Michigan's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 1976 PA 442, provides that certain persons can receive copies or make inspections of most public records of public bodies upon written request. The person must sufficiently describe the records he or she seeks. The public body may charge a fee to cover the cost of complying with a person's FOIA request. 

Effective December 28, 2018, A FOIA request must include all the following information:

  • Individual (other than one who claims indigency)
    • Complete name
    • 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.
  • Person (other than individual)
    • Complete name of person’s agent
    • Address of person’s agent – Must be written in compliance with United States Postal Service addressing standards.
    • Contact information of person’s agent – Must include a valid telephone number or electronic mail address.
  • A good faith deposit, if required, must be paid within 45 days, or the request is considered abandoned.
FOIA COORDINATOR:
Wendy Meldrum, Deputy Clerk

FOIA SUMMARY

FOIA PROCEDURES AND  GUIDELINES