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Our Code Enforcement Department fields hundreds of inquiries every week. If your call was to file a complaint, you may not receive a call back; however, we have logged the complaint and are pursuing it. If you have called to speak with a member of the department, please feel free to call, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or submit a complaint through
Yes, anyone hosting a garage or block sale needs a permit. You can pick up and submit permits at to the Community Development & Inspections (CDI) Department in City Hall.
Garage sale permits are $5 and block sale permits are $25 for a minimum of 5 properties. Please list all participating addresses on the application form. City Hall takes payment as cash, check or credit card. There is a 3% fee and a minimum of $1.50 for credit card charges.
Violation of sale regulations are subject to fines and penalties set forth in the SCS City Ordinances 15.000 and 19.150.
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To obtain a U.S. Passport you must provide:
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The Clerk's Office can provide certified copies of birth certificates for all home births within the City of St. Clair Shores back to 1913.
Birth certificates may also be obtained from Macomb County Vital Records or State of Michigan Vital Records.
Certified copies of death certificates may be obtained at the City Clerk's Office for any death occurring in the City of St. Clair Shores after 1922. For any death prior to 1923, copies may be obtained from Macomb County Vital Records or State of Michigan Vital Records.
COST: $15.00 – One copy & $7.50 for each additional copy ordered at the same time.
For more information, visit the Clerk's page.
Notarization can be processed at the City Clerk’s Office for $10 per document. We do not notarize Power of Attorney documents, wills, or documents without a notary certificate.
City Hall is open Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. except on specified holidays.
City Hall is closed in observance of the following holidays:
If a holiday falls on a Saturday, the preceding Friday shall be celebrated as the holiday. If the holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will be celebrated as a holiday.
You can contact the city at 586-445-5200 or use the City Directory to find a specific department to contact.
Obtain a sign permits through the Community Development & Inspections Department (CDI).
City Council meetings are held the first and third Monday of every month and on Tuesday when Monday falls on a City designated holiday. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers located at City Hall.
GFL Environmental East Corporation is responsible for residential trash, recycling, and yard waste pick up. Customer service hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Call GFL at 586-806-8944 or email GFL.
The annual city calendar is returning in 2024! Because of this, "Inside St. Clair Shores," the city's newsletter, is returning to seasonal publication starting in August 2023. This means no more monthly calendars in the back of the newsletter. You can always view the city's calendar on the website's front page or calendar page. City updates and news are posted in our news section.
You can find events on the front page of our website, and the city's Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages.
Community events are also broadcasted 24/7 on Comcast channel 12, WOW channel 18, and between regular programming on Comcast channel 5, WOW channel 10, and AT&T channel 99.
The city also publishes a city newsletter "Inside St. Clair Shores" that list events.
You can view our latest programming as well as archived programming in the Media Center of our website. Each program has a separate "channel" and can be viewed 24/7.
Unfortunately, residents subscribing to DirectTV or other satellite systems cannot view SCSTV programming on their television.
Three cable providers have video franchises to operate in St. Clair Shores:
If you are having a problem with your video/cable television provider, first contact your provider and attempt to resolve your dispute with them. If you are not satisfied with their answer, you can file an informal complaint with the Michigan Public Service Commission.
During the "Audience Participation" portion of council meetings, citizens can use the overhead projector to show pictures or documents. All material must be approved prior to the meeting. Submit your material for review by emailing the Communications Director by 4:30 p.m., the Wednesday before the council meeting.
View our City's Guidelines for Visual Presentations to find our rules and regulations.
GFL Environmental East Corporation is responsible for residential trash, recycling, and yard waste pick up. Customer service hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays. All service calls are to be directed to GFL by calling 586-806-8944 or email email@example.com.
You can also submit an online service request directly to GFL to document your request and receive updates.
Large household furnishings or appliances are collected curbside by GFL on your regular service day.GFL uses licensed technicians to remove freon gas from refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners at no charge to residents. Residents are also welcome to place other appliances at the curb, like:
Any non-hazardous items left at the curb can be dropped off at the DPW building during collection events called Long Monday Drop-off Day. This takes place at the DPW Complex on the second Monday of the month from April through October from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Residents are limited to one pickup-sized load per household. Proof of residency is required.
