Madison County, Mississippi

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Board of Supervisors

How do I find my Supervisor?

Choose your district from this map.  Then go to the Board of Supervisors page corresponding to your district.

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Car Tags

How do I renew my car tag?

Click on the Tax Collector site and then click on Renew Car Tag

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How do I estimate cost of my car tag?

Click on Tax Collector site and then click on Estimate Car Tag.

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Courts

How do I ask questions about Jury Duty?

Call the Circuit Clerk's office at 601-352-2049 or 601-859-4365.

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How do I pay a traffic citation?

Contact the Court for the proper amount you owe.  Mail in your money order or cashier's check, along with a copy of your citation, to 2961 S. Liberty; Canton, MS 39046.

Pay Online

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What if my licenses are suspended?

Contact the court for the proper amount you owe. Mail in your money order or cashier's check, along with a copy of your citation to 2961 S. Liberty, Canton, MS 39046.  Please include a self- addressed stamped envelope so that the court may mail you the necessary documentation you must present to your licensing state for reinstatement of your driving privileges.

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How do I find our about a court date or request a hearing on a traffic citation or criminal charge?

Contact 601-855-5616 or 601-855-5611; please make sure the court has your correct address.

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How do I file a civil suit?

Contact 601-855-5615 or 601-855-5623, or you can come into the court, and pick up the necessary pleadings to complete and return with your filing fee.

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How do I get help for my child whose behavior is defiant and/or uncontrollable?

The Madison County Youth Court functions to assist families who have children with conduct issues that are disruptive to the home, school or community. In some cases, the Madison County office of Youth Services can offer informal counselling to the child and family. In other cases, it may be necessary to refer the family for psychiatric or psychological intervention. There will be instances when the Youth Court will bring the child into court for adjudication and probation. The Youth Court offers several community-based programs designed to correct inappropriate or self-destructive behavior:

  • Madison County adolescent offender program
  • Madison County Juvenile Drug Court
  • Madison County Teen Court

If your child is between the ages of 7 and 17, you may contact these offices for assistance:

Madison County Youth Court
Madison County Courthouse
128 W. North Street
Canton, MS 39046

County Court Judge Bill Agin
601-855-5551
601-855-5550

County Court Judge Ed Hannan
601-855-5626
601-855-5706

Madison County Youth Services
317 N. Union Street
Canton, MS 39046
601-855-5681

--when a child age 10-17 years commits an act that is criminal if committed by an adult.
--when a child age 7-17 is habitually disobedient or is ungovernable by the parent, guardian or custodian; fails to attend school as required by parental directive or law; or runs away from home.
--when a child under 17years needs counseling or treatment.
--when the child has a Youth Court case pending.
--when the child is in temporary custody of the state.
--when the child is a restrictive or detention facility.

Madison County Youth Court Prosecutor
Hazel Cunningham
601-879-3532

 

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How do I get help for my child who has a drug or alcohol problem?

Teenage drug and alcohol abuse affects families in every part of Madison County regardless of location, race or economic status. The Madison County Youth Court can assist families in identifying treatment options. In addition to referral to treatment facilities, the Youth Court offers a Juvenile Drug Court program consisting of intensive supervision, counseling and weekly drug testing with appropriate rewards and sanctions designed to modify the behavior that contributes to substance abuse. This program operates under the auspices of and with funding from the Mississippi Supreme Court's Administrative Office of Courts. The Madison County program is the second juvenile drug court formed in Mississippi.

For more information, contact the Madison County Juvenile Drug Court at 601-826-9009.

 

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How do I get my child involved with the Madison County Teen Court?

The Madison County Teen Court is a peer court for first offenders between ages 13 and 18 who confesses responsibility for the charges. In this court, the offenders stand before a jury of their peers.

The teen jury decides the punishment which will interrupt the pattern of poor behavior, motivate self-improvement and promote personal responsibility. A Madison County Youth Court judge presides over the proceedings to ensure the trial meets the correct standards under the law. Once the offenders complete their conditions of probation, their records are wiped clean. The jury consists of teenage volunteers from local high schools in Madison County who want to participate in the Juvenile Justice System and help the public through community service. The Teen Court is a hands-on educational opportunity which allows teen offenders and teen volunteers to better understand our system of justice.

You may contact Madison County Youth Services at 601-859-5337 for more information.

 

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Elections

How do I register to vote?

You may register to vote at the Madison County Courthouse in Canton or at the Canton City Hall, Flora City Hall, Madison City Hall, or Ridgeland City Hall.

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How do I vote absentee for the upcoming election?

Call the Circuit Clerk's office at 601-352-2049 or 601-859-4365.

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How do I qualify as a candidate in the upcoming election?

Call the Circuit Clerk's office at 601-352-2049 or 601-859-4365.

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Where do I vote?

