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Home > City Departments > Law Department > FOIL - Freedom Of Information Law

FOIL - Freedom Of Information Law

The Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) is a law that gives you the right to access information from the federal government.

To Submit A FOIL Request:

Fill out the FOIL Records Request Form, sign the form and return it to the appropriate City department that maintains the records you seek.  Click here to view all the departments for the City of Buffalo


Should you desire copies of records, fees shall apply in accordance with Section 87(1) of the Public Officers Law.  Advanced payment is required before records will be released.  Please make check or money orders payable to the City of Buffalo.

FEES FOR PHOTOCOPIESPages up to 9" x 14" are $.25 each or the actual cost of reproducing any other record.

The fee for reproducing a record may include the actual cost of the storage device or media, actual cost for engaging outside professional service to reproduce record, hourly salary for employee time used in reproducing the record.

Response time to FOIL request:

5 business days from receipt of request that reasonably describes the requested records to approve, deny, or if decision cannot be rendered within such time, send acknowledgment letter of the receipt of the request.  If acknowledgment letter is sent a determination must be rendered with 20 business days from the date of the acknowledgment letter.  If access to the records cannot be granted within that time, then a date certain when they will be provided.

Appeals Officer for the City of Buffalo:

Timothy A. Ball, Esq.
Corporation Councel
1100 City Hall
Buffalo NY 14202

Phone:  (716) 851-4343

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