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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)


Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

What is the Freedom of Information Act?

The Michigan Freedom of Information Act regulates and sets requirements for disclosure of public records by "all public bodies" in the State of Michigan.  All State agencies, County and other governments, schools boards, other boards, departments, commissions, councils, and public colleges and universities are covered.  Any program primarily funded by the State and local authority are covered.

Any person shall make a written request to the Freedom of Information Act Coordinator to inspect, copy or receive a copy of a public record.  A response is required by the public body no later than five business days from the request, unless notification is given that an extention to ten days is necessary.  Fees may be charged for providing the requested documents including mailing costs and duplication costs.


City of Wayland

Allegan County, Michigan

Resolution Adopting City of Wayland Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Procedures and Guidelines


WHEREAS, The City Council of the City of Wayland (“City”) deems it appropriate and in the interests of the City to adopt a FOIA Policy to comply with state law changes to the Michigan Freedom of Information Act, Public Act 442 of 1976, as amended, which becomes effective July 1, 2015.




1.      FOIA Coordinators – The City Clerk is the designated FOIA Coordinator for non-Public Safety records,

and the Wayland Police Department Administrative Professional is the designated FOIA Coordinator for Police Department Records.


2.      Procedures and Guidelines and Public Summary – The City Council adopts the FOIA Procedures and Guidelines and Public Summary as the general procedures and guidelines to be followed for all City and Police Department FOIA request.