Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests

Michigan's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides that all persons are entitled to full and complete information as to a public body’s fulfillment of statutory functions and concerning the inner working of government in general. 

Persons seeking township records may file a request for documents and email, mail, fax or complete a request form in person at the Clerk's Office. Upon submitting a written request that describes a public record sufficiently to enable the township to find the public record, a person has a right to inspect, copy, or receive copies of the requested public record.  Requests should state that they are submitted pursuant to the Michigan Freedom of Information Act, and must include the requesting person’s complete name, mailing address, and valid daytime telephone number or e-mail address. Please specify with as much detail as possible the record(s) you wish to receive copies of and/or inspect.

A public body may charge a fee for the cost of the search, examination, review, copying, separation of exempt from nonexempt information, and mailing costs associated with a FOIA request. A fee can only be charged for the cost of search, examination, review, and the separation of exempt from nonexempt information if the failure to charge a fee for that request would result in unreasonably high costs to the public body, and the public body specifically identifies the nature of these unreasonably high costs. Additional information can be found on the FOIA Fees webpage.