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Please call GFL at 844/464-3587 or Canton’s DPW at 734/397-1011 to receive your cart.
The new service (including purchase of the carts by Canton) will cost residents an additional $13 per year. This fee is included in the winter tax bill.
With the metal lifting bar facing the street, hinges/handles towards the residence.
Yes. The cost of a second cart is $75. Contact Canton’s Public Works Division at 397-1011 extension.0 . Extra carts are purchased from Canton Township directly, so please do not contact GFL if a second cart is desired.
A list of acceptable Items is printed on the lid of the recycling cart - you can also see a complete list of what is and is not accepted by visiting our automated recycling page.
Canton has had a Cross Connection Control program for a number of years, which began with inspections of all of the commercial and industrial accounts. As a natural progression of our program we are now inspecting residential customers as required by the State.
Yes. These inspections are conducted in order to ensure compliance with state regulations to maintain the safety of your drinking water.
Penalties for refusing to cooperate with inspections and/or refusing to make needed repairs are can include termination of water service, a fine, or both.
Just like any other mechanical device, backflow prevention assemblies are prone to wear and tear, and do break down from time to time. Regular testing is required in order to ensure that your device remains in proper working order.
Canton is requiring homeowners to test their system once every five years beginning in 2020.
A lawn irrigation system is not a required component of the water system. Homeowners who choose to install a lawn irrigation system as a convenience are responsible to assure the backflow preventer is properly installed and maintained in accordance with State laws and regulations.
No. It has to be a certified tester approved by the State of Michigan. Visit http://watercustomer.com/ to find a certified tester near you.
If you are the owner of the home being inspected, you are responsible for any needed repairs. Renters may have to refer to their lease agreements in order to determine whether they are responsible for repairs. Please note, a licensed plumber must make all repairs.
There are some things to check first:
You may obtain a copy of all permit applications on our website by visiting www.canton-mi.org/245.
Also take a look at our handout regarding the difference between building permit items and zoning ordinance compliance permits on our division webpage.
The requirements for a homeowner’s permit are as follows:
Property is homeowner’s primary residence and driver’s license verifies address.
The contractor is responsible for the obtaining the permit. CAUTION should be exercised if the person or company you are contracting with urges or requests you to obtain the permit.
Fees are based on the fee schedule.
New construction valuation amounts are determined by Building department staff according to the most current ICC valuation chart.
A Permit Number, inspection code and paid fees are required to schedule an inspection. Call our C.A.P.S. line at 734-710-0356. A list of inspection codes is available on our department webpage.
When you add your contractor to the portal, start out typing the name of the business. The contractor should pop-up for you to add. If your contractor does not show, please contact us so we can check the status of their license.
Yes. Register for the portal as a CONTRACTOR. All of the permits you are listed on will show up in My Items under Permit Applications.
The applicant must sign on to the portal and click on MY ITEMS then MY PERMIT APPLICATIONS. Click on the blue permit number in question then click on EDIT PERMIT INFORMATION in the top right corner of the screen.
No, there is no phone app for the CityView Portal.
No, only one portal user can be linked to each license number.
Trade permits are usually processed within 3 business days on the portal.
Unfortunately, our department does not give scheduled times or appointments. If you have confirmation of your inspection scheduled for that particular day, the inspector will be there that day; typically, between 8:30am-3:30pm. You may also check the CityView portal for the date of your inspection.
No, a building permit must be pulled and issued prior to applying for respective trade permits.
The Canton Community Mobility Transportation Services program was initiated in 1995 in order to provide transportation services to senior residents 55 years and above and disabled residents.
The Transportation Advisory Committee is made up of representatives who use the system as well as representatives from the Township Board of Trustees and professionals from Canton’s senior community. There are currently 15 members on the committee.
Transportation is only provided to local destinations in the following service areas in Wayne County:
Local fares are $3; one way (cash only). Transportation is provided to destinations in the following service areas:
Canton residents who are eligible to use Canton Mobility Transportation, include:
Reservations for rides can be made by calling Nankin Transit Commission at 734/729-2710. For additional information please visit their website at www.nankintransit.com.
Please go through your Youth Sports Commissioner.
19 ball fields and acres of soccer/lacrosse fields.
Complete the Field Request Form.
There are fields located in each quadrant of Canton. Please view our Park Map (PDF) for the locations of each.
In advance it is best to call 734/483-5600. Several Parks have first come first serve openings listed on the website.
