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City Clerk

City Clerk's Office

The City Clerk serves as the liaison between the public and City Council and is the City’s keeper of records. The City Clerk also acts as the City’s chief elections official, administering all federal, state, and local elections.

City Meeting Schedule

Looking to participate in a City meeting? The schedule for the 2021 City meetings can be viewed here.


Elections

Visit our elections page for information about voter registration, absentee ballots, or if you’re interested in volunteering as a precinct inspector.

CONTACT

City Clerk's Office

Ferndale City Hall
300 E. Nine Mile Rd.
Ferndale, MI 48220

(248) 546-2525 (Option #5)

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Municipal Ordinances

Ferndale’s City Charter and Code of Ordinances are online in a searchable Municode document. While every attempt is made to keep this online version current, it should be used for reference only. Contact the City Clerk's Office for the most recent ordinances.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests

The Ferndale City Clerk's Office processes Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for City departments pursuant to the Michigan Freedom of Information Act.

For more information, please visit the FOIA page.


Marriages

The Mayor performs marriage ceremonies by appointment at City Hall in the Council Chambers. Ceremonies must be confirmed and paid for at least 48 hours prior. A marriage license is required by state law. The license is issued by the county clerk from the county in which either one of the parties reside. If both parties are non-residents of the state, you must obtain the license from the county in which the marriage will be performed. Fill out the downloadable form and email it to Deputy City Clerk, Hira Khan. We will then contact you to confirm the date requested is available. Please contact the City Clerk's Office for more information or questions.

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Does the City perform marriages?

Marriage ceremonies are held on the third Thursday of each month, in 15 minute increments starting at 6:00 p.m. Ceremonies must be confirmed and paid at least 48 hours after the application submission. A marriage license is required by state law. The license is issued by the county clerk from the county in which either one of the parties reside. If both parties are non-residents of the state, you must obtain the license from the county in which the marriage will be performed. To inquire about a date, please fill out the downloadable form and email it to Deputy City Clerk, Hira Khan. We will then contact you to confirm the date requested is available. Please contact the City Clerk's Office for more information or questions.

How do I submit a FOIA request?

Visit our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) page, complete the form, and either email or deliver in person to the City Clerk's Office.

How do I obtain a birth or death certificate?

The Oakland County Clerk and Office of Register of Deeds manages birth and death certificates for all municipalities located in its jurisdiction. 

If you are looking to obtain a copy of a birth or death certificate, or any related information, contact the Oakland County Clerk's Department of Vital Records at 248-858-0571 or by email at clerkvital@oakgov.com.

When are City Council meetings held?

City Council meetings are held on the second and fourth Monday of each month, at 7:00 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers. To learn more about meetings and regulations, see our Council rules.

How do I apply for a City Board or Commission?

Check our Boards & Commissions page for current vacancies and to complete our online application.

What are the qualifications for Mayor and City Council positions?

Candidates must be:

  • Twenty-five years of age or older,
  • A citizen of the United States,
  • And a resident of the City of Ferndale at least two years immediately preceding the election at which they seek to be elected for office.

Election is non-partisan and members serve at large (not representing any particular section of the City).

How do I get on the ballot?

Per Chapter IV of the City Charter, prospective candidates must submit nominating petitions bearing no fewer than 100 and no more than 150 signatures of registered Ferndale voters.

What if I have questions once I’m an official candidate?

  • All candidates will be provided with a comprehensive candidate handbook, which will answer many questions.
  • Election-related questions should be directed to the City Clerk. Information will be shared with all candidates.
  • Questions about City operations should be directed to the City Manager. Information will be shared with all candidates.
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