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The Home of Grand Valley State University

Allendale is home to GVSU, ranked as one of the top universities in the midwest regional area by US News and World Reports. Learn more...

 

Building and Zoning

Need information on Building or Zoning laws for Allendale? Here is your one-stop-source. Read more...
 

Allendale Charter Township Assessing Department

The Allendale Charter Township Assessing Department is dedicated to the establishment of fair, accurate and equitable property assessments for township residents and businesses.  We are committed to providing accurate property information to the various township departments, property owners, realtors, and private appraisers.  Additionally, this department is responsible for identifying the taxable status of each property within the township.  Each year, we prepare and submit reports to the State and County in accordance with Michigan's General Property Tax Law.

 

Forms: 

Request to Rescind Homeowner's Principal Residence

Principle Residence Exemption Form

Property Transfer Affidavit

Small Business Personal Property Form

Eligible Manufacturing Personal Property

Personal Property Statement Form

Principal Residence Exemption

If you own and occupy a property that is considered your principal residence, you can file an affidavit that allows you to claim an exemption from some school operating taxes. You must own and occupy the property as of June 1 of the year to qualify, and must be filed with the Township Assessor.

Transfer of Ownership Information (Click for link)

Assessed Value Determinations

The yearly determination of a property’s assessed value is done by the local township assessing department. The Assessor is required by state statute to assess all real and personal property in the township at fifty (50) percent of market value as of December 31″ of each year. Market Value is defined as the most likely price that a property would sell for in an arm’s length transaction with no undue influence suffered by either the buyer or seller. An individual selling price does not establish the assessed value of any property, rather an analysis of all sales is done to establish uniform values for all properties in Allendale Charter Township. Various factors are taken into consideration when establishing the assessment, including, but not limited to location, size and utilization, age, style, surrounding properties, and land and improvement values.

Taxable Value

With the advent of Proposal A (P.A. 415 of 1994), the value upon which property owners pay tax on is called the Taxable Value. This value is used to calculate one’s property taxes, and has been set at the 1994 assessed value and multiplied by the rate of inflation for every year that it has been owned by the same entity. As long as the property has not transferred ownership and not been added to, the annual increase in taxes is limited (or capped) by the rate of inflation. The previous year’s inflation rate was 1.7%.

Fore more information or to answer anymore of your questions please visit: Michigan Taxes (Property Taxes) 

                         
KEEP YOUR SELF SAFE
There are a few things that residents can do to protect themselves and their neighborhoods from crime.
 
1. Please be vigilant in locking all vehicles that are left outside.  Very rarely do we see any type of forced entry during these thefts.
 
2. Do not leave valuables in a vehicle overnight.  Simply taking wallets, purses, electronic devices, etc. out of the car will keep a thief from trying to get into your car.
 
3. If you see something or somebody suspicious, please call 9-1-1 to report that activity immediately.
 
4. If you are a victim of theft, however minor, please call 1-800-249-0911 to report the theft.  Also, please try not to disturb any physical evidence that may have been left in or around the car
 
 
 

Click here for Application

When submitting an Application, please include a cover letter, resume, professional references and proof of Degree (if applicable).

We are also looking to hire a Full-time Public Utilities Operator.  Attached is the job description.  For more information, please contact Chad Doornbos, Superintendent of Public Utilities at (616) 895-5142 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  If you are interested, please fill out an application and return with a resume and cover letter to Chad Doornbos.

Applications are now being accepted for a part-time Maintenance Position.  Job Description is attached here. For more information, feel free to contact Larry Haveman, Facilities Director, at (616) 262-3791 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Applications are now being accepted for a Zoning Board of Appeals Full Member and one Alternate Member.  If interested, please fill out an application.  For more information, feel free to contact Adam Elenbaas, Allendale Township Supervisor at 616-895-6295 ext 12 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applications are now being accepted for the position of Recording Secretary for the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission meets the first and third Monday of every month.  This position would require attending the meeting for the purpose of taking minutes and completing the typed official copy. The compensation is on a per meeting basis.   If interested, please fill out an application and include a cover letter and resume.  For more information, contact Adam Elenbaas, Township Supervisor at (616) 895-6295  ext 12 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are looking to hire a Lab Technician for the Water/Sewer Department.  Attached is the job description.  For more information, please contact Chad Doornbos, Superintendent of Public Works at (616) 895-5142 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please submit an application and resume with cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Applications will be accepted until November 24, 2017.

We are looking to fill a contract position for a 4th of July Event Coordinator.  This position would be responsible for the planning, organizing, obtaining community support and facilitate the activities on the 4th of July.  Attached is the job description.  If interested or have any questions, please feel free to contact Laurie Richards, Clerk at (616)895-6295 ext 6 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Application are now being accepted for a Parks and Recreation Committee member.  This position is involved in making recomendations to the Township Board on park inprovements and recreation issues in the township.  If interested, please submit an application and resume with cover letter to Laurie Richards, Clerk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Feel free to call with any questions at (616) 895-6295 ext 6.

