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  • Applications, Licenses and Permits

    • I need a DBA (Doing Business As) license. Where do I get one?

    • Do I need a license to operate my business in Wixom?

    • I need to make changes to my fire extinguishing system or my fire alarm system in my business. Do I need a permit?

    • How do I get a license to sell products or services?

    • How does a business get a temporary sign permit?

    • What do I need to to to obtain a food or restaurant license?

    • How do I get a license to sell products or services?

    • Do I need a permit for a garage sale?

    • Do I need a permit for a garage sale?

    • How do I obtain birth/death records, a deed?

    • Does the City prepare, store and copy birth and death certificates?

    • Do I need a permit for a backyard party or a block party?

    • Do I need to get a license for my cat?

    • Do you offer notary services?

    • How do I get a license for my dog?

  • Assessing

    • My tax statement is not showing my homestead exemption on my house. How can I correct this?

    • What can I expect to happen to my taxes when I purchase a different property?

    • Do the Request to Rescind Principal Residence Exemption (Form 2602) and Form 4640 both need to be filed?

    • If I move to another state, can I qualify for a PRE under a conditional rescission?

    • How do I apply for a conditional rescission?

    • How long is a conditional rescission effective?

    • What is a conditional rescission?

    • I purchased a property in the City of Wixom. Do I have to file a Property Transfer Affidavit?

    • What is a sidwell number?

    • Does the City have a copy of our property survey?

    • How can I find out tax and property data for my property and other properties in the City?

    • I've lived in my property for the past five years. Why did my current taxable value increase more than the inflation rate?

    • Assessing terms -What do the terms Assessed Value, State Equalized Value and Taxable Values mean on my notice of Assessment?

    • Does the Board of Review have the authority to increase an assessment or tentative taxable value?

    • May I file a written protest without personal appearance?

    • What is my recourse if I disagree with the decision of the Board of Review?

    • When can I appeal my property assessment?

  • Building, Planning and Zoning

    • What inspections or approvals are required to obtain a Final Certificate of Occupancy?

    • The house next door has really tall grass and weeds. What can be done?

    • Permit - Do I need a permit to install a furnace?

    • Do I need a permit to pave/repave a driveway?

    • Can I change the zoning designation of my property?

    • Can I store a recreational vehicle or boat at my house?

    • My neighbor's tree hangs over my yard. What can I do?

    • Do I need a tree permit to remove dead trees?

    • Are there other items for which I need a permit?

    • Can the City recommend a contractor?

    • When are inspectors available for questions?

    • How do I schedule a building, mechanical, electrical, and/or plumbing inspection?

    • What is the role of the Zoning Board of Appeals and when does the Board meet?

    • Does the City enforce deed restrictions?

    • What regulations apply to swimming pools and spas?

    • Are there specifications for garages and other outbuildings?

    • Home Questions - What can I do about my neighbor’s sump pump discharging onto my property?

    • What can I do when water ponds in my yard after it rains?

    • Do I need a permit to install an air conditioner on my property?

    • Permit - Does the City limit where my home may be placed on my lot?

    • Permit - Is there a limitation on the amount of paved surface in the front yard of a home?

    • How do I get a tree permit if I want to take down a tree at my house?

    • Am I allowed to keep my camper or boat at my house?

    • How do I find out what the zoning is on my property? How is my property zoned?

    • How do I make a complaint about the appearance of or conduct at a property in my neighborhood?

    • How big of a shed or garage can I build?

    • My neighbor has junk/junk cars all over his/her property. What can I do?

    • I want to hold a garage sale/open house. Where can I put my signs?

    • Permit - When do I need a Heating/Cooling Permit? Some examples listed below.

    • Permit - What type of work requires building permits?

    • Permit - When do I need a Plumbing Permit? Some examples listed below:

    • What businesses can I operate on my property?

    • What are setbacks?

    • Is the City's Code of Ordinances available on the City's website?

  • Business

    • What is the first step in opening a business in Wixom?

