAGE.
apply for a committee or commission...
At the top of this website, there is a dropdown for BOARDS, COMMISSIONS & COMMITTEES. On that page, there is contact information for the appropriate department or person if you would like to get more information. The Clerk's office can also provide you with the information or contact as well. If you already know what you need to know, and simply wish to apply, click on any of the buttons throughout this website that are labeled "Seach All County Documents" to be taken to our forms library. Search for "application for boards and committees" and you can complete the pdf, or click here.
be placed on the agenda for, or find more information about, a Board of Commissioners meeting...
Our Board of Commissioners meet the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 9:30 am and the 4th Wednesday at 7:00 pm. If you wish to be placed on the agenda, or find out more information before or after a meeting, please contact the County Clerk. The County Clerk prepares all documents, agendas, packets and scheduling in reference to the Board of Commissioners meetings. You can contact her office by phone at 231-547-7200, or you may email her at email@example.com..
run for an elected office...