Southfield Township


A BRIEF HISTORY:  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.

Southfield Township primarily consists of three Villages:  Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Franklin.

18550 W. 13 Mile Road 
Southfield Township, MI 48025
Office Telephone: (248) 540-3420
Hours of Operation: Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.


Animal Control
 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. For assistance call the Township offices Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (248) 540-3420.
After hours, please call the Franklin - Bingham Police Department at (248) 626-9672.
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. 


Assessments are handled through Oakland County. The assessment date for Personal Property Tax and Real Property Tax is December 31st of every year. Township Board of Review meets in March of every year to hear appeals of assesments. 

Property Transfer Affidavits
When purchasing new property, Property Transfer Affidavits and Principal Residence Exemption are to be returned to the Township, NOT to the Village Offices.

Southfield Township conducts all Federal, State, County, Township, School and Village Elections. Primaries are held in August and general elections are held in November of even numbered years.  School elections may also be held in February and May of any given year.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 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 Office or any Secretary of State branch.

Tax Rate and Collection
Southfield Township collects taxes for Oakland County, Southfield Township, Local School Districts, Intermediate School District, Oakland Community College and the State Education Tax.

Summer Taxes: payable July 1st – September 14th without penalty
Winter Taxes: payable December 1st – February 14th without penalty