Requesting Public Information

The City of Portage strives to maintain an open government.  Part of ensuring an open government is strict adherence to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). 

To request information fill out the relevant form below as completely and in as much detail as possible.  Two request forms are available, one is for Department of Public Safety related information and another is for non-Public Safety information.

FOIA requests must be responded to within five business days after receipt of the request. However, a jurisdiction may request an extension of up to ten business days.  We must reply by:

  • Granting the request
  • Denying the request
  • Granting the request in part and denying in part
  • Requesting an extension of up to 10 days


Fees are assessed for the labor performed in fulfilling the request.  In addition, fees may also be assessed at a rate of $.10 per page.  If it is estimated that the cost will be in excess of $50, a deposit may be required.  Payment in full is needed upon delivery of the information.

A "Summary of FOIA Procedures and Guidelines" and "FOIA Procedures and Guidelines" are available to inform the public on the FOIA process within the City of Portage.  

Should the request be denied, FOIA provides an appeals process.  

FOIA Documents and Forms