When did Farmington Hills become a City?
Farmington Hills became a City on July 1, 1973.
What form of government does Farmington Hills have?
Farmington Hills operates under the Council-Manager form of
government, the most successful and fastest-growing form of
government in U.S. municipalities today. The Mayor and six Council
members are elected by the community and concentrate on policy
issues that are responsive to citizens’ needs and wishes. The City
Manager is appointed by Council to carry out policy and ensure
that the entire community is being served.
When does City Council meet?
Meetings are generally held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each
month at Farmington Hills City Hall, 31555 W. Eleven Mile, just
west of Orchard Lake Road. Meetings begin at 7:30 PM Meetings are
also broadcast live on cable Channel 8.1. Be sure to check with the
City Clerk at (248) 871-2410 to confirm a meeting date and time.
Can I attend a City Council meeting?
Yes. Members of the public are welcome to attend all City
Council meetings. The City Council generally meets the 2nd, 3rd,
and 4th Monday of the month. Meetings begin at 7:30 PM and are
held in Council Chambers at City Hall (called the Floyd A. Cairns
Municipal Building), 31555 W. Eleven Mile at the corner of Orchard
How do I get on the agenda for a City Council meeting?
If you would like to be on the City Council agenda, please put
your request in writing to: Mayor and Council, 31555 W. Eleven
Mile, Farmington Hills, MI 48336. Include as much detail as
possible about the issue you want to address before Council.
You can also come to a meeting and talk to the Mayor & Council
during the "Public Questions & Comments" portion of the meeting.
Your presentation during this time is limited to 5 minutes.
Persons representing a group (such as a neighborhood association)
are limited to 10 minutes.
How do I contact the Mayor or a City Council member?
The Mayor and City Council are part-time positions so they do
not keep regular hours at City Hall. However, they welcome your
questions and comments. You can write to them at City Hall, 31555
W. Eleven Mile, Farmington Hills, MI 48336.
View names, phone
numbers and/or email addresses for the Mayor and City Council
Does the Mayor perform marriages?
Yes. If you are interested in having the Mayor officiate your
marriage, contact the City Manager’s Office at (248) 871-2500. The
Mayor usually officiates weddings Monday through Friday between
the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Please have a couple of dates in
mind before you call. The fee is $175.
Once the wedding date is set, you will need to go to Oakland
County to obtain a marriage license (you can also apply online at
www.co.oakland.mi.us). For more information, call the Oakland
County Clerk’s Office at (248) 858-0571.
Do the Mayor and City Council work for the City full-time?
No. All are part-time positions. The City Manager, who is
responsible for implementing policies established by the City
Council, is a full-time position.
Where is the City Clerk’s Office?
The City Clerk’s Office is located in the lobby of City Hall
(called the Floyd A. Cairns Municipal Building), 31555 W. Eleven
Mile at the southwest corner of Orchard Lake Road. Office hours
are 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. The phone number is
Do I need a permit for a garage sale?
No, but the City does have some restrictions on garage sale
signs. For details, call the Zoning Department at (248) 871-2520.
Do I need a permit for a backyard party or a block party?
No. Please note that the City does not allow any street
closings for neighborhood parties unless it is a dead-end or
cul-de-sac and a signature is provided from all residents affected
by the street closing. Contact the City’s Clerk’s Office at (248)
871-2410 for more information.
Where do I get a birth or death certificate?
The City Clerk’s Office can provide certified copies of
birth/death certificates for all births that occurred after July
1973 at Botsford Hospital or home births within the City of
Farmington Hills, and for any deaths that occurred in the City of
Farmington Hills after July, 1973. For any births/deaths prior to
July, 1973, copies may be obtained at either Oakland County at
(248) 858-0571 or the State of Michigan at (517) 335-8666. You can
apply for a birth/death certificate using an online application.
Visit the City Clerk's section for details.
Where do I apply for a passport?
You can apply for a passport at the Finance Department at 11
Mile and Orchard Lake Road and we will forward your application
to the federal government’s passport agency in Chicago. If you
want to renew your passport or change the name on your passport,
you can obtain the forms at the Finance Department and send them
in yourself. Be sure to bring all the proper documentation when
Click here for details.
How do I register to vote?
You may register to vote at any Secretary of State’s Office or
by contacting your County Clerk or City Clerk’s Office. For
details on what you need to register to vote,
visit the City Clerk's section.
I would like to speak with the City Manager. Do I need an
The City Manager has an open-door policy regarding citizens. No
appointment is necessary. It is best, however, to call and
schedule an appointment at (248) 871-2500 so you can be sure the
City Manager will be there when you visit.
Where is the closest city water/sewer to my property?
Call Engineering at (248) 871-2560 or come to the Engineering
Division at City Hall where maps are available for viewing.
How much will it cost to connect into city water?
Call the Oakland County Water Department at (248) 858-1110 for
Call the Farmington Hills Building Division at (248)
How do I get my street paved/repaved?
Notify the Farmington Hills Division of Public Works for an
Circulate a petition (available on-line or at the Engineering
Division at City Hall) to arrange an informational meeting.
Do I need a permit to pave/repave a driveway?
Yes, if the portion you are working on is touching a public
street. (Please refer to the “Roadway Jurisdiction Map” to
determine if you will need a City Permit or a County Permit.)
Why are there flags on my front lawn?
Flags are set by various utility companies in order to identify
underground utilities prior to construction activities in the
area. Contact the Engineering Division at City Hall at (248)
871-2560 and someone will investigate to find out what work is
How do I find out if a property is in a floodplain?
We have floodplain maps available at the Engineering Division
at City Hall for the public to view, or you can
click here to
view the maps on the Oakland County website.
Is there wetland on my property?
Call the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) at
How do we go about enclosing the ditch in front of our house?
Ditch enclosures are the property owner’s responsibility.
Call or come into the Engineering Division at City Hall to discuss
the proposed work and we will inspect and advise you of the proper
What can be done about the standing water in my ditch?
Call the Farmington Hills Division of Public Works (DPW).
They will send someone to investigate and make a recommendation.
What can I do when water ponds in my yard after it rains?
Call the Engineering Division and we will send out someone to
investigate and make a recommendation.
