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by Laurel Evans
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Department of Building Safety will be holding Online Permitting Classes on April 9, 2019 - Reservations Are Required.

For more information, please visit the Department's webpage -

by Trudy Galla
Monday, March 18, 2019

The first 2 dates for 2019 Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Collections are:

Saturday, May 18 - Leelanau County Government Center

Saturday, June 22 - Glen Lake School

Collections are for Leelanau County HOUSEHOLDS ONLY. 

Appointments are required.  Call 256-9812, or email for an appointment.

Flyer for acceptable/unacceptable materials at the collection.  

by Trudy Galla
Tuesday, March 5, 2019


Please RSVP for these events by calling 231-256-9812 or email:

Wednesday April 17   FLYER

Sponsored by the Leelanau County Planning Commission (Annual Session)

Topic:             Marihuana and Zoning Related Matters    Municipalities and counties engaged in zoning have many questions around this issue. Due to vague phrasing in parts of the law, some questions can be answered now while others will require clarity from state agencies, the courts, and/or the legislature.  This program will briefly outline the three Michigan laws regulating marihuana, the role of a zoning ordinance vs. police power ordinance, and a sampling of the current “knowns” and “unknowns” around zoning for marihuana related land uses.  

(This program will NOT address health concerns, public safety, addiction, youth, crime, or medicinal uses.)

Time:              6:30 pm (social gathering and snacks)

                        7:00 pm Presentation and Q&A

Location:        Lower Level of the Government Center

Speaker:         Mary Reilly, AICP, Government and Public Policy Educator

                        Michigan State University Extension


Tuesday, April 23  FLYER

Sponsored by the Leelanau County Solid Waste Council

Topic:             Composting Workshop  

Have you wanted to be a successful backyard composter? Have you been collecting your materials into a pile to compost but nothing seems to be happening? What’s the big deal about composting and organic materials management anyway? Do you want to take your passive compost to the next level with hot composting?  You'll never look at your coffee grounds, eggshells and slimy cucumbers the same again! 

You will learn how collecting, composting and using finished compost effects your soil and your community. This informative and upbeat presentation on backyard composting is for you!  

Time:              9:00 am - 11:00 am

Location:        Lower Level of the Government Center

Speaker:         Amy Freeman, Organics Maven Composting Specialist

                        Iris Waste Diversion Specialists, Inc.


Thursday, April 25  Flyer

Sponsored by Leelanau Native Plants Initiative (LNPI)

Topic:             3rd Annual Session by LNPI

Time:              12 Noon – 1 pm

Location:        Lower Level of the Government Center


  • A poster presentation by Leland High School Students – come learn from the students!
  • Presentation by Invasive Species Network Coordinator, Katie Grzesiak about damage to our native ecosystems by invasive species.
  • Refreshments and light snacks.


All Sessions are FREE.  Open to the Public.  Please RSVP

by Laurel Evans
Friday, March 1, 2019

The County of Leelanau is soliciting proposals from interested, experienced, and qualified individuals and information technology firms for the purpose of managing the County's computer network and providing information technology service support to the County. Please visit the Bids/Vendor Info web page for more information.

by Trudy Galla
Friday, March 1, 2019

Leelanau County has housing funds available for rehabilitation of single-family owner-occupied homes.

Two (2) separate Loan programs are available for housing repairs: 

a) Emergency Projects such as failing furnace, septic, well, dangerous or unhealthy conditions.  Emergency projects require a monthly payment on the housing loan once the emergency rehabilitation is complete.  The maximum project cost is $20,000 which includes repairs plus any soft costs.   

b) Housing Rehab which requires the whole house be looked at and brought up to code under this program.  Work may include such items as:  siding, removal/treatment of lead based paint, insulation, roofing, windows, well, septic, electrical, plumbing, etc.  The maximum project cost is $40,000 which includes repairs plus any soft costs.  Housing Rehab loans are deferred loans (no monthly payments) with some forgiveness of loan balance over a period of time.

Homeowners must meet certain requirements for either program including:  income eligibility of 80% or less of the Area Median Income (AMI), occupy the home as their residence, and agree to a lien (mortgage) on the property.

Flyer with Income Limits

For an application and more information:  contact the Planning & Community Development office at 231-256-9812, email or stop in Suite 108 in the Leelanau County Government Center.   These housing funds are available for a limited time.

by Laurel Evans
Thursday, February 28, 2019

The County of Leelanau is soliciting proposals from interested, experienced, and qualified vendors for the purpose of providing construction services for the replacement of sections 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the Law Enforcement Center’s Roof located at 8525 East Government Center Drive, Suttons Bay, Michigan.

More information can be obtained via the County's Bids/Vendor Info page.

by Trudy Galla
Monday, February 11, 2019

A  Summary of the 2018 Questionnaire conducted of Leelanau County residents, and students in several schools can be found here.

