What is the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)? The Michigan Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulates and sets requirements for the disclosure of public records by all public bodies in the state, including all state agencies, county and other local governments, school boards, other boards, departments, commissions, councils, and public colleges and universities.

What types of records can be requested under the Freedom of Information Act?

All records prepared, owned, used, in the possession of, or retained by a public body in the performance of an official function are covered by the Freedom of Information Act, with the exception of computer software and records specifically cited as exempt from disclosure. MCL 15.243

How do I make a FOIA request?

Requests for public records must be submitted in writing to the City of Flint’s FOIA Coordinator by U.S. mail, fax or email, as listed below:

FOIA Application Form

U.S. Mail: Attn: FOIA Coordinator City of Flint Department of Law
1101 S. Saginaw Street, 3rd Floor
Flint, MI 48502
Fax: (810) 515-7202
Email: [email protected]

Please include name, address, telephone number and email (if applicable) of requester. Please be as precise as possible in request: name of person, date of birth, date and location of incident, telephone numbers 911 calls were made from, etc.

How long does it take to receive information requested under the Freedom of Information Act?

Not more than five business days after receiving a request, the public body must respond to a request for a public record. The public agency can extend the time for an additional ten days by notifying the requestor in writing.

Are there charges for records requested under the Freedom of Information Act?

Fees may be charged for the necessary copying of a public record for inspection or providing a copy of a public record to a requester. A public body may also charge for search, examination, and review and the separation of exempt from non-exempt information.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]