The Township Clerk plays a critical role in the operation and administration of township government. Michigan law requires the Township Clerk to carry out three major responsibilities involving record-keeping, financial operations, and elections. The Clerk is a member of the Township Board of Trustees, voting on questions of budget, personnel appointments, zoning, and other matters. The Clerk also acts as Secretary to the Township Board, posting legal notices and subscribing the minutes. The Clerk chairs the Board of Election Commissioner for the township 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 manor 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.
Notary services are available at a cost of $5 per transaction. 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
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
Liquor Licenses are issued by the State of Michigan Opens in New Window in conjunction with Canton Township. Please contact the Clerk's Office for assistance.
- Consumer Fireworks Application
- Massage License
- Service Station License
- Sexually Oriented Business
- Smoking Establishment License
- Teen Club License
- Going Out of Business License