The Home of Grand Valley State University

Allendale is home to GVSU, ranked as one of the top universities in the midwest regional area by US News and World Reports. Learn more...


Building and Zoning

Need information on Building or Zoning laws for Allendale? Here is your one-stop-source. Read more...

Allendale Charter Township Assessing Department

The Allendale Charter Township Assessing Department is dedicated to the establishment of fair, accurate and equitable property assessments for township residents and businesses.  We are committed to providing accurate property information to the various township departments, property owners, realtors, and private appraisers.  Additionally, this department is responsible for identifying the taxable status of each property within the township.  Each year, we prepare and submit reports to the State and County in accordance with Michigan's General Property Tax Law.



Request to Rescind Homeowner's Principal Residence

Principle Residence Exemption Form

Property Transfer Affidavit

Small Business Personal Property Form

Eligible Manufacturing Personal Property

Personal Property Statement Form

Principal Residence Exemption

If you own and occupy a property that is considered your principal residence, you can file an affidavit that allows you to claim an exemption from some school operating taxes. You must own and occupy the property as of June 1 of the year to qualify, and must be filed with the Township Assessor.

Transfer of Ownership Information (Click for link)

Assessed Value Determinations

The yearly determination of a property’s assessed value is done by the local township assessing department. The Assessor is required by state statute to assess all real and personal property in the township at fifty (50) percent of market value as of December 31″ of each year. Market Value is defined as the most likely price that a property would sell for in an arm’s length transaction with no undue influence suffered by either the buyer or seller. An individual selling price does not establish the assessed value of any property, rather an analysis of all sales is done to establish uniform values for all properties in Allendale Charter Township. Various factors are taken into consideration when establishing the assessment, including, but not limited to location, size and utilization, age, style, surrounding properties, and land and improvement values.

Taxable Value

With the advent of Proposal A (P.A. 415 of 1994), the value upon which property owners pay tax on is called the Taxable Value. This value is used to calculate one’s property taxes, and has been set at the 1994 assessed value and multiplied by the rate of inflation for every year that it has been owned by the same entity. As long as the property has not transferred ownership and not been added to, the annual increase in taxes is limited (or capped) by the rate of inflation. The previous year’s inflation rate was 1.7%.

Fore more information or to answer anymore of your questions please visit: Michigan Taxes (Property Taxes) 

   Township Office Holiday Hours are

         Christmas Holiday - Office is closed on Tuesday December 24 and Wednesday December 25

        New Years Holiday - Office is closed the afternoon of Tuesday December 31 and all day Wednesday January 1, 2020.

Hope you enjoy the holidays with family and friends!                

 Exciting things are happening in the Township Park.  Here is a diagram of the changes and a way to show your support.


Click here for the details and here for the Sponsorship form



Buy a brick to honor a veteran

Allendale Township is now sellling bricks for around the Veterans Memorial. 

Click here for the order form

An order of 50 bricks is necessary for engraving. 

The bricks would be placed around the Revolutionary War statue and around the flag pole.





 For more answers to your Election questions go to mvic.sos.state.mi.us

Check to find your Precinct before heading to the Polls


Absentee Voting for All Voters

 ALL voters are now eligible to receive an absentee ballot for each election. 
For additional information or to have your name added to the Permanent Application List, click here.
There are a few things that residents can do to protect themselves and their neighborhoods from crime.
1. Please be vigilant in locking all vehicles that are left outside.  Very rarely do we see any type of forced entry during these thefts.
2. Do not leave valuables in a vehicle overnight.  Simply taking wallets, purses, electronic devices, etc. out of the car will keep a thief from trying to get into your car.
3. If you see something or somebody suspicious, please call 9-1-1 to report that activity immediately.
4. If you are a victim of theft, however minor, please call 1-800-249-0911 to report the theft.  Also, please try not to disturb any physical evidence that may have been left in or around the car


Depression, Bullying, Shelter, Housing, Substance Abuse, LGBTQ issues, Parenting, Medical Clinics, Education and Training, Summer Jobs, Quitting Smoking, and Volunteering.   Call 2-1-2 to be guided to the right help for you.  The call is FREE and CONFIDENTIAL - 24/7.  


Click here for a Materials Request Form.   

Click here for more information on 2-1-1.


ACT Wastewater Treatment Plant Feaseablility Study Presentation

   2019 update to water and sewer rates and connection fees



Click here for Application

When submitting an Application, please include a cover letter, resume, professional references and proof of Degree (if applicable).

Allendale Township is looking to hire an Assistant Operator in the Public Utilities Department and a part-time Custodial Assistant in the Public Utilities Department.  For more information, go to https://allendaletwp.bamboohr.com/jobs/

We are also looking to hire a Planning Commission Secretary.  For more information on this position, go to https://allendaletwp.bamboohr.com/jobs/

If you are interested, please fill out an application and return with a resume and cover letter to Caitlin Antuma, HR Department Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click here for Application


2017 WAGE STUDY done by Pontifex Consulting Group



Allendale Charter Twp Fire Dept

Allendale Charter Township houses Grand Valley State University. We have a population of over 20,000 plus a student population of about 24,000. Allendale Fire Department covers 32 square miles bordered by the Grand River.

