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Bridge openings for the passage of recreational vessels only for Independence and Veterans bridge occur from 3 minutes before to 3 minutes after the hour and half-hour, and the Liberty Street and Lafayette Street Bridges open for the passage of recreational vessels only from 3 minutes before to 3 minutes after the quarter-hour and three-quarter hour.
Draws of the Independence Bridge, Liberty Bridge, Veterans Memorial Bridge, and the Lafayette Bridge, all in Bay City shall open on signal except as follows:
Map of Bay City Bridge Locations (PDF)
Independence Bridge is a drawbridge in Bay City. It carries Truman Parkway over the Saginaw River and was opened in 1973 to replace the earlier Belinda Street Bridge (built in 1893).
Until 1864, the only means to traverse the Saginaw River between West Bay City and Bay City was by boat or ferry. The Third Street Bridge crossing played an important role in the growth of these communities, which merged as one Bay City in 1905. In 1976, the old reliable swing span bridge mysteriously collapsed one evening after opening to allow the passing of a lake freighter. A great debate followed about the location of its replacement, the Vermont – Woodside connection just north of it won out and the Liberty Bridge was built, a four lane draw bridge. (Alan Flood)
These regulations are excerpts from the U.S. Coast Pilot, Saginaw River Drawbridge, Navigational Regulations and should be adhered to by our recreational boaters as well as commercial freighters.
117.11 Unnecessary Opening of the Draw
No vessel owner or operator shall:
a. Signal a drawbridge to open if the vertical clearance is sufficient to allow the vessel, after all lowerable nonstructural vessel appurtenances that are not essential to navigation have been lowered to safety to pass under the drawbridge in the closed position; or
b. Signal a drawbridge to open for any purpose other than to pass through the drawbridge opening.
(b) Sound Signals
117.21 Signaling for an Opened Drawbridge
When a vessel approaches a drawbridge with the draw in the open position, the vessel shall give the opening signal. If no acknowledgment is received within 30 seconds, the vessel may proceed, with caution, through the open draw.
117.31 Operation of Draw for Emergency Situations
a. When a drawtender is informed by a reliable source that an emergency vehicle is due to cross the draw, the drawtender shall take all reasonable measures to have the draw closed at the time the emergency vehicle arrives at the bridge.
b. When a drawtender receives notice, or a proper signal as provided in 117.15 of this part, the drawtender shall take all reasonable measures to have the draw opened, regardless of the operating schedule of the draw, for passage of the following, provided this opening does not conflict with local emergency management procedures which have been approved by the cognizant Coast Guard Captain of the Port:
The Bridge, Traffic & Operations website is available for study findings and general information. The study findings were presented to the City Commission on November 19, and the final report was presented to the community at the Public Meeting on December 11.
The study examined current and projected traffic volumes, crash history, and costs for five scenarios. It also included community input via surveys both online and on paper that we available at City Hall, environmental constraints, and mitigation consisting of redesign options to accommodate changes in traffic patterns if a bridge were to be removed.
This study is the first step in developing a solution to the City’s struggle to maintain Liberty and Independence Bridges. Now that five of City’s options have been developed and compared, the next steps will be an Economic Impact Study, the City Commission’s direction on the option to pursue, and funding pursuits.
Bay City Bridge, Traffic, and Operations Study Final Report
Related Documents:Bridge Study – Final Report 12-10-18Bridge Study Public Presentation 12-10-18Displays for Public Meeting 12-11-18Bridge Study Public Presentation 8-30-1820180122 – Independence and Liberty Bridge Discussion – Mtg 120180122 – James Barcia Letter re- Independence BridgeBay City Bascule Bridges
Siding, exchange of same size doors and windows, landscaping, paving your drive and an accessory building of 200 square feet or less.
We suggest checking in first with the Building Division at 989-894-8162.
Building permit fees are based on the cost of construction.
You can find fee information in our Fee Schedule - https://www.baycitymi.org/DocumentCenter/View/409/Fee-Schedule-PDF?bidId=
Feel free to call 989-894-8162.
If all the required elements are submitted with a completed building permit application and the appropriate fee, it normally takes a day or two. Projects requiring a written plan review will take approximately two weeks.
2015 Michigan Building Codes
Yes. All properties located with the City of Bay City must be registered and certified with Code Enforcement Department prior to any tenants occupying the rental property.
An application will need to be filled out and returned to Code Enforcement.
