Requesting Records & Information

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) – request for documents

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is the Federal law that provides access to public records, except for those protected from disclosure under the Act. To request records, you must put your request in writing and submit to the FOIA Coordinator. The FOIA Coordinator is the City Clerk, 27600 Jefferson Avenue, St. Clair Shores, MI 48081.

For Freedom of Information requests for Police Records your request must be submitted to the Police FOIA Coordinator Designee at St. Clair Shores Police Department, 27665 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores MI 48081 (586) 445-5315.

Please note:
The City has five (5) business days to respond if the request is submitted in person or through the mail and six (6) business days to respond if the request is submitted electronically (not counting the day the request is received).

If necessary, the City may issue a ten-day extension, which allows ten additional business days to search for the requested information.

Charges may include the hourly wage, or a portion thereof, of the lowest paid employee capable of performing the search, the costs of copying and retrieval of offsite records.

If research and copying costs exceed $50, a good faith deposit of no more than 50% of the final cost may be required.