What can I do about my neighbor’s sump pump discharging onto
Call the Engineering Division at (248) 871-2560 and we will
send out someone to investigate and make a recommendation.
Where are you located?
City Hall is on the southwest corner of Orchard Lake Road and
Eleven Mile. The Assessor’s Office is the first counter to your
right as you enter from the Eleven Mile Road door. The Treasurer’s
office is the first counter to your left.
What are your hours?
City Hall is open from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday
except for holidays.
When should I expect to receive my tax bills and when are they
Summer tax bills are mailed on or about June 30 and are payable
without penalty thru August 31. Winter tax bills are mailed on or
about November 30 and are payable without penalty through February
14. Due dates falling on a weekend or holiday will be extended to
the following City business day. NOTE: The lien dates for property
taxes are: Summer tax bill – July 1; Winter tax bill – December 1.
My tax bill indicates a mortgage company will be paying my
bill but my taxes are not escrowed. What should I do?
Please use your tax bill to pay your taxes. If your tax bill
for the next season still shows a mortgage company, you will need
to contact them to correct their records.
My tax bill doesn’t indicate that a mortgage company will be
paying my property taxes but my taxes are escrowed. What should I
Contact your mortgage company. Many mortgage companies now use
a tax service which acquires a copy of the entire tax roll and no
longer requests individual bills.
I did not receive my tax bill. What should I do?
Please call our Treasury Division at (248) 871-2480 to
request a bill. Remember, failure to receive a tax bill does not
waive interest and/or penalties.
What are my payment options?
If you would like a paid receipt, include both portions and a
self addressed stamped envelope with your payment and your paid
receipt will be mailed back to you. Make the check payable to
“City of Farmington Hills” and write your parcel ID number
(found on your tax bill) on the face of the check.
If you use online banking, checks should be mailed directly to
City of Farmington Hills-Treasury Division, 31555 West Eleven
Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48336.
Pay by mail: Postmarks are not accepted. Your payment must be
received prior to the delinquency date to avoid delinquent
charges. Please enclose the top portion of your tax bill along
with your check. Write your parcel ID number (found on your tax
bill) on the face of your check and make check payable to “City
of Farmington Hills”. Your cancelled check is your receipt.
Pay by use of the drop box: Drop box payments must be placed in
the drop box prior to the delinquency date to avoid delinquent
charges. Drop box payments received after the due date will be
assessed delinquent charges. A drop box is located on the
eastern wall near the front entrance to City Hall.
Pay in person: Please bring the entire tax bill form. Have your
check made out to “City of Farmington Hills” and write your
parcel ID (found on tax bill) on the face of your check.
Pay by credit card: Please Note: A convenience fee of 3% is
charged for all credit card payments.
Pay by credit card via the Internet:
here and follow instructions. Pay by credit card via a
Touch-Tone Phone: Call (800)272-9829. Select option 3, use
jurisdiction code 3294 and follow messages.
Pay by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT): Go to
eps.mvpbanking.com and use access code 51156000. First time
users will need to establish an account by providing banking
information. Use your parcel ID number as the billing account
number. If you choose to utilize this option your payment date
(shown on confirmation) must be before delinquency date to avoid
I recently purchased a home. Will my taxes on this home be
about the same amount as the prior owner’s taxes?
No. Until 1994, property was valued for tax purposes at half
its market value. This is called the "State Equalized Value" or
SEV. That year, voters passed Proposal A, which limited the growth
of property tax assessments. The formula under Proposal A keeps
the taxable value of a property from growing as fast as the SEV.
This gap can increase over time. However, when the property is
sold, the taxable value is uncapped and jumps up to the SEV, but
only for that year. There could be a substantial increase in your
tax depending on the difference between the Taxable Value and the
State Equalized Value of your property.
I have not been claiming a homestead exemption on my home.
What should I do?
Contact our Assessing Division as (248) 871-2470 to correct
your homestead status. State tax law allows the City to
correct the homestead status for the current year and 3 years
back. If you are due a refund for prior year tax payments, your
refund will be issued by the Oakland County Treasurer’s Office.
I do not have children in school. Is their a property tax
exemption for this?
No. All residents pay school taxes whether they have children
in school or not. However, residents who own and occupy a home as
their principal residence pay a lower school tax rate. This is
called the Principal Residence Exemption, or PRE. If you are
eligible for the PRE, your tax bill should indicate no payment due
under the "school operating" line item. If you are not sure
whether or not you are eligible for the PRE, call the Assessing
Division at (248) 871-2470.
I will not be able to pay my tax bill on time. What should I
Current year property taxes are payable to the City of
Farmington Hills up through February 28/29 of the following year. On
March 1, the taxes are delinquent and payable to the Oakland
County Treasurer. Please be aware that properties with
delinquent taxes remaining unpaid for two years will be
foreclosed. Please direct questions regarding delinquent taxes to
the Oakland County Treasurer at (248) 858-0611. For further
information about delinquent taxes please log on to
How do I get a license for my dog?
In Farmington Hills, all dogs four months or older are required
to be licensed by Oakland County. To get a license, you must
present a valid rabies certificate signed by the veterinarian. You
may purchase a license at the City Treasurer’s office, Oakland
County Animal Control or at certain veterinarians. Licenses must
be renewed yearly by June 1. To renew a dog license at the City
Treasurer’s Office, bring a check payable to the City of
Farmington Hills. Dog licenses are $15 but are discounted to $7.50
for spayed or neutered dogs. Dog owners 65 years or older also get
a senior citizens discount. Delinquent dog licenses (those not
renewed by June 1) cost $30. Per City ordinance, you must have a
kennel license to keep more that three dogs. Ordinance violations
can be reported to the City Zoning Department at (248) 871-2520.
To report a roaming dog, contact Oakland County Animal Control at
Do I need to get a license for my cat?
At this time, the City does not require that cats be licensed.
Where do I apply for a passport?
You can apply for a passport at the Finance Department at 11
Mile and Orchard Lake Road and we will forward your application
to the federal government’s passport agency in Chicago. If you
want to renew your passport or change the name on your passport,
you can obtain the forms at the Finance Department or at
www.travel.state.com and send them
in yourself. Be sure to bring all the proper documentation when
Click here for details.
