Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests are still being accepted by the City of East Lansing, however, please be advised of the following:
Due to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-21 (“Stay Home, Stay Safe”) signed on Monday, March 23, 2020, and the City of East Lansing's Local State of Emergency, City of East Lansing offices are closed and the next business day is not currently scheduled to occur until Friday, May 1, 2020.
Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-38 (Temporary extensions of certain FOIA deadlines to facilitate COVID-19 emergency response efforts) signed on Sunday, April 5, 2020, is in effect until June 4, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. As such, please expect delays in the processing of all FOIA requests until the Executive Order expires.
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.
Questions can be directed to the East Lansing City Clerk via email or by calling (517) 319-6914.
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)
(517) 319-6829 (information)
Pursuant to PA 523 of 2018 - ELPD may reject any FOIA request that does not include the requesting person's complete name, address and contact information. Additionally, an address must be written in compliance with United States Postal Service addressing standards. Contact information must include a valid telephone number or electronic mail address. MCL 15.233 et seq.
A FOIA REQUEST WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED UNLESS A FOIA REQUEST FORM IS FILLED OUT AND EMAILED TO: