County Government


Emmet County Courthouse John Watson Community Resource Center

200 Division Street
Petoskey Michigan 49770
Phone: (231) 348-1702

3434 Harbor-Petoskey (M-119) Rd
Harbor Springs, Mi 49740
Phone: (231) 348-1735

County Building General Office Hours
8:00am - 5:00pm  Monday - Friday

John Watson Center General Office Hours
8:00am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday


Fee Schedule


County offices closed the following days:

2015 Holiday 2016
Thursday, January 1, 2015 New Year's Day Friday, January 1, 2016
Afternoon Only, April 3, 2015 Good Friday Friday afternoon, March 25, 2016
Monday, May 25, 2015 Memorial Day Monday, May 30, 2016
Monday, July 6, 2015 Fourth of July (observed) Monday, July 4, 2016
Monday, September 7, 2015 Labor Day Monday, September 5, 2016
Thursday, November 26, 2015 Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 24, 2016
Friday, November 27, 2015 Friday after Thanksgiving Friday, November 25, 2016
Thursday, December 24, 2015 Christmas Eve Friday, December 23, 2016
Friday, December 25, 2015 Christmas Day Monday, December 26, 2016

About Emmet County


The County of Emmet
Organized in 1853
County Seat - Petoskey

POPULATION: 2010 Census - 32,694

LAND AREA: 295,040 acres which includes: 197,677 acres of forested land, 113,285 acres of crop and pasture land, 10,400 acres of inland water area, 68 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline.

AIRPORTS: Pellston Regional Airport (PLN) served by Delta Airlines
Harbor Springs Municipal Airport (MGN)- Executive Class

ROADS: 92 miles of State trunk lines, 419.82 miles of paved county roads, 408.18 miles of gravel and earth county roads


  • Forest cover, scenic, rolling topography and Lake Michigan shoreline that combine to provide an excellent physical environment in which to live. Nearly 30% of the County's land area is in public ownership (state, federal, county and local government lands).
  • Year round recreational resources and facilities for swimming, boating, golfing, fishing, hunting, skating, snowmobiling and skiing. Also, a 287 acre County Park (Camp Pet-o-se-ga), which offers 32 camp sites with electric and water hook-up, a fully modern bath house, and cabin rentals, and the 550 acre Headlands , adjacent to the Village of Mackinaw City, which offers two recreation housing facilities and can accommodate up to twenty-five people. 
  • Four shopping centers, and the Petoskey Gaslight Shopping District. 
  • Excellent medial facilities - McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey, a regional facility with a large number of on staff medical specialists, unequaled in Northern Michigan. Several assisted living facilities, nursing homes and Bay Bluffs, an Emmet County Medical Care Facility. 
  • Excellent public and private schools, North Central Michigan College, local newspapers, radio and television stations, and churches of many denominations. 
  • Many cultural and civic organizations and activities at historic Bay View and the Crooked Tree Arts Center. 
  • Industrial parks and industrial sites, including airport locations. 
  • Five marinas - Bay Harbor, Harbor Springs, Petoskey, Ponshewaing, and Alanson. 
  • Besides a comprehensive community college curriculum, a business assistance center and a University Center is located at North Central Michigan College, with excellent facilities for conferences in a 71,000 sq. ft. Student and Community Resource Building. 
  • The County has 21 units of government, which includes 2 cities, 3 incorporated villages and 16 townships. 
  • Emmet County is also home to the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians, a native American Community that manages a gaming casino, and provides a variety of services for tribal members, including housing, health care and other social services.