Can I see the City’s Annual Budget?
Yes, the current City Annual budget can be viewed by
What is the Capital Improvement Plan?
The Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is a look at the upcoming
year’s capital needs (projects that require major investments) as
well as the next five years. It is typically completed prior to
the start of the annual budget. State law requires the Planning
Commission to approve the CIP after a Public Hearing is held. This
document serves as a framework and planning tool for future
capital projects such as road construction projects and
refurbishing of City facilities.
What is the City of Farmington Hills millage rate?
For the current fiscal year, Farmington Hills taxpayers pay 12.3806 mills. A mill equals $1 in
taxation for every $1,000 in taxable value.
My tax bill shows more than just City taxes. Why is that?
The City is a tax collection agent for other taxing for other
taxing agencies providing service in the City, including the
Farmington, Walled Lake and Clarenceville School Districts;
Oakland County Intermediate School District; State of Michigan;
Oakland and Schoolcraft Community Colleges; and Oakland County;
Huron Clinton Metropolitan Authority; Farmington Community
Library; Oakland County Public Transportation Authority; Oakland
County Zoological Authority and the Oakland County Art Institute
Authority. In fact, only about 28-35% of your tax dollar goes to the
City of Farmington Hills, depending on which local school district
you are in. Education (including local
schools, intermediate schools, community colleges and the state) receives about
49-59%, while the remaining agencies, including Oakland County receives
What is revenue sharing and how does Farmington Hills benefit?
Under the Revenue Sharing program, sales taxes collected by the
State of Michigan are distributed to local governments. For the
current fiscal year,
the City of Farmington Hills expects to receive $6.4 million from the State
of Michigan in the form of State Shared Revenue.
How much money does the City of Farmington Hills receive from
the State of Michigan in the form of Act 51 Gas Tax?
For the current fiscal year, the City of Farmington Hills
expects to receive $5.8 million
from the State of Michigan in the form of Act 51 Gas Tax revenue.
What is the difference between the Assessed Value and Taxable
Value of my home?
Assessed Value is defined by state law as 50% of the market
value of the property as of December 31st of the preceding year.
Taxable Value is derived from a formula created by Proposal A in
1994, designed to limit tax increases at the rate of inflation.
The formula is:
(Previous Taxable Value – Losses) x CPI + Additions = Current
Year’s Taxable Value
Losses are defined as physical changes to the property that
result in a loss of value…i.e. demolishing a garage.
CPI is the consumer’s price index as calculated by the State of
Michigan each October.
Additions are defined as physical improvements to the property
that add value and were not previously assessed…i.e. adding a
Why did my taxes go up so much this year?
There are several factors that affect your tax rate:
- Your property’s taxable value. The Taxable Value of a
property is adjusted each year based on the Consumer Price Index
(CPI) and other factors. An increase in taxable value will
result in an increase in your taxes.
- A total millage increase. Your tax bill includes City taxes,
School taxes, County taxes and other taxes. Since your tax rate is based on
your home’s Taxable Value multiplied times the total millage rate, a
millage increase from any of the taxing agencies can cause your taxes to go up.
- You purchased a new home. Proposal A, which was passed in
1994, places an annual cap on the growth of property tax
assessments; however, when the home is sold, the cap comes off
and the assessment reverts to the State Equalized Value (SEV).
I bought my house this year. How can I estimate what my taxes
might be next year?
If you live in the Farmington Public School district, your
taxes are approximately $43 for each $1,000 of your home’s State
Equalized Value or SEV. So, for example, if you purchased your
home for $200,000, your SEV is $100,000 or 50% of the market
value. At $43 per thousand, your taxes will be approximately
$4,300 per year. However, keep in mind that the assessed value and
millage rates may change for next year, so this is only an
How is my assessed value calculated?
All assessed values are calculated according the State Tax
Commission standards. This value is shown as the State Equalized
Value or SEV on your tax statement. It is a mass appraisal
technique that takes into account the current cost to replicate
your house and then depreciates that cost based on the age of the
structure. It is then adjusted to market value by comparing the
depreciated cost of homes that have sold in your area to their
sales price. Each year, we are required by law to analyze sales by
economic neighborhood using a two-year sales study to adjust that
neighborhood so that assessed values are at 50% of market value.
I just bought my house. Shouldn't the assessed value
automatically be half of what I paid?
By state law, a home's assessed value is not
half its purchase price, but half of its market value. See the
question above to find out how your home's value is calculated.
I want to know what information you have on my property. How
can I get this information?
Assessment information on your home is public record and copies
are available at the Assessor’s Office at City Hall, 31555 W.
Eleven Mile just west of Orchard Lake Road. We also have sales
studies available by neighborhood which includes all of the deeds
and property transfers for the preceding three years. Some
information, such as square footage and year built, can be given
over the phone. Call us at (248) 871-2470 for details.
Is my property assessment information available on the
here for more information.
How do I apply for a job with the City of Farmington Hills
The City of Farmington Hills is always look for possible new
candidates for paid-on-call firefighters. The City of Farmington
Hills will provide all necessary training for all new candidates.
current openings in the Farmington Hills Fire Department, click
I am interested in my child’s car seat be inspected. Does the
City of Farmington Hills have certified car seat technicians?
Click here to learn more about certified car seat technicians.
Where are the fire stations located?
Five fire stations are strategically located throughout the
City. Click here
for Fire Station locations.
I would like to burn brush, leaves or debris at my house or
business. Does the City code allow this?
Outside fires are not permitted by Ordinance.
Read the Code of Ordinances.
I would like to purchase a commercial outdoor fire pit from a
local hardware store. Are they allowed?
The Fire Department discourages the use of commercially
produced outdoor fire places; however, use is not prohibited as
long as the unit does not produce smoke or noxious odors. If a
unit is used, it must be a minimum of 15 feet from any structure
and only used seasoned fire wood.
What kind of medical service does the fire department have?
The Fire Department provides advanced life support services and
is staffed with firefighters/paramedics and Emergency Medical
for more information about EMT.
What is the Fire Department’s non-emergency phone number?
