FOIA Appeals
Livingston County Clerk
Historic Courthouse
200 E Grand River Ave
Howell, MI 48843
Map to our location
Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm
Phone: 517.546.0500
Fax: 517.546.4354

FOIA Appeals

Your Further Legal Rights:
To the extent that a response, in your opinion, constitutes a denial of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) rights, your statutory remedies are as follows:

For FOIA denials, you may submit to the head of the public body a written appeal that specifically states the word "appeal" and identifies the reason or reasons for reversal of the denial. Within 10 business days after the head of the public body receives a written appeal he or she will do one of the following:

1. Reverse the denial.
2. Issue a written notice to you upholding the denial.
3. Reverse the denial in part and issue a written notice to you upholding the denial in part.
4. Under unusual circumstances, issue a notice extending for not more than 10 business days the time to respond.

You may begin a civil action in circuit court to compel the public body's disclosure of the public records within 180 days after a public body's final determination to deny a request.

You have the right to receive attorneys' fees and damages as provided in MCI 15.240 if, after judicial review, the court determines that the public body has not complied with MCL 15.235 and orders disclosure of all or a portion of a public record.

For fee appeals, if the public body requires a fee that, in your opinion, exceeds the amount permitted under its procedures and guidelines or MCL 15.234, you may submit to the head of the public body a written fee appeal for a fee reduction that specifically states the word "appeal" and identifies how the required fee exceeds the amount permitted. Within 10 business days after the head of the public body receives a written fee appeal, he or she will do one of the following:

1. Waive the fee.
2. Reduce the fee and issue a written determination to the requesting person indicating the basis for the remaining fee.
3. Uphold the fee and issue a written determination to the requesting person indicating the basis for upholding the fee.
4. If necessary, issue a notice extending for not more than 10 business days the time to respond.

Within 45 days after the head of the public body issues a written determination on the fee appeal or if the head of the public body failed to respond to the fee appeal, you may begin a civil action in circuit court.

Livingston County FOIA Procedures and Guidelines

Livingston County Summary of FOIA Procedures and Guidelines

Michigan's Freedom of Information Act

FOIA Appeal Form