Appllication are now being accepted for a position on the Library Board.  For more information on this position or wanting to apply, please feel free to contact Adam Elenbaas, Allendale Township Supervisor at 616-895-6295 ext 12 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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In 2002, a Liquor License Ordinance and a Liquor Control Ordinance was adopted. These ordinances spell out the steps that must be taken for a business to secure a liquor license. For a packet of information for a liquor license, please contact Laurie Richards, Clerk, at 616-895-6295, ext. 6.
 
For more information regarding liquor licenses, please contact:
 
7150 Harris Drive, P O Box 30005 
Lansing MI 48909 

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Allendale Charter Twp Fire Dept

Allendale Charter Township houses Grand Valley State University. We have a population of over 20,000 plus a student population of about 24,000. Allendale Fire Department covers 32 square miles bordered by the Grand River.

Allendale Fire Department consists of 30 members, two of those members being full time employees of the Township, Chief Mike Keefe and Fire Inspector Dave Pelton.  Our call volume for 2015 was  over 1049 calls, the vast majority of those calls being EMS related. The Department continues to grow each year and strives for the professionalism that all fire departments strive for, large or small. 
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2016 ANNUAL REPORT

 

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Allendale Charter Twp Police Department

Allendale Charter Township contracts with the Ottawa County Sheriff Department for police protection. 
 
The mission of your Ottawa County Sheriff’s office continues to be that of “preserving public order and supporting the Constitution of the State of Michigan through enforcement of state and local laws.” Their mission is accomplished by providing 24 hour service to Ottawa County communities in the areas of responding to direct request for law enforcement service, criminal investigations traffic enforcement and general assistance to the public.  With this established mission, they continue to place a significant emphasis on the victims and the communities. Their mission is furthered by the ability to office a correctional facility that meets the needs of the criminal justice system in Ottawa County.
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LIBRARY

Allendale Township Library

Contact us
Phone: 616-895-4178
fax: 616-895-5178
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.           
Library Director: Bethany Nettleton

Location: 6175 Library Lane, Allendale MI 49401

Hours:    
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9am-9pm
Wednesday 1pm-9pm
Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday 11am-5pm
Sunday closed
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CEMETERY

Allendale Cemetery

The Allendale Cemetery is located at 12655 60th Avenue, Allendale MI 49401.  It is a quiet, beautiful old cemetery located out in the Allendale countryside. The oldest graves date back to the 1840’s. It is the only cemetery owned and operated by the Township.

For cemetery information, contact Laurie Richards, Township Clerk, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 616-895-6295, ext.

 

Click here for a layout/map of the cemetery


Click here for birth and death records

 

COMMUNITY PARKS

Allendale Community Parks

The Allendale Community Park  behind (south) of the Township office, located at 6676 Lake Michigan Drive.  The park is comprised of 40 acres.  During the warm months, the park is a busy place.  We have an outstanding softball and Little League facilities, which attract teams and players from a wide geographic area. 

Facilities include ballfields, premier playground and splash pad, tennis/pickleball courts, basketball court, picnic shelters, Knowlton House Museum and gardens and the Veterans Memorial.

SENIOR CITIZENS

    


 

Senior Living

Allendale Lifelong Learners is a group that is growing and changing, but a friendly & social place for anybody aged 55 or older.  Kathy Hanes is the Allendale Lifelong Learners director.

 

 

Here are some web sites that are great reference guides geared toward seniors and those with special needs..
Legal Resources for Seniors
Veterans Benefits for Seniors
Making the Move to Assisted Living
Keeping Seniors Safe with While Remodeling
Disaster Preparedness for Seniors
Advanced Care Planning
Home Accommodations for Seniors
Aging Veteran's Guide to Planning for the Future
Tips for Seniors to Declutter and Organize their Home
Elder Care Resources


 

 

 

WATER & SEWER

Water & Sewer Departments

Wastewater Treatment Plant, location: 11624 40th Ave.
Service & Billing Information: 895-6295
Daytime emergencies: 895-5142
Evenings after 5 p.m. & weekends: 616 608-9710

 

Click Here for the 2016 Water Fact Sheet

Click Here for the 2016 Sewer Fact Sheet

Click Here for a Grand Rapids Water Rate Comparrison

Click Here for the 2015 Water Quality Report
Water and Sewer Departments

 

ALLENDALE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

    

ELECTION INFORMATION

 

 

 

Click Here for Information on

   1. Absentee Voting Procedures

   2. Voter Registration Procedures

   3.  Election Day Procedures

Hours of Operation

The Charter township hours are Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm and the offices are closed during weekends. Find more information about how to contact us and where we are located by clicking here.

Need to pay your bills?

 
Pay your tax and your water/sewer bills electronically....click here to pay by electronic checking or click here to pay by credit card

Find Out More About This...

Our Address:
6676 Lake Michigan Drive
PO Box 539
Allendale, MI, 49401
Hours of Operation:
The Township office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 am through 5 pm.  Find more information about how to contact us and where we are located by clicking here

Can't Find Something?

If there is any information that you would like to see added to the Township website, please contact Laurie Richards at 895-6295,ext. 6 or you can contact the clerk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.