File a Freedom of Information Act Request

Looking to request copies of City records? The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) allows you to request copies or access to most City records.

Fees are charged for labor and other actual costs pursuant to MCL 15.234 and City Policy 91-02. A fee deposit may be required for requests likely to exceed $50.00.

Online Form

Decide which type of request you're making

We offer a few types of requests:

Receive copy

Make this type of request when you want a copy or copies of City documents.

Inspect record

Make this type of request when you don't need a copy of the document. We'll review your request and either allow you access or explain why you can't access a document.

Subscribe to record issues on regular basis

Make this type of request when you want copies of all documents related to a specific issue.

Choose your delivery method

You have a few options for document delivery:

  • Pick up records in person
  • Get records in the mail
  • Get records by email
  • Get records by fax

Download and print the FOIA request form

We're working to build an online version of our request form. In the meantime, download and fill out the PDF request form.

Download the Request Form

Review the request procedure and guidelines

We designed our form to collect the information we need to process your request. Still, you might want more details about our FOIA process. That's why we publish our Freedom of Information Act Procedures and Guidelines online.

Email, mail, fax, or drop off your application

You'll find our contact information in the Contact Us section of this page. We're happy to accept your application in whatever form is easiest for you.

We'll respond to your request

We respond to requests within 5 business days. After we review your request, we'll respond in writing and take one of these actions:

  • Grant your request
  • Deny your request
  • Grant your request in part and deny it in part
  • Issue a notice that we're extending your request for up to 10 business days

Paper Form

Decide which type of request you're making

We offer a few types of requests:

RECEIVE COPY

Make this type of request when you want a copy or copies of City documents.

INSPECT RECORD

Make this type of request when you don't need a copy of the document. We'll review your request and either allow you access or explain why you can't access a document.

SUBSCRIBE TO RECORD ISSUES ON REGULAR BASIS

Make this type of request when you want copies of all documents related to a specific issue.

Choose your delivery method

You have a few options for document delivery:

  • Pick up records in person
  • Get records in the mail
  • Get records by email
  • Get records by fax

Download and print the FOIA request form

Download and fill out the PDF request form.

Download the Request Form

Review the request procedure and guidelines

We designed our form to collect the information we need to process your request. Still, you might want more details about our FOIA process. That's why we publish our Freedom of Information Act Procedures and Guidelines online.

Email, mail, fax, or drop off your application

You'll find our contact information in the Contact Us section of this page. We're happy to accept your application in whatever form is easiest for you.

We'll respond to your request

We respond to requests within 5 business days. After we review your request, we'll respond in writing and take one of these actions:

  • Grant your request
  • Deny your request
  • Grant your request in part and deny it in part
  • Issue a notice that we're extending your request for up to 10 business days

Phone

Call our office

We'll make sure you have all the information you need to file your request. We'll send you the request form and walk you through the steps of the process. If the information you're requesting is on our website, we'll help you find it.

Fill out the request form

We'll send you the form by email, mail, or fax. If that doesn't work, you can pick up a request form from our office.

Email, mail, fax, or drop off your application

You'll find our contact information in the Contact Us section of this page. We're happy to accept your application in whatever form is easiest for you.

We'll respond to your request

We respond to requests within 5 business days. After we review your request, we'll respond in writing and take one of these actions:

  • Grant your request
  • Deny your request
  • Grant your request in part and deny it in part
  • Issue a notice that we're extending your request for up to 10 business days

In Person

Come to our office

Our address is in the Contact Us section of this page. You can fill out the request form in our office. We can answer any questions you have about the process.

Review the request procedure and guidelines

We designed our form to collect the information we need to process your request. Still you might want more details about our FOIA process. That's why we publish our Freedom of Information Act Procedures and Guidelines online.

Decide which type of request you're making

We offer a few types of requests:

RECEIVE COPY

Make this type of request when you want a copy or copies of City documents.

INSPECT RECORD

Make this type of request when you don't need a copy of the document. We'll review your request and either allow you access or explain why you can't access a document.

SUBSCRIBE TO RECORD ISSUES ON REGULAR BASIS

Make this type of request when you want copies of all documents related to a specific issue.

Choose your delivery method

You have a few options for document delivery:

  • Pick up records in person
  • Get records in the mail
  • Get records by email
  • Get records by fax

Leave your request form with us

We'll get your request form to the FOIA Coordinator for processing.

We'll respond to your request

We respond to requests within 5 business days. After we review your request, we'll respond in writing and take one of these actions:

  • Grant your request
  • Deny your request
  • Grant your request in part and deny it in part
  • Issue a notice that we're extending your request for up to 10 business days