Leelanau County
Leelanau Township
P.O. BOX 338, 119 E NAGONABA ST.
tx (231) 386-5138
fx (231) 386-7909

Our Township Vision Statement is: "Serving to Improve Tomorrow"; our core values are: accountable, servant, honest, objective, stewardship.

Leelanau Township Offices
Effective 11/18/2020 - 01/15/2021
Leelanau Township Offices will be closed to foot traffic due to COVID-19 infection rate increase.
We will continue to operate the functions of the office. If you know who you wish to speak to, please call and we will assist you.
(231) 386-5138

Leelanau Township has received an Application for a Special Use Permit for an RV Resort on the former Timber Shores Property.
These are the materials that have been received:
At their August 27, 2020 meeting, the Planning Commission requested that a ten-thousand dollar ($10,000.00) escrow account be established for fees to be incurred by the township in reviewing this Application.
A check was received from the Applicant by Leelanau Township on September 28, 2020 to establish the Escrow Fund for review.
The township attorney has reviewed the Application and Site Plans, and the current status is posted here:      Timber Shores Application Status 11/12/2020
The Application will not be on the Planning Commission Agenda until further notice.
There will be an official Public Hearing at a later date. Details will be posted here.
Additional Materials and information will be posted here when available.


The Leelanau Township Annual Meeting of Electors scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2020 was Cancelled.

The Leelanau Township Board, at their Regular Board Meeting on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, approved the Short Term Rental Ordinance listed below with a change to the maximum allowed occupancy. The maximum occupancy of a Short Term Rental will be based upon the number of bedrooms in the rental, with a maximum occupancy of 15 occupants.

Draft Short Term Rental Ordinance 08-27-2020

A Short Term Rental Permit will be required to operate a Short Term Rental in Leelanau Township beginning in 2021.

Now that the Ordinance has been approved, the next step is for the township board to approve the procedures and fees for processing permits. This will be done in October.

It is anticipated that Applications for Short Term Rental will be available and accepted sometime in November 2020.


Please take notice that the Leelanau Township Board of Trustees at a regular meeting on February 19, 2019 at 7:00 PM in the Leelanau Township Hall, Northport, Michigan, adopted Ordinance No. 1 of 2019, the Leelanau Township Prohibition of Recreational Marihuana Establishments Ordinance.

The following is a synopsis of Leelanau Township Ordinance No. 1 of 2019:

An ordinance to provide a title for the ordinance; to define words; to prohibit marihuana establishments within the boundaries of Leelanau Township pursuant to Initiated Law 1 of 2018, MCL 333.27951,  et seq., as may be amended; to provide penalties for violation of this ordinance; to provide for severability; to repeal all ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict therewith; and to provide an effective date.

This Ordinance shall become effective thirty (30) days after publication in a newspaper of general circulation within the township.

The complete Ordinance is available here, or can be reviewed during normal office hours at the Leelanau Township Office.

Leelanau Township Clerk

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