Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Effective July 1, 2015
Policy of Act: The policy of the State of Michigan 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.

Effective December 28, 2018
Pursuant to PA 523 of 2018, a request from a person, other than an individual who qualifies as indigent under section 4(2)(a), must include the requesting person's complete name, address, and contact information, and, if the request is made by a person other than an individual, the complete name, address, and contact information of the person's agent who is an individual. An address must be written in compliance with United States Postal Service addressing standards. Contact information must include a valid telephone number or electronic mail address. MCL 15.233 et seq.

Key Definitions

FOIA Coordinator - In the City of Hazel Park, the FOIA Coordinator is the 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 combinations 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 meaningful content.
Written request - Request for records in-writing, including  facsimile, electronic mail, or other electronic means that can  be used to submit written requests.

***FOIA Request for Records Form***

FOIA Procedures & Guidelines
FOIA Public Summary
Notice to Appeal FOIA Denial of Records 
(see page 2 of form)
Notice to Appeal Excess FOIA Fee
FOIA Fee & Itemization Report