Welcome to the Website of the TOWNSHIP OF LAWRENCE in MICHIGAN


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Thanks for stopping by to learn more about LAWRENCE. You can find information on our site about ongoing projects and events in LAWRENCE, community news and contacts for various public service departments.

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If you have a medical emergency please call 911

Dump Passes One load Free

Township/Village Dump Passes for April start March 25-April

One per residence. Pick yours up at the Lawrence Township Hall,

411 N. Paw Paw Street, Lawrence, MI. 

(Note: picture is old one. The new ones you will receive will be for April 2024)



Board Meeting

Lawrence Township Hall




          The residents and property owners of Lawrence Township, Van Buren County, Michigan, and any other interested parties.


Please take notice that a Regular Board Meeting of the LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES will be held on April 11 at 6:00 p.m. Note Time Change  It will be held in-person at the Lawrence Township Hall 411 N. Paw Paw St. Lawrence, MI 49064.


Starting with the April 2023 meeting we will no longer be offering internet connection for the public. If you have questions or want a copy of the Agenda the week of the meeting please feel free to contact Clerk Janssen at 269-674-4255 or at


 The public may participate in the meeting via computer or smart phone, through, using the following link.  For best performance, please download the desktop or mobile app for Free Conference Call (FCC). Online meeting ID: clerk060


The public may also participate by calling into the phone numbers below: Non-Toll-Free number (760) 548-9303 or Toll Free (844) 854-2222 and providing access code 475629#



  All meeting will be held in-person at 411 N. Paw Paw St. Lawrence, MI 49064.





The Lawrence Township Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing on Monday, April 22, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. at the Township Hall located at 411 N. Paw Paw Street, Lawrence, MI 49064.


The purpose of the hearing will be:

  1. To hear variance requests to the required side yard setback in Section 1-9.17 (B) (1) (b) Lawrence Township Zoning Ordinance, and for the expansion of a nonconforming building . The Address is 58991 Territorial Rd, Parcel ID #80-13-160-003-00, to allow for the construction of a deck to the existing residence.
  1. To hear variance requests to the required front yard setback and waterfront setback listed in schedule A of the Lawrence Township Zoning Ordinance, and for the expansion of a nonconforming building. The Address is 48692 Main St., Parcel IF #80-13-180-021-00, to allow for the construction of two additions, expansion of the front porch, reconstruction of the lakeside deck and screened porch, and a second floor over a portion of the existing residence.

Those unable to attend the public hearing are invited to submit written comments to the attention of the Chairperson of the Zoning Board Appeals by emailing the Township Clerk at the email address below or by mail: PO Box 445, Lawrence, MI 49064.

A copy of the meeting information may be found on the Township’s homepage at before the meeting. A copy of the application and this notice will be on file at the Township Hall.


For additional questions, please call the number below.

Judy Janssen, Township Clerk  

411 N. Paw Paw St.

Lawrence, MI 49064

Phone (269) 674-4255



for details look under "Public Notices" header above


Election Commission Meeting Friday, April 12, 2024 at 11 am.



 Public Accuracy Test for the May 7, 2024 VBC Library Special Election has been scheduled for Friday, April 19, 2024 at 11:00 am. 

Commeodities Food Distributions

(Second Tuesdays and extra day usually until noon or when done) at the Township Hall Parking Lot

Lawrence Township/Village

Senior Citizens


At the Township Hall 

"Old Lion's Club Building"

We will be back at the Lawrence Township Hall

411 S. Paw Paw St. for our monthly lunches

Next One April 22, 2024

{ Lunch and BINGO!}

2nd and 4th Mondays of each month (except Dec.)

Social at 11am/Lunch at 11:30ish and

we usually play BINGO 12:30 to 1:30pm or have a speaker


Remember to come get your free lunch if you are at least 60 years old

and live in Lawrence Village or Township and Hamilton Township now.

Others joining us can pay our cost of $12


We are always looking for prizes for our Bingo! If you have any new (or like New) items you would like to donate please drop them off at the Township Hall (7am-3pm, Mon.-Thru.) or bring them to the Monday lunches. Thank you


We have Game Wednesdays from 1-3pm in the Township's Hall.


Stretch Yoga for seniors is Mondays 10am at the Township Hall. Thursdays regular yoga is at the Lawrence Library at 5pm


Our calendar for 2024 will be posted under Senior Services Tab on our website soon.

our 2024 calender is being worked on by the committee.

