The Township Clerk plays a critical role in the operation and administration of the government. Michigan law requires the Clerk to carry out three major responsibilities involving record-keeping, financial operations, and elections. The Clerk is a member of the Board of Trustees, voting on questions of budget, personnel appointments, zoning, and other matters. The Clerk acts as Secretary to the Township Board, posting legal notices and subscribing the minutes.
The Clerk chairs the Board of Election Commissioners and acts as Secretary to the Board of Ethics. In addition to the statutory duties described above, the Clerk also issues licenses. The Deputy Clerk acts as FOIA Coordinator, as the Board of Trustees reviews all Freedom of Information Act appeals.
The Clerk’s office connects people to their government
Provide meaningful service and evolve to meet the changing needs of our community
Open interaction in a welcoming manner so everyone feels respected
Cooperatively leverage our individual differences to achieve a common goal
The Clerk's Office is committed to maintaining the integrity of government in Canton Township and ensuring an informed citizenry by providing transparent access to township government through open and accessible meetings and accurate recording of township board proceedings; by protecting and preserving public documents and records; through the conduct of fair and democratic elections; and by providing excellent service to the public.
The Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks has named Canton Clerk Michael Siegrist the 2021 Township Clerk of the Year
The Clerk’s Office offers first-time passport services. Passport books cost $130 for adults and $100 for minors (under 16). Please note, there's an additional $35 application fee per person that can be paid by cash, check or credit card.
What you will need:
- Form DS-11
- Birth Certificate
- Driver's License
- Passport Photo (service available at the Clerk's Office for an additional $15 fee)
We ask that you bring all originals and copies needed. Please note, there is a flat fee of $5 if copies need to be made.
Payments made to the US Department of State must be made by check or money order. Payments made to the Clerk's office can be made by cash, check or credit card.
The Clerk's Office is currently accepting appointments Monday – Friday, 9am – 3pm. To schedule an appointment, please call 734/394-5120.
Notary services are available at no cost. Multiple page documents - please call the Clerk's Office for an appointment.
For ordinance complaints: 734/394-5400
For ordinance questions: 734/394-5335
To apply for a dog license or a dog park membership, please click the link below and complete the online form. You will need a digital copy of current rabies and distemper vaccinations. The fees structure is as follows:
- $10/dog (up to three dogs allowed)
- $25/household for dog park membership (will be paid with first dog registered)
- $20/refundable deposit for the key fob to access the dog park
- $50 for non-resident dog park membership
- 2.9% and a .30 cent per transaction credit card fee applies. The Township is legally not allowed to cover these costs. Some credit card fees apply if applying in person or online. You may use a check or cash if applying in person at the Township Hall, but your items may not be ready for pickup immediately.
You must complete a form for each dog. All credit card fees will be totaled and applied at the end. You must renew in-person if you have a service dog, if you live outside of Canton, or you have more than three dogs (animal fancier required).
Please Note: To license a dog, a valid and current certificate of vaccination for Rabies and Distemper must be provided and signed by an accredited veterinarian. Renewals by mail will still be processed if needed. If you would like an application mailed to you, please call the Clerk's Office.
Solicitor & Peddler License
This license is intended for those conducting door-to-door sales or operating an ice cream truck.
Soliciting, Canvassing, and Peddling Checklist (PDF)
Solicitor Application Form (PDF) Opens in New Window
Request your Driving Record:Michigan Department of State (download and mail in) (PDF) Opens in New Window
Criminal Background Check - ICHAT State of Michigan
Authorization to Release Information Form (PDF) Opens in New Window
- Massage License
- Smoking Establishment License
- Going Out of Business License
- Consumer Fireworks Application
- Sexually Oriented Business
- Teen Club License
- Junk Dealer
This license is for those wishing to operate a massage establishment.