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by Laurel Evans
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The Leelanau County Probate Court has an opening for a Probate Register.

More information, including a complete job description, posting, and link to an online application can be found on the Employment Opportunities page -

by Laurel Evans
Monday, September 16, 2019

The deadline for ordering brick pavers or having a name engraved on the Wall of Honor is Friday, September 27, 2019. Please contact the Leelanau County Administrator's Office for more information -

866-256-9711, or

via email -

Order Form Link -

by Trudy Galla
Friday, September 13, 2019

The Leelanau County Planning Commission will host a 'Master Plan Workshop' on Monday, October 14, 2019 at the Leelanau County Government Center.  The workshop will by presented by the Michigan Association of Planning with Paul LeBlanc, AICP, of PLB Planning Group as instructor.  Workshop will run from 5 pm to 8:30 pm.

Cost:  $40 (includes handouts and food/beverage)  Non-refundable fee.

Registration form

Who should attend?  Planning commissioners, zoning administrators, township board/village council members, planners, and anyone interested in the planning process. Everyone Welcome!

Call 231-256-9812 or email to register.  Credit card payments accepted (with $1.50 service charge). Cash/check accepted.

This workshop focuses on the purpose of the master plan and the entire process of developing and adopting the plan, and amendments to the plan. A comprehensive master plan is the future physical development of the community. Learn the purpose of a master plan, the process of creating and updating your community’s comprehensive plan, and implementation of the plan. This workshop is designed for those communities updating existing master plans as well as those creating entirely new ones. Roll up your sleeves and learn step-by-step about the requirements, components, and stakeholder involvement you’ll need to organize when drafting or amending a master plan.

(This workshop also qualifies for 3.5 Master Citizen Planner credits.)

by Laurel Evans
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners videorecording of the September 10, 2019, Executive Board session is now available for viewing, and approximate timestamps have been added to the agenda. Please visit the meeting page for links -

by Laurel Evans
Monday, September 9, 2019

Leelanau County is seeking applications from interested residents to openings on various Boards and Commissions.

More information can be obtained by visiting the Boards and Commissions page -

Deadline for applications is Friday, October 25, 2019.

by Trudy Galla
Friday, September 6, 2019

The final 2019 Scrap Tire Recycling Clean-up will be held on FRIDAY, October 4 in Elmwood Township, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  APPOINTMENTS REQUIRED, and $1.00 cost per tire.



No more than ten (10) tires per Leelanau County address will be accepted, with ID required at the collection to verify residency.

To participate, you MUST make an appointment and pay $1.00 per tire.  Call 256-9812 for an appointment. Payment must be made in person, or over the phone with a credit card. (Additional $1.50 fee for all credit card charges).  Payment is non-refundable.

Pay in person at the Leelanau County Planning & Community Development office, 8527 E. Government Center Dr., Suite 108 Suttons Bay MI 49682, Monday-Friday between 9 am and 5 pm.  Payment MUST be received by October 3 at 12 Noon in order to maintain your appointment slot.

We accept passenger tires and truck tires, and tires with with or without rims.

No oversized tires, no tires from a commercial business.

by Trudy Galla
Friday, September 6, 2019

The 4th and final HHW and electronics collection for 2019 will be Saturday October 5 in Elmwood Township. Call 256-9812 or email if you would like to sign up for the October 5 collection, OR to sign up for the TIRE recycling collection on FRIDAY, October 4.

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
Thursday, August 22, 2019


Contact:  Leelanau County Solid Waste Council

Burning Your Household Trash Does Not Make it Go Away

The temptation to throw unwanted items from the house, garage and garden into a pile or barrel and light it 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.  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 Trudy Galla
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Request for Comments on Amended Leelanau County General Plan

Comments on the Amended Leelanau County General Plan will be accepted until October 4, 2019.  Visit the site for the current and amended chapters of the Plan. 

by Trudy Galla
Friday, May 3, 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.  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 Lyn Drzewiecki
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Please click here to  receive the Official results from the May 7, 2019 Special Election.

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 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.