Freedom of Information Act Requests

It is the policy of the City of Fairview Heights to fill all requests for public documents in accordance with State law. The majority of requests will be processed within 5 business days. If requests require research or are unusually large, the City may request additional time in accordance with the Act. Requests of a commercial nature are subject to different regulations which extend the response time permitted by law.

Submitting a Request
It is the policy of the City of Fairview Heights to ensure that all requests are properly and promptly completed. The requests must be made in writing. The Freedom of Information Act Request Form (PDF) is provided for your convenience. It is available online and in the office of the City Clerk. Requests may be made in person, mail, facsimile, or electronically. Indicate whether you request only to inspect the public records at the City Hall or whether you also request to have the public records copied or certified by checking the appropriate boxes.

By submitting this Request Form, you are agreeing to pay to the City the copying and certification fees beyond the first 50 pages, which are free of charge. After the first 50 pages, the fee is 15 cents per page. Additional charges may be imposed for large format, certain electronic media or color copies, if applicable. You may also request to view the documents in the office. You may refer to the City Chart for a list of departments and other information.

Receiving Your Document
The City will disclose the public records requested on this Request Form within 21 business days after the receipt of this Request Form for all requests made for commercial purposes, and within 5 business days for all other requests, unless the applicable response period is extended as provided by law or the request is denied. All extensions and denials will be in writing and will state the reasons therefore. The requester may seek review of a denial by the Public Access Counselor of the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. Judicial review is available under Section 11 of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, 5 ILCS 140/1 et seq.

More Information
For more detailed information, please consult The City of Fairview Heights Rules and Regulations for Implementation of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, which are available from the Freedom of Information Officer.