GFL will pick up small amounts of material from residents performing their own repairs or remodeling. Please abide by the following guidelines:
Wood & Molding (2”x4”, 2”x2”, etc.) - bundle no larger than four feet in length, 18 inches in diameter, and weighing no more than 60 pounds. Tie with heavy twine or rope. Remove or hammer down all nails to prevent injury to GFL employees.
Plywood - stack neatly in sections no larger than 4’x4’. No nails.
Shingles & Drywall - place in 32-gallon containers or trash carts. Heavy-duty cardboard boxes can also be used. Do not exceed 60 pounds per bundle. Do not place at the curb for curbside pickup on rainy days.
Bricks/Concrete - GFL will not pick up bricks in any quantity. Residents can dispose of bricks at the DPW Complex during Long Mondays Drop Off Day occurring the second Monday of the month from April through October.
Broken Glass (including mirrors) - Never place broken glass in plastic bags. It can cause serious injury. Place all glass in metal containers like coffee cans, heavy-duty cardboard boxes, or hard plastic containers. Mark the container with “Broken Glass.” Be careful to stay within the 60-pound weight limit.
Wet paint will not be picked up curbside. Dry latex paint by filling the can with cat litter or sand and place on the curb for pickup. Leave the lid off so GFL employees can see the paint is dried.
Oil-based paint is considered hazardous waste and can be collected at Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day events.
Needles and syringes are considered trash and can’t be recycled. Place these inside a rigid container like a metal coffee can seal, tape the lid, and mark the container as SHARPS. It will be picked up with your regular trash.
The DPW holds collection events to accept non-hazardous items not collected by GFL called Long Mondays Drop Off Day. This takes place at the DPW Complex on the second Monday of the month, from April through October, from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Residents are limited to one pickup-sized load per household. Proof of residency is required.
The United States Constitution guarantees all people, regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, or economic status, the right to trial by an impartial jury. Justice ultimately depends to a large measure upon the quality of the jurors who serve in our courts and that's why you are important.
As a juror, you must be fair and impartial. Your actions and decisions must be free of any bias or prejudice. Your actions and decisions are the foundation of our judicial system.
You were selected at random from a list of driver registrations who live in the City of St. Clair Shores.
There are two basic types of cases; criminal and civil.
A criminal case results when a person is accused of committing a crime. You, as a juror, must decide whether the person charged is guilty or not guilty. The accused person is presumed innocent, and the city or state, represented by a prosecutor, must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The verdict must be 6-0 (unanimous).
A civil case results from a disagreement or dispute between two or more parties. In a civil case, you, as a juror, must answer questions of disputed facts based upon the testimony and evidence admitted by the Judge. The answers to these questions are called the verdict. In civil cases, 5 out of 6 must agree on the verdict.
Yes. The 40th District Court issues a re-loadable prepaid MasterCard for paying jurors. Jurors receive the card prior to leaving the court building, upon conclusions of their service. Funds are available immediately and may be used anywhere MasterCard is accepted. (Please be sure to read the packet of information given with the card for details.)
Public Act 51 [MCL 600.1344] dictates that juror mileage reimbursement rate.
Juror Compensation is as follows:
Your employer is not required to pay you while on jury duty; however, employers are prohibited by law from firing an employee for serving on a jury nor can your job be affected by serving on a jury.
The City of St. Clair Shores has entered into an agreement with the Macomb County Animal Control Center to issue dog licenses on behalf of the County. To obtain a license, a resident may come in person to the cashier’s office at City Hall or the Macomb County office located at 21417 Dunham Road, Clinton Township, MI 48036. If a resident already has the dog license application card, it may also be mailed directly to the Macomb County address. To acquire a dog license, proof of the dog’s rabies vaccination must be provided, along with evidence of spaying or neutering if applicable. Licenses are valid for one (1) calendar year. License renewals must be completed by March 1 of each year.
Owners who adopt a dog after the March 1 deadline are exempt from paying the $20 late fee as long as the dog is registered within 30 days of adoption. Puppies are expected to be registered after their rabies shot at around four months old. An extension to six months may be given with the evidence of the animal being spayed or neutered. For more information, please contact the Macomb County Animal Control Office at 586-469-5115 during the following business hours.
