The Howell City Council will hold their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday April 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm.  This meeting will be conducted live on a Zoom webinar.  Please click HERE to view the agenda, meeting notice with link to join the webinar, and detailed instructions on attending/participating in the electronic meeting.
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Statewide Burn Ban In Effect

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, due to the “stay home, stay safe” executive order, most burn permits are suspended across the state.

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Navigating COVID-19: A Message from the Mayor

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For Businesses & Employees Seeking Clarity on E.O. 2020-21

 The City of Howell and Howell Police Department staff members will not be providing advice or an interpretation to make a determination in this regard as this is a rapidly evolving matter with the potential for change in direction from the state. 

We have provided links to additional resources for information on this issue from the state. 
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New trash & large item pick up procedures

Effective March 23, 2020, Advanced Disposal will not collect any trash/refuse or recycling that is not containerized.

  • All trash/refuse and recycling must be placed in the carts. Loose items outside the cart will not be collected.
  • All bulky item pickup/collection is suspended until further notice.

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The March 23, 2020 regularly scheduled City Council meeting has been cancelled.

The March 23, 2020 Special Meeting has been postponed to Monday March 30, 2020 at 5:00 pm.  The purpose of this meeting is to hold an Executive Session to review confidential applications for the position of Howell City Manager.  

This will be a virtual meeting of the City Council.  Updated information will be provided prior to the scheduled meeting.  
All City of Howell offices will be closed to the public effective Tuesday, March 17th until further notice.  Read More »
Process Changes for Livingston County Permits/Inspections Read More »
The regular scheduled meeting on March 18th of the Howell Planning Commission has been cancelled. The public will be notified when the meeting is rescheduled.
Coronavirus - Stop the Spread by Practicing Social Distancing

 The Livingston County Health Department is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19). There currently are no presumptive positive cases identified in Livingston County; however, in the interest of the health and safety of our residents and staff, the City is taking precautionary steps to avoid exposure as the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
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Per The Howell Area Chamber of Commerce in response to the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak: Read More »
Michigan gets its first two cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) as the World Health Organization declares the virus a Pandemic.  To learn more on this virus and what you can do to help stop the spread visit the or go to the coronavirus information page on the website.

Howell Public Schools met with other school districts in the County to proactively develop plans and actions to limit the spread of the coronavirus and help protect their staff and student body.  For more information visit
Census Data Affects Twitter

What services and organizations matter the most to you? Are they schools? Hospitals? Public Safety? All of these vital community services rely on funding that depends on census responses.

Over $675 billion in funding is distributed each year according to census data. Programs like Medicare Part B, special education, school lunch programs, supplemental nutrition assistance programs, and many more receive funding due to census responses.

By completing your 2020 Census you’ll help shape the future of our community by making sure our services get the funding they need! Learn more about how your census responses help all of us in Livingston County at

Howell Post Office looks for new site

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has outgrown its current site located on South Michigan Avenue and is looking for property to construct a new Howell Community Post Office.

The USPS has selected the vacant City owned land on West Grand River (BL96) next to the Fire Station.  This property is Master Planned as an employment District and is currently maintained by the City of Howell. 

If you would like to learn more about the proposed Howell Post Office, and interested in where the next Howell Post Office may be located, follow this link to USPS Howell Relocation.

This site will contain updates as this process progresses. 
The Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a public hearing on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall, 611 E. Grand River Ave., Howell, MI 48843 in the lower level to consider a variance request from Padnos Iron and Metal for the property at 645 Lucy Road.


The United States 2020 Census is fast approaching.  Doing your part by completing the Census can significantly help the Community you call home... You can learn more about the census and South East Michigan by watching the SEMCOG video or visit Census 2020 for additional information.  

2020 City Calendar is now available for download

A printable version of the City calendar is now available for download here or under the Quick Links menu.

Important City and Event Dates are included in the calendar along with important City information.

You can always access our Website Calendar at any time.
The Voyager Elementary Viking Bots created an excellent educational video about storm water run-off into Thompson Lake.  A big thanks to our DPW Operations Manager, Mike Luce, for being an expert consultant.  The City wishes the Viking Bots best wishes in their upcoming competition!

