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Welcome to Birmingham! Explore Birmingham virtually at birmingham.skywayvr.com

Welcome message from Communications Director Marianne Gamboa
We are pleased to welcome you to our city and look forward to helping you become acquainted with your new community. Named one of the country's “Top 20 Most Walkable Communities”, Birmingham maintains a small-town feel while offering the recreational and cultural advantages of a prosperous urban area. 

As a resident, you will enjoy our thriving pedestrian-friendly downtown area, which includes restaurants, movie theaters, art galleries, antique galleries and retailers.  The downtown also serves as a center for real estate, accounting, finance, insurance, legal, and other services.

Moving can be a difficult and overwhelming experience, whether it's across town or across the country. Complete the form below to submit a request for a New Resident Welcome packet, which includes a welcome letter, city calendar, Birmingham newsletter, golf course information, restaurant and retailer information from the Birmingham Shopping District, information from the Baldwin Public Library and more. Request a New Resident Welcome Packet via the form below! 

To make your move easier, here are some useful contacts when setting up your new home and to help you become familiar with your city:

Get Involved   
Participating on a city board or commission can be a fulfilling and rewarding way of giving back to your community. Your thoughts and ideas can impact Birmingham’s future! Find a list of open positions and an application at bhamgov.org/boardopportunities

Communication Tools  

Stay in the know about your community! Visit www.bhamgov.org/communications to learn how to connect with us via social media, eblasts, newsletters, emergency alerts and more.

Leisure Activities

Birmingham offers many activities for its residents. Visit our Parks webpage for more information about leisure opportunities in Birmingham. You may also want to take advantage of the numerous special events throughout the year. Find information about Birmingham's Golf Courses at www.bhamgov.org/golf

Water service is provided by the City. To set up your account, you may telephone the Treasurer's Office at 248.530.1830. Birmingham purchases water from the Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority (SOCWA), which buys it from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.

Garbage and Recycling
Follow the links to learn about the City's garbageyard waste and recycling services.

Electricity and Gas
DTE provides is the electric utility serving Birmingham homeowners and businesses.  For customer service contact 1.800.888.6886

Natural gas service is provided by Consumers Energy, for more information call 1.800.477.5050

Organizations that can assist those who need help paying their utility bills: https://findenergy.com/utility-bill-assistance/

Birmingham is serviced by SMART buses, and by AMTRACK.  Parking information can be found at bhamgov.org/parking.

Fair Housing
If you believe you are a victim of housing discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or familial status, contact HUD at 1-800-669-9777 or www.hud.gov/fairhousing. Learn more on Oakland County's website.

For more information, contact our Department of Public Service’s office at 248.530.1700.

Block Parties
Block party permits may be obtained from the office of the chief of police, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm.  Requests should be submitted at least 10 days prior to the planned event.  Persons needing assistance with block party permits should contact 248.530.1863.

Neighborhood Associations
Neighborhood associations are created by residents. They are not regulated by the City. Information about your neighborhood association, including meeting dates and geographic boundaries, may be provided by your neighbors or association board members. If you are the president of your neighborhood association, please email your contact information to the City of Birmingham at clerksoffice@bhamgov.org. Neighborhood association contacts will be added to the City's newsletter and alerts Constant Contact group for the latest updates regarding board and committee openings, projects specific to individual neighborhoods and more.

Submit Requests in Seconds with GovAlert Mobile App
Did you know you can submit a concern or question to the city in the time it takes to send a text using the GovAlert mobile app? The GovAlert app is available for free download on the Android and iOS AppStore. You may also submit your request to the city using the form below. For instructions on how to use the GovAlert Mobile App, please visit bhamgov.org/govalert.
*For emergency situations (including a downed wire or gas smell) please call 911.

Stay in Touch
Subscribe to receive the city newsletter, alerts and customized messaging at www.bhamgov.org/enews.

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Garage Sale Information
Permits & Licenses
Property Assessments
Property Taxes
Rental License
Snow Removal
Special Event Permit Application
Trash Collection
Yard Waste Collection