Monday- Friday10:00 AM-6:00 PM
ANNUAL 3 AM-5 AM ON-STREET PARKING PERMITS: Effective January 2017, when determining the total number of vehicles to be parked at the home, we will only count a MAXIMUM of one vehicle per licensed driver at the home plus two (2) extra. So, if there are two (2) licensed drivers, we will only consider up to four (4) vehicles when issuing permits. Only one trailer will be considered in the total number. RVs are motor vehicles. The calculation of verified parking spaces will remain the same. Permits are not issued for convenience reasons. Vehicles with permits must be in use and must be moved at least every 48 hours.
Permits do not exempt vehicles from the rules of a snow emergency. Vehicles must be removed from the street until the city has plowed it.
The registrations (or copies) of all vehicles to be considered must be presented annually for renewal. All registrations must be valid and registered at the address. If you have just moved and SOS has not updated your registration, we will only accept your updated driver’s license for the first year. Registrations must be corrected by the second year of residency. A title must be shown for any unlicensed vehicles. UNLICENSED VEHICLES MUST BE STORED IN THE GARAGE.
Upon application, an officer will check the residence to determine whether or not a permit is warranted. Neither the vehicles nor the homeowner needs to be present when this takes place. A temporary permit can be issued so that you will not be ticketed during this period. You will call 586-445-5315 in approximately 14 days to learn whether or not you have been approved. There will be a $20 charge for each approved annual permit.
ALL PERMITS EXPIRE ON FEBRUARY 1ST OF EACH YEAR, so you should renew in January by AGAIN, showing ALL of your vehicles' registrations. If a vehicle with a permit on it is sold and replaced by a new vehicle, remove the old sticker (in pieces or whole) and bring it in, along with the registration for your new vehicle, and a new permit will be issued.
NOTE: Stickers must be permanently affixed to the driver’s side of the windshield, approximately 5” up from the dashboard, and can only be used on the vehicle specified by the Police Department.
RECORDS BUREAU HOURS for PARKING PERMITS are Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Their number is 586-445-5315.
Once a ticket has been issued, the original copy is electronically sent to the 40th District Court. Any questions regarding fines, points, or court dates should be directed to the court at 586-445-5280.
The St. Clair Shores Police Department reviews all criminal complaints. The Investigative Division uses solvability factors and the resources available to determine if the investigation can reach a successful conclusion. If the case is assigned, a detective will contact you with additional questions.
Operational Support Services is open 9 AM - 5 PM, Tuesday-Thursday. In addition to the regular open hours, Support Services will be open for public business on the first and third Monday of each month from 4-7 PM. If the first or third Monday is a holiday, there will be no evening hours until the next regularly scheduled evening hours day. Rule of Thumb to follow: if it’s a Monday and there is a Council Meeting that evening, we are open 4-7 PM.
A person who intends to obtain a pistol from an individual must first complete a purchase permit application and submit it to the OSS personnel. Individuals purchasing a pistol from a licensed dealer can work directly with them and avoid obtaining a permit from the Police Department.
Fridays, 12:30 PM in the Craft RoomAmerican Mahjong meets in the Craft Room on Fridays.
Mondays-Thursdays, 7 AM-7 PMFriday, 7 AM-4 PM
The pool table is open during the above times. The table is first come, first serve.
Bocce & Shuffleboard
Bocce and shuffleboard are free to play, but you must be a member of the Senior Center to utilize the courts. If the weather is warm enough for you, you are welcome to play! See Diane or Jeff in the office with questions. Bocce leagues will start again in June. If you are interested in starting a shuffleboard league or game, please call Matt at 586-498-2414.
Bridge - Thursdays, 1-4:30 PM in the Computer Room.
Euchre - Wednesdays, 12:30-3:45 PM in the Gathering Room.
Refresh Euchre - Thursdays, 10-11:30 AM in the Gathering Room.Come get back in the swing of Euchre!
Hand & Foot - Tuesdays, 12:30-2:30 PM in the Gathering Room.