You can find out more via the link below:
There is no initial cost to register a rental property. The property owner will be charged a yearly rental fee based on the number of units.Rental-Housing Fees
Tenants may file a complaint by filling out a tenant complaint form. An inspection will be scheduled based on the complaint.
You can find the form here: https://www.baycitymi.org/539/Rental-Registration-and-Inspection
Questions related to the cemetery, interments, grave sales, genealogy or decorations, please contact the Oak Ridge Cemetery Sexton at 989-684-0750.
You may check your voting status online through the Michigan Voter Information Center. You will be informed of your voter registration status, your polling location and more.
A resident can report a complaint by via the following methods:
Telephone: (989) 894-8176
Email at [email protected]
or via our Report a Concern app at this link https://www.baycitymi.org/RequestTracker.aspx
In person at 301 Washington Avenue, Suite 207, Bay City, Michigan
Call the Code Enforcement Officer at (989) 894-8176 as soon as possible to discuss the violation and what needs to be completed in order to bring the property into compliance. Additional time can be given if you are making progress on correcting the violation. Same violations may be determined as safety hazards and must be corrected within a timely manner. If you are unwilling to correct the violation or make contact with the Code Enforcement Officer regarding the violation, you may face fines and penalties.
All city residents need a permit for a fence. Planning and Zoning manage the application process and their office is located in Room 211 at City Hall.
The application can be found here: https://www.baycitymi.org/DocumentCenter/View/3038/Fence-Permit-Application?bidId=
You can find zoning regulations for fences via the following link: https://www.baycitymi.org/DocumentCenter/View/3101/Zoning-Regulations-for-Fences?bidId=
Pool restrictions can be found under the Building Code. View this link for more information.
Trash and yard waste schedule is found under Public Works/Streets and Sanitation Department.
The City of Bay City switched over to 96-gallon recycling carts in January 2023. Visit www.BayCityRecycles.org or call 989-894-8312.
Building permits can be obtained from Building Code, Room 211 of City Hall, 301 Washington Avenue, Bay City.
The City of Bay City does not have any legal land surveys. A land survey can be purchased from a land contractor hired by the property owner.
Our City Assessor’s office can assist you with other property questions, the telephone number is 894-8123 and the office is located in Suite 202 of City Hall.
If you are having issues with your electric, please call us and we will send someone out to investigate the issue. You can contact Bay City Electric Light & Power at 989-894-8350 any time of day.
Bay City Electric Light & Power makes needed repairs to the streetlights we maintain. If the street light reported is not one of ours, we will contact the utility that owns that light to report the problem. You can report a street light by contacting Bay City Electric Light & Power at 989-894-8350.
Alternatively, you can also report the issue using our Request Tracker app to receive status updates.
Report a Concern using Request Tracker app
Bay City Electric Light & Power will make needed repairs to the security light that was installed by our company. You can report a security light by contacting Bay City Electric Light & Power at 989-894-8350.
Alternatively, you can also report the issue using our Request Tracker app to receive status updates.
Report a Concern via Request Tracker
If you are doing any work on your house and the line is in the way, BCELP can place cover-ups on the line or we can disconnect it while the work is being done. Please call 989-894-8350 twenty-four hours in advance to schedule this work to be done.
Please note that cover-ups are intended for accidental contact and should not be used as a support. Work around the cover-up should be treated as if the cover-up were not there. To have cover-ups removed, call 989-894-8350 when the work is complete.
The city cannot become involved in private property matters between neighbors. We do suggest that you speak with your neighbor to work towards an amicable solution for the benefit of all.
Loose brush can be picked up by the Sanitation department per the following schedules.
April AND November Only: No fee for pick up
East Side: set out by the 1st day of the month
West Side: set out by the 16th day of the month
May through October: Fees in effect
Call to schedule pick up.
Visit http://www.yardwaste-brush.baycityrecycles.org/ for more detailed information.
An encroachment permit is necessary in order to place an object or occupy the public right of way for a short or long period of time. Our Engineering Division manages the Encroachment Permit process. Follow the link to the application: https://www.baycitymi.org/QuickLinks.aspx?CID=18,
Employment Opportunities can be found on the City’s Human Resources Webpage
We use Applicant Pro to post job openings: https://baycitymi.applicantpro.com/jobs/
For information in regards to the operation and hangar rentals, please contact the Parks Department at 989-894-8314 or the airport manager at 989-895-8991.
License status files for both medical and adult-use marihuana licenses are available to download. They are updated periodically. Information such as licensed facilities, active provisional certificates, pending applications, license totals and more is provided.
