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.
The City of Ionia is the largest city and the county seat of Ionia County, Michigan.
The City of Ionia is situated 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.
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Welcome Message From the Mayor
Come 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.
Copy courtesy of the Ionia Chamber of Commerce
Whether 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.
Due to COVID-19, the Governor has issued an Executive Order which impacts certain City Income Tax deadlines applicable to the 2019 tax year. Click on the document file below to view:
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Extension of City Income Tax Filing Deadlies (PDF)
Based on Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-21 (“stay at home” directive), City of Ionia operations have been reduced to “essential”. Effective 4:00PM, March 23, 2020, all City buildings are closed through April 13, 2020.
Dial-A-Ride remains in operation, with a change of hours to 9:00am to 3:30pm and no Saturday service, for essential transportation needs (groceries, medical appointments, etc).
Telephone voice mail messages and e-mail will periodically be monitored by City staff with responses provided as necessary.
For those wishing to make a utility payment or submit an income tax return, the drop box at City Hall is available and will be regularly emptied.
The Spring “Dump Your Junk” Day will be held on Saturday, April 18th from 8:00 am to Noon at the City’s Public Works Facility, 303 South Jackson Street. Click on the file below to download and review the program details.
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Spring Dump-Your-Junk details (PDF)
Brush and bagged yard waste will be picked up street side beginning Monday, April 20th. Click on the file below to download details.
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2020 Spring Brush Pick-Up Information (PDF)
What is the Census? What does the Census ask? How Does the Census benefit me? How can I participate in the census? Is the Census form secure? Find out the answers to these questions and more, by clicking on 'Download a file' link below:
View the 2020 US Census sample form by clicking on 'Visit Online' link below:
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2020 United States Census Information Q & A (PDF)
2020 United States Census Sample Form
Through the Mural Project, the community’s rich history will again come alive on the brick exterior of the majestic Ionia Theatre. Once completed, the mural will provide a snap shot of history from the late 1800’s to the 1960’s. The locomotive depicts the mode of travel used by thousands of visitors, national leaders, the beginning of the industrial age, and those looking to settle in the community. The painting of the great Hotel Bailey that once sat where the Theatre stands today. The service station was one of Ionia’s firsts. The Ionia Theatre is located on the first block of the downtown. It was chosen as a site for the first mural to begin the story. We invite you to become a partner in the Ionia Mural Project. Visit the DDA page for more information on this project, and click on the Ionia Mural Project in the File cabinet.
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Starting February 3, 2020, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will switch the traffic signal at the M-66 / Washington Street intersection to flash mode (flashing yellow caution for
M-66 traffic and flashing red stop for Washington Street traffic) until May 4, 2020 as MDOT evaluates the signal for possible removal.