Community residents have primary access to fields, however, you do not need to be a resident to reserve a field. Please complete the Field Request Form to get your reservation started.
Fields that are not permitted or prepared for later games, are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Canton residents are welcome to use the fields when they are open.
The soccer nets are provided by the Canton Soccer Club and gives them first priority in use. Additionally, other field equipment may be used at the discretion of Canton Sports Center staff.
All athletic fields are open 6 am - 10 pm per Canton Township Ordinance. Field priority goes to those that are scheduled by Canton Township classes, leagues and tournaments, and those that are reserved via the Field Permit Process.
Yes, reserved fields have a fee assessed by the Canton Sports Center staff. For drop-in (first-come, first-serve) use there is no fee.
Alcohol is not permitted in any Canton Park, except at Victory Park. Alcohol at Victory Park must be provided by Kickers Bar and Grill; outside alcohol is not allowed.
Park pavilions can be reserved both online and in-person through the Canton Township Parks department. Please visit our Pavilion Rental page for more information.
This report presents two types of statements: one focusing on the township as a whole (government-wide) and one focusing on the fund financial statements. The government-wide financial statements provide both short-term and long- term information about the township's overall financial status. The fund financials focus on individual funds and report the source, use and balance of current financial resources. This report is audited by an independent auditing firm as well as the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). In addition to financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the Comprehensive Annual Finance Report provides readers with a wide variety of statistics on Canton Township.
Not all communities issue a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report , and even less receive the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the GFOA. The Certificate Program was established by the GFOA in 1945. It was instituted to encourage all governments to prepare and publish an easily readable and understandable Comprehensive Annual Financial Report . The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by the township and its management.
Canton has issued a comprehensive annual financial report since 1991. Each of our Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.
Report a Missed Pickup
YES and please keep it at the curb until collected. Employees are working longer hours than usual so please keep it out until collected.
Our collection guidelines allow for the use of 32-gallon containers as long as they are under 50 lbs.
Human Resources is not able to access incomplete applications to determine what information is missing.
Please Note: Paper applications are due by 4:30pm on the posted deadline date.
Questions regarding paper applications should be directed to Human Resources at 734/394-5260
View the Summit on the Park History page for more information.
You may register by coming by our office or online.
View the Online Registration website for more information.
View the History of the Village Theater (PDF) for more information.
The Cultural Commission serves as advocates for the enhancement of the arts in the community, promoting public awareness and participation in the cultural arts, and encouraging art education. A strategic plan was developed to ensure that high quality cultural arts are accessible to and sustained by the greater Canton community. The Cultural Commission’s planning strategies include the following active subcommittees:
Fun Artsy Facts!Did You Know……
The historic Cherry Hill School is an ideal settings for family photos, showers, rehearsal dinners, and family gatherings. This facility offer a unique setting for business or social meetings. Cherry Hill School accommodates up to 60 people.
When you decide to host your event at the Cherry Hill School, a Leisure Services staff member will remain on hand for the duration of your event to ensure your complete satisfaction. This buildings is booked upon availability. Please call our rental central coordinator at 734/394-5140 to make your reservation. A nonrefundable deposit shall be required at the time of signing the contract. Reservations cannot be confirmed without a deposit.
View the History of the Travis Bartlett House (PDF).
View the Leisure Services Teens page for more information.
Some of the programs offered include:
View the Leisure Services Teen page for more information.
For rental reservations, call 734/394-5310 for pavilion, amphitheater or gazebo.
A Planned Unit Development (PUD) or Planned Development District (PDD) generally consists of a large tract of land, governed by a Master Development Plan. This plan generally incorporates a mix of land uses (single family homes, apartments, condominiums, commercial uses, etc.), in addition to parks, schools, and other common elements. This flexibility in design standards encourages design creativity and preservation of natural amenities. Examples include Pheasant Run, Central Park, and Cherry Hill Village.
PUDs are optional and discretionary methods of development designed to permit flexibility in the regulation of land development. PUDs encourage innovation in land use and variety in design, layout, and type of structures to achieve economy and efficiency in the use of land and the utilization of unique characteristics and the natural resources found on specific sites. PUDs were utilized in Canton during the 1970s through the early 1990s.
A PUD was a contract entered into by the developer and the community. It specified a variety of elements, including; density, set backs, landscaping, land uses, etc. PUDs did not include a sunset provision in the agreements. In many cases the land uses agreed to when the agreement was struck no longer make sense. However, because these agreements run with the land and have no sun set provision the owners have a right to develop the projects today as envisioned 30 years ago.
