Emergency City Changes due to COVID-19

City Hall Closed to Public Traffic
Beginning Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Dowagiac City Hall will be closed to all public traffic by State of Michigan Executive Order.

Please rest assured that emergency services, Dowagiac Police Department and Dowagiac Fire Departments and Dowagiac Department of Public Service's essential utility services will be in place. Power, clean drinking water and public safety are paramount in any situation.

As we move through this unique situation together, please be patient with services across the Greater Dowagiac Area. You may see a temporary change in non-essential services.

You can still reach the City by phone or manage your payments and permits on line:
-Phone: 269.782.2195
-Web: CityofDowagiac.com
-Email: Utilities@dowagiac.org

These City locations are temporarily closed:
Dowagiac Area History Museum
Dowagiac Compost Area

Closed but working remotely (can be reached through website):
Assessor’s Office
Greater Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce
City Clerk
City Treasurer 

Changes for Utilities Customers:

NO Fees, NO disconnect
NO credit card fees
NO extensions needed
NO late fees
NO disconnections

 At the City of Dowagiac, we understand that the recent state and federal executive order temporarily closing some service industries has impacted our community, especially financially. In an effort to help our community face the uncertain financial future, beginning March 17, City residents and business owners will not be charged any processing fees when making payments by the following methods:

We strongly encourage customers with past due balances to continue to make efforts to pay.    If you are seeking assistance, please follow the guidelines below:

 1. Call the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) at (269) 445-0200 or visit www.michigan.gov/mdhhs to file for State Emergency Relief

2. After a decision has been made by MDHHS, call Salvation Army at (269) 684-2661

3. Call Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency (SMCAA) at (269) 925-9077

We know our customers are concerned about their families, businesses, and financial burdens, and ensuring that they have reliable utility services allows them to focus on staying healthy and well. We are committed to doing what we can to help our customers in this uncertain time.  Please use these options to reduce your stress, make your life a little easier, and keep you and your family healthy. As always, please call City Hall if you have an emergency or immediate need.


The City Compost Site is closed, under State Regulations for COVID-19, until further notice.

Curbside pick up will happen automatically -  Crews will collect brush/branches and leaves/grass.

As a schedule is developed, we will post it here.  Until then, please place your brush and leaves out for collection, and follow the guidelines below. 


  • Limbs must be less than 8" in diameter and neatly stacked. Small limbs, branches and twigs must be placed in a container (bags, boxes or cans). No stumps or root-balls will be picked up.  The city reserves the right to exclude from pick-up brush piles which are extraordinary in size or volume or brush piles from contractor removals.
  • Grass clippings and leaves  can be bagged, boxed, canned, or neatly piled curbside for the leaf vac.   Be sure to separate out limbs and twigs.
  • Containers will be emptied by the City's crew onto the truck and returned curbside to be re-used or properly disposed of by the resident.
  • Materials for pick-up must be placed behind the curb – not in the street.
  • No building materials, machined lumber, root-balls, stones, trash, garbage, litter, or fecal material will be accepted or removed.

Violations will be cited in accordance with the city's blight ordinance.