    • Is there a Local Chamber of Commerce?

    • How can I become a City vendor?

  • Cemetery

    • What is the Cemetery Board and what are its responsibilities?

    • Who is the sexton?

    • Who should I contact to purchase a grave or for burial arrangements?

    • Does the City of Wixom have an internment list?

    • Who do I contact regarding cemetary maintenence?

  • City Clerk

    • Is there a Local Chamber of Commerce?

    • How do I apply for a job with the City of Wixom?

    • Where can I see a list of Board and Commission members and meetings?

    • Where do I vote?

    • Do you offer notary services?

    • Can I request public records from the City?

    • What do I need to do to run for City Council?

    • What is the deadline for obtaining an absentee ballot?

    • How do I get a license for my dog?

    • How do I register to vote?

    • How do I obtain copies of City records?

    • Do I need a permit for a garage sale?

    • What are the borders of the City of Wixom?

    • Who manages the operations of the City?

    • Who are the elected officials of the City of Wixom?

    • Where is the City Clerk’s Office?

    • How do I obtain birth/death records, a deed?

    • Who do I contact for information on low income housing

    • What if I've moved within Wixom or have changed my name?

    • What if I'm already registered to vote in another community?

    • Do I need to get a license for my cat?

    • Does the City prepare, store and copy birth and death certificates?

    • How can I obtain copies of City Council minutes and other records?

    • Who are my State Representative, State Senator and Representative in Congress? What are their addresses and phone numbers?

    • Do I need a permit for a backyard party or a block party?

    • Who are the elected county, state, and federal officials who represent the people of Wixom? What are their telephone numbers?

    • License - What do I need to get my dog license? Do I have to get a new one every year? How many dogs am I allowed in the City? Do I have to license my cat?

  • City Council

    • Does the Mayor perform wedding ceremonies?

    • May I speak at a City Council meeting?

    • What form of government does Wixom have?

    • May I attend a City Council meeting?

  • Code Enforcement

    • There is a vacant, abandoned structure in our neighborhood which also is periodically occupied by transients. How can I have the structure & the associated conditions corrected?

    • There is a business being operated from a residence in our neighborhood, who do I call in order to have this investigated?

    • My neighbor has junk/junk cars all over his/her property. What can I do?

    • How do I make a complaint about the appearance of or conduct at a property in my neighborhood?

    • The house next door has really tall grass and weeds. What can be done?

    • There is an abandoned vehicle left on the street, located down from my residence, who can I call in order to have the vehicle removed?

  • Community Developer Block Grant

    • What is Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Davis Bacon & Related Acts

    • What are the CDBG Goals for FY2015-2016?

    • What is the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and what is it for?

  • Community Services

    • What are the procedures for obtaining assistance for my home?

    • What City parks are available? Are fees charged for the use of parks?

    • We're new to Wixom - how do I find activities for my children?

    • Who is the cable carrier for Wixom and how do I contact them?

  • Cultural Center

    • How do I rent the Community Center?

  • Finance & Taxes

    • My tax bill contains special assessment amounts. What are these for?

    • Where can I get more information about summer property tax deferment?

    • When are my taxes due?

    • When will I receive my tax bill and when is it due?

    • I need a copy of a paid receipt for taxes. Where can I get one?

    • How can I verify that my taxes have been paid?

    • Where can I pay my taxes?

    • What type of tax payment options do you offer?

    • I recently purchased my home and my taxes are higher than when the previous occupants owned the home. Why?

    • I am selling my home. Who will pay the property taxes?

    • My tax statement is not showing my homestead exemption on my house. How can I correct this?

    • I received a tax statement for personal property but my business is no longer in the City of Wixom. Am I responsible for this payment?

    • Is there a fee to receive a copy of my tax statement?

    • May I access my property tax information online?

    • What will happen if I am not able to pay my taxes by the due date?

    • My taxes are escrowed, but my tax bill doesn’t indicate that a mortgage company will be paying my property taxes. What should I do?

