Records Requests (FOIA)

All persons, except those who are serving a sentence of imprisonment, consistent with the Michigan Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), are entitled to complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those who represent them as public officials and employees. The City Clerk acts as the FOIA Coordinator and is authorized to designate other city staff to assist with the FOIA process. 

Consistent with FOIA Procedures & Guidelines, you will be assessed a fee for the city to process your request. If you are currently receiving specific public assistance or can state facts to demonstrate you are indigent, you may be entitled to a full or partial waiver of the fee. 

To obtain a City of Portage public record, you must sufficiently describe a public record to enable the city to locate it. The more specific you can be, the easier and faster city staff can find the record.

Environmental Site Assessment Info Requests

Beginning in 2022, all information requests for Environmental Site Assessments will NO LONGER be handled via the FOIA process.  Please complete the below application and e-mail to  Each application/request has a fee of $30. 

Make checks payable to the "City of Portage"

ESA Application


Submit a FOIA Request

Visit the City of Portage Records Request (FOIA) Public Portal to submit a FOIA request.  


Pay a FOIA Invoice