Freedom of Information Act Requests
The Michigan Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) mandates 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. Antrim County and its departments will make information and records described as "public records" available to all persons entitled to full and complete information to the greatest extent possible.
The Antrim County Administrator is the FOIA Coordinator for Antrim County. The Administration Office can assist you in identifying the public records that may contain the information you are seeking. Antrim County may withhold public records as permitted by certain exemptions and exclusions in the FOIA statute. A summary of the procedures and guidelines is available. The full FOIA policy can be found here.
Requests may be submitted in any form of written communication:
- Emailed to FOIArequest@antrimcountymi.gov. (Please include "FOIA" or "FOIA Request" in the subject line.)*
- Hand delivered to the Antrim County Building, 203 E. Cayuga Street, Room 204, Bellaire, MI 49615.
- By mail to the Antrim County Administration Office, PO Box 187, Bellaire, MI 49615
- Faxed to: (231)533-8111. (Please include "FOIA" or "FOIA Request" on the first/cover page.)*
The County Sheriff, The County Treasurer, The County Register of Deeds, the County Prosecutor, or The County Clerk (except in the role as Clerk to the Antrim County Circuit Court)
*(A written request that has been submitted electronically is deemed received one business day after the electronic transmission has been made.)
Antrim County may provide public records without a charge or at a reduced charge if it is determined disclosure of the public record would primarily benefit the general public and that it is in the public interest to provide it without charge or at a reduced charge.
The first $20.00 of the total processing fee for requested records will be waived if the requesting person submits an Affidavit of Indigence stating he/she is receiving public assistance or, if not receiving public assistance, stating facts demonstrating an ability to pay the cost due to indigence.
Appeal of Fees or Denial of a Record
If your public records request is denied, you have the right to appeal that decision. You will receive a full description of your appeal rights along with a denial.