Apply For... A Short Term Rental Permit


After over a year of consideration including a Public Hearing, on October 19, 2020 the Bingham Township Board adopted Ordinance No. 2020-1019-01, The Bingham Township Short Term Rental Ordinance.

Here is the adopted Ordinance: Bingham Township Ordinance No. 2020-1019-01

Bingham Township will begin enforcing the Ordinance starting on January 1, 2021. Starting on that date, anyone operating or advertising a Short Term Rental must obtain a permit from Bingham Township.

Bingham Township will begin accepting applications for Short Term Rental Permits at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at the Bingham Township Office, 7171 S. Center Highway, Traverse City, MI  49684.

Application Form for 2021

Short-Term Rental Policy


As of June 17, 2021,  Bingham Township has received and processed 61 Applications for Short Term Rental Permits. The Township Board imposed a limit of 86 total permits for 2021.

Applications take at least 7-14 days to process. Applicants will receive their permits by email and first-class mail.


The Bingham Township Short-Term Rental Ordinance, as-adopted, bases the allowable occupancy of a short-term rental on the number of bedrooms approved on a Health Department permit or approval.


This requirement is intended to prevent over-occupancy of short-term rentals and over-use of the short-term rental septic systems.


Bingham Township realizes that not every dwelling has a Health Department permit or approval on file, particularly older dwellings. It is our understanding that the Health Department will be reviewing these septic systems on a case-by-case basis with a Sewage/Well Evaluation or Review for Remodel. It is also noted that these evaluations will take time, and will not be completed before Short-Term Rental Applications are received by Bingham Township on November 5, 2020.


Therefore, for 2021 Applications, Bingham Township will accept proof that a Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department Sewage/Well Evaluation or Review for Remodel has been applied for. The 2021 Short-Term Rental Permit will be contingent on receipt and approval of the Sewage/Well Evaluation or Review.


If you have any questions on the Short-Term Rental Application or Permits, you may contact the Bingham Township Zoning Administrator at (231) 271-2722 ext. 3, mornings.

This page last updated on 5/13/2021.