Go to the very bottom and select the Directory that says “No Appendices Leelanau Community”.  That is 21 pages. If you select the one above it, it includes ALL the data and is very long. 

To look at individual reports for Municipalities and Schools:  go to Filtered Reports folder and select the filtered report you would like to review.

by Trudy Galla
Monday, November 19, 2018

The Leelanau County Planning Commission intends to prepare a Leelanau County General Plan Amendment.  

For information regarding the Plan amendment call the Leelanau County Planning & Community Development office at 231-256-9812 or email:

Information will also be posted on this website, as it becomes available.  Public comments on the planning process are welcome.

by Lyn Drzewiecki
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Please click here  to be directed to the November 6, 2018 results. 

by Trudy Galla
Friday, May 25, 2018


Latex paint is not considered a 'hazardous material', but it is accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and electronics collections for Leelanau HOUSEHOLDS ONLY (No more than 10, 1-gallon cans per vehicle at each Leelanau County collection). 

However, there are ways to get rid of the latex paint and not have to bring it to a collection.  Citizens are encouraged to use one of the methods listed on our flyer, which also eliminates non-hazardous materials from taking up space in the HHW collections.  


Drugs (Controlled substance medications, medication samples, vitamins, etc) are NOT to be put down the drain, on the ground, or in the garbage.

There is a drug disposal drop-off box located in the lobby of the Leelanau County Sheriff's office - for PILLS only.  The box is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Bring in your unused and unwanted drugs and place in the secure box.  ANONYMOUS.  NO COST.  NO QUESTIONS ASKED.

Click here for the flyer with information on proper disposal of latex paints, as well as proper disposal of drugs, including liquids like syrups.  

Items that need to be disposed of at a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Electronics collection require an appointment.  Call 256-9812 or email to get an appointment slot.  Appointments are LIMITED for all collections.

by Trudy Galla
Friday, May 4, 2018

Press Release


May 4, 2018

Contact:  Leelanau County Solid Waste Council

Burning Your Household Trash Does Not Make it Go Away

(Leelanau County, Michigan, May 2018) – It’s spring cleaning time and for many that means gathering up all the unwanted items in the house, garage and garden. The temptation to throw it into a pile, barrel, or even an outdoor boiler may be strong. But wait! Don’t light that match!

Not only is backyard burning harmful to your health and the environment, it is also against the law.   Public Act 102 of 2012 prohibits trash burning of household waste that contains plastic, rubber, foam, chemically treated wood, textiles, electronics, chemicals, hazardous materials.

Backyard burning of household trash releases toxins into the air. The harmful dioxins and furans that are produced in the burning process don’t simply go up in smoke. They settle on plants and waterways and are in the ash that is produced. From the air, the toxins and ash can find their way into the dirt of your vegetable garden and into the food that you eat. Kids playing in the area may be exposed to them as well. They can cause serious health concerns such as rashes, nausea, dizziness and headaches, burning or itching eyes and nose, coughing, aggravation of respiratory ailments, and an increase of heart disease.

The longer a fire burns and smolders more toxins are produced. According to the New York State Department of Health burning 10 pounds of household trash may produce as much air pollution as a modern, well-controlled incinerator burning 400,000 pounds of trash.

And there is always a risk of the burn pile getting out of control and creating a damaging, accidental fire.

Don’t light that match!  Reduce, reuse, recycle, compost, and then dispose the rest with a commercial waste hauler or your local transfer station.

by Laurel Evans
Friday, March 2, 2018

The Leelanau County Administrator's Office is accepting applications from County Veterans for this season's Honor Flight. Preference will be given to Veterans of World War II, the Korean Conflict and potentially the Vietnam War.

Please contact Chet Janik for more information - 231-256-8100.

by Laurel Evans
Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners Approved a Resolution in Appreciation of First Responders

by Laurel Evans
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Veterans Affairs Office has announced a new, free program available for eligible Veterans who are experiencing hearing loss issues; more information on the Heroes With Hearing Loss Program can be obtained by visiting the Veterans Affairs page -

by John Gallagher III
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Leelanau County Treasurer: Keeping families in their homes is my top priority

As Leelanau County Treasurer, keeping families in their homes is one of my top priorities. Over the past several years, we have worked hard to prevent tax foreclosures with 2017 remarkably having none.

Help is available for Leelanau County homeowners struggling to pay delinquent property taxes. At the Treasurer’s office, we’re here to help the residents of Leelanau County navigate and qualify for different assistance programs.

If you or someone you know has delinquent taxes from 2015 or earlier, I urge you to reach out to us so that we can help you stay in your home and set up a payment plan to get your back taxes paid.

Hardship extension

For qualifying homeowners with two or more years of delinquent property taxes, we offer hardship extensions in order to prevent foreclosure. This gives families the option to work with us to come up with a monthly payment plan to become current and prevent property tax foreclosure.

