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1. What determines principal residence?

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1. What are brownfields?
2. Why is the redevelopment of brownfields important?
3. What is the purpose of the brownfield plan?
4. What sites are eligible for a brownfield?
5. What are eligible activities?
6. What are some of the financial incentives to support brownfield redevelopment? How does tax increment financing (TIF) work?
7. I am interested in learning more, where should I look?

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1. What will I need to get a building permit?
2. What don’t I need a building permit for?
3. How much is a building permit?
4. How long will it take to get my building permit?
5. What codes are the City of Bay City currently using?

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1. How does code enforcement work?
2. Are there issues that Code Enforcement does not regulate?
3. How do I register a complaint?
4. Do I have to leave my name in order to report a potential violation?
5. What should I do if I receive a Notice of Violation letter and/or ticket?

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1. Do rental properties need to be registered with the City of Bay City?
2. Who is required to register a rental property?
3. How can a property owner register his/her rental property?
4. What is the cost to register a rental property?
5. What code do you use to inspect a rental property?
6. How does a tenant go about filing a complaint regarding a rental property?

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1. Who do I contact to ask about the cemetery?

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1. Do I need a license to open a business in the city?
2. How can I find out if I'm registered to vote?
3. How can I help with Elections?
4. How do I apply for an absentee ballot?
5. How do I apply for a vendor permit?
6. How do I find a meeting agenda?
7. How do I get a yard waste and/or recycling sticker?
8. How do I obtain a passport?
9. How do I plan a Special Event in the City?
10. Is the Clerk’s Office handicap accessible?
11. What are the election dates for this year?

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1. 1. Do I need a permit for a fence and where do I get one?
2. 2. What are the restrictions for a pool?
3. 3. When is my trash pickup?
4. 4. Where do I get a recycle bin?
5. 5. Where can I obtain a building permit?
6. 6. Where can I get a copy of my land survey?
7. 7. Where can I place a complaint about neighbors?

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1. Can I apply online?
2. Do I have to license my pets?
3. Where can I sign up for utilities?
4. How do I contact a city/county department?
5. Where can I find the answers to my frequently asked questions?

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1. My power is out, how long before it is restored?
2. How do I report a problem with my electricity?
3. What do I do if there are power lines down or hanging low?
4. How do I report a street light that is out or malfunctioning?
5. How do I report a Security Light that is out or malfunctioning?
6. There are branches and/or trees growing into the power lines, what should I do?
7. Right of Way tree maintenance
8. I need my electric service disconnected or connected for work that is being done, who should I call?
9. I am doing maintenance/repairs on my house, and the electric line is in the way. What should I do?

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1. Who do I call if I have a tree that needs work that is also on City property?
2. What trees does the City work on?
3. What about trees on my property?
4. What can be done about the way that street trees are pruned under power lines?
5. Low tree limbs and overgrown trees make it difficult to see stop signs or an intersection. Can the City help?
6. My neighbor's tree is dead or dying or could fall onto my house. What can be done about this?
7. Will the City come out and pick up the debris from a tree that I trimmed?
8. Will the City remove a street tree so that I do not have to rake leaves?

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1. What is the Energy Smart program?
2. When does the program end?
3. Why is Bay City Electric Light and Power offering these programs to customers?

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1. Can the contractor I normally work with install products for me or do I have to work with someone else?
2. What are the benefits of being a Trade Ally?

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1. Who is eligible for the program?
2. I own a business; can I participate in the programs that are offered to residents?
3. Do I qualify for incentives if my facility is served by the utility for electricity and I am served by another utility for natural gas?
4. Can I participate in programs for the business I own and my home or do I have to choose one?
5. Can I qualify for more than one incentive?
6. What is the availability of incentives?
7. Who pays for the incentives?
8. May I get an incentive to change from an electric technology to a natural gas technology or vice versa?
9. May I receive an incentive for installing on-site generation or a renewable energy system?
10. Can I receive an incentive for new construction as well an existing building?

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1. When do I need a encroachment permit?

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1. How do I apply for a position within the City?

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1. Who do I contact to ask about the airport?

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1. Ho do I reserve a seasonal slip?
2. How do I reserve a transient slip?

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1. How do I reserve a shelter?
2. How do I apply for a special event?
3. Where do I inquiry about the Veterans Park ball Diamonds

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1. How is the Bay City Department of Public Safety structured?
2. What should I do if I find an abandoned bicycle?
3. What should I do if my neighbor's dog is outside barking all day or night?
4. What should I do if my neighbor is keeping old cars in his/her yard that do not run or do not have license plates on them?
5. Who should I contact if I suspect someone is dealing drugs?
6. Who should I contact if I need to get a copy of a law enforcement or accident report?
7. Who do I call to see if someone has been arrested or is in jail?
8. When and where can I obtain a purchase permit for a handgun or register my handgun?
9. What do I need to do to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon?
10. Does Bay City have a curfew for minors?
11. How old does someone need to be to purchase or possess tobacco products in the State of Michigan?
12. How old does someone have to be to purchase, possess, or consume alcohol in the State of Michigan?
13. What if I am under 21, but my parents give me permission to drink alcohol under their supervision?
14. How do I get a Personal Protection Order?
15. Can you explain the Michigan seatbelt laws?
16. I heard that I can only be charged with disturbing the peace if my stereo is too loud after 10 p.m. Is this true?
17. I need a police officer to come to my house, but it's not an emergency. Who should I call?
18. Is the Bay City Law Enforcement Department hiring?
19. Is it okay to set up my portable basketball hoop in the street?
20. What do I need to do to follow up on misdemeanor complaints?
21. How can I find out if there is a registered sex offender living in my neighborhood?
22. What is the legal limit for drunk driving in the State of Michigan?

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1. How do I obtain a fire report?
2. Can you have an open burn, recreational fire, and/or portable outdoor fireplace on your property?

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1. Where are bid solicitations published
2. Is bidding opening a public meeting?

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1. How do I dispose of used tires?
2. How do I replace a damaged trash or recycling container?
3. What are the office hours for the Streets/Sanitation/Fleet Department?
4. What is a Nuisance/Move out Fee and how can I avoid these fees?
5. What kind of Bulk Items can be put out and when?
6. When will brush be picked up?
7. Where can I get a recycle bin?

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1. Who do I contact when my street is flooded?
2. What do I do when I smell what I think to be sewer gas?
3. What are other reasons I would need to contact the Sewer Department?

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1. When will the street sweeper be in my area?
2. Who can I report a pothole to?

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1. When are Summer Taxes due?
2. When are Winter Taxes Due?
3. When are property taxes payable at the Bay County Treasurer?

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1. What are your business hours?
2. How do I sign up for automatice bank draft payments?
3. Why can’t I pay my bill at the Payment only Window (POW) without a billing statement?
4. Why do I have to pay the Customer Charge for my water, sewer, electric and trash if the meter(s) is off?
5. Why do I have to pay monthly trash charges even if I don’t have trash picked up every week?
6. Why does your online payment balance differ from my actual balance if a payment has been made?
7. When are property taxes payable at the Bay County Treasurer?
8. When will I receive my bill?
9. How do I restore Utility Services after a shutoff for non-payment?
10. What time does the payment only window open?

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1. What is the balance of my utility/water bill?
2. What is my water meter current read/usage?
3. Why is my water utility bill being estimated?
4. Why is there a spike in usage when I've not changed my water consumption?

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1. What household items are safe to flush or rinse down the drain?
2. What items should never be flushed or rinsed down the drain.
3. What do I do when I smell what I think to be sewer gas?
4. Who do I contact when my street is flooded?