Call the Circuit Clerk's office at 601-352-2049 or 601-859-4365.

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Homestead Exemption

Where do I go to apply for homestead?

You may apply at the Canton Office at 125 W North St, Suite 111, or at the Madison office at 171 Cobblestone Drive.

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What is the special or over-65 homestead exemption and who qualifies?

The special or over-65 exemption is for homeowners who became disabled or turned 65 years old during the prior year. It exempts the first 75,000.00 of true value from taxation. 
See items 8 – 10 on the homestead list of requirements.

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When is the deadline for applying for homestead?

April 1st of the year AFTER you move into your home.

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What if I move from my homestead property?

You need to come to the Tax Assessor’s Office and sign a ‘Request to Delete Homestead’ form.

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Who qualifies for the homestead exemption and how do I apply?

Click here for a list of requirements and here for a worksheet. Fill out as much of the worksheet as you can before you come into the office. This will speed the application process.

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Do I have to re-file every year?

No, not unless there is a deed change or a change in your marital status. Click here and scroll to the bottom to see a detailed list of reasons to re-file.

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Land Records

What are Land Records?

Land records refer to those record series that may involve real estate.  These include documents traditionally recorded in Deeds Books and Plat Cabinets, such as Deeds, Deed of Trust, Authorities to Cancel, Plats, Name Change Orders, and many other documents.  The Land Records Division also dockets and indexes judgments and files certain Uniform Commercial Code transactions that are a lien on real estate.

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Does the Clerk's Office have blank forms for land records related to documents?

No.

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How do I obtain copies?

Fees for copies made by the public are $.25 per page. The fee for copies made by our staff is $.50 per page. There is an additional fee for certifying a copy of a document.

Requests for copies sent by mail must be accompanied by check or money order covering the cost of the copies and a stamped self-addressed envelope.  The request should reasonably identify the document to be copied.  Checks should be made payable to the Madison County Chancery Clerk.

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What are the requirements that must be met for a document to be recorded?

There are different requirements depending on the type of document, so they cannot be listed here.

It is the responsibility of the person offering the document for recording to make sure (1) that the document is original, (2) that it is signed and that the signatures are properly acknowledged before a notary public, (3) that the document is a complete writing and contains the required information, (4) that is accompanied by the proper fees, and (5) that is accompanied by a stamped self-addressed envelope so that it can be returned to the party offering it for recordation.

The clerk's staff cannot give legal advice.  Those seeking to record a document in the Clerk's office are encouraged to obtain the advice of a professional.

 

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When is my document recorded?

Documents are recorded at the time we receive them.  They are available for viewing by the public the next day.

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What does the Clerk's Office accept in payment of recording fees?

The Clerk's office accepts (1) cash, (2) checks made payable to Madison County Chancery Clerk, and (3) money orders.

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How do I search Land Records?

On the Chancery Clerk's page, click on Online Searches, then click on How to Search Land Records, there you will find detail instructions.

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What if a check for recording fees is not correct?

If a check for recording fees is short the document will be returned with a request for the proper filing fee.

If the check for recording is over by $1 to $25, the document will be recorded and the excess deposited into the Chancery Clerk's Office Fee Account.  Refunds are mailed at the end of each month.

 

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Are land records open to the public?

Yes, land records are available for public inspection from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Marriage and Divorce Records

How do I obtain a marriage license?

There is a $23 fee.  Additionally, both parties must be over the age of 21.  For additional information, call the Circuit Clerk's office at 601-352-2049 or 601-859-4365.

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How do I get a copy of my divorce record?

Contact the Chancery Clerk

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Miscellaneous

How do I get a copy of my DD214?

Contact the Chancery Clerk.

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How do I have my power restored?

Any service that has been disconnected must be inspected before power can be restored.  Service that is provided by Entergy (electric) requires an electrical permit if power has been off 6 months or longer.  Service that is provided by Canton Municipal Utilities (CMU) requires a permit after fifteen (15) days.  If a meter base is moved or repaired Entergy also requires that an inspection be made. Electrical or gas permits are $85.00.

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How do I report road hazards or repair?

Contact the Road Department

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How do I dispose of old appliances, old furniture, and/or batteries?

At a Road Department drop-off site.

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Passports

How do I get a passport?

In the Chancery Clerk section, click the Passports link

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Permits and Zoning

How do I find my property zoning?

In order to determine the zoning of any property in Madison County we need the legal description. The legal description consists of the section, township, and range.  This information can be found on a deed.  The parcel number assigned by the tax assessor also contains the legal description.  We cannot determine zoning by an address alone. You can also view the zoning maps online.

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How do I find out building plan requirements?