For reporting non-emergency incidents, please contact the
Dispatch Center at (248) 871-2600. Fire Department administration
can be contacted at (248) 871-2800, Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM -
I would like to take a CPR class. Are there any available?
The Fire Department does not offer CPR classes; however, CPR
classes can be scheduled through the Costick Activities Center at
What has the City done to prepare for a terrorist attack?
The City has an aggressive emergency management program, which
is always preparing for many types of disasters including a
terrorist attack. The Fire Department has been working to train
and equip our firefighters in order to respond to any type of
event, and provide a appropriate response. The City also has a
commission, called the Citizens Corps Council for Emergency
Preparedness, that provides information and sponsors programs to
help local citizens prepare for any type of local emergency.
How often should I change my smoke detector batteries?
The batteries must be replaced every six months, so we
recommend that you change your smoke detector batteries every time
you change your clocks. In addition to changing your smoke
detector batteries, your smoke detectors must be tested. Although
smoke detectors differ by model (please review your installation
and owners manual), most can be tested by pressing and holding the
test button on the unit. The smoke detector will usually beep
How many calls does the Fire Department respond to?
For details on Fire Department calls, click here
to review the Fire Department annual report.
Are there always firefighters at the stations?
The City of Farmington Hills uses a combination of full-time
(career) and part-time (paid-on-call) firefighters. Station 5,
located at 11-mile and Orchard Lake Road, is staffed 24 hours a
day, 365 days a year.
The other four stations are staffed Monday-Friday from 7:30 AM
- 6:00 PM. In the evenings and on weekends, paid-on-call fire
fighters respond from their homes, business or other locations, to
the stations and then to the emergency. The paid on call
firefighters are notified through a radio pager that activates
when there is an emergency in their district.
Why did so many trucks respond to the emergency on my street?
Sometimes, multiple fire trucks are needed in order to bring
enough firefighters and equipment to handle the emergency. When
responding to medical emergencies, we are required to send two
licensed paramedics to the scene as quickly as possible. Our goal
is to send the two paramedics together, but that is not always
possible and they may arrive from two different locations. If a
police patrol car is in the area, the officers may also respond.
And, for certain types of medical emergencies, we may also send
the Battalion Chief vehicle, which has very specialized medical
Why does the Fire Department perform inspections on my
The Fire Department conducts business inspections to ensure
that the provisions of the Farmington Hills fire code are met and
to identify violations. Inspections are also performed to help
educate and protect the occupants from some of the preventable
Can I choose which hospital the fire department transports me
The Fire Department is obligated to transport critically
injured patients to the most appropriate and/or closest facility.
This will many times be Botsford General Hospital. The Fire
Department will also transport to the following facilities based
on patient condition: Providence Southfield /Novi, St. Mary’s
(Livonia), William Beaumont, Henry Ford West Bloomfield, or Huron
I need to make changes to my fire extinguishing system or my
fire alarm system in my business. Do I need a permit?
To change or alter an existing system in a commercial building,
you must have a permit from the Fire Prevention Division. You can
contact them at (248) 871-2820.
How should my address be posted on my house or business?
The City of Farmington Hills code requires that all business
have an address on the street side of the business. The address
must be clearly visible from the street, and be properly
maintained. Contact the Zoning Dept. at (248) 871-2520 for
There is a fire hydrant in my front yard. Can I plant bushes
or flowers around it?
All fire hydrants must remain clear at all times and must be
visible at all times, for emergency use. Any bushes, flowers and
other foliage near a fire hydrant must not hinder the use of the
hydrant at any time.
Planning & Community Development
What type of work requires building permits?
- Basement Finish
- Change in Existing
- Change of Use
- Hot Tub
- New Home
- Structural Change
- Window Replacement
When do I need a plumbing permit? Some listed below.
- Backflow Preventer
- Floor Drain
- Grease Trap
- Lawn Sprinkler
- New Sewer Service
- New Water Service
- Second Meter (Irrigation)
- Septic Bypass
- Sump & Pump
- Water Distribution Piping>10’
When do I need an electrical permit? Some listed below.
- Air Conditioner
- Clothes Dryer
- Fire Alarm
- Heat Pump
- Illuminated Sign
- New Circuit(s)
- New Oven/Range
- New Service
- Pool/Spa/Hot Tub
- Smoke Detector(s)
- Sump Pump
- Water Heater
When do I need a heating/cooling permit? Some listed below.
- Air Cleaner
- Air Conditioning
- Air Handler
- Cooling Tower
- Gas Piping
- New Duct
- Pre-Fab Fireplace
- Unit Heater
- Wood Stove
Are there other items for which I need a permit?
You may be required to obtain a Zoning Compliance permit for
the following. Check with the Zoning Division at (248) 871-2520
- Basketball Backboards
- Flag Poles
- Playground Equipment
- Temporary Signs
- Wading Pools
Does Farmington Hills offer low income housing, rental
subsidies or a Section 8 Program?
No. The City’s Community Development Block Grant funds are used
for housing rehabilitation work and capital projects.
Does Farmington Hills have a program to assist homeowners make
repairs to their homes?
Yes. Low- and moderate-income households may be eligible to
receive financial assistance through the Housing Rehabilitation
Program for code related repairs. Contact the Community
Development Office (248) 871-2549 or
click here for more information about financial assistance.
Do I need to get a tree permit to remove a tree at my house?
A homeowner can remove two protected trees (trees 6" in
diameter or greater measured 4’ off the ground) each calendar year
without getting a permit unless they are Landmark trees which are
generally defined as trees 24" diameter or greater that are in
Tree Permits are required to remove Landmark trees.
How do I get a tree permit if I want to take down a tree at my
can be downloaded from our website or can be picked up at the
Planning Office counter.
Does the City offer any financial help to homeowners to remove
dead ash trees?
No. City efforts have focused on sharing information with the
public about the infestation.
Do I need a tree permit to remove dead trees?
No. Dead trees are exempt from the Ordinance.
How can I get a copy of the Planning Commission agenda?
Click here for Planning Commission agendas.
How is my property zoned?
You can check the zoning of your property here.
Are the Planning and Community Development Department’s
applications available on line?
here for Community Development Department's applications.
How can I obtain a copy of the Zoning Ordinance?
The Zoning Ordinance can be
purchased at Treasury or by clicking here.