Medical Marihuana License Status
Recreational Adult-Use Marihuana License Status
Consumption Establishments are now allowed, however, by ordinance they can only be located adjacent to, or on the same property of a licensed retailer or microbusiness facility. Only five will be allowed within the city. Hours of operation for consumption establishments should follow the same hours set in the City ordinance for all retailer and microbusinesses, which is currently 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Outdoor cultivating is not allowed. All plants must be grown indoors in an approved and licensed facility.
There are property zoning requirements for each type of license. Properties must either be zoned commercial or industrial depending on the type of license. Facilities are not allowed in areas zoned residential. In addition, facilities are subject to setback distances from schools, law enforcement buildings, parks, and churches. The following resources are available to assist you in determining the zoning of a property.
Zoning Map - (PDF file) map of all zoning districts in Bay City.
City Interactive Map - Check an address for zoning & setback distance requirements in Bay City. Click the blue circle icon on the bottom of the page for the legend.
Property Zoning Requirements for Marihuana Facilities
Separation Requirements, property line to property line:
(1) At least one hundred (100) feet from a church or active religious institution.
(2) At least five hundred (500) feet from a Pre-K to 12 school.
(3) At least fifty (50) feet from a court facility or public safety office, including law enforcement centers and fire stations.
(4) At least one hundred (100) feet from public parks as identified in the City’s Parks and Recreation Plan. For the purposes of this Article, the Bay City Railtrail/Riverwalk non-motorized pathway is exempt from this requirement.
You can check any address within the city limits to see if it meets with zoning and setback requirements. Plug in any address and wait a few seconds until all the layers draw on the map. Use the legend at the bottom of the screen to check what all the pretty colors mean!
City Interactive Map - Check the address of a property location for zoning & setback distance requirements in Bay City. Click the blue circle icon on the bottom of the page for the legend.
The entire application process can take up to a year or more before you actually receive your city operating license. It mostly depends on how fast you receive city commission approval and complete your construction and/or renovations, and if you will need to go before the Planning Commission for site plan review or special-use approval; or the Zoning Board of Appeals if you will need to request any variances.
It is the applicant's responsibility to provide a copy of their state license. Operating without a city operating license is illegal and could lead to repercussions, penalties and fines.
Please submit your renewal application at least 60 days before your expiration date and allow 30 days for processing.
Please note: the attestation required by your state renewal application will not be provided without the renewal application process as outlined below.
It is the applicant's responsibility to provide a copy of their state renewal license as soon as possible to avoid any repercussion, fees or penalties of illegally operating without a valid city operating license.
Applicants having members with 10% or greater ownership or managing interest in the company will need to have fingerprints and background checks conducted. This also includes their spouses. It should only need to be done once and is not required for subsequent license applications or renewals with the exception of new member additions. Applicants should contact Bay City Department of Public Safety to make arrangements, or for directions on how to submit fingerprints for non-local or out-of-state members.
A gold sealed letter with background results will be mailed to the applicant from the State of Michigan. It is the applicant's responsibility to forward the original copy of the letter and all background result attachments to Public Safety. Results could take two or more weeks to receive from the State.
It will typically take up to 3 months. A lot will depend on how complete your application is and if we need to contact you regarding application deficiencies that need to be resolved. The sooner any found issues are remedied, the sooner your application will be able to be reviewed by all relevant city departments and forwarded for City Commission approval.
Meetings are held every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month except for holidays. Applications must be submitted before the submission deadline for each meeting agenda. It is possible your application could be delayed two or three weeks waiting for the next scheduled meeting if it is not ready to submit until after a submission deadline has passed.
Please note: City Commission approval does NOT mean you are approved to commence operations. You will receive a provisional certificate which signifies your application has been accepted for the chosen location. You must fully complete all steps of the application process in order for your city operating license to be issued.
Once your application has been approved by the City Commission, a provisional certificate will be issued. This certificate IS NOT a city operating license. It only signifies that your application has been accepted and enables you to open a facility at your chosen location. You must first complete the entire application process before a city operating license will be issued. A city operating license will need to be renewed annually and Its expiration date will sync with the state license expiration date.
A provisional certificate will expire after one year from the date of issue. It cannot be extended or renewed. However, according to the ordinance, applicants that can demonstrate they are diligently working towards obtaining an operating license, such as having pulled permits and actively working on renovations, will be allowed to continue even if the certificate has expired. The city will not rescind an expired certificate if the applicant has open building permits that are current.
