The City Clerk's Office is responsible for the majority of the City's record keeping and official tasks. Here are a few of the vital responsibilities of the office:
- Accepts applications from residents who want to serve on boards and committees.
- Conducts elections, registers voters and maintains voter records.
- Receives applications and issues permits etc.
- Keeps official city records.
- Maintains the Peddler's Do Not Knock Registry.
- Posts notices and takes minutes of official city meetings.
- Processes and manages Freedom of Information Act requests.
- Provides birth and death certificates.
- Provides dog licenses and bike licenses
- 3 % of the payment amount, with a minimum service fee of $2.95 per payment transaction.
To learn more about what the office does, please explore this section of the website. If you can't find what you are looking for, contact us.
The city clerk's office is responsible for accepting applications for special events, banners, peddlers permits, film permits, parking stations, residential parking permits, valet parking stations, etc.
Understand the operation of your local government through its boards and committees.
Anyone who was born in the City of Royal Oak may purchase their birth certificate through the Clerk's Office. You may come in person and pick them up the same day or send us a mail-in request.
The Clerk's Office keeps death certificates for those who have died in Royal Oak. Anyone may pick up a certified copy. You may come in person and pick them up the same day or send us a mail-in request.
Any person in lawful possession and occupancy of any residence, house, apartment, or other dwelling within the City of Royal Oak may request that the City place and maintain his or her residence, house, apartment, or dwelling on the Do Not Knock Registry.
The City Clerk conducts elections, registers voters and maintains voter records.
Find information regarding business licensing in our fully indexed and searchable online system.
Every resident of the city who owns a dog must license their dog through the City of Royal Oak. By ordinance, licenses must expire at the same time as the rabies vaccination. Licenses may be purchased in person or by mail.
(Must provide ownership of animal prior to 11-07-2021) Per ordinance number 2022-02 residents must register any existing non-domestic animals that become prohibited under the new ordinance within 120 days (December 16, 2022). This includes: Any member of the cat family (family Felidae), and smaller African cats (excluding commonly accepted domesticated house cats, and any cats which are illegal in the State of Michigan, such as lions, tigers, cougars, bobcats, cheetahs, leopards, jaguars, and panthers.) Any naturally wild member of the canine family (family Canidae) including but not limited to wolves, foxes, coyotes, dingoes, and jackals, but excluding commonly accepted domesticated dogs.