City of Ionia

Welcome to the City of Ionia, Michigan

Nestled in the heart of Michigan, the City of Ionia is a dynamic community of more than 10,000 residents and 60,000 county wide. Come share the beauty, charm and history of Ionia.

A Great Place to Live

Welcome to the City of IoniaThe City of Ionia is the largest city and the county seat of Ionia County, Michigan.

The City of Ionia is located mostly within Ionia Township, with small portions extending into Easton Township and Berlin Township, but we are politically autonomous of the townships. Google Map

Here on our website, you can quickly find information you need. Download files, make applications, get connected, and learn about our City. We are happy to assist you. If questions, please phone City offices at 616-527-4170.

History Meets a Vibrant Future

Visit Downtown IoniaCome savor the simple pleasures of life in Ionia and discover the many benefits our City has to offer.

Ionia is nestled in the heart of the Grand River Valley, “In the Middle of it All.” Our city features a beautifully renovated downtown business district and a modernized industrial center.

Ionia offers picturesque countryside along the scenic Grand River, rich farm lands, beautiful homes and a central location with easy access to Grand Rapids and Lansing.

Ionia is home to numerous recreational and cultural opportunities where our history is combined with a vibrant future. Our area offers excellent educational programs and a broad spectrum of medical services.

Whether you want to attend inviting events, walk along the Grand River or our extensive rail trails, enjoy our neighborhood parks and state recreational area, visit the Ionia County Museum, buy from the local farm markets, catch a current movie at the historic and beautifully restored Ionia Theatre, or view creations of local artisans, it is available to you in Ionia.

We are proud to share the beauty, charm and history of our community, as well as the fun, exploring, outdoor recreation, shopping and dining. Situated along the scenic Grand River, conveniently located just a few minutes north of I-96, Ionia offers a central location for day trips to Lake Michigan, as well as easy access to downtown areas of Lansing, Grand Rapids, and many other regional attractions. Our vibrant community is family friendly and retains the charm of its origins, yet has a strong link to the future. Our beautiful historic Downtown District features a unique blend of shops and eateries.

Here in Ionia, we put our heritage proudly on display in the present. Ionia’s blend of past, present and future, with it’s proximity to nature, culture and industry, makes it the perfect place to spend a day, a weekend or longer… Rich with history, neatly restored, and positioned for future growth, we think you will find Ionia a great place to visit and an even better place to live.

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City Mayor Daniel A. Balice

City of Ionia Mayor, Daniel A. Balice
Meet the Mayor and City Council

City Manager

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Meeting Schedule

Meeting Reminder red pinThe current year schedule for City Council, Planning Commission, and Downtown Development Authority meetings, are available to view at the following link:

Ionia City Hall:
Resources and Answers

Ionia City HallWhether you are a long-time resident, someone new to our community, a current business, or a new business looking to grow and expand, the City of Ionia wants to be helpful to you. Please look to us for answers, resources and ideas.

Check out our handy Search engine, our Staff directory, and our City calendar. You can make Online payments, download Meeting agendas and minutes, find out about Planning and zoning... and if you have a question or concern, you may Write to us here.

You may also phone us at 616-527-4170. Thank you for your interest and participation with the City of Ionia.

City News

RFQ for City Website Design

The City of Ionia is accepting responses to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to find a firm or organization to design, develop, and provide ongoing maintenance/hosting of a new City website. The submission deadline is Friday, February 10, 2023, at 4:00 PM ET. Interested parties shall submit one paper copy and one electronic copy (on a thumb drive) by U.S. Mail to:

City of Ionia
Attn: Precia Garland - Website RFQ
P.O. Box 496
114 N. Kidd Street
Ionia, MI 48846

Additional details can be found in the full RFQ linked below.

Bid Opportunity - Fred Thwaites River Trail Improvement Project

The City of Ionia is currently accepting bids for the Fred Thwaites River Trail Improvement Project. Responses are due no later than 2:00 PM on February 16, 2023.

A complete copy of the bid specifications is attached below.

2023 Seasonal Waste Disposal Services

The City of Ionia offers its residents a variety of waste disposal programs throughout the year. All of the programs are FREE OF CHARGE. Details and schedule, regarding these programs, are presented in the document 'Download a File' shown below these following programs:

  • Spring 'Dump-Your-Junk' Day
  • Fall 'Dump-Your-Junk' Day
  • Spring - Brush and Yard Waste Removal Program
  • Fall - Brush Removal Program
  • Bagged Leaves Pick-Up Program
  • Christmas Tree Recycling Program

Public Notices

The Ionia City Council will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, February 1 at 7:00 PM, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 114 N. Kidd Street, Ionia, MI 48846, to receive comments on Ordinance No. 571. This ordinance updates the business zoning districts and rezones three parcels into the Health Services District.

The Ionia City Council will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, February 1 at 7:00 PM, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 114 N. Kidd Street, Ionia, MI 48846, to receive comments on the proposed Second Amendment to the City of Ionia - Township of Ionia 2001 Contract for Conditional Transfer of Property, Public Act 425 of 1984.

The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) will conduct a public hearing on Monday, February 6 at 6:30 PM, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 114 N. Kidd Street, Ionia, MI 48846, to receive comments on a 12-month temporary use extension request for The Machine Three, LLC (Arcanna) at 29 Beardsley Road, Ionia, MI 48846.

The Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, February 8 at 4:30 PM, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 114 N. Kidd Street, Ionia, MI 48846, to receive comments on a Special Land Use application for a mobile food vending park at 260 S. Dexter Street.

To view the corresponding public notices; click on the files below.

Food Truck Permits

The City of Ionia regulates all food trucks as Mobile Food Vending Units (MFVUs) in Chapter 1293 of the City Codified Ordinances. A permit is required to operate anywhere within the City's corporate boundary. Food trucks associated with a public event/street closure will need to be included on the Parade and Street Closure permit application.

All regulations related to food trucks can be found in the attached Chapter 1293. The permit applications associated with food trucks are also attached below.

City Calendar

City of Ionia City Calendar

114 North Kidd Street Map
Post Office Box 496
Ionia, Michigan 48846
Phone 616-527-4170

Fax 616-527-0810

Business Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:00a - 4:00p
(Holiday exception)


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