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by Katelyn Zeits
Friday, February 15, 2019


Subject: Attention Vacation Home Rentals in the City of Traverse City – License Required for Operation  

Primary Contact: Benjamin Marentette, City Clerk,

Issued:             February 15, 2019

The City Commission has recently enacted an amendment to the Traverse City Code of Ordinances requiring all vacation home rentals in the City to obtain an annual license from the City Clerk, effective February 14, 2019. A Vacation Home Rental is defined as a dwelling in a Commercial District which is rented for any term less than 30 consecutive days.

These types of rentals have not been regulated in the past, leading to potential safety concerns for those utilizing local properties as vacation rentals. With the enactment of these changes, the primary goals of the City are to ensure each vacation home is licensed, that proper fire escape plans and summary of noise regulations and the use of fireworks have been posted, and to maintain records of up-to-date inspections by the Traverse City Fire Department, helping to ensure the safety of those who visit Traverse City.

While these changes are effective February 14th, all Vacation Home Rentals must submit an application to the City Clerks’ Office, and obtain their first inspection from the Traverse City Fire Department in advance of July 1, 2019. Inspections will only be required every 3rd year, with self-inspection checklists to be completed with annual license renewals in the years between. When on-site inspections are required, the annual fee is $200. When self-inspections are required, the fee is $150.

Applications can be found at

For further ordinance details, review Chapter 870 which can be found here:

For questions, please reach out to the City Clerk’s Office at (231) 922-4480 or by email at

by Katelyn Zeits
Monday, February 4, 2019

Subject:           Available Positions on Various City Boards!  

Contact:          Katelyn Zeits, Deputy City Clerk   

Members of the Traverse City community are invited to serve on one of the City's citizen boards! Through this service, civic-minded citizens can become involved in their local government. The City, in turn, benefits from the knowledge, experience and expertise of those in our community. For more information on the boards listed below, please visit  

Arts Commission

The Arts Commission is responsible for promoting art in the community, and advising the City Commission on matters pertaining to various art programs within the city. The Traverse City Arts Commission meets monthly on the third Wednesday. Interested individuals are required to be a City resident.  

Art Selection Panel

The Art Selection Panel, a seven-member panel appointed by the Traverse City Arts Commission. The Panel holds meetings as needed to review proposals and make recommendations to the Traverse City Arts Commission. Members of the Art Selection Panel are not required to be City residents, but should have knowledge of or interest in the visual arts, and will be appointed to terms of three years.

Grand Traverse Commons Joint Planning Commission

The Joint Planning Commission was established for the purpose of exercising the powers and duties of a planning commission. This board meets quarterly on the third Wednesday and individuals interested should be a City residents or a Garfield Township resident.

Farmers Market Advisory Board

Typically meets once a month to advise the Downtown Development Authority Board on upholding the mission of the Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market for the betterment of the market. For more information on this board, please contact the Downtown Development Authority at 231-922-2050. 

Local Officers Compensation Commission

This Commission determines the salaries of the City Commission. This board is a small commitment, meeting only in odd years. Interested individuals are required to be a City resident.  

For more information on these boards and other City boards, or to find our “Application to Become Involved, please visit

If you are interested in serving, please submit your application to the City Clerk’s Office by Friday, February 22, 2019 in person at 400 Boardman Ave., or by email:

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for all boards and commissions.