Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) establishes a citizen's legal right to access government records and information upon request. It makes government more transparent by guaranteeing access to government records and regulating and setting requirements for the disclosure of public records by all public bodies in the state, including state agencies, county and local governments, school boards, boards, departments, commissions, councils and public colleges and universities.

In 2014, the State Legislature amended the FOIA to include a requirement that all municipalities adopt a formal policy for handling requests. The City of East Lansing has had such a policy in place since 2010 and it has been updated to reflect the significant legislative changes to the law. View the new FOIA Policy for the City of East Lansing - PR2015-7 (PDF) and Public Summary of FOIA Procedures and Guidelines (PDF).

Requests for public records must be submitted in writing, by mail, fax or email to the City Clerk / FOIA Coordinator. 

City of East Lansing Requests
Requests for City of East Lansing records should be directed to the City Clerk and mailed or faxed directly to the address and number as listed below:

City Clerk / FOIA
City of East Lansing
410 Abbot Road
East Lansing, MI 48823

(517) 337-1607 (fax)
(517) 319-6914 (information)

FOIA Request Form - City of East Lansing (PDF)

Police Department Requests
Requests for East Lansing Police Department records may be mailed, emailed or faxed directly to the address and number as listed below:

East Lansing Police Department / FOIA
409 Park Lane
East Lansing, MI 48823

(517) 337-7372 (fax)
foia@elpolice.com (email)
(517) 319-6829 (information)

FOIA Request Form - East Lansing Police Department (PDF)

Fire Department Requests
Requests for East Lansing Fire Department records may be mailed or faxed directly to the address and number as listed below:

East Lansing Fire Department / FOIA
FOIA Requests
1700 Abbot Road
East Lansing, MI 48823

(517) 337-1112 (fax)
(517) 332-1926 (information)

FOIA Request Form - East Lansing Fire Department (PDF)

Voter Information Requests
Requests for Voter Information records may be mailed or faxed directly to the address as listed below:

City Clerk / FOIA
City of East Lansing
410 Abbot Road
East Lansing, MI 48823

(517) 337-1731 (fax)
 (517) 319-6914 (information)

FOIA Request Form - Voter Information (PDF)