Allendale Fire Department consists of 30 members, two of those members being full time employees of the Township, Chief Mike Keefe and Fire Inspector Dave Pelton.  Our call volume for 2015 was  over 1049 calls, the vast majority of those calls being EMS related. The Department continues to grow each year and strives for the professionalism that all fire departments strive for, large or small. 
Learn More...


2018 ANNUAL REPORT              Part One                    Part Two



Allendale Charter Twp Police Department

Allendale Charter Township contracts with the Ottawa County Sheriff Department for police protection. 
The mission of your Ottawa County Sheriff’s office continues to be that of “preserving public order and supporting the Constitution of the State of Michigan through enforcement of state and local laws.” Their mission is accomplished by providing 24 hour service to Ottawa County communities in the areas of responding to direct request for law enforcement service, criminal investigations traffic enforcement and general assistance to the public.  With this established mission, they continue to place a significant emphasis on the victims and the communities. Their mission is furthered by the ability to office a correctional facility that meets the needs of the criminal justice system in Ottawa County.
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Allendale Township Library

Contact us
Phone: 616-895-4178
fax: 616-895-5178
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Location: 6175 Library Lane, Allendale MI 49401

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9am-9pm
Wednesday 1pm-9pm
Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday 11am-5pm
Sunday closed
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Allendale Cemetery

The Allendale Cemetery is located at 12655 60th Avenue, Allendale MI 49401.  It is a quiet, beautiful old cemetery located out in the Allendale countryside. The oldest graves date back to the 1840’s. It is the only cemetery owned and operated by the Township.

For cemetery information, contact Laurie Richards, Township Clerk, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 616-895-6295, ext.


Click here for a layout/map of the cemetery

Click here for birth and death records



Allendale Community Parks

The Allendale Community Park  behind (south) of the Township office, located at 6676 Lake Michigan Drive.  The park is comprised of 40 acres.  During the warm months, the park is a busy place.  We have an outstanding softball and Little League facilities, which attract teams and players from a wide geographic area. 

Facilities include ballfields, premier playground and splash pad, tennis/pickleball courts, basketball court, picnic shelters, Knowlton House Museum and gardens and the Veterans Memorial.



***Monthly Newsletter***            

Allendale Lifelong Learners is a group that is growing and changing, but a friendly & social place for anybody aged 55 or older.  Kathy Hanes is the Allendale Lifelong Learners director.

Here are some web sites that are great reference guides geared toward seniors and those with special needs..
Legal Resources for Seniors
Veterans Benefits for Seniors
Making the Move to Assisted Living
Keeping Seniors Safe with While Remodeling
Disaster Preparedness for Seniors
Advanced Care Planning
Home Accommodations for Seniors
Aging Veteran's Guide to Planning for the Future
Tips for Seniors to Declutter and Organize their Home
Elder Care Resources

Senior Resources - Guide




Water & Sewer Departments

Wastewater Treatment Plant, location: 11624 40th Ave.
Service & Billing Information: 895-6295
Daytime emergencies: 895-5142
Evenings after 5 p.m. & weekends: 616 608-9710


Click Here for the 2019 Water Fact Sheet

Click Here for the 2019 Sewer Fact Sheet

Click Here for a Grand Rapids Water Rate Comparrison

Click Here for the 2017 Water Quality Report

Click Here for the 2018 Water Quality Report

Copy of the 2018 Annual ReportWater and Sewer Departments

Feasibility Study for the Waste Water Treatment Plant Expansion

2019 Update to water and sewer rates and connection fees




Knowlton House Museum


Voting Location:  Life Stream    6561 Lake Michigan Dr

Polls open at 7am - 8 pm

Attached is a map of the new Precinct changes for 2019 - Details


Click Here for Information on

   1.  Application to Register

   2.  Election Day Procedure

  3. Absentee Voter Ballot Application

  4.  Michigan Voter Information Center

 5.  Michigan Secretary of State


7 FAQs About Voting and Voter Registration

For more answers to Election questions go to mvic.sos.state.mi.us.

Hours of Operation

The Charter township hours are Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm.

Need to pay your bills?

Pay your tax and your water/sewer bills electronically....click here to pay by electronic checking or click here to pay by credit card

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Our Address:
6676 Lake Michigan Drive
PO Box 539
Allendale, MI, 49401

Hours of Operation:
The Township office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 am through 5 pm. 

Can't Find Something?

If there is any information that you would like to see added to the Township website, please contact Laurie Richards at 892-3111 or you can contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.