The community adopted a new PDD ordinance in the early 1990s. The new ordinance addressed the flaws in the early PUD ordinance. PDDs sun set after 6 years and must include design excellence and community benefit.
According to the DNR, coyote sightings in lower Michigan are on the rise. A coyote should not automatically be considered a cause for concern. Residents are advised to minimize potential conflict with coyotes by not approaching or feeding them, and by eliminating all possible outdoor sources of food, including pet food and trash. Pets should spend minimal time unsupervised outdoors if a coyote is known to be in the area, especially at night.
No, the clothing and household discards will need to be set separately and alongside your trash and recycling cart.
No, there will be a separate Simple Recycling truck that will pick up your designated bags/items.
Camp Canton does have a voicemail on which you can leave messages regarding camp and a staff member or a supervisor will return your call as soon as possible. Camp Canton can be reached at 734/394-5369.
Camp Canton can also be reached by email at CampCanton@canton-mi.org
If you have a special request, please talk to a staff member and we will do our best to accommodate.
Please Note: We do not make trips to the vending machines for snack purposes. This needs to be done before dropping your child off for the day.
These areas are periodically cleaned out, please claim items as they appear.
*To better manage Lost and Found items please label all of your camper’s belongings.
Unfortunately we are not able to have all who are eligible attend Camp Canton as a C.I.T. due to the program’s rising popularity!
Participants wishing to withdraw from a class/program must complete the Camp Withdrawal/Transfer Form which is also available at the Summit front desk. This form must be submitted two weeks prior to the start of the class/program. The refund request form can be picked up and returned to the Summit Front Desk.
If approved, the participant will receive a Leisure Services Credit on Account; deposits will not be refunded, regardless if the refund is approved. This includes the Camp Canton deposit of $40 per week. There will be no refund or credit for a missed day of camp due to illness or scheduling difficulties. Class/program withdrawal requests due to medical reasons will be considered at any time if accompanied with a doctor’s note.
The Camp Canton Withdrawal/Transfer Form is available at the Summit Front Desk or available here. Please note: Requests submitted less then 14 days will not be considered. No cash or credit card refunds will be issued. Camp Canton has a $40 cancellation fee per week.
Please provide your child with the following every day: -Lunch (with a small snack) -Water bottle -Sunscreen -Bathing suit -Towel -Lock What to leave at home: -Cell phones -Heelies -Toys/games/trading cards (Pokémon, Digimon and others) -Electronic equipment (CD players, iPods, DS's)* -Money** *These items are permitted only on days of a field trip for use on the bus; campers are responsible for keeping track of these items. **Please check the camp bulletin board to see if your camper has the option to bring souvenir money; campers are responsible for their own money.
Summer property taxes are due in the Treasurer's Office by 4:30 pm on September 14. Winter property taxes are due in the Treasurer's Office by 4:30 on February 14. There is also a 24-hour drop-box located to the right of the Canton Center Road entrance to the Administration Building. However, drop-box payments received after business hours will be considered received the next business day. Tax payments made online by midnight on the due date are considered “on time.” Payments received after the due date will be posted as “late.”
* If you’re paying through the mail please enclose the ENTIRE bill with your payment along with a SELF ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE for a receipt.*If you’re paying in person, bring the ENTIRE BILL with you, and we will stamp and return the bottom of the bill to you. *If you pay your taxes through your mortgage escrow account, you may look up your tax information for FREE at: https://www.accessmygov.com
The winter tax bill is remitted to numerous taxing entities, such as Canton Township, RESA, The DIA, The Detroit Zoo, Wayne County Jail, etc. View an explanation of the different line items on your Winter Tax bill.
Additionally, a special fund was a established through the Canton Community Foundation to serve Canton's Camp A.B.L.E. program, which serves area youth with special needs each summer. Financial donations can be made directly on the Canton Community Foundation's Website. Simply 'select a fund', and choose "Camp A.B.L.E. Fund" to make a tax deductible donation.
Or, if you have a better idea regarding how you might like to help, please let us know! We appreciate your interest and support!
Canton offers curbside pick-up of solid waste and recycling year round as well as curbside pick-up of yard waste from April through November. Please visit the refuse collection webpage to download a list of collection guidelines.
Residents of a new constructed home can call GFL at 844/464-3587 and the bin will delivered. The cost for an extra recycling bin is $75 and you can contact the Canton's Public Works Division at 397-1011 ext 0.