For all new construction, including additions, major renovations and accessory structures

Complete building plans consisting of:

  1. Plot Plan (This will show the setbacks from the property lines.)
  2. Foundation plan, with footings: grade beams, spot piers, curtain walls and reinforcement details
  3. Framing details: sills, beams, floor joist (size and spacing), sub floor, typical wall framing, ceiling joist (size and spacing), rafters (size and spacing), roof bracing, and attic ventilation.
  4. Electrical layout: floor plan with doors and windows (size noted)
  5. Front, side, rear elevations.

 

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How do I obtain a residential building permit in Madison County?

1. Permits will only be issued to licensed contractors or property owners. A current copy of the contractor’s license must be provided. A filed copy of the warranty deed will be required if the house is custom.
2. Soil and site recommendation (335 Form) from Madison County Health Department if not on public sewer.  You must also provide the approval (910) of the septic system once construction is complete for your services to be released.
3. Two sets of plans that include the following: plot plan, foundation layout with the details, framing details, electrical layout, front, side, and rear elevations.  If the home is in a subdivision that requires architectural approval from the home owner’s association, then the plans must be approved before the permit is applied for.
4. The physical address of the home must be provided. The number to the E-911 office for Jennifer Carpenter is 601-855-5620.


WE DO NOT GET YOUR ADDRESS. YOU MUST HAVE YOUR ADDRESS WHEN YOU COME TO APPLY FOR A PERMIT; OTHERWISE YOUR PERMIT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

If you have any questions you can contact Bobbie Richardson at (601)855-5507 or Fax (601)859-7083.

OUR OFFICE HOURS ARE:
MONDAY – FRIDAY 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
FROM 12:00 – 1:00 WE ARE CLOSED FOR LUNCH.
1:00 – 4:00
APPLICATIONS FOR PERMITS ARE NOT TAKEN AFTER 4:00 PM

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How do I get approval for a Mobile Home?

 

 1. The zoning classification of the property must be verified. The parcel number of the property is required to do this. The property must be zoned A1 with a minimum requirement of 2 acres per dwelling.

2. The home must have an address assigned by Madison County E-911. This must be done before going to the Madison County Health Department since the newly assigned address must appear on their recommendation.

3. You need a recommendation for the sewer system from the Madison County Health Department. There will be documents required by the health department. Their phone number is 601-859-3316.

4. You will bring the following when application for the mobile home permit is made:

Filed copy of the warranty deed for the property where the home is being placed. If the applicant is placing the home on land not owned by them we must have a notarized letter from the owner giving permission for the placement of the home.

The sewer recommendation from Madison County Health Department

Mobile home permit fee is $150.00

The mobile home must be registered with the Madison County Tax Collector. At the time of registration you will be given a registration number that you will need when applying for service with Entergy. ALL taxes will be due at the time of registration.

5. Entergy will not release the electric service until they have a release from this department and the state fire marshal’s office. We require approval of the sewer system from the health department before releasing the electric. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to provide this approval document to us. The health department does not send them to us.

6. Summary:
1) Verify zoning and 2 acre requirement with this office

2) Apply for address.

3) Go to Madison County Health Dept for sewer recommendation

4) Apply for permit at this office bringing filed warranty deed/notarized letter & sewer recommendation

5) Register mobile home with tax collector & pay taxes

6) Home will have 3 inspections before electrical release: Sewer, County, & state fire marshal

7) Our direct phone numbers are 601-855-5501 and 601-855-5531

     

 

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Taxes

Who qualifies for the homestead exemption and how do I apply?

Click here for a list of requirements and here for a worksheet. Fill out as much of the worksheet as you can before you come into the office. This will speed the application process.

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When is the deadline for applying for homestead?

April 1st of the year AFTER you move into your home.

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What if I move from my homestead property?

You need to come to the Tax Assessor’s Office and sign a ‘Request to Delete Homestead’ form.

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Where do I go to apply for homestead?

You may apply at the Canton Office at 125 W North St, Suite 111, or the Madison office on 171 Cobblestone Drive.

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Do I have to re-file every year?

No, not unless there is a deed change or a change in your marital status. Click here and scroll to the bottom to see a detailed list of reasons to re-file.

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What is the special or over-65 homestead exemption and who qualifies?

The special or over-65 exemption is for homeowners who became disabled or turned 65 years old during the prior year. It exempts the first 75,000.00 of true value from taxation. 
See items 8 – 10 on the homestead list of requirements.

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How do I pay my delinquent taxes?

At the Chancery Clerks office via cash, money order, or Visa/ MasterCard.

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How do I find the new Tax Exemption Policy?

On the Policies and Procedures page

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How do I find out information concerning Tax Exemptions, Industrial Land Requirements and/or Contacts for Madison County Industries?

Contact MCEDA at 601-859-1990 or visit www.madisoncountyeda.com

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How do I pay my land taxes?

Click on Tax Collector, click on Pay Your Taxes Link.

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