In addition, we offer multi-year payment plans. These new plans, together with a hardship extension, gives families that are struggling financially an opportunity to escape the cycle of barely avoiding foreclosure year-after-year, and give them peace of mind knowing that their home is safe.


For 100 percent disabled veterans, an exemption from property taxes on a primary residence is available and can save disabled veterans thousands of dollars on current and future years property taxes. Please contact the Leelanau County Veteran’s Affairs Office at 231-256-9711 for more information.

Credit card payments

To make it easier and more convenient to pay delinquent property taxes, we offer online and phone payment via credit card. You can also come into the office and pay with your credit card. Go to the Treasurer’s website at  and click on “Pay Delinquent Taxes Online.”


If you have delinquent property taxes and fear you may lose your home, please contact my office. Whether it’s applying for assistance, working on hardship extensions to help pay off delinquent property taxes, or navigating available resources, my team is on hand to help homeowners in any way we can.

Our mission is to serve you and we will continue to fight and work hard to help Leelanau County families stay in their homes.

Step Forward Michigan still has millions of dollars for qualified homeowners who are struggling with back taxes and back mortgages.  Please visit: for more information.

Getting help

Residents can call the Treasurer’s office at 231-256-9838, email us at, or go to our website at  to get more information or set up an appointment.

Key Words: Delinquent Taxes
by Laurel Evans
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners recently held a Committee of the Whole Session to hear presentations from other agencies relative to septic systems and water quality.

A "Guide for Leelanau County Homeowners" is available for review on the Clean Water homepage -

by Trudy Galla
Monday, January 29, 2018

Leelanau County Aerials flown in spring of 2017 are now available online at  (Under 'Maps", follow the Tab - "Tutorial - How do I use these maps?" for directions.  The color 2017 aerials can be added when you are viewing Land Ownership Maps.  Click on Base Maps on the right hand side to add the color 2017 aerials to a map.  

Aerial imagery was previously flown in 1990, 1995, 2000, 2006 and 2012 and is used by various county offices, businesses, and the general public.   The 2000, 2006, 2012 and 2017 imagery is available online.  The 2017 imagery was obtained in partnership with the State of Michigan. 

Questions regarding the 2017 aerial imagery, or requests for mapping projects & costs can be directed to the Equalization Department (256-256-9823) or the Planning Department (256-9812).

by Laurel Evans
Friday, January 26, 2018

Effective January, 2018, The Leelanau County Sheriff's Office has designated R.E. Risk & Associates to conduct all property foreclosure sales within Leelanau County.

More information is available on the LCSO page -

by Laura Lassaline
Monday, January 22, 2018

We are now taking appointments for the Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Collections for 2018.

The first collection will take place on May 19 at the Leelanau County Government Center. To make an appointment please call the Planning & Community Development Office at 231-256-9812.

Collections will be held:

Saturday, May 19 at the Leelanau County Government Center.

Saturday, June 30 at Glen Lake School.

Saturday, August 25 at Peshawbestown.

Saturday, October 6 in Elmwood Township.

For a list of all acceptable items please click on the link below.

by Matt Ansorge
Monday, January 22, 2018

Did you know there is currently an outbreak of HEPATITIS A?  Food handlers can pass this infection to others when preparing and serving food.  You can protect yourself and others by getting the HEPATITIS A Vaccine.

Call the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department at 231-256-0200 to schedule an appointment to get your vaccine.

by Laurel Evans
Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners during its September 19, 2017, Regular Session, approved County Resolution #2017-012, "A Resolution to Recognize the First Day of October as Indigenous Peoples Day."

A PowerPoint presentation by County resident Robin Carden is available for viewing -

A signed copy of the Resolution is available on the Resolutions and Ordinances Page -

by Laurel Evans
Thursday, August 31, 2017

The NEW 2017 Leelanau County Plat Books are in - you can make purchase arrangements through the Conservation District, 231-256-9783, or by visiting -

by Laurel Evans
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Leelanau County Flags are now available for purchase.

For more information, please contact Bay Supply Marketing

by Ron Plamondon
Friday, May 30, 2014

We are in the process of implementing the Leelanau County Web Site.  We will be continuing to improve the content on the new site and hope to have as much historical data as possible. Additional features are currently underway and will be announced as they are rolled out.  Thank you for your patience as we add these new features.

In order to insure that the web site displays information properly, you should clear the history in your internet browser.  In Internet Explorer you clear the history in Internet Options under Tools.  In Firefox you clear the history in the Privacy tab under Options, and in Google Chrome you clear the history in History under Options.

The Search option will not function correctly until the Google Search Engine has finished indexing our new web site.  The search option right now will still display our old site information and will not find the proper page due to the conversion.  I will post an update once the search has been reindexed to the new data.