Inactivity with an expired provisional certificate may be cause for the city to rescind it. Expired certificates are ineligible for new ownership transfer. Once a certificate has been rescinded, an applicant will need to start over with a new application and fee if the applicant wishes to continue.
Your C of O that the state requires from the Building Dept. does NOT mean you have been approved by the city - it only means that you passed your final building inspection for your renovations. You will still need to have final inspections performed by all departments.
It is your responsibility to notify us when renovations are completed and you are ready for them. You are not allowed to stock any inventory on the premises until final inspections have been completed and approved. Some departments may conduct on-site inspections and others may just check to make sure any issues noted on their initial reviews have been resolved or complied with before giving their approval. When all approvals have been received and the City Clerk verifies you have met the insurance requirements, your city operating license will be issued once you have provided a copy of your state license.
It is illegal to operate without a city operating license and you could face penalties and fines.
Member changes such as the addition or removal of members need to be reported.
Removal of a Member:Provide notarized letters requesting the removal of the member(s) from the owner and from each member being removed. There is a $100 fee per member/ per license held by the entity.
Addition of a Member:Submit the New Member Packet Application and supporting materials for new members having 10% or greater interest. There is a $100 fee per member/ per license held by the entity.
You can amend or make a revision to the location address listed on your application by submitting our Address Correction Form. This form is simply for correcting errors in the address or for adding suite or unit numbers . It cannot be used for location changes. You would need to start the whole application process over with a new application and fee for a complete location change.
(This does not pertain to changing a DBA)You will need to fill out our Name Change Form and provide the required documentation. A name change can only occur if the exact company structure with the same members is being retained. Otherwise a new application for new ownership transfer with transfer application fee would be required. This would be essentially starting the application process over from the beginning.
A provisional certificate and city operating license are both exclusive to the applicant and location to which they were issued to. So technically they cannot actually be sold or transferred. However, the act of transferring a certificate or license to new ownership guarantees that a license would be available to the new owner at that same location, but they would still have to submit a full application including fingerprinting and background checks, and then be approved by the City Commission before a new certificate would be issued.
A license would be issued after the application has been entirely completed with approval of final inspections and the issuance of a state license. The main difference is the cost of the application fee. A transfer fee is currently $500 while a totally new license application fee is $5000 and an expired or rescinded provisioning certificate is not eligible for transfer at all.
Contact the Parks business office at 989-894-8314 to reserve a seasonal slip.
Contact Liberty Harbor Marina directly at 989-894-2800 to reserve a transient slip.
To reserve a shelter online go to: https://www.baycitymi.org/607/Parks
The Parks office number is 989-894-8314.
Please contact the Bay County Recreation Department - https://www.baycounty-mi.gov/Recreation/
If you find a bicycle in new or like new condition or if the bicycle has a city bicycle license, you should contact the Bay City Department of Public Safety at 989-892-8571, Monday through Friday, 8am to 4:30pm. If the bicycle is damaged, unserviceable, or obviously does not have any worth, the bicycle may be discarded with your weekly trash pick up or kept by you.
If the problem is occurring during regular business hours (10am to 5pm, Monday through Friday and 9am to 1pm on Saturday.), you should contact Bay County Animal Control at 989-894-0679. If the problem is occurring after regular business hours, you can contact Bay County Animal Control and leave a message. If it is an emergency or an extreme nuisance, you should call 911.
If someone is keeping unlicensed or abandoned vehicles in their yard you should contact the Bay City Code Enforcement Office at 989-894-8162 during regular business hours (9am to 4pm, Monday through Friday).
Drug tip information should be directed to the Bay City V.I.P.E.R. Unit at 989-391-3837.
Crime victims and those involved in traffic accidents may be charged a fee for a copy of a police report. Traffic accident reports can be requested from Lexis Nexis. FOIA Request forms can be picked up at the Law Enforcement Center or downloaded HERE. The fees for FOIA requests are based on the time required to meet your request.
To find out if someone is in jail, you should contact the Bay County Sheriff's Office at 989-895-4050. The Bay City Department of Public Safety does not maintain information on individuals currently lodged in the Bay County Jail. All jail information is maintained by the Bay County Sheriff's Office.
Residents of Bay City may obtain handgun purchase permits and register handguns at the Bay City Department of Public Safety Law Enforcement Center Monday through Friday, 8am to 4:30pm. Bay City residents will be required to present a photo ID; the cost for a purchase permit is $10. Individuals living outside the City of Bay City must obtain purchase permits and register handguns with the Bay County Sheriff's Office.
