Is my request a commercial request?

A commercial FOIA request is when the requestor seeks to use part or all of the public records for sale, resale, solicitation, or advertisement for sales or services.

The FOIA Officer has 21 business days to respond to a request for information made for a commercial purpose. The public body will respond by:

  1. providing the requested records;
  2. advising when the requested documents will be available and how much they will cost;
  3. denying the request (if it falls under an exception);
  4. or by advising the requestor that the request is unduly burdensome and extending an opportunity for the requestor to reduce the request to manageable proportions.

Please note it violates the Freedom of Information Act for a person to knowingly obtain a public record for a commercial purpose without disclosing that it is for a commercial purpose.


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1. What is considered a Public Record?
2. How do I submit a FOIA Request
3. What information should I include in my request?
4. Is my request a commercial request?
5. How long will it take to get a response?
6. Is there a fee?
7. What information is exempt from requests?