Public Safety Department

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Benton Harbor Police Services

The Public Safety department seeks to prevent crime, violence, and fires by educating and building relationships with our community. If you have an emergency please call 911.

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Benton Harbor Fire Services

If you have an emergency please call 911. We provide fire safety, fire prevention and investigation, smoke detector usage, and information to keep our residents safe.

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Benton Harbor Code Compliance

Our combined codes ensure that structures are built safely, property is well maintained, and residents are granted permission for certain activities in a fair and equitable manner.

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City of Benton Harbor

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Community & Economic Development

The Community and Economic Development (CED) department strives to foster a better quality of life for Benton Harbor residents. Learn more about the Vacant Lot Revitalization Purchase Program and the Community Development Block Grant Program.

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City Assessor

Tax assessments are mailed out every year in February. Click below for information on your assessment, tax forms, and to view an assessing calendar. Through the Step Forward Michigan program, you may be eligible for an interest-free loan to assist you with tax payments if you have had a qualifying hardship.

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Announcement Area

The City of Benton Harbor will be experiencing subzero temperatures for approximately the next seventy-two (72) hours.

In response, the city is requesting that citizens make sure areas where plumbing is exposed (i.e. basements, crawl spaces, etc.) are adequately heated to avoid the possibility of water lines freezing. Additionally, the City is advising residents to allow their water to drip, through Saturday morning (February 2, 2019), to provide movement through their plumbing and water mains. While there have been no indications of excessive frost penetration, it is important that these measures be taken into account to prevent any potential difficulties.
Darwin Watson, City Manager
City of Benton Harbor, MI

An advisory to the Drinking Water Customers of the City of Benton Harbor

Every three years, the City of Benton Harbor conducts testing of tap water in the City’s homes for lead and copper as required by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

This summer, we collected water samples from thirty homes. Eight of those homes were above the Action Level of 15 parts per billion (ppb) for lead. The 90th percentile of samples was 22 ppb for lead.

All the Drinking Water Customers of the City of Benton Harbor, please open and read this notice:Public Education Document for Lead and Copper

Read more — COBH Public Advisory

Benton Harbor Free Lead and Copper Testing Results
Lead and Copper Information Sheet
BH Lead and Copper Results for 2018

For more information please view these documents:
Lead Poisoning Prevention BCHD
Lead In Drinking Water (EPA)
Cleaning Your Aerators
Resident Sampling Instructions (Lead and Copper)

Information is also available on the following websites:
Berrien County Health Department: