CMU Students

Welcome to the City of Mt. Pleasant!

As student residents, you’ll have the opportunity to explore a new city while immersing yourself in college life. We’d like to make that easier, so we created a guide to your new home away from home!

The City of Mt. Pleasant is proud to be home to Central Michigan University. Along with bringing diversity and a unique perspective to our community, CMU students are a key part of the growth and economic development of Mt. Pleasant. You’re not just students—you’re residents as well.

Check out this guide to find useful information regarding parking rules, parties, things to do, refuse and recycling and more. Fire Up Chips! We’re happy to have you here.


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Party Smart

Hosting a party is a big responsibility. If you do decide to host a party in Mt. Pleasant, here are a few things you should know to avoid conflicts with neighbors and police.

    • Things to avoid
      • Open intoxicants are not permitted on public streets, sidewalks, alleys, vehicles on public roads or vehicles in parking lots, regardless of your age
      • You can be cited or arrested for attending or hosting a nuisance party
      • It is illegal to possess, sell or furnish alcohol if you are under the age of 21
      • Fighting or assaultive behavior is not tolerated
      • Knowingly crossing a police line or police zone after being requested to leave is a misdemeanor
      • Do not drink and drive
      • Loud music and/or noise
    • Tips for the host
      • Designate a sober contact person to oversee the party and meet police and assist them if they come to the door
      • Notify neighbors beforehand with accurate number of people attending and a contact name and number
      • Contact police and advise them of contact person’s name and number
      • Keep people inside of the house or apartment
      • The host is responsible for guests both during the party and may be held liable when they leave
      • Pick up all trash immediately following the party

    Learn more about commonly violated City ordinances here.

Refuse and recycling

Don’t miss getting your refuse or recycling out by getting to know Mt. Pleasant’s guidelines to refuse and recycling in the city.

    • Refuse
      • Single-family dwellings and duplexes are required to use the City’s bag/tag program for refuse collection. Residents of a rooming house or a multi-unit apartment complex must use a refuse cart or dumpster, and arrangements for collection must be made with a waste hauler who is licensed to operate within the City limits.
    • Recycling
      • If you live in a single family home within the city limits, you are eligible for curbside recycling collection. The current charge for this service is $1.50 per month and is listed as a separate item on your water and sewer bill. A blue City recycling bin is required. If you do not have a blue City bin, you may purchase a replacement for $6.00 at the Public Works office, located at 1303 N. Franklin St., or at City Hall.
      • Residents of rooming houses and multi-family dwellings may also participate. To find out if you qualify for this service, please contact the Public Works office at (989) 779-5401.
      • Recyclable materials should be placed in the blue City recycling bin and set out for collection in the designated area no earlier than 5:00 p.m. the day before collection and removed from the street view and alley right-of-way by midnight on collection day. Call Public Works at 989-779-5401 to find out your collection day and designated area.
      • If all of your recyclable materials will not fit inside the bin, you may use another container, such as an old laundry basket, another bin, etc. Large boxes must be flattened and cut into sections no larger than 2’ x 3’. All recyclables must be clean.
      • Residents of apartment complexes (four or more units) are not eligible for curbside recycling – prepaid or not – according to the current City ordinance.

    NOTE: Rooming house and multi-unit apartment complexes are defined as having four or more units in the building.

    Learn more about refuse and recycling in the City here or download the City’s Refuse & Recycling Guide. Contact the Division of Public Works with questions at 989-779-5401.

Property Appearance

When renting in the City of Mt. Pleasant, the tenant is responsible for the maintenance of the house and yard, including trash disposal, and letting the Fire Department and owner know in writing of any unsafe, unhealthy or illegal conditions. Follow these tips and check with your landlord or rental company to help make your Mt. Pleasant renting experience a positive one.

    • Inoperable Vehicles
      • Inoperative vehicles may be stored in enclosed buildings such as garages. However, outside storage on private property exceeding ten days of any vehicle that doesn’t have a running engine, a functioning battery and accessories and/or is not licensed or insured is prohibited by City ordinance. Covering the vehicle with a tarp is also an unacceptable form of storage.
    • Yard Maintenance
      • Grass and weeds must be kept shorter than 12” during the growing season. Lawns taller than 12” may be cut without notice by the City contractor.
      • Check with your landlord or rental company for further guidance on sidewalk maintenance
    • Sidewalk Maintenance
      • Snow should be removed, at the owners expense, within 24 hours of snowfall
      • All commercial properties are required to keep sidewalks clear
      • Check with your landlord or rental company for further guidance on sidewalk maintenance
    • Furniture
      • Indoor furniture should not be placed anywhere outdoors. Only outdoor furniture is allowed.
    • Animals
      • A maximum of three dogs or cats over the age of four months are allowed in any city residence
      • Dogs older than six months must be licensed annually in the City of Mt. Pleasant, even if they are already licensed in a different city
      • It is the responsibility of the pet owner to keep their yard and house area free of animal waste
      • It is the responsibility of the pet owner to immediately clean up any animal waste on public property
      • Dogs must be leashed at all times unless in a fenced yard

    Learn more about City ordinances pertaining to the property in which you live on our Code Enforcement page.