Pinochle - Mondays, 12 PM & Thursdays,12:30 PM
1-2:30 PM, Wednesdays in the Multipurpose Room.Everyone is welcome to come and give this game a try.
Crafting with Barbara
2nd & 4th Mondays, 2-3:30 PM in the Craft RoomBring out your creative side! Barbara is an artist and has taught in schools for over 30 years. For the next couple of months, she will focus on drawing and crafts. Must sign up in advance for $5. Class sizes are limited.
2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 3-5 PM in the Gathering RoomIf you enjoy playing Mexican Train Dominoes or would like to learn how, we would be happy to have you join us.
Indoor Pickleball Group
Pickleball players are coming together inside our Multipurpose room. Must be a member of the Senior Center to participate. Please take a beginner class/clinic to understand the rules of the game before participating. Ask Senior Center staff for details on clinics.
Knitting & Crocheting
Tuesdays, 9 AM in the Craft RoomCome join your friends and showcase your talents! Want to learn? Many of our talented members have the time and patience to teach you.
2nd & 4th Mondays, 12:30 PM in the Carol Klein Board RoomMeet a friend for a movie at the Senior Activity Center. Bring a snack or drink to enjoy during the movie. Call for details on what’s showing.
Wednesdays, 12:30 PM in the Craft RoomOur Rummikub group is always looking for more players. If you haven’t played in a while or are looking to learn, please stop in. Everyone is welcome.
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:45 PM in the Board Room.Join us for Wii Bowling and Wii Golf! Try other games like Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune as well.
The stormwater utility fee is similar to a water or sewer fee. In essence, customers pay a fee to convey stormwater from their properties. The utility is the result of unfunded United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) mandates that force cities like St. Clair Shores to manage stormwater within their jurisdiction. The fee is used to finance annual compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting standards. The NPDES is the compliance system for the Clean Water Act (CWA) and requires that all stormwater discharges that enter waters of the United States must meet minimum federal water quality requirements.
Stormwater begins as rain or snowmelt that flows over land rather than seeping into the ground. It flows over hard surfaces (impervious surfaces) such as roofs, driveways, walkways, and pervious surfaces such as grass, gardens, and woodlands into the city’s combined sewer system. The more hard surface (impervious surface) on your property, the more stormwater runoff is contributed to the sewer system.
This drainage either flows into the same underground pipes as sewage and must be treated at the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) wastewater treatment plant before it can be released back into the environment or Lake St. Clair through a separate stormwater sewage system.
The SESMD bills the City of St. Clair Shores for the conveyance and treatment of combined sewage at GLWA.
While stormwater is a result of rain and snowmelt, the stormwater fee is not related to how much rain falls on your property, but rather the facilities used to manage stormwater such as sewers, manholes, catch basins and wastewater treatment. The more hard surface a property has, the more it uses the stormwater system components.
Since 1993, the city has had a stormwater utility ordinance that requires property owners to pay a user fee related to the operation and maintenance of the city’s stormwater system. The current stormwater utility ordinance was developed based on a 1992 Stormwater Utility Implementation Report prepared by McNamee, Porter & Seeley, Inc. This 1992 report is now 30 years old and has not been updated based on recent court rulings. The Michigan Supreme Court has since ruled on stormwater service charges, in particular as related to violating the “Bolt Criteria.” The Michigan Supreme Court ruled that the stormwater service charge imposed by Lansing was unconstitutional and void on the basis that it was a tax for which voter approval was required and not a valid use fee. The Court established three criteria for distinguishing between a fee and a tax:
The outcome of this study recommends the City adopt an updated methodology as a basis of billing for stormwater charges that meets the three aspects of the “Bolt Criteria.” This study has determined a methodology to assign all properties within the City their proportional share of the service cost to capture, convey, and treat the stormwater that runs off each property and to meet the needs of the City’s stormwater regulatory obligations. The study recommends using the direct impervious vs. pervious surface area and total property area to determine the property’s direct runoff potential. This entails an individual review of each residential lot by size/zoning classification and every non-residential property to calculate square feet of imperviousness for each parcel. Once PRP is determined, there are no zoning classifications or groups of properties. All calculations are based solely on impervious vs. pervious area and the particular benefit each property receives due to the stormwater system. Other general items that were looked at that affect stormwater were topography, soils, property maintenance, and access to stormwater facilities.