Stretch & Strengthen Classes

Presented by Carol Iverson


Mondays: Senior Stretch & Strength

10:00am - 11:00am

At Township Hall

(Free for our 60+ age community members

Others may make a donation for attending)


Thursdays: REGULAR YOGA - 5:00 to 6:00pm

At the Lawrence Library  SENIORS FREE


See detailed discriptions under our Sr Services Tab above.

Battery Recycling Now Available

The Van Buren Conservation District & local partners are starting lithium-ion battery recycling near you! Stop into our drop-off locations to safely and properly dispose of your batteries. Questions? Contact Kalli at 269-633-9314 or 

* For fire safety, tape the battery ends before transporting them.

Recycle at these Locations:
- Antwerp Sunshine Library
 - Bangor Branch Library
 - Covert Branch Library 
- Hartford Public Library
 - Lawrence Branch Library
 - Paw Paw Public Library
 - South Haven Senior Services Center
 - Van Buren Conservation District Office
 - Webster Memorial Library (Decatur) 

Cannabis Agency Notice


 Paid for with a grant from the State of Michigan, Lawrence Township has secure lock boxes available for residents. These boxes help prevent unwanted consumption of legal drugs and provide a safe means of legal transportation. Please visit the Township Hall at 411 N. Paw Paw St. to request a free lock box.



 (Adopted March 28, 2024)

Meetings for Fiscal Year (April 2024 – March 2025)

Will be Held on the Following Dates at the

Lawrence Township Hall



Note:  Any special meetings or budget workshop notices will be posted at least 18 hours in advance. (Twp. Website, Post Office, Fire Station & Twp. Hall)


TOWNSHIP BOARD 6:00 p.m. (Note new time)

(2nd Thursday of each month)

          April 11, 2024                                      October 10, 2024

          May 9, 2024                                          November 14, 2024

          June 13, 2024                                       December 12, 2024

          July 11, 2024                                        January 9, 2025

          August 8, 2024                                     February 13, 2025

          September 12, 2024                             March 13, 2025

Annual Budget Hearing end of March, 2025 TBA


Planning Commission Meeting 6:00p.m.

(4th Tuesday of 1st month of each quarter, additional meetings as needed)

April 23, 2024

July 23, 2024

October 22, 2024

January 28, 2025



(2ND and 4th Monday of every month, as needed)



July/December/March as per statute




3rd Sunday of each month at 6pm


Watch for meetings notices in the Harald Palladium

and at 

Also posted at the Lawrence: Post Office, Fire Station, and Township Hall Display Boards. 



State Tax Commission's

New Poverty Exemption Procedure

The STC has created a new application. Click Public Notice for related documents that need to be used when one applies.  See the Public Notice for details.


After hours please use our outside secure drop box.


 GENERAL OFFICE HOURS are Monday-Thursday 7am - 3pm.  You may drop off items in the secure drop box located at the office entrance of the Township Hall located at 411 N Paw Paw St, Lawrence outside office hours.


If you have any questions, please contact Our Office at 269-674-4255, Ext 100.


SafeBuilt Represenative

A Represenative from SafeBuilt is in the Township Office Tuesday and Thursday mornings 7am - 11:30am.  to answer questions and assist people.


A SafeBuilt Permit Tech is now in the office daily M-Th 7:30-4:00pm. He will handle all permits that the township offers through SafeBuilt.



The Treasurer's office is now open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 9am - 4pm and Wednesdays 9am - 6pm(or 8pm during tax season only) People needing service may also call the Treasurer's phone line directly at 269-674-3840. If we don't answer please leave a message and we will get back with you.


Cannabis Agency Office is open Monday - Friday

8am - 4pm. They are happy to answer questions and assist individuals in all things Cannabis related.



Lawrence Township has a new mailing address:  PO Box 445, Lawrence, MI 49064

Get in Touch

Need to locate contact information? Find the right person to talk to in the offices of LAWRENCE now. 

PO Box 445

Office Phone:    269 674-4255

Fax:                 269 674-4502

Treasurer:        269 674-3840


Important Notice!

If you will be burning brush or a large burn pile, don't forget to call the Township offices and get a burn permit from the Fire Department by calling 269-674-8833!


Check out the Events page to find out what is going on in our beautiful community.

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