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City Clerk

The Clerk’s Office maintains files of all public documents, including official copies of the minutes of the City Commission, leases, contracts, agreements, easements, deeds and ordinances. These records are maintained for historical significance and are available for retrieval as necessary.
We also manage, sell lots, and arrange for burials in three municipally-owned cemeteries. Call us at (269) 966-3348 for further information.

Other services of this department are:

Candidate petition information

2015 November election -- City Commission candidate information packet
Candidates may begin circulating petitions on June 1, 2015. See the packet for more information and necessary documents.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests

The City of Battle Creek is a public body required by law to provide existing, non-exempt public records to persons upon written request. The City of Battle Creek's Freedom of Information Act policy, as approved by the Commission on June 16, 2015, is to respond to requests in a consistent, fair and even-handed manner. Some records are exempt from public disclosure by the Michigan Freedom of Information Act or other statutes. Also, the City of Battle Creek may charge fees to fulfill FOIA requests in accordance with state law.

All FOIA requests must be submitted in writing. For your convenience, your request can be submitted by email, fax or mail via the following:

FOIA Coordinator: Victoria Houser, City Clerk
Mailing Address: 10 N Division, Room 111, Battle Creek, MI 49014
Fax: 269-966-3555

FOIA Request Form

FOIA Fee Itemization Form

FOIA Procedures Policies and Procedures

Summary and Frequently Asked Questions

Michigan Freedom of Information Act

*All requests for Accident Reports less than thirty (30) days old must also include a completed Accident Report Statement.  

Click here for the Accident Report Statement

Mail or deliver your written request to the City Clerk's Office, 10 N. Division St., Room 111, Battle Creek, MI, 49014 or by email at


Licensing and Permits of varying types are issued through the Clerk’s Office. This office also issues burn permits for residential and agricultural burning.  However, Ordinance 28-06, adopted by the Battle Creek City Commission, prohibits the open burning of leaves, grass clippings, and household waste.  An application form must be completed with submission of a $25 annual fee.  For additional information about license types and forms, follow this link..

Civil Service Commission 

The Electors of the City of Battle Creek voted in a Civil Service Commission in 1962 governing the hiring and promotions of individuals within the fire service. The Clerk acts as ex-officio member to a three-member commission representing the City of Battle Creek, Fire Department and a neutral member. The Commission directs recruitment, written and oral examinations, physical agility tests and presides over appeal/disciplinary hearings.

The 2014 Entry-Level Firefighter Eligibility List has been certified by the Civil Service Commission.                                          This list expires October 20, 2016.

Election Inspector

The City of Battle Creek is looking for people to work the polls on Election Day.  By serving as an Election Inspector, residents can serve their community and earn extra income at the same time!

Inspectors will be stationed at one of 23 precincts throughout the city and will be responsible for opening the precinct on Election Day, ensuring that voters are registered and are voting in the proper precinct, assigning ballots, assisting voters and closing the polls.  Election Inspectors are paid for working on Election Day and will also receive additional payment for attending mandatory training prior to Election Day.
A precinct Election Inspector for the City of Battle Creek shall be a qualified and registered elector of Calhoun County, shall have a good reputation, and shall have sufficient education and clerical ability to perform the duties of the office.  A person must file an application in his own handwriting to the City Clerk. 

Election Inspector Application

Election Inspector Application - I-9

To help with the 2016 elections, please fill out the application and I-9 form above and return it -- along with a copy of your driver's license or state ID and Social Security card -- to the City Clerk's Office (10 N. Division St., Suite 111, Battle Creek, MI 49014).t

Election Oversight and Voter Information 

If you would like to be placed on the permanent absentee voter list, please contact the City Clerk's office. Please note, that no ballots are sent automatically, however members of the permanent absentee list will be sent an application for a ballot that must be returned prior to each election you wish to participate in.

For those not on the permanent list, Absentee Ballot Applications are generally made available 6 weeks prior to an election. 

The next election is scheduled for Nov. 3, 2015.  Applications are due to the City Clerk no later than 4 p.m. on Monday, November 2, 2015. On Saturday, October 31, 2015, the City Clerk's Office will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to accept absentee ballot applications for voters applying or returning ballots that day.   On Monday, November 2, 2015, voters may complete a ballot in the City Clerk's Office if they are unable to make it physically to the polls on Tuesday's Election Day.  Click here for a current absentee ballot application.

The City of Battle Creek consists of five wards and 23 precincts.  Click on the link below to view the map.

 Wards and Precincts Map

Ward 1 Map

Ward 2 Map

Ward 3 Map

Ward 4 Map

Ward 5 Map

Voter Registration 
Individuals are eligible to register to vote if they meet the following qualifications:

  1. A United States citizen
  2. A resident of the State of Michigan and a 30-day resident of the City of Battle Creek
  3. At least 18 years of age by Election Day.

Click here to visit the Secretary of State’s website to see if you are already registered to vote.

Click herelinks to external site to register to vote.

Individuals may also register at the Secretary of State’s Office, City Clerk’s Office, County Clerk’s Office, or any Armed Forces recruitment office.

Voters must be registered to vote in the State of Michigan no later than 30 days prior to an election.

Attention registered voters who have been convicted and sentenced for a crime and are in confinement as a result of that conviction and sentencing: You may not vote during the time you are in confinement. Confinement is defined by Michigan Department of Prisons for the purpose of voting as incarcerated in jail or prison, under house arrest, on a tether or serving in a work release program. Your voting rights are restored once you have completed your sentence, even if you have been convicted and sentenced for a felony charge. If you are charged with a crime, but not convicted or sentenced, you may vote even if you are in jail. Contact the City Clerk's office for directions on applying for an absentee ballot for the election you wish to vote in. If your sentencing prevents you from entering public school grounds and your precinct voting location is located in a school, please contact the City Clerk's office about voting absentee ballot. 

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