This fee considers all aspects of managing and maintaining a separate stormwater management system. The previous charges did not adequately capture the total operation, maintenance, and capital improvements cost. The new fee provides the necessary revenues to make sure the city meets its responsibilities under Federal and State requirements. This is done by ensuring proper maintenance and operation of the city’s forty-plus pumping stations, conveying water off properties and roads into the drainage system, and providing for continued stormwater system upgrades. The expenditures for the stormwater management system are approved each year by the Mayor and City Council as part of the city’s fiscal budgeting program.
The fee is based upon the property runoff potential, or PRP, of each parcel in the City of St. Clair Shores. PRP is based upon hydrologic engineering principles for calculating runoff that uses both the impervious surface area and the pervious surface area. All surfaces will generate some amount of runoff during precipitation events and can be assigned a runoff coefficient to represent the fraction of the precipitation that results in runoff.
Runoff potential is based on the following formula:
This factor is then multiplied by the per square ft rate that is determined by the fiscal budget
Areas identified as impervious:
Areas identified as pervious:
The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) conducted an aerial survey of the region in 2015 that was analyzed to determine the building footprints and impervious surface areas. The resulting data sets were provided to each community, and the building footprint and impervious surface area data sets were used for this study and supplemented with other commercially available data sets. The impervious surface area measurements made using the SEMCOG data were verified for properties of different types by visually analyzing aerial photographs of the individual parcels. This factor also corresponds to the factor used in the 2017 Stormwater Asset Management Plan.
Yes, Roads and public rights-of-way maintained by the city are not exempt from the stormwater utility fee. City-owned properties such as parks and parking lots are also subject to the stormwater utility fee. Fees owed by the city as part of this stormwater utility are budgeted in the city’s General Fund or Streets Fund.
The revenues from the Stormwater Utility can only be spent on stormwater-related activities. They will provide a steady funding source for much-needed operations and maintenance activities, maintenance of stormwater structures, replacement and installation of pump stations, and the city’s federally and state-mandated stormwater quality management program.
Fairly accurate, but the impervious area analysis images are not without error. A review and appeal process exists within the city’s Code to address those errors and ensure every landowner is paying their fair share.
You can implement a few features on your property to gain credit.
Rain barrels harvest and store water from your rooftop by collecting it from a gutter downspout. The stored runoff can be used for watering or other purposes that don't require drinking water. Rain barrels offer several advantages. Using the runoff for watering can reduce your water bill, benefit your plants, and help rain percolate into the ground and recharge groundwater supplies. A credit equal to 100 sft of impervious area per rain barrel is in use.
Rain gardens are planted depressions of deep-rooted native vegetation designed to absorb excess rainwater runoff from a house or other impervious area with the purpose (besides being beautiful) of allowing rainwater to pool in a low spot just long enough to percolate into the ground. Cisterns are water management devices that provide retention storage volume in above or underground storage tanks.
Cisterns are often larger than rain barrels, with some underground cisterns having a capacity of 10,000 gallons. Only one credit can be taken for utilizing a dry well or cistern.
Drywells are small, excavated pits backfilled with aggregate and used to infiltrate “good quality” stormwater runoff, such as uncontaminated roof runoff. Drywells are not to be used for infiltrating any runoff that could be significantly contaminated with sediment and other pollutants, such as runoff from high-potential pollutant loading areas and parking lot runoff. Only one credit can be taken for utilizing a dry well or cistern. Credit for these depends on the design capacity for each.
The amount will be credited on the following quarter’s water/sewer bill.
Residents receive their water bills quarterly in the City of St. Clair Shores. You should receive your bills on the first of the following months:
Payments are due three weeks after the bills are mailed.
Most home meters now have a radio read device that transmits the reading to the city offices at the time of billing.
If you receive an estimated bill, call the water department at 586-447-3317 with the reading off their meter. You received an estimate because your MTU device is not transmitting the reading. When you call, staff will give instructions on setting up an appointment to replace the unit.