FOIA - Public Records Request
Starting June 15, 2020 City Hall will reopen to the public on a limited basis, M-F from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The City Clerk’s Office is available for the following services:
FOIA, Business Licences, Burn Permits, Voter Registration, Special Event Permits & City Commission Packets. Note: Absentee ballot applications should be mailed, emailed or dropped off in the blue drop box located in the parking lot of City Hall.
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests
The City of Battle Creek is a public body required by law to provide existing, non-exempt public records to persons upon written request. The City of Battle Creek's Freedom of Information Act policy, as approved by the Commission on June 16, 2015, is to respond to requests in a consistent, fair and even-handed manner. Some records are exempt from public disclosure by the Michigan Freedom of Information Act or other statutes. Also, the City of Battle Creek may charge fees to fulfill FOIA requests in accordance with state law.
Submit a Request All FOIA requests must be submitted in writing. For your convenience, your request can be submitted by filling out
Click here to submit your request
You may also submit your request in person, by email, fax or mail via the following:
Mail or in person:
City of Battle Creek Clerk's Office
10 N Division Street
Battle Creek, MI 49014
*All requests for Accident Reports less than 30 days old must also include a completed
The FOIA statue allows the City five (5) working days to respond to a FOIA request. An extension of an additional ten (10) days is allowed under the statute, including if the request requires the City to search for, collect, examine, or review a voluminous amount of separate and distinct public records, or to collect the public records from numerous offices or facilities located apart from this office. Please note that not all documents are freely available under the FOIA statute; certain documents are not available to the public. Once a request is processed and ready to be released the Clerk's Office will notify the requester in writing.
Costs of FOIA Responses
Consistent with FOIA Procedures & Guidelines you will be assessed a fee for the City to process your request; you must pay for the costs of finding, processing, copying and mailing the requested material. The costs of locating and reproducing documents will vary depending on the type and number of documents requested. If the charge is expected to exceed $50.00, the City will notify you by letter before proceeding to fill your request. Charges for time spent on FOIA responses are based on the pay rate of the lowest paid employee capable of doing the work.
Formsand Important Information
- FOIA Request Form
- FOIA Fee Itemization Form (PDF)
- FOIA Policies and Procedures (PDF)
- Michigan Freedom of Information Act (PDF)
- Summary and Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)