Information regarding Michigan's concealed carry laws can be viewed at Michigan Concealed Pistol Licensing.
Yes. The curfew for minors under the age of sixteen is 10pm to 5am. Minors that are sixteen years of age have a curfew of Midnight to 5am. Individuals seventeen years and older do not have a curfew.
You must obtain the paper work necessary for a Personal Protection Order from the Bay County Circuit Court Clerk Office. The Bay County Circuit Court Clerk Office is located inside the Bay County Court House at 1230 Washington Avenue, Bay City, MI 48708.
Review the current Michigan Seat Belt Law at Michigan Legislature.
No. You may be cited or arrested at anytime if your stereo is turned up so as it disturbs the peace, quiet, and comfort of your neighbors or if it is louder than necessary for convenient hearing of people located in the room or vehicle where the stereo is located.
All Bay City Department of Public Safety Officers are dispatched by Bay County 911. It is okay to call 911 if you need a police officer. If you do not feel comfortable calling 911, you may contact the Law Enforcement Center at 989-892-8571, Monday through Friday, 8am to 4:30pm.
Yes. The Bay City Department of Public Safety takes applications at Bay City Job Listings.
No. Bay City has an ordinance prohibiting playing games in streets, alleys, or public places not intended for such use. If you are in violation of this ordinance, you may receive anything from a verbal warning to a citation along with having your basketball hoop confiscated.
If you have been the victim of a misdemeanor (simple assault, malicious destruction of property, etc.) and have made a report with the Bay City Department of Public Safety, you must contact the Bay County Prosecutors Office at 989-895-4185 and inform them that you wish to pursue charges against the suspect. The prosecutor's office will not proceed with misdemeanor charges against someone without first hearing from you.
You can find information on current sex offenders by accessing the Michigan Sex Offender Registry.
The City of Bay City has adopted the 2009 Version of the International Fire Code concerning open burning. Sections 307 and 308 outline what is and what is not permitted. Please click on this link https://codes.iccsafe.org/public/chapter/content/4731/. If you have further questions, you can call Central Fire Station at 989-892-8601.
All bid solicitations are published on BidNetDirect.
Go to www.BidNetDirect.com and sign up under Vendor Registration to view available proposals and bids.
Yes, all bid openings are considered public meetings and the public is welcome to attend.
Please call 989-891-1200 for Sewer Maintenance Division
If you are not sure of the source of the odor, call your gas company provider at once. If it is confirmed it is sewer gas make sure all floor drains have water in them. Also check for open sewer pipes around the basement.
If odor persists call Sewer Maintenance at 989-891-1200.
If you have water backing up into your basement, plugged catch basins, street flooding and cave-ins, please contact Sewer Maintenance at 989-891-1200.
Residents are asked to report their concerns. Please have an address or intersection available and a brief description of the issue.
Report a Concern app at this link https://www.baycitymi.org/RequestTracker.aspx
Telephone: (989) 894-3212
Summer taxes are mailed July 1st, and winter taxes are mailed December 1st.
Summer taxes are payable July 1 through September 14 without interest. Beginning September 15 and the first day of each month thereafter, 1% interest will be added. On February 15, an additional 3% penalty will be added.
No, failure to receive a tax bill does NOT exempt taxes from late charges.
The Treasurers/Utility Customer Service Department MAIN LOBBY is open from 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM and our PAYMENT ONLY WINDOW is open from 8:15 AM - 5:00 PM MONDAY through FRIDAY.
The Utility Customer Service Department office and telephone hours are between 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
To gather a water meter read from the water meter, read the numbers on the black dial of the water meter head. You can also call Utility Customer Service at 989-894-8104 for account information.
Your water utility usage is estimated when there is a problem getting a read from the smart meter. There a number of conditions that can cause this and Water Distribution staff need entry to your home to inspect and make appropriate repairs. If you have concerns related to the amount of water usage or to schedule an appointment, please call 989-894-8321.
An easy way to rule out a leaking toilet is to put food coloring in the tank of the toilet. If the food coloring appears in the bowl of the toilet, your toilet is leaking, thus, using water. Another easy way to check for water usage on a meter is to look at the head of the meter at the "blue wagon wheel". If this is moving/spinning, you have water passing through the meter.
Water Distribution / Metering staff run continuous use reports and will contact customer via telephone (if on file) or home visit. If no one is at home, a door tag will be left at the residence to notify them of the excessive use.
Please contact Sewer Maintenance at 989-891-1200.