Banks Township established in 1898

Banks Township Boards Information and Minutes

Banks Township Board

Next meeting:

Monday, March 19th, 2018 @ 6:00 PM

at the Township Office in Ellsworth.

This meeting will include Budget Hearings for the General Fund, Liquor Fund, Roads Fund, and Vehicle Fund.

Banks Township is soliciting bids to complete two projects at the Banks Township Hall, 6520 Center Street, PO Box 68, Ellsworth, Michigan 49729.

Proposals must be received by the township clerk prior to 5 PM on March 19, 2018. Email: or Banks Township Clerk, PO Box 68, Ellsworth, MI 49729 or deliver to office in person.

1. Township Hall Roof: Remove old roofing. Install Ice and water shield over entire roof. Install new drip edge. Install Certainteed Landmark Pro shingles or equivalent. Install new ridge vent and matching cap. Clean up and haul away debris.

2. Township Hall Driveway: Remove damaged asphalt and repave.

3. Township Hall Parking Lot: Seal coat parking lot and reline.

Please contact the Clerk for more information. 231-588-6126. s/ Donna L. Heeres, Banks Township Clerk

For budgets, tax data, zoning ordinances, and all forms and applications, please see the Forms/Applications Page

Please Note:

In addition to web page posting, required Public Announcements will be placed in the Antrim Review, formerly the Bellaire Review. These announcements will include Township Board, Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Board of Review, notice of ordinance amendments, etc.

Banks Township Planning Commission

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 @ 6:00 PM

at the Township Office in Ellsworth.

Please notice that the March meeting has been cancelled due to lack of quorum.

Additional Resources/Contact Information for Property Owners


For the 2017 newsletter, please click here.

For the 2016 newsletter, please click here.

Invasive Plants

Banks Township and the Antrim Conservation District have been working for the past several years to control invasive phragmites on the Lake Michigan shoreline. If you know of a patch of phragmites within Antrim County, please contact Dustin Jordan at the Antrim Conservation District (231) 533-8363 or to report it. An address of the property is helpful.



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Zoning Ordinance

Banks Township, Antrim County, Michigan

An ordinance to provide for the establishment of zoning districts in Banks Township, Antrim County, Michigan in accordance with the provisions of the township rural zoning act, act 184 of public acts of 1943 as amended, to provide for the administration of said ordinance and penalties for the violation thereof.

Click here to see the Master Plan, Zoning Ordinance, 1910 Plat Map, and Parcel Division Ordinance.

General Information

Freedom of Information Act

Freedom of Information Act Policy effective July 1, 2015

Click here to see the latest information about 911 signs.

Boat Safety

Click here to read the new boat safety requirements for Michigan.

Mission Statement for Community Center

The Banks Township Board & Ellsworth Village Council have jointly adopted a Mission Statement for our Town Center Project. The Mission Statement, developed during a strategic planning work session of the two municipalities, will guide future development in the Downtown Ellsworth area and serve as a basis for grant applications and growth of the community. Click here to view the document.

Recreation Plan

Click here to see the new Community Recreation Plan for the Village of Ellsworth and Banks Township.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

click here

Hazards Mitigation Plan

To see the recently adopted Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan, please click here.

For the Township Board's resolution regarding the hazards mitigation plan, please click here.