Michigan's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) guarantees every individual the right to access comprehensive information concerning a public body's fulfillment of statutory functions and the broader operations of government.
Requesting Township Records:
Individuals interested in obtaining township records can submit a request for documents via email, mail, fax, or by completing a request form in person at the Clerk's Office. To facilitate the process, a written request should be submitted, providing a sufficient description of the public record sought. Upon submission, the requester is entitled to inspect, copy, or receive copies of the requested public record. Requests must explicitly indicate that they are made under the Michigan Freedom of Information Act and include the requester’s full name, mailing address, and a valid daytime telephone number or email address. It is advisable to specify the record(s) in detail to expedite the process.
Fees for FOIA Requests:
A public body may impose a fee to cover the costs associated with search, examination, review, copying, separation of exempt from nonexempt information, and mailing related to a FOIA request. Fees are applicable only if not charging would result in unreasonably high costs to the public body, and the nature of these costs is explicitly identified. Further details on FOIA fees can be found on the FOIA Fees webpage.