The fee for solid waste collection is $152 per year. This fee will be added annually to your winter tax bill.
Call the township waste contractor, GFL Environmental USA Inc. at 844/464-3587. If your issued is unresolved please call Canton Public Works at 397-1011 ext 0.
It's based on the true cost-of-service which includes, the annual solid waste and automated recycling collection services contract costs, a percentage of key Canton personnel's wages to manage the program, some printing and publishing costs, overhead expenses for administration and a contingency for unplanned expenses. The total expenses are divided by the total number of residential customers to arrive at the $152 fee.
The Tree Fund was established for maintenance and preservation of forest areas and the planting and maintenance of trees within Canton. It is used to replace damaged or dead trees in the public right-of-way. If a developer is required to replace trees removed from a site and does not replace on the site, he may elect to pay into the fund in lieu of replanting on the site.
Yes, the removal or relocation of any tree with a diameter at breast height (D.B.H.) of 6 inches or greater requires a permit. The removal, damage or destruction of any landmark tree or tree located within a forest is also prohibited without a permit. You must also obtain a permit for clear cutting or grubbing within the drip line of a forest on property larger than two acres.
Whenever a Tree Removal Permit is issued for the removal of regulated trees, other than landmark / historic tree, with a D.B.H. of 6 inches or greater, trees must be relocated or replaced by the permit grantee if more than twenty percent of the total drip line area is removed. Tree replacement needs to be done in accordance with the following:
Whenever a Tree Removal Permit is issued for the removal of any landmark tree with a D.B.H. of 6 inches or greater, trees must be relocated or replaced by the permit grantee. Every landmark / historic tree that is removed needs to be replaced by 3 trees with a minimum D.B.H. of 4 inches. Size used to determine "landmarks" are determined by species.
Certain invasive species, trees that are dead or dying at the time of inventory, trees in the public right-of-way, and 25% of the regulated trees removed do not have to be replaced.
Numerous performances have a special rate for seniors / students and groups. Senior rates are for patrons 60 years of age and older and student rates are for youth ages 18 and under.
No, you do not – everyone is welcome, for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 734-394-5484.
The Village Theater is open: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., one hour before every performance, or by appointment arranged via email to email@example.com or by calling 734/394-5484
Please contact Joe Kvoriak, Performing Arts Coordinator, at 734/394-5484 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Canton Township purchases its water from the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA). The GLWA operates the largest water system in the State of Michigan and supplies water to roughly four million people. The primary water sources are Lake Huron and the Detroit River.
The current rates for water/sewer usage are as follows: •$6.36 per 1,000 gallons of water purchased •$3.89 per 1,000 gallons of sewage treated
In an effort to protect the health and safety of the public, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has devised three public water warning notices in the event of an emergency. Boil Water Notice - If this warning is issued, residents must bring all water to a boil for at least three minutes then let it cool before using. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and preparing food until further notice. Do Not Drink Notice - If this warning is issued, residents should not use the water for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, or preparing food until further notice. Do Not Use Water Notice - This is the most severe warning issued. If issued, residents should not use the water for any reason. Bottled water should be used for all needs until further notice and resident should not, under any circumstance, run their water. That includes filling up bathtubs, flushing toilets or watering lawns. Canton will only issue these warnings in the event of an emergency. If you are notified of a water emergency but you still lose water pressure or service, simply run your tap until the water becomes clear once the pressure has been restored. By understanding the difference between these three warning you can better protect yourself and your family. For questions regarding the public water warning notices please call Canton’s Public Works Division at 734/397-1011 or the MDEQ at 800/292-4706.
The water rates set by GLWA are based on an annual forecast determined by historical data for water usage and estimated costs for water production and delivery services. GLWA uses the forecast to set a rate for each of its customers. By law, GLWA can only recover the cost of service, it cannot make a profit. If more water is sold than forecasted, the extra funds received must be used for the system and offset the need to increase wholesale water rates in the future.
The water rate formula that GLWA uses has 3 primary components:
These factors vary greatly in a service area as large as GLWA’s. All customers’ wholesale rates (i.e., the rate Canton pays to GLWA to buy water) are set by this formula.
In addition to the cost to purchase water from GLWA, Canton has costs to operate, maintain and replace the 380 miles of local water distribution system piping. Canton also has fixed costs to cover such as administration, water billing staff, meter reading and meter replacements.
