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Can I issue a 10-business day extension under the FOIA in response to a received request without the approval or consent of the requestor? 

Yes. MCL 15.235(2) lists the options for responding when in receipt of a request made under the FOIA. The FOIA permits a public body to respond by “[i]ssuing a notice extending for not more than 10 business days the period during which the public body shall respond to the request.” There is no requirement that a requestor consent to or approve an extension.  However, please note that a public body is prohibited from issuing more than 1 notice of extension for a particular request (unless on appeal).

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