I want to put up a fence. What should I do?
As a general rule fences over 3 feet tall can only be in the
rear yard of your property. Even then, this rule will differ if
you are on a corner lot. Fence Permits are issued at the Planning
Office and cost $10.00. The fence ordinance is listed with the
other ordinances. This is one of the items that is particularly
dependent on definitions and on zoning district. To save time,
discussion of the proposed fence with the Planning Office
(248.871.2540) is advisable before making application. For
clarity, you may wish to fax a plot plan showing the proposed
location and height of the fence to the Planning Office
(248.871.2521) before your discussion. To expedite matters, when
your application is completed, you may wish to bring it to your
subdivision association, if applicable, for their approval. Some
subdivisions prohibit fences altogether. (§34-551)
**Principal applicable sections of the code in parentheses.
How big a shed or garage can I build?
There are area limits imposed by the Zoning Ordinance. The
area of all accessory uses – the area of your attached garage
plus any detached garages and sheds and any other buildings
(structures with roofs) on your property) are added together.
The amount permitted is either 750 Square feet or 50 percent of
the floor area of your house (not counting the attached garage)
whichever is the larger of the two figures but not to exceed a
total of 1250 square feet.
You will need a permit from the Building Division for those
buildings of 200 square feet and over.
The proper location of these buildings depends upon the
zoning district in which you are located, plus there are limits
on the amount of lot coverage permitted, so check with Zoning at
the beginning of this process to make it easier. Also, some
Subdivision Deed Restrictions do not permit detached accessory
buildings. If you have a Subdivision Association, check with
them about your deed restrictions.
My neighbor has junk/junk cars all over his/her property. What
can I do?
There are rules within the City Code that prohibit outdoor
storage of junk cars and of junk, trash and debris. If speaking to
your neighbor hasn’t changed the behavior, or if you feel
uncomfortable talking to your neighbor about the mess on his or
her property, then you can call the Zoning Division at
248.871.2520 (at any time; there is voice mail after hours).
Please give us the address of the property at which the suspected
violation is located and a description of the problem. Permission
for us to enter your property to view the violation would also be
helpful. A zoning inspector to whom the area is assigned will
investigate. If a violation exists, the Inspector will approach
the resident, describe the law and the violation and ask for his
or her cooperation correcting it. If the violation persists, the
City may take the violator to court, and if necessary, can obtain
a court order requiring the property owner to clean up, or
permitting the City to come on the property, correct the
violation, and bill the property owner for the costs. (§17-52)
There’s a house in my subdivision that always has trash out at
The Zoning Division often receives complaints about trash that
is placed at the curb earlier than the rules permit. [The rules
say that all bundles, bags, containers, etc. should be placed at
the curb no earlier than 6:00 p.m. on the day before collection.
Containers must then be removed no later than 12 hours after
collection.] These complaints are often from neighbors who are
having guests or selling their homes or otherwise want to enjoy
the wonderful neighborhoods they live in. We explain this to the
violators, but if that does not change the behavior, the same
enforcement process described above (including the possibility of
court action) is employed. (§14-10)
What laws are there governing temporary signs?
Lots of illegal temporary signs are placed at the roadside. Our
taxes then go to the pick up and disposal of these signs.
Political signs and community event signs are permitted when they
conform to placement and time restrictions. Signs advertising
property for sale or for lease are permitted only on property that
is for sale or lease when the signs are no larger than 12 square
feet, 6 feet high and set back at least 5 feet from the property
line. Garage sale and open house signs are covered below. Certain
types of temporary signs are available for businesses. All other
signs -- any questions, check with the Zoning Division at
248.871.2520 -- are not permitted. Please don’t be one of the
litterers that clutter up our community. The roadsides, clear of
signs, are far more beautiful, less disturbing to the eye. These
illegal signs are quite different from the legal "accessory signs"
of our local businesses, who register, who pay taxes, and who are
part of the community. (§34-543)
How does a business get a temporary sign permit?
Temporary accessory signs (signs that pertain to the property
on which they are located) are permitted within all business
districts and within a light industrial district. Temporary wall
signs may be erected for a period of 14 days each, not more than
four times within any 12-month period. They may be no larger than
36 square feet and may not extend beyond the wall to which they
are attached. Temporary freestanding signs are only permitted as
grand opening signs. These cannot not be greater than 16 square
feet in area, not more than four (4) feet above the ground, and
must have a setback of at least 10 feet from the property line.
This option is available only within 6 months of the issuance of a
certificate of occupancy.
Temporary sign permits cost $10.00 and must be obtained at the
Zoning Division. (§7-330)
I want to hold a garage sale/open house. Where can I put my
Garage sale/open house signs are permitted but with the
These signs may not have a total surface area greater than 5
square feet for a single faced sign; 10 square feet for a double
faced sign, and shall not exceed a height of more than 4 feet.
These signs may not be located in the right of way nor on
utility poles. They may only be located on private property— and
then only with the express consent of the owner. One sign may be
located at each entranceway to, and at each corner within, the
neighborhood in which the open house or garage sale is occurring.
These signs may not be posted more than 1 mile from the property
at which the garage sale or open house is taking place.
These signs may not be posted more than 24 hours prior to the
commencement of the open house or garage sale, and must be removed
within 24 hours after the conclusion of the event. These signs may
not be posted for a period of more than 5 days. (§22-96)
- Garage sales are permitted only as an accessory use. For
example, if the frequency of garage sales at a single address
exceeds one in the spring, one in the fall, it could be viewed
as a business that would not be permitted.
Can I store a recreational vehicle or boat at my house?
According to the City’s Zoning Ordinance, you may store
recreational equipment at your home under specific conditions.
No recreational equipment may be stored in the front yard
unless you are actively loading or unloading it, and then for a
period of not more than 24 hours.
If your recreational equipment is less than 6 feet in height
you may store it in an interior side yard.
If your recreational equipment is over 6 feet in height, it may
be stored only within the rear yard. It must be set back at least
6 feet from the rear lot line, 10 feet from the house, and at
least the minimum side setback of the district. (§34-546).
