City offices will be closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24, 2017 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

A reminder that the annual Stafford's Downtown Petoskey Holiday Parade will take place Saturday, November 25 beginning at 10:00 A.M., and will step off at the Petoskey High School and proceed along Kalamazoo Avenue to East Mitchell Street, to Petoskey Street, to East Lake Street, to Howard Street, and ending at Stafford's Perry Hotel, where children will have the opportunity to meet Santa. For further information please visit the Downtown Petoskey website at

Annual winter-season, on-street parking regulations take effect December 1, and will be in place through April 1, that again  will  require parked vehicles to be altered daily from one street side to the other, between 2:00 A.M. and 6:00 A.M., with parking permitted on odd-address sides on odd-numbered dates (beginning at 12:00 Midnight) and on even-address sides on even-numbered dates.  On-street parking will be prohibited within the Central Business District from 3:00 A.M. to 5:00 A.M., daily.

Parking is not permitted on curb lawns or in unimproved front-yard areas, and vehicles cannot obstruct sidewalks, nor can vehicles be parked to straddle curbs or in areas where curbs must be mounted to park vehicles.  Department of Public Safety personnel have begun placing notices on vehicles that are parked along streets throughout the City advising drivers of the seasonal regulations that will take effect December 1.  Signs also will be placed at the City's corporate limits and along streets that border the downtown area.

Draft Parks and Recreation Master Plan 2018-2022


A draft of the five-year update to the City of Petoskey Parks and Recreation Master Plan has been reviewed by the Parks and Recreation and Planning Commissions and will be discussed by City Council at their December 4, 2017 meeting.

The draft plan can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Any questions or concerns regarding this draft can be directed to Kendall Klingelsmith, Director of Parks and Recreation, at (231) 347-2500 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Department of Public Works crews will begin fire hydrant flushing and maintenance procedures at various locations throughout the City Monday, September 18.  Flushing will be accomplished only during daylight hours.  Please look for posted signs for hydrant flushing in your area.

Customers might experience discolored water as a result of hydrant-flushing operations. If so, faucets should be opened to allow water to run freely for several minutes until becoming clear.

Questions may be directed to Martin Flynn, Water/Wastewater Supervisor, at 231-347-2500 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Meeting in regular session, November 16, 2017, the Planning Commission:

  • Approved, with minor changes, Master Site Facility Plans for the H-1 and H-2 Hospital Districts submitted by McLaren Northern Michigan and postponed action on a Site Plan for the proposed South Addition; and
  • Continued its discussion of mobile food vending and recommended to City Council that they move forward with regulations to allow it and that they would be willing to create regulations if so directed.

The proposed 2018 - 2023 Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) for the City of Petoskey serves as an instrument to identify needs and financing sources for public infrastructure improvements. It also informs city residents how the City plans to address significant capital needs over the next five years.  This document gives significant direction to the City on funding priorities. However, only those programs scheduled during the first year are financed and adopted as part of the Annual Budget. Programs slated for construction in subsequent years may be adjusted to reflect priority changes or funding constraints.

 Safest Cities in Michigan badge

SafeWise ranks Petoskey as #15 of the 20 safest cities in Michigan in 2017.  Each of the safest cities that made the 2017 lists boasts both violent and property crime rates that are significantly below the state and national averages.  To identify the safest cities in Michigan, SafeWise reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2015, along with population data.  Cities with fewer than 5,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI were eliminated.  The mixture of repeat cities and those making their debut indicates a strong statewide commitment to cutting down on crime and ramping up public safety initiatives.

Click here to view the report in its entirety.

Meeting in special session, Thursday, August 24, 2017, the Planning Commission continued its discussion on a hospital zoning district.  After several changes to the draft language, the Commission scheduled a public hearing or September 21 on the district language and rezoning of properties to the Hospital Districts H1 and H2.

   Kids Camp

City of Petoskey Kids Camp

Recreational Fun: It’s what we do! Our staff is dedicated to keeping your children active and having fun all summer. We have everything from scoop catch to baseballs to jump ropes with large areas to use them all at once. Our campers enjoy new twists on old favorites such as kickball, as well as kids camp original games such as All Star Baseball.


Nature Exploration: With access to all of the Winter Sports Park facility our campers enjoy the surrounding woods for building forts and playing Hide-and-Seek tag.


Creative Exploration: Children are provided with daily craft choices from dot art to friendship bracelets to mobiles and more! Crafts follow thematic weeks and encourage each child’s creative nature!


Field Trips: Throughout the summer various walking field trips are scheduled. These include, but are not limited to, Bob-In Again for ice cream, Ottawa Park for an afternoon on the playground, Bayfront Park and occasionally Pennsylvania Park and the Petoskey Library for special activities. This year we are working on adding a few off-site field trips for an additional fee. More information to come!


