Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)


Effective July 1, 2015
Policy of Act: The policy of the state as expressed in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is that all persons, except those incarcerated in state or local correctional facilities, are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those who represent them as public officials and public employees.  MCL 15.231 et seq.

Key Definitions
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FOIA Coordinator - City Clerk.  The FOIA coordinator shall be responsible for accepting and processing requests for the public body's public records.  The FOIA coordinator may designate another individual to act on his or her behalf in accepting and processing requests for the public body's public records.
Person - an individual, corporation, limited liability company, partnership, organization, governmental entity, or other legal entity.  Person does not include an individual serving a sentence of imprisonment in a state or county correctional facility.
Public Body - includes a city, village and township council or commission or board and its departments, committees and divisions, as well as municipal corporations.
Writing- includes handwriting, typewriting, printing, photostating, photographing, photocopying, and every other means of recording, and includes letters, words, pictures, sounds, or symbols, or conbinations thereof, and papers, maps magnetic or paper tapes, photographic films or prints, microfilm, microfiche, magnetic or punched cards, discs, drums, or other means of recording or retaining meaninful content.
Written request - writing that asks for information, including a writing transmitted by facsimile, electronic mail, or other electronic means. 


FOIA Procedures & Policies
FOIA Summary
FOIA Request for Public Records
Notice to Appeal FOIA Denial of Records
Notice to Appeal Excess FOIA Fee
FOIA Fee & Itemization Report