    • Where is the 24-hour depository for payments to the City?

    • What is the procedure for obtaining a final water bill?

  • Fire Department

    • I would like to purchase an outdoor fire pit. Are they allowed?

    • What can I legally burn and when can I burn it?

    • What is the Fire Department's average response time?

    • Do I need a license to operate my business in Wixom?

    • How can I get a copy of a fire or ambulance report?

    • How often should I change my smoke detector batteries?

    • I need to make changes to my fire extinguishing system or my fire alarm system in my business. Do I need a permit?

    • Why does the Fire Department perform inspections on my business?

    • How should my address be posted on my house or business?

    • There is a fire hydrant in my front yard. Can I plant bushes or flowers around it?

  • Parks and Recreation

    • Does Wixom have a Artisian Market?

    • Does Wixom have a trail system?

    • What is Oakland County Parks and Recreations website?

    • What City parks are available? Are fees charged for the use of parks?

    • We're new to Wixom - how do I find activities for my children?

    • How do I rent a park pavilion or tent?

    • How do I rent the Wixom Community Center?

    • What classes and camps are currently available?

    • How do I register for classes?

  • Public Works

    • When will my street be cleaned?

    • I think my neighbor's tree is dangerous - what should I do?

    • When will my street get repaved?

    • The snowplow damaged my yard and mailbox. What do I do?

    • What are the snow plowing priorities?

    • Where is the nearest recycling center?

    • I heard that Wixom residents get free mulch and compost, is this true?

    • My neighbor got one of those City dumpsters for yard waste, how do I get one?

    • Who do I call if I see somebody dumping things into the storm sewer system?

    • When is leaf collection in my neighborhood?

    • The tree in front of my house is dead, who do I call?

    • Why are there flags/paint markings on my front lawn?

    • How do we go about enclosing the ditch in front of our house?

    • Who do I call if there is a broken tree limb or other hazardous material obstructing traffic?

  • Solid Waste Collection

    • How do I get a recycling bin?

    • My neighbors got a yardwaste dumpster from the City - how do I do that?

    • I'm going on vacation. Can I put my garbage cans out early?

    • Who do I contact for trash pickup?

    • Does Wixom have Household Hazardous Waste Day?

    • Does the garbage contractor pick up Christmas trees?

    • How do I know if garbage will be delayed due to a holiday?

    • What are the rules for garbage and recycling collection?

    • Who do I call about my solid waste charges?

    • When is yard waste collection?

  • Stormwater

    • What is an illicit discharge?

    • What is a county drain?

    • What number do I call to report water pollution?

    • What does the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioners Office do?

    • What is a storm drain?

  • Voting and Elections

    • What is the deadline for obtaining an absentee ballot?

    • Where do I vote?

    • What is the deadline for a citizen to register to vote?

    • What if I'm already registered to vote in another community?

    • How do I register to vote?

  • Water and Sewer

    • How much will it cost to connect to city water?

    • Where is the closest city water/sewer to my property?

    • What is the procedure for obtaining a final water bill?

    • How do I protect my pipes in cold weather?

    • What are the deadlines for paying water and sewer bills?

    • How should I water my lawn to avoid wasting water?

    • How do you detect a leak in the water distribution piping system?

    • How do I get the water turned on? How do I get it shut off?

    • What are the different methods of payment for my water/sewer bill?

    • What is the number to call concerning after-hours water issues, waterline breaks, or sewer backups?

  • Watershed

    • What can I do to get involved in the watershed management process?

    • What are some of the solutions to address watershed problems?

    • Why is watershed management important?

    • What is the role of a wetland in a watershed?

    • How does a watershed function?

    • Which is my watershed?

    • Where are watersheds found?

    • What is a watershed?

  • Wixom Seniors

    • When is the Wixom Senior center open?

    • How will I be notified when a class or activity is canceled?

    • Do I have to be a Wixom Senior member to participate in a class or event?


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