How do I make a FOIA request?

Before making a request, first look to see if the information you are interested in is already publicly available. You can find a lot of useful information on a range of topics on the City of Westland’s website.

If the information you want is not publicly available, you can submit a FOIA request to the agency’s FOIA Coordinator. The request simply must be in writing and reasonably describe the records you seek. Most federal agencies now accept FOIA requests electronically, including by web form, email or fax.

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1. What is the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)?
2. Who can make a FOIA request?
3. How do I make a FOIA request?
4. Where do I send a FOIA request?
5. Is there a special form I have to use to make a FOIA request?
6. What can I ask for under the FOIA?
7. Who handles FOIA requests?
8. How is a FOIA request processed?
9. How much does it cost to make a FOIA request?
10. Can I ask that any fees be waived?
11. What will I receive in response to a FOIA request?
12. How long will it take before I get a response?
13. Can I ever have my request processed faster than usual or expedited?
14. Are there special requirements for obtaining records on myself?
15. What about requirements for obtaining records on someone else?
16. What are FOIA exemptions?
17. What are exclusions?
18. How do I file an administrative appeal?
19. What is the Presumption of Openness and who issues guidance to agencies on the FOIA?