In 1976, Michigan enacted Act 442, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which became effective April 13, 1977. Per section 15.231 (2), “It is the public policy of this state 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, consistent with this act. The people shall be informed so that they may fully participate in the democratic process.”
By submitting a FOIA request, an individual may request to view or copy most public records. The public body has five business days to respond to the request as to whether or not it can be fulfilled. There are times when the public body may need to issue a notice to the requestor that they are extending their time for response by 10 business days. FOIA also allows for the public body to establish a reasonable fee schedule for reproducing and providing the requested documents.
FOIA Changes Effective July 1, 2015
“The most significant revision to Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act since it was originally written almost 40 years ago.”
- Craig Currier, Petoskey News-Review, Petoskeynews.com, Jan. 20, 2015
The FOIA application, as well as other forms and documents, can be obtained below. On the application, you will need to supply your contact information, and a detailed description of the documents requested. Be sure to complete both sides of the form, if applicable. A Bloomfield Township employee will contact you if the request requires a deposit. You will also be contacted once your request has been completed.