City Clerk's Archives and Records Information

The Detroit City Clerk's Archives and Records Management Division makes City Council records accessible to citizens and employees for research and inspection.  The division is responsible for the retention and disposition of the inactive operating records of the Detroit City Clerk's office.

The Detroit City Clerk Archives and Records Management Division include the following:

  • Appropriations (City of Detroit)
  • Budget (City of Detroit)
  • Casino Information
  • City Charter
  • City Council Minutes (1970's to 2010)
  • Dangerous Building Letters
  • Departmental Files
  • Detroit City Code (Incl. Loose leaf supplements numbers 1 – 23, excluding number 8)
  • City Council Proceedings {sometimes referred as Journal of Common Council or Journal of City Council} (1824 to present)
  • Neighborhood Empowerment Zone (Applications)
  • Neighborhood Opportunity Fund (NOF) / Block Grant
  • Oaths of Office
  • Ordinances
  • Petitions ( City Council Hearing Requests)
  • Special Subject Files
  • Subdivision Plats
  • Tax Abatements

The City of Detroit City Clerk Archives and Records Management Division does not have birth, death, divorce, or marriage certificates.

Due to staffing limitations, the City Clerk's Archives and Records Management Office is now available by appointment only. To obtain documents and/or schedule an appointment, you may submit your request electronically or complete the Appointment and Public Records Request Form and fax it to (313) 224-1466.

(PLEASE NOTE: This form may not be used to obtain Birth, Death, Divorce, Marriage Certificates, Deeds or any other Wayne County document).

You may also submit the form via walk-in or U.S. mail delivery:
Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
2 Woodward Ave. - Suite 200
Detroit, MI 48226

Our staff will respond to your request within 48 hours of receipt. For additional information please visit the Archives and Records Management web page. We look forward to serving you.

City Council President
City Council Pro Tem