The annual revenue requirements of the water system must be sufficient to cover both our costs and GLWA costs. The annual water rate increase needs to be passed through to the end customer, the Canton Township water and sewer user, in order that the water funds remain financially stable year-to-year.
The revenue generating capacity of GLWA is somewhat dependent upon the weather. Hot, dry weather generally results in more water sales to the suburban wholesale customers that produce extra revenue to be used by GLWA in a future year. Cool, damp weather can have the opposite effect, generally resulting in an annual revenue shortfall. In addition, there are costs involved in operating and maintaining existing system facilities and capital improvement programs necessary to meet existing and future customer demands.
Residences with footing drains tied to the sanitary sewer system pay a slightly higher fixed charge to offset the increased usage of the sanitary sewer system during rain events.
A residential water meter is read every other month (bi-monthly). This reading is obtained from outside the home by one of 2 methods: touchpad or radio read unit. The touchpad and radio read devices are able to electronically transmit a meter reading outside the building identical to that of the inside water meter.
The typical useful life cycle of a water meter is 10 to 15 years. After this time, the meter may develop problems providing accurate readings. System audits are performed to monitor possible equipment failures.
Canton has an Automated Meter Reading (AMR) Program, which allow us to read all water meters in the community via radio frequency which is more accurate and more efficient.
Often when Canton residents receive their bills, they wonder why it is so high. Residents are billed bi-monthly for water and sewer usage. One thing to keep in mind is that the bill reflects usage for the previous 2 months. In other words, a bill received in the fall may have summer usage on it. By this time we find that many residents forget how frequently they may have watered over the summer, and are shocked at their bill. Reading dates are reflected on water bills.
Irrigation systems are the biggest source of high water bills. An average sprinkler head can use 2 gallons per minute. If your system has 20 heads, and runs for 20 minutes each day, the result would be 24,000 gallons in a month or 48,000 gallons in a bi-monthly bill. One thing that you can do to monitor your watering is to take a reading at the start of a water cycle and again at the end. By performing this check, you will know exactly how much water is being used by your system. Based on this information, you can adjust your watering accordingly.
For information on ways you can conserve water and reduce your costs, please contact one of our Engineering staff in the DPW at 734/394-5150.
The fixed charges vary based on the size of water meter in your home or business. For most residential customers, the fixed charge (based on a 1-inch meter or less) is $8.24 per bi-monthly billing.
The fixed charges vary based on the size of water meter in your home or business. The fixed charge for residential customers (based on a one-inch meter or less) is $6.04 per bi-monthly billing, if you have a separate sump pump system. For customers who do not have a separate sump pump system, a fixed charge of $14.90 will be assessed bi-monthly. This additional charge reflects the rainwater that enters the sanitary sewer system from the footing drain system that requires treatment at the wastewater treatment plants. If you are unsure whether you have a separate sump pump system or not, please contact the Water Billing staff in the Treasurer’s Office at 734/394-5240 and schedule an appointment to have an inspection by the DPW staff.
Water and sewer bills are mailed bi-monthly. You will receive 6 per year for all Residential, Businesses, apartments and condominium complexes.
Canton Township offers many options for paying your water and sewer bill. Payments can be made by cash, check, Mastercard, Visa and or Discover (additional fees apply) at the Treasurer’s Office located on the 1st floor of the Administration Building at 1150 S Canton Center Road. Office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. For your convenience, a 24-hour drop-box is located at the southeast corner of the Administration Building. Payments can also be mailed for processing. Electronic payments can be made through your checking or savings account, credit card or debit card at the Canton Township website. Canton also offers "Interactive Voice Response (IVR)" by phoning in at 1-833-679-1711.
There is no fee for an online payment if the money is taken directly out of your checking or savings account. However, a fee of $3.95 will be added to any payment made on a debit or credit card. Please note, the $3.95 fee passed onto residents by the bank and not Canton Township.
No, the township ordinance does not allow a second meter for outdoor water use. Sewer charges are based on 100% of the water consumption, and this is how Canton Township is charged for sewage treatment in the GLWA system.
If a community chooses to remove the sewage charge component from an irrigation (outside water) meter, the cost must be made up by increasing the rate charged for domestic (internal) water use. This would result in increasing the cost to modest users while decreasing the unit cost to users that use more (irrigation) water. Theoretically, if every customer had dual meters and all the irrigation meters were not charged the sewage component, then the cost of water for every user would increase.
The following list illustrates how much water is wasted from a continuous leak over a 2 month period.
A toilet running continuously amounts to the following amount of wasted water: