Welcome to Scottville, Michigan!

Scottville’s recorded history began in 1874 when the town was mapped as a station on the Pere Marquette’s Railroad. It was first called Mason Center because of its location in the county. Later, it was renamed Sweetland, after James Sweetland, who built a sawmill here in 1878. Sweetland sold the mill a year later to Hiram Scott. Scott officially platted the land in 1882 and named it after himself. It was incorporated as a village in 1889 and as a city in 1907. Today, Scottville remains the agricultural center of Mason County.

Announcements and Public Notice

The Scottville Police Department is accepting applications for a Full Time Officer. Follow the link below to download an application. Paper copies are also available at City Hall.

Police Department Application

*Refuse & Recycling bins may be placed on curb no earlier than 5 pm Monday evening, and no later than 7 am Tuesday morning.  Furthermore, they will need to be pulled back in no later than 6 pm Tuesday evening. We  understand these time frames do not mesh with everyone’s schedule, and are willing to work with residents who have a legit schedule conflict/no other options. This ordinance revision is meant not to be a burden, but to set clearer standards on cleanliness expectations within city limits.

  • We just want to remind everyone that you can place one bulky item to the curb on the 1st Tuesday of each month. Examples of items would be: mattress, table, chair, couch, vacuum, microwave, tv, etc. You cannot use a black or other color garbage bag as your 1 item. If you have any questions, please call city hall.

For a copy of acceptable items to recycle please go to the Bulletin Board Page and click on the Recycling Link.

Residents can have a trash cart rather than using city trash bags.  You must come into City Hall to sign up for the trash cart.  The cost is $17 per month and will be billed on your water bill.  This is a voluntary program and those wishing to continue to use city bags are welcome to do so.


The Scottville City Commission meets regularly the FIRST and THIRD Monday of EVERY month at 5:30 pm unless notified otherwise. These meetings are open to the public.

Check out the city calendar in the events tab for a schedule of free concerts at the Band Shell, along with lots of other great things to do this summer!

Representative Curt VanderWall holds monthly Coffee Hours at City Hall.  Please check our Facebook page for dates and times.

This time of year we get a lot of questions regarding”Seasonal Ordinances”

The links below will provide general information, you are always welcome to call if you have further questions. A complete list of ALL CITY ORDINANCES can be found  by clicking the “code of ordinances” tab in the top right corner of this page.


Garage Sales




We want to thank the Mason County Community Foundation for awarding the Scottville Police Department a $3,000 grant which allowed them to purchase an in car computer for the police cruiser.  This computer allows our officers to complete their reports and run information while staying out of the streets protecting our citizens.  This project may not have been possible without the support of the Mason County Community Foundation.

  • We are happy to announce that we now offer the Big Red Barrel here at City Hall.  This barrel is used to deposit medications that are no longer needed or outdated.  We just ask that you place the pills in a sealed Ziploc bag.  If you have liquids or creams we ask that those too be placed in Ziploc bags, however, please add paper towels to the bag to soak up the liquids.  We cannot accept needles or aerosol containers


  • We are happy to announce that we now accept credit & debit cards for payment on water bills, taxes, garbage bags, Riverside Park & other misc. items. The company that processes these cards charges a fee to use the service, but that is paid directly to them through the card and in no way comes back to the city.