Southfield Township


18550 W. 13 Mile Road
Southfield Township, MI48025
Office Telephone: (248) 540-3420
Office Facsimile: (248) 540-3427


Hours of Operation

Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.


The Board of Trustees meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Township offices.




Southfield Township consists of three Villages( Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Franklin), together with some unincorporated areas.

Southfield Township Officials

Supervisor: Phillip E. Schmitt:
Clerk: Sharon Tischler:

Treasurer: Janet Mooney:
Trustee: Dan Nelson
Trustee: Richard N. Holloway
Trustee: Rosanne Crowley Koss
Trustee: Robert Walsh

Township Officials are elected to four year terms. The current terms expire November, 2016. The Township Board sets the policy for the operation of the Township, the expenditures of funds, capital improvements, required ordinances and other statutory duties. The charge of the Township includes animal control and licensing, assessing, elections, tax collection, merchant licensing, and ordinances for the areas it represents.


Animal Control


Southfield Township currently contracts for animal control services. The Animal Control Program offers limited assistance in wild animal control and has live traps to lend. They pick up strays, remove dead animals from roads and keep records of lost and found animals in the Township. To report a problem, call the Township offices Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (248) 540-3420. If the problem requires immediate assistance during evening hours or weekends, please call the Franklin - Bingham Police Department at (248) 626-9672.


Since Southfield Township has no dog pound, animals are taken to Greenfield Animal Hospital, telephone (248) 356-1100.


Animal Licensing


State law requires that all dogs aged four months or older be licensed. Licenses are available for a nominal fee with a record of a current rabies vaccination certificate. Licenses may also be obtained by mail. Please call the Township Offices for instructions to obtain a license by mail. Residents of Beverly Hills must also obtain licenses for their cats. There is no charge for this, but a rabies certificate is required. Cat licenses are available at the Township Offices as well.




Assessments are presently handled through Oakland County. The assessment date for Personal Property Tax and Real Property Tax is December 31st of every year. Notices are sent annually, typically in February, indicating any change in the value of the property. The Township Board of Review meets in March of every year. Additional information is available on your Change of Assessment Notice.




Southfield Township conducts all Federal, State, County, Township, School and Beverly Hills elections. Primaries are held in August. Federal, Township, State and the Village of Beverly Hills elections are held in November of even numbered years. If there are special ballot proposals, elections could also be held in odd numbered years. School elections may also be held in February and May of any given year.


Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. You must be a registered voter within the Township or Village, or you must register to vote 30 days prior to the election. You can register to vote at the Southfield Township Offices, your Village Office or any Secretary of State branch.


Tax Rate and Collection


The tax rate for the Township is .60 mills (60 cents for every $1,000 of taxable value, not assessed value). The Township collects taxes for Oakland County, Southfield Township, Local School Districts, Intermediate School District, Oakland Community College and the State Education Tax. The Schools and County Tax is payable July 1st – September 14th without penalty. The Township tax is payable December 1st – February 14th without penalty. Please refer to your tax bill for further information.
Under State Law, senior citizens and certain eligible persons may qualify for a tax deferment. Information may be obtained by calling (248) 540-3420.


A Brief History of Southfield Township


Southfield Township, originally known as Ossewa Township, came into existence on July 12, 1830. The name was changed to Southfield Township seventeen days later. Franklin Village was an early community established in the fall of 1828. The breakup of the original 36 square miles of Southfield Township began with the incorporation of the City of Lathrup Village on May 12, 1953, the Village of Franklin on November 8, 1953, the Village of Bingham Farms on June 7, 1955, and the Village of Beverly Hills (originally named the Village of Westwood) in April, 1958. The City of Southfield was incorporated on September 16, 1957.

Village of Bingham Farms | 24255 Thirteen Mile Road, Suite 190, Bingham Farms, MI 48025
Phone: (248) 644-0044 | Fax: (248) 644-3254
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