The Viking Bots Storm Water Video

Viking Bots of Voyager Elementary:
Vincent Watts – 3rd Grade
Khloe Luck – 4th Grade
Nora Rudich – 4th Grade
Johnathan Gee – 4th Grade
Bobby Sugrue – 4th Grade
Owen Goodroe - 4th Grade

Nick Peters – 5th Grade
Raiden Rigenhagen – 5th Grade
Evan VanderPlas – 5th Grade

Ben Gee
Jenna Warfield-Rudich
Shannon Watts
April VanderPlas

Please visit our Clean Water web page for more info.

Sign up for City of Howell Alerts to Text and Email Using Nixle

nixleNixle Alert System - Alert system which allows the Howell Police Department to create and publish messages and alerts to be delivered to subscribed members instantly, via cell phone text message and/or email. 

Notifications can also be accessed online at This is a free service to all community members. Register at or by simply sending a text message with the zip code of "48843" to "888-777".
A New Customer Service Number for Advanced Disposal

The City of Howell has just been assigned a new customer service number for Advanced Disposal.  Due to customer service issues, the City and Advanced Disposal have worked together to improve service and reduce call wait time.  The new number will go directly to a select customer service group that has been assigned to support the City of Howell residents.

The new number to call is:  517-219-1163
The Howell City Council recently adopted amendments to the Fire Prevention Code incorporating the 2018 International Fire Code and Michigan's Fireworks Code.  The full text of Ordinance 925, 926 & 927 can be viewed by downloading the July 22, 2019 City Council meeting packet.

Council Packet - July 22, 2019

Utility Rate Increase Effective August 1, 2019

After a comprehensive study of utility rates and the cost of providing water and sewer service, the City of Howell will be raising its rates for water and sewer effective 08/01/2019. The independent study confirmed the need to increase operating revenues and ensure adequate funds for future capital repairs and replacements. This is the first increase in rates in over two years.

Sewer revenues will increase 6.9% overall, while water revenues from rate changes will increase by 6.5%. The increase for the majority of customers, our residents using 5/8 inch meters, range from $9.40 per bimonthly bill for 10,000 gallons to $25.00 for 50,000 gallons.
The 2018 annual water quality report for the City of Howell is now available. Individual copies will not be mailed.

You can get it at the city web site, or get copies at Howell City Hall (2nd floor) & Department of Public Works office, or by calling the Water Plant at

Note: If printing the report, works best with legal size paper.
DTE Online Street Light Reporting Tool

Need to Report a Streetlight Outage?  The DTE Community Lighting group has an online reporting tool to make it easy to get your streetlights shining bright again.

Please click on the link below to report a street light outage in your area.

Official GAMSA Logo

Congratulations to Downtown Howell!
Winning the Great American Main Street Award!

Downtown Howell has been named the winner of one of the most prestigious national awards that a downtown can receive in a lifetime.  On Monday, March 26, in Kansas City, MO, the National Main Street Center Inc. (NMSC), presented downtown Howell with the Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA).  Selected by a national jury of community development professionals and leaders in the fields of economic development and historic preservation, award winners serve as exceptional models for comprehensive, preservation-based commercial district revitalization. 

Howell Main Street Press Release

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Public Act 202 of 2017, the Protecting Local Government Retirement and Benefits Act went into effect on December 20, 2017. 

A primary component of the Act was the requirement that all local units of government providing retirement pension and/or retirement health care, file with Treasury information about their plans.

City of Howell - Public Act 202 of 2017 Health Care (OPEB) Report

City of Howell - Public Act 202 of 2017 Pension Report

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Sign up for City of Howell Alerts to Text and Email Using Nixle

nixleNixle Alert System - Alert system which allows the Howell Police Department to create and publish messages and alerts to be delivered to subscribed members instantly, via cell phone text message and/or email.

Notifications can also be accessed online at This is a free service to all community members. Register at or by simply sending a text message with the zip code of "48843" to "888-777".