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Welcome to the City of Kalamazoo’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) webpage.  Here you may review the City’s FOIA Procedures and Guidelines, as well as an easily understood Written Public Summary of those procedures and guidelines.

You may also download the City’s FOIA Request Form to request copies of public records prepared, owned, used, possessed or retained by the City of Kalamazoo in the performance of an official function.

To obtain a City of Kalamazoo public record, you must sufficiently describe a public record so as to enable the City to locate it.  The more specific you can be, the easier and faster City staff can find the record.  Please note that the City is not required to make a compilation summary or report of information contained in already existing records.

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 are able to state facts to demonstrate you are indigent, you may be entitled to a full or partial waiver of the fee.  For more information regarding fee waivers, see the FOIA Procedures & Guidelines.

Under Michigan FOIA, individuals who are serving a sentence of imprisonment in a state, county or federal correctional facility are not eligible to file a FOIA request.

It is the policy of the City of Kalamazoo, consistent with the Michigan FOIA, to provide information regarding its affairs and official acts so that its residents can be informed and so that they may fully participate in the democratic process.


Code of Ordinances

Below are links to the current Kalamazoo City Code of Ordinances and ordinances that have been adopted since the most recent Code supplement. By City Charter all ordinances take effect 10 days after their adoption, unless a specific effective date is indicated.

The Kalamazoo Code of Ordinances Online - hosted by General Code Corporation, the e-code contains all ordinances adopted through August 21, 2014 (Ordinance 1924). Links to ordinances adopted after this date appear in the beige shaded area under the heading, "Legislation not yet codified."

pdf  Chapter 17 Housing Code  from the Code of Ordinances (in a .pdf file). This document was last updated on 9/8/2010. The City Clerk's Office can verify whether the Housing Code has been amended since this date.