FOIA :: Overview

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests

The Freedom of Information Act 442 of 1976 declares that it shall be the public policy of this state that all persons, except those persons incarcerated in state or local correctional facilities, are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those who represent them as public officials and public employees, consistent with this act. The people shall be informed so that they may fully participate in the democratic process. MCL 15.231(1)


Is there a special form I have to use to make a FOIA request?
There is not a specific form that must be used to make a request. The request simply must be in writing, must reasonably describe the records you seek, and must also provide any other specific information that the Airport Authority requires.

In making your request you should be as specific as possible when describing the records you are seeking. It is not necessary for you to provide the name or title of a requested record, but the more specific you are about the records or types of records that you seek, the more likely it will be that the Airport Authority will be able to locate those records.

Where should I send my requests?
Please send your request by U.S. mail, fax or email to the following individual/address;

ATTENTION - FOIA Coordinator: Brandi Holdaway, phone – 734-247-7237

By Mail
Wayne County Airport Authority
Detroit Metropolitan Airport
L.C. Smith Building – Mezzanine
Detroit, Michigan 48242

By Fax

By E-Mail

Please note that a FOIA request made by facsimile, electronic mail, or other electronic transmission is not deemed to be received by the public body until 1 business day after the electronic transmission is made. MCL 15.235(1)

What are the fees?
A public body may charge a fee for a public record search, the necessary copying of a public record for inspection, or for providing a copy of a public record. MCL 15.234(1)

The fees are as follows:
Search/compilation/duplication of public records – $12.39/hour
Photocopies of public records - $0.15/page
Audio/Video CD - $10.00/each

If the fee exceeds $50.00, a good faith deposit will be required for ½ of the total fee before the records will be released. MCL 15.234(2)

The Airport Authority will not charge for the cost of search, examination, review and deletion and separation of exempt from non-exempt information unless failure to do so would result in unreasonably high costs to the Airport Authority. MCL 15.234(3)