Leelanau County
Bingham Township
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BINGHAM TOWNSHIP OFFICES

The Bingham Township Offices are currently open to the public, however, citizens are encouraged to contact township officials by telephone, email, and by appointment due to concerns for public safety.  There is a drop box located outside the office for tax payments and absentee ballots.

Township Office: 231-922-6767

Township Directory & Hours

Zoning: 231-271-2722 ext. 3. (Regular Office Hours at the Suttons Bay Township Offices)

Township Supervisor: 231-946-4672


2022 Township Board Meeting Schedule

TOWNSHIP ELECTION INFORMATION PAGE

Link to Township Property Tax & Assessment Information


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SHORT TERM RENTAL UPDATE - JUNE 17, 2021

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.

2022 Bingham Township Short-Term Rental Permit Renewal Application

ADOPTED SHORT TERM RENTAL ORDINANCE

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.

2021 Short-Term Rental Application Form

Short-Term Rental Policy

Note:

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.


INFORMATION ON CAMPAIGN SIGN STANDARDS FOR BINGHAM TWP

BINGHAM TOWNSHIP SIGN STANDARDS – CAMPAIGN SIGNS

  • The Bingham Township Planning Commission and Township Board amended these sign standards in 2019 to comply with United States Supreme Court decisions.
  • Campaign signs are considered “Temporary Signs” by the zoning ordinance.
  • The standards for temporary signs in Bingham Township depend on the zoning district in which a property is in.   See Bingham Township Zoning Map

https://www.leelanau.gov/downloads/binghamtwp_adopted_zoning_map_52016.pdf

  • In the Agricultural and Residential Zoning Districts the following apply:
  1. A Maximum of Two (2) total Temporary Signs (campaign signs) are allowed per parcel.
  2. A Temporary (campaign) sign shall not be larger than three (3) square feet of sign area. (for example 24” x 18” = 3 square feet)

ALSO:

  • Temporary signs must be removed no later than ten (10) days after the event.
  • Temporary Signs within any county or state right-of-way or easement must meet the requirements of the applicable road agency (ie, Michigan Department of Transportation or Leelanau County Road Commission)
  • One should have the permission of a property owner to place a temporary sign on or in front of their property.
  • Bingham Township does not have the authority to physically remove signs, however, violations of these sign standards may constitute a violation of the Zoning Ordinance, and may be prosecuted as such.



Little Free Libraries now in Bingham Township

The Friends of the Suttons Bay Bingham District Library have installed Little Free Libraries in Bingham Township at the following locations:

  • Bingham Township Hall, 7171 S. Center Highway, Traverse City, MI  49682.
  • Shady Lane Market, 5981 S. West Bayshore Drive (M-22), Suttons Bay, MI  49682.

These locations will be listed on the Little Free Libraries world map.

The Little Free Libraries are re-filled frequently, and if you take a book during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is yours to keep. Please do not return any books at this time, or add personal books to the collection.

A big thank-you to the Friends of the Library.



 

 


 


BINGHAM TOWNSHIP NOTICE OF ORDINANCE ADOPTION

Please take notice that the Bingham Township Board of Trustees at a regular meeting on February 18, 2019 at 7:00 PM in the Bingham Township Hall, Traverse City, Michigan, adopted Ordinance No. 190218-01, the Bingham Township Prohibition of Recreational Marihuana Establishments Ordinance.

Official Notice of Ordinance Adoption

Ordinance 190218-01

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The Michigan Public Services Commission provides for a cable television complaint resolution process for customers who are unable to resolve their cable television complaints with their provider. Learn more at this link.

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The Parks Committee is welcoming new members. If you are interested in joining a group of dedicated, hand-on park lovers click here for more information and then call the office with your name and contact information.

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FOIA REQUESTS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING

to the Clerk at 7171 S. Center Hwy, Traverse City, MI 49684



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