Since further restrictions apply if you are on a corner lot,
and the minimum side setback varies according to your zoning
district, and there are lot coverage limitations, we advise you to
contact the Zoning Division for information about your specific
lot. Further, while the City permits storage of recreational
equipment, certain subdivision deed restrictions do not. We advise
you to consult with your subdivision association.
How do I apply for a gun permit?
Applications for a Permit to Purchase (PTP) a handgun or a
license to Carry a Concealed Weapon (CCW) may be completed at
the Records Section, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday – Friday.
How can I protect my home from crime by using landscaping?
Guidelines and suggestions on ways to use landscaping to protect
your home. Should you have any questions regarding Crime
Prevention, call (248) 871-2750.
How can I contact a police school liaison officer for a
Farmington Hills school?
Contact the Investigative Division at (248) 871-2770.
How can I schedule a police building tour?
Tours, presentations, or appearances by the Community Officer
may be requested through the Crime Prevention Section at (248)
How can I notify police that I will be away on vacation?
The Vacation Hotline, (248) 871-2762, is a direct line to a
Crime Prevention Section voicemail recorder. It is designed to
provide department personnel with information concerning an
address, while the resident is on vacation. It does not provide
for special attention or extra patrol but is a source of pertinent
information to assist personnel responding to a run at that
When you call the Vacation Hotline be sure to include your
name, address, dates of departure / return, a contact person, and
any information such as cars left in the driveway or lights on
How can I get an alarm system hooked up to the Police
Alarm systems are not directly "hooked up" to the Police
Department; however, alarm system usage and requirements are
addressed by City Ordinance. It requires that all alarm users
register their systems with the police department. A $15
registration fee must be paid at the time of registration. A
registration form, including a copy of the ordinance, will be
mailed upon request. Contact the Crime Prevention Section with any questions or to
request a registration form. The phone number for the Alarm
Billing Clerk is (248) 871-2754.
How can I get copies of police reports?
Copies of police incident and traffic accident reports may be
obtained through the Records Section, 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM Monday,
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Tuesday – Friday. Reports are generally
available 48 to 72 hours after the incident occurred.
In order to obtain a copy of a report the requestor’s name must
appear in the report or a notarized authorization is necessary.
Certain information, governed by state and federal privacy laws,
is always removed from the report, prior to copying. This may
include, but is not limited to, phone numbers, witness
information, suspect information (until a case is completely
adjudicated), and medical data.
Incident report copy fees are: $5 for pages 1-3, $1.50 per page
for pages 4-10, and $1 per page for pages 11 and up. All accident
reports are $5 regardless of the number of pages.
How can I get a stop sign or traffic control device installed
in my neighborhood?
Requests for the placement of traffic control devices, such as
speed bumps or stop signs, should be made to the City’s Traffic
Engineer at (248) 871-2570.
How do I report a traffic accident?
Michigan law requires a report to be filed if the crash
occurred on a public roadway and resulted in an injury or combined
damage in excess of $1,000. It is often easiest to report a
traffic crash at the time it occurs. Officers will respond to the
scene when summoned to file such a report. If you are filing a
traffic crash report at a later time or date, you will need to
contact the other involved party or parties and schedule a
mutually acceptable time for all parties to appear at the station.
If possible, you should drive the involved vehicle so the officer
taking the report may inspect damage. Reports can be made 24 hours
a day at the front desk of the police station.
How can I get my firearm back from the Police Department?
Firearms cannot be released to persons with felony conviction
records. Persons picking up handguns must provide a valid gun
registration for those weapons at the time of release. In cases of
weapons confiscated as a result of a domestic altercation, the
owner must obtain a letter signed and notarized by all parties
involved in the incident. In the event the letter cannot be
obtained, the owner must obtain a court order mandating the
release of those weapons. All property must be authorized for
release by the officer in charge of the case. Call (248) 871-2739
for more information.
Does the Police Department hold an auction?
The City auctions all items via the Internet.
Click here to visit
the City's auction website. Please click on the Surplus
Auction tab to view the items. Items that typically appear
for auction include furniture, clothing, electronic items,
sporting goods, bicycles, yard maintenance equipment, outdated
fire fighting and police equipment and adjudicated police
How do I get my property back from the Police Department?
Hours for property release are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
(except holidays) from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM. Property will
only be released to the person who is named by the releasing
officer. The individual must have identification at the time
of release. If the person named is unavailable to pick up
their property, they can name an alternate person to pick it up.
That person must have a letter signed and notarized by the owner
of the property, authorizing that individual to pick up their
property. That person must also provide proper
identification at the time of release. Questions concerning
property should be directed to the Property Officer at (248)
871-2739, weekdays between 7:00 AM and 3:00 PM.
How do I contact the police in an emergency?
Call 9-1-1.Due to the limited number of available incoming
9-1-1 telephone lines, use of this system is restricted to true
emergencies. Use of the 9-1-1 system is reserved to report a
serious crime in progress, or just occurred, or a life threatening
situation such as a medical emergency, fire, or car accident
involving personal injury.
How do I contact the police for a non-emergency?
You can call (248) 871-2600 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
To contact other departments
within the Police Department, click here.
Where are you located?
The Farmington Hills Police Department is located on the City
Hall campus on the southwest corner of Eleven Mile and Orchard
Lake Roads. Our mailing address is:
Farmington Hills Police Department
31655 West Eleven Mile Road
Farmington Hills, Michigan 48336-1170
What kinds of programs does the Police Department offer?
Working under our community policing philosophy that encourages
a partnership between the police and the community, we offer
dozens of programs and services to citizens of all ages.
more about Police Department programs.
How can I get a job with the Farmington Hills Police
Click here for
information on working for the Police Department.
How do I report a missing pet?
If you have a missing or runaway pet, you should contact the
Oakland County Animal shelter at (248) 391-4102, or the Farmington
Hills Police Department at (248) 871-2610. All lost or stray
animals found by the Farmington Hills Police Department are turned
over to the Oakland County Animal Shelter.
How do I request extra patrol or report suspicious activity?
If you live or work in Farmington Hills and feel that the
police should be aware of certain information (such as on-going
problems, suspicious activity, inability to protect property,
stalking, or continued victimization, you should call the
Farmington Hills police at (248) 871-2610 and provide the
information to a Desk Officer. This information will be provided
to every Patrol Officer prior to going on duty.