For more information please click HERE for our Kids Camp Brochure and registration form.  You can also register online by clicking the following link:

Meeting in regular sesssion Wednesday, March 22, 2017 the Tax Increment Finance Authority Board:

  • Oriented TIFA Board members;
  • Introduced Board members and Election of Officers; and
  • Reviewed, approved and recommended to City Council 2017 TIFA Projects for Bayfront Park and Magnus Park.
The City's Board of Review conducted its annual series of meetings on Tuesday, March 14, Wednesday, March 15 and Thursday, March 16 for the purpose of reviewing the 2017 property tax assessment roll. Twenty-seven taxpayers representing 42 parcels appeared before the Board and had their questions answered. Fifteen taxpayers or their representatives signed the sign-in sheet over the three-day review period.  Written answers from the Board will be mailed around April 1.

Meeting in regular session, Monday, November 20, 2017 City Council:

  • Conducted a public hearing to receive comments concerning a proposed special-assessment roll that would spread costs of downtown-area programs and services during 2018, as requested by the Downtown Management Board;
  • Conducted a public hearing to receive comments concerning the City's proposed 2018 Annual Budget and the property-tax millage rates and appropriations as recommended for the 2018 fiscal year;
  • Adopted a resolution confirming the proposed special-assessment roll;
  • Adopted a resolution approving the 2018 Annual Budget;
  • Postponed action on possible adoption of a proposed ordinance that would amend Appendix A of the Petoskey Code of Ordinances, Zoning Ordinance Article II, Article VI, Article VII, Article XVI, Article XVII, Article XXIX and Article XXX;
  • Adopted a resolution confirming that the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce is a local-not-for-profit organization;
  • Adopted a resolution approving an application submitted to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission by Great Lakes Center for the Arts, 800 Bay Harbor Drive, for a new Resort Economic Development Class C and Specially Designated Merchant (SDM) License at 800 Bay Harbor Drive;
  • Adopted a resolution authorizing to contract with Dunkel Excavating Services, Petoskey, to perform necessary repairs and restoration of identified shoreline near Bayfront Park facilities and the Little Traverse Wheelway;
  • Authorized the City Manager to execute the 2017 Jaws of Life Agreement between Emmet County and City of Petoskey;
  • Adopted a Social Media Policy; and
  • Recessed to closed session, pursuant to Section 8(h) of the Michigan Open Meetings Act, to consider material exempt from disclosure.


The regular meeting of the City of Petoskey Zoning Board of Appeals scheduled for 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, December 5, 2017 has been cancelled due to a lack of agenda items. The next regular meeting is scheduled for 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Brush Chipping

Brush Chipping and Disposal

The City will provide brush chipping on the first and third Monday of each month beginning in April 3, 2017 through November. Tree limbs and large brush should be placed along curb-lawn at residence and separated from other materials for collection. Brush piles must not exceed two cubic yards. Please Note: Tree limbs and brush will not be accepted at the City's Public Works Facility, located on Sheridan Street. Drop-off is available at the Emmet County Recycling Center. Please contact them at 231-348-0640 or visit their website at for more details.

City of Petoskey voters approved a new public safety fire equipment millage at the August 2. 2016 Primary Election.  The City will levy a new additional millage in the amount of 0.75 mills on real property located in the City for the period of 5 years, 2016 through 2020 inclusive, which will raise in the first year of such levy an estimated revenue of $353,876.  Funds will be disbursed to the City for the purpose of providing funds to purchase fire-fighting equipment.

The millage was approved by the following votes:

YES - 816 voters - 73.25%

NO - 298 votes - 26.75%

% City-wide turnout - 22.72%


Meeting in regular session, Thursday, October 19, 2017 the Planning Commission scheduled a public hearing on a McLaren Northern Michigan Master Site Facilities Plan in the H-Hospital Zoning District for its November 16 regular meeting. The Commission also recommended approval of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan to the Parks and Recreation Commission and discussed possible changes to ordinances regarding food trucks. Under updates, the Commission reviewed the 2017 traffic count data and heard Council action updates.

The City of Petoskey is pleased to announce that the City Manager appointed Matt Breed to the position of Public Safety Director.  Through an extensive interview and vetting process by two interview committees, it became evident that Mr. Breed has the professional experience, skill set and education to build upon the positive momentum that the department has achieved over the last few years.  He is well-respected by his peers and has the unique combination of administrative acumen with a proven track record of solid and steady emergency scene management.  He has also spoke about innovative ways to improve community policing and improve departmental efficiencies.   He passionately cares about this community and citizens we serve!

The Petoskey Marina is now open for the 2016 Season.  Seasonal Launch Permits are available at the Marina or City Hall for $25.00 and $20.00 for a Senior Launch Permit.  Marina improvements are finally completed and staff is available for gas, diesel, pump-outs and dockage.  Please hail on VHF Channel 16, or call 231-347-6691.  


At its regular scheduled meeting May 19, 2016, the Planning Commission:

  • Conducted a public hearing and made recommendation to City Council regarding amendments to the sign ordinance;
  • Upheld the zoning administrator detemination on directional signs at 1050 Bay View Road; and
  • Recommended to City Council the top redevelopments sites in the City.


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