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The safety of our residents is important to us. Here are some important tips to remember to help keep yourself, those around you and the property in which you live safe.

Personal Safety

    • While on Foot
      • Move confidently and be aware of your surroundings at all times
      • Try not to travel alone
      • Plan your route and avoid vacant lots, alleys and deserted areas
      • Switch streets, direction or head to a lighted area if you believe someone is following you
      • Keep your purse and personal belongings close to your body
      • Have your car or house key in your hand before you reach the door
      • Carry only what you need
      • Get to know your neighborhood before walking at night or alone
    • While in the Car
      • Always lock your car and take your keys with you
      • Check inside and outside of your car prior to getting in the vehicle
      • Keep your gas tank at least ¼ full
      • Keep your doors locked while driving
      • After dark, park in a well-lit area
      • Avoid isolated areas
      • Never pick up hitchhikers
    • While at home
      • Remain aware of your surroundings at all times and trust your intuition
      • Get to know your neighbors, they can play an essential role in keeping you and your home safe
      • Keep your doors and windows locked at all times, even when you are there
      • Do not answer the door for strangers and confirm legitimacy of police and repair personnel before letting them into your home
      • Make sure your house number is visible from the street to assist fire and police personnel in emergencies
      •  Leave a light on when you are away to help prevent burglary
      • Test your fire and carbon monoxide alarms in your home
      • Keep a list of emergency numbers in your home
      • If you feel unsafe or to report suspicious behavior, call Central Dispatch at 989-773-1000
      • Call 911 in case of emergency

Fire Safety

It’s important to take preventative measures to ensure your safety in case of a fire. Get information from this list of fire safety tips from the U.S. Fire Administration or contact the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department at 989-779-5105.

    • Avoid these common housing violations to increase your safety and reduce the risk of fire:
      • Loft beds must be installed with 30 inches between the top of the sleeping surface and the ceiling
      • If you have a loft or bunk bed, a smoke alarm must also be present in the room
      • Rooms with no second way out, like those in basements, will be discontinued in use in accordance with the housing code
      • It is not permitted to have combustible material, like trash, accumulate in or outside of building
      • Extension cords may not be affixed to structures, extended through walls, ceilings or floors and may not be used as a substitute for permanent wiring
      • You will be asked to remove or display properly all improperly installed holiday lights
      • Avoid use of hasp locks as doors must be readily operable without the need for keys, special knowledge or effort with the exception of those permitted by the International Building Code
      • The interior must be kept in a sanitary and structurally sound condition
      • Flags, posters and tapestries hung on ceilings is prohibited by the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department

Get notified of emergencies with CodeRED

    • Be notified immediately about emergencies and severe weather information by signing up for CodeRED. This system delivers messages, free of charge, to all areas of Isabella County. Sign up to receive these messages by e-mail, landline or cell phone here. A mobile app is now available for most smart phones.

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Parking

Knowing where you can park your vehicle can help you avoid unwanted tickets and fines.

    • Vehicles can only be parked on prepared driveways and streets
    • It is prohibited to park in yards, across sidewalks and across portions of alley roadways
    • Parking is prohibited on City streets from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. from Dec. 1 to April 1
    • There’s no overnight parking in the Central business District at any time of the year
    • Parking permits may be obtained from the Department of Building Safety
    • Downtown, overnight parking for residents is permit only
    • Only the right wheel/passenger side of the vehicle may be parked by the curb

    Learn more about parking herepay a ticket or appeal a ticket.

Register to Vote

    • Voting is an essential part of being a community member. Learn more here about registering to vote and elections in the City of Mt. Pleasant.

Utility Setup and Billing

Set up a new rental account, make changes to an existing account and pay your City utility bills online

    • Click here to establish a new rental account or make changes to an existing account
    • Did you know you can pay your City utility bills online? Learn more about utility bills or set up your account here. Make sure to talk to your landlord or rental company before setting up your account.

Get your Questions Answered

Important Links

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Things to Do

  • As you step away from campus, the City of Mt. Pleasant offers so much for you to do all year!
    • The City takes great pride in providing fantastic outdoor spaces and top notch recreation programs to area residents. Visit the Mt. Pleasant Parks and Recreation page to explore our parks and your options for fitness programs or the next soccer, softball or kickball league.
    • Downtown Mt. Pleasant offers shopping, dinner, art and more! Follow Downtown Mt. Pleasant on Facebook to learn about the things you can do and deals you can grab.
    • Check out the calendar of events to stay up-to-date with the events happening around the City

Volunteer with the City

    • Help advance the programs and services offered in Mt. Pleasant by donating your time, knowledge and talents at one of our community events or programs. Find a regularly-updated list of volunteer opportunities here.

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