Frequently Requested Information

Below are items of interest for prospective, new, and long-time residents of Pleasant Ridge:

The Ridger

The Ridger is the City’s quarterly newsletter with up-to-date information about things happening around the City.

Click here for current and back issues of the Ridger to see what’s gone on in Pleasant Ridge now and over the years.

Community Facilities

  • City Hall is open Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 5 pm.
  • The community center, located at 4 Ridge Road, is the recreation hub for the community. It features a wellness center, the community pool, activity rooms that are used for a wide range of classes, and meeting rooms that are available for rent by residents for meetings or events. Check out the recreation page for more details.
  • Check out our newly improved Gainsboro Park. It is located along the east edge of town, stretching from Sylvan nearly 1/2 mile to the north City boundary. The park includes athletic fields, a walking path system, tennis courts, a shelter building with bathrooms, outdoor gathering space, 2-5 and 5-12 year old playgrounds, a community garden, and a dog park.
  • Stop by the Community Center to pick up an access pass for after-hours access to the Wellness Center.

City Services

Check out the Public Works page for full details on City services. A summary follows:

  • Garbage, recycling, and yard waste pickup day is Monday. You may place garbage and recycling at the curb on Sunday evening after 6 p.m.
  • Residents must remove empty trash and recycling carts from the curb within 24 hours after garbage pickup.
  • All garbage must be placed at the curb in watertight containers. Do not place bags at the curb. Bags can attract animals, including unwanted rodents.
  • Garbage or recycling pickup issues or questions? Check or contact them by phone at (248) 288-5150.
  • Loose brush pickup is on the third Tuesday of each month.
  • The City provides curbside leaf pickup in the fall, usually starting the last week in October and continuing for 6 weeks. Residents may rake leaves into piles at the curb. More details are posted to the website as leaf pickup season approaches.
  • The City provides rock salt to residents during the late fall and winter.
  • Streets are swept once a month, on the second Monday or shortly thereafter. Additional sweepings are done in the spring when necessary, and based on contractor availability.

Boards and Commissions

  • Interested in serving on one of our City’s boards or commissions? Click Here for an application. Openings are filled annually by the City Commission in December or January.


  • By City Ordinance, each resident is responsible for maintaining the sidewalks in front of their house. However, the City periodically does sidewalk improvement projects at public cost. 
  • The City also offers a cost-share program for residents who are replacing defective sidewalk flags in front of their house. Refer to the Public Works page for more details.

Street Trees

  • Street trees located in the greenbelt area between the sidewalk and the street are public property. Refer to the Public Works page for more details on street tree maintenance and new tree planting options.

Dogs and Pets

  • Dog licenses are required. You can purchase a one or three-year license for your dog online or at City Hall. Click Here for full details.
  • Pleasant Ridge has a dog park. Click Here for full details about the park and how to become a member.
  • Dogs are required to be on a leash at all times when on public property. This includes sidewalks and walking paths through parks. Dogs are only allowed off-leash in the dog park or on your own private property.
  • Please – be considerate and pick up your dog’s waste. No one wants to smell, look at or step in dog excrement.
  • A maximum of three dogs and/or cats are allowed per household by City Ordinance.

Garage Sales

Garage sales require a permit. You can get a permit at City Hall. Permits are free, except permits for the City-wide garage sale held on the third Saturday of May each year are $25.

Water Residential Assistance Program (WRAP)

Pleasant Ridge residents who meet certain income criteria are eligible for assistance with paying water bills and with plumbing repairs and upgrades. This is a program of the Great Lakes Water Authority. Refer to this flyer and the Water and Sewer Department page for more information (scroll down to the bottom).

Rodent Information

Pleasant Ridge is located in a densely developed part of the region, and rodents are a fact of life in our environment. We experience issues with rodents here, along with all of our neighboring and nearby communities. Fortunately, there are simple steps that residents can take to minimize the presence of rodents in our City. The most important thing is to not provide attractive living conditions for rodents, and to eliminate food and water sources.

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