How do I get a personal protection order (PPO)?
A Personal Protection Order is a court order that protects you
from being harassed, beaten, assaulted, molested, wounded, or
stalked. The PPO prohibits a named individual from doing these
things to you. It also prohibits the named individual from
entering your premises and removing your children, unless there is
an overriding court order.
To obtain a PPO you must go to the Oakland County Circuit Court
(6th Circuit court) at 1200 North Telegraph in Pontiac, where you
ask a clerk for a "do-it-yourself PPO packet." You must follow the
instructions carefully when filling out the forms. The forms are
then forwarded to a Judge. To have a named individual served
notice of the PPO, you can contact the Oakland county Sheriff’s
Office Civil Division, located in the same complex, at 1200
Telegraph in Pontiac, or call at (248) 452-9725.
Is there a list of counseling agencies I can contact?
If you need help from other Public Service Agencies,
here is a list of organizations.
How can I get information about bad checks?
The Farmington Hills Police Department is a participant of the
Oakland County Prosecutors Bad Check Restitution Program. This
program allows for certain non-sufficient funds (NSF) checks and
account-closed checks to be processed with the goal of full
restitution and a mandatory eight-hour intervention class for the
offender. The program has had a high degree of success.
Details about the Bad Check Restitution Program.
How can I find out the status of a police investigation?
Due to the confidential and sensitive nature of criminal
investigations, information and the status of open investigations
will not be provided over the Internet. If you are the victim of a
crime and request updated information regarding the status of your
case, please contact the Investigative Bureau. You may telephone
the Investigative Bureau during normal business hours at (248)
871-2770, Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM. Please be
prepared to provide the complaint number of your case, if known.
If the detective in charge is unavailable to promptly respond,
please request to speak with a supervisor.
How can I find out about unsolved crimes?
The Farmington Hills Police Department wants your help in
solving the crimes listed. By clicking onto any of the listed
unsolved crimes, you can obtain detailed information about the
If you have any information that may help in solving these
crimes, please contact us by phone at (248) 871-2610, or by
How can I get information about sexual assault?
If you are in immediate danger, or have suffered a sexual
assault, and/or need medical assistance as a result of a sexual
assault call 911 immediately, or ask a neighbor to call if you
are unable. If your situation is not an emergency, but you wish to
report the incident, call the Farmington Hills Police Department
or come to the Farmington Hills Police Department. All incidents
of sexual assault should be reported to law enforcement. This
should be done as soon as possible after the incident to preserve
evidence. You should also seek medical attention for any injuries
you may have suffered.
Guidelines on sexual assault, including your rights, counseling
resources, and making a police report.
How do I report domestic violence to the police?
If you are in immediate danger, call 911 or ask a
neighbor to call if you are unable. If you are not in immediate
danger but wish to report the incident, call the Farmington Hills
Police Department or come to the Farmington Hills Police
Department. This should be done as soon as possible after the
incident to preserve evidence. You should also seek medical
attention for any injuries you may have suffered.
All reports of domestic violence are investigated and directed
to the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office for review.
More information about domestic violence.
Why wasn’t my garbage picked up?
Garbage needs to be at the curbside by 7:00 AM or it may be
missed. Schedules also can vary from the pickup time you’re
accustomed to due to weather conditions or unusually heavy loads
and your garbage may not have been picked up yet. Your
garbage might be too large or too heavy; containers must not be
more than 32 gallons in capacity and must not exceed 60 pounds.
Bulk items are picked up by a separate truck which follows a
different schedule from the regular garbage truck.
Which holidays affect my garbage collection schedule?
There are six holidays during the year when garbage collection
is not scheduled: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July,
Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Garbage will
be picked up one day late following these holidays with Friday’s
collection made on Saturday.
What can I put in my green recycling bin?
Click here for Recycling Guideline information.
How do I dispose of carpeting?
Carpeting must be rolled and cut into sections of four feet or
less, then taped or tied.
How do I dispose of tires?
Tires are no longer accepted at the curbside. Please call
RRRASOC at (248) 208-2270 for disposal information.
How do I get rid of a bulk item?
Bulk items such as furniture or appliances can go at the
curbside with the regular trash. Garbage truck drivers radio
the bulk truck drivers who will then add the item to their pickup
Who do I call about a dead tree in the right-of-way?
Call the Division of Public Works at (248) 871-2850 if the tree
is on City property. For dead trees on private property, you
will need to call a private contractor.
How do I get rid of hazardous materials?
Household hazardous materials are collected at Hazardous
Materials Drop-off days which are scheduled from April through
October in Farmington Hills and several neighboring communities.
Click here for more information on hazardous materials.
How do I dispose of hypodermic needles?
Dispose of needles in a hard container such as a laundry
detergent bottle or a coffee can. Tape the lid on, mark it
“syringes,” and place it at the curbside with the regular trash.
Who do I call when I have problems with my water?
Water for the City of Farmington Hills is administered by the
Oakland County Water and Sewer Department. For problems with
water pressure or water shutoffs, please call (248) 858-1110.
Does the City plow subdivision streets?
Snow plowing priority is given to major roads and school bus
routes. Local streets are plowed following an accumulation
of four inches or more of snow. If the accumulation is less
than four inches, subdivision streets are spot salted on hills,
curves, and intersections.
How do I dispose of household batteries?
The Division of Public Works at 27245 Halsted (just south of 12
Mile) has a household battery drop-off barrel. It is located
near the north end of the building and is accessible 24 hours a
day, seven days a week. Household batteries may also be
taken to a Hazardous Materials Drop-off Day.
How do I get rid of used motor oil?
Used motor oil contains contaminants that should not be placed
in the regular trash, poured down a drain or on the ground.
It needs to be taken to a Hazardous Materials Drop–off day or
taken to a local service station for recycling. Not all
service stations provide this service and prices vary, so call in
advance for information. If you’d like a listing of service
stations which recycle used motor oil, call the DPW at (248)
What can I do with my old latex paint?
If only a small amount is left in the can, brush the paint on
newspapers and throw out the empty can and the newspapers at
curbside. If more than 1/2 inch is left in the can, add an
absorbent material such as sand or kitty litter. When paint
has solidified, put the can out with the regular trash. Be
sure to leave the lid off so the garbage hauler knows that the
paint is dried rather than liquid. Another option is to use
the paint as a base coat or donate it to a school art class, drama
club, or local church.
Do I need to purchase water and sewer line insurance?
Click here for more information about water and sewer line
What is the swimming level my child should be in?
It depends on the age and skill of the child. See
Recreation Program Schedule for a description of the various
How can I check on openings for a particular class?
Call the Costick Center at (248) 473-1800 to check.
Can I transfer from one section of a class to another?
Yes, as long as an opening exists.
Are there membership costs for recreation programs in addition
to class fees?
What are the dates and times for open gym?
Dates and times are listed in the
What are your office hours?
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM Monday through Friday
Where are you located?
The office is in the Costick Center at 28600 Eleven Mile Road,
1/4 mile east of Middlebelt.
Can I register for a class by phone?
You can register by mail, fax, in person, or by Tele Trac. For
details, refer to the registration section of the
How can I reserve the shelter in Heritage Park?
Call the Costick Center at (248) 473-1800 to check on
Does the City offer cultural programs (art, music, theater)
for children and adults?
Yes, the City offers a wide range of cultural arts programs,
including art, music, dance and performance classes, workshops,
camps, and lessons, along with Youth Theater, Youth Choir, the
Farmington Community Choir, indoor concerts, free summer
concerts in Heritage Park, festivals, exhibits, teas, and other
special programs. For detailed information on programs,
locations, fees and registration, see the
Program Schedule or call the Cultural Arts Division at (248)
473-1859 or (248) 473-1856.
How and where do I register?
You may register for Cultural Arts, Recreation, Youth, and
Senior classes at the Costick Center, 28600 W. Eleven Mile Road,
Monday – Friday between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM; by downloading a
form from the website and faxing it in, or through our new
on-line Web Trac system. Click here to see the
Program Schedule and registration form.
I do not live in Farmington Hills, but my children attend
Farmington Public Schools. Do I have to pay a non-resident fee?
Do you offer scholarships?
Yes, some scholarships are available if students meet certain
qualifications. Please call (248) 473-1859 for detailed
How do I order tickets for concerts?
Tickets for concerts and Cultural Arts events may be ordered
over the phone by calling the Cultural Arts Division ticket
hotline at (248)-473-1848, or at the Costick Center, 28600 West
Eleven Mile Road, Monday – Friday between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM.
Click here for more information on concerts, or call (248)
Is there reserved seating? What time does the theater open?
Currently, there is no reserved seating for indoor concerts,
but all seats in the auditorium are good ones, as none are far
from the stage. Generally, doors open ½ hour before the concert
is scheduled to begin.
What happens if there is inclement weather for summer
Most concerts will be moved indoors to the Costick Center
(28600 W. Eleven Mile Road). A decision will be made at least
one hour before the concert; you can check the concert hotline
at (248) 473- 1848.
How do I get my work displayed in the City Gallery or other
Call the Cultural Arts Division at (248) 473-1856 for
How do I get information on various other cultural events in
Call the Cultural Arts Division at (248)-473-1856 for current
information on local cultural events and organizations.
Click here to be placed on the
Cultural Arts e-mail list.
Mayor’s Youth Council
What is the Mayor’s Youth Council?
The Mayor’s Youth Council is a City commission made up of young
people who advise the Mayor or City Council regarding decisions
that impact the youth in our community.
Why does the local government care about what kids think?
Young people, while not having voting privileges or significant
clout, are still constituents of the City and have valid points
and ideas about the running of the City. Also, allowing youth more
ownership and responsibility in their community ensures a healthy
growing relationship between the youth, the community, and the
local government for years to come.
Are the Mayor’s Youth Council meetings always boring like
usual government stuff?
No. The meetings move quickly, with very few of the "adult
rules" to restrain youth from talking about what they like or how
they feel about what is going on in the City. There are minutes
and agendas, but they only serve to make the meetings go faster.
Parties and other excursions are planned, decisions are made, and
free pizza and pop are available.
What services and activities does the Senior Division offer?
The Senior Division offers a wide variety activities and
services to "Adults 50 & Better" in the Cities of Farmington Hills
and Farmington at the Costick Activities Center. Check out our
Program Brochure to find out about the many programs and classes
that are offered. A daily hot lunch and cold light lunch is
offered at 12:15 pm in Conway Hall for $2.50. Other services
include: Meals on Wheels, Adult Respite/Day services,
Transportation & Outreach.
What are your hours?
Regular Senior Adult Center hours are Monday through Friday
from 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM.
Evening and weekend programs are available. Check with "The
Messenger for Active Adults" and the Farmington Hills
Program Schedule for dates and times.
How do you become a member? Is there a membership fee?
All participants are required to register at the Costick
Activities Center before attending. There is no membership fee.
There are charges for specific classes and events.
How old do you have to be?
Activities and classes are offered to adults 50 and better.
Meals on Wheels, a federally subsidized program, requires 60 years
of age and older; Transportation requires 55 years of age and
older or handicapped.
Where do you find out about the activities? Can I be put on a
mailing list for your newsletter?
Information for adults age 50 & better can be found in a
variety of places:
The Messenger, a monthly newsletter, Cable TV Channel 8.1, the
Farmington Hills Department of Special Services
Program Schedule, FOCUS (the City
newsletter) and on-site at the Costick Activities Center.
What is the average age of the participants?
That depends on the class or activity.
When is the gift shop open?
Daily, but hours vary based on volunteer availability.
Do you have a Transportation Program? Do you have to be a
resident? What is the cost?
Transportation is available to Farmington Hills/Farmington
residents, ages 55 years and older or handicapped, Monday through
Friday from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Medical appointments are given
priority. Must call in advance for availability. Suggested
donation is $2 each way.
What kind of assistance is available to seniors?
Assistance is available to residents for such services as
prescription assistance, food programs, home chore and minor home
repair, housing information, adult respite day program and support
groups. Call (248) 473-1830 for more information.
Do you need volunteers?
Volunteers are always welcome. Please call (248) 473-1862 for