Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) Requests

Possible Delays

In light of New York City’s reduction in on-site workforce and the agency's ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be delays in response to FOIL requests. Despite these delays, your request will still be processed. Thank you for your patience during this extraordinary time.


Requesting Records

A request for records must be in writing, detailing the type, subject matter and date(s) of the records requested. Authorizations and/or other documents should be attached as needed.

A request for records must be in writing, detailing the type, subject matter and date(s) of the records requested. Authorizations and/or other documents should be attached as needed. DOHMH Subject matter list (PDF).

If you requesting dog bite records for yourself or your child, please use the Dog Bite FOIL Form (PDF).

For attorneys, insurance companies, or other third-party requesters requesting the dog bite records for their clients, please use the Dog Bite FOIL Form for third-party requesters (PDF).

You may submit a FOIL request form (PDF) and send it in as instructed via fax, email, or US Postal Service.

Records that are responsive and releasable are generally available to you within twenty (20) business days after receipt of your request. A fee letter will be forwarded to you for payment prior to mailing the records.

Copying Fees

The fees for copying records are as follows:

  • $0.25 per page, or
  • Actual cost of reproduction

Submit Requests by Email

Given the current state of emergency resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak, our ability to process FOIL requests received by mail is limited at this time and we are not accepting messages by fax. We strongly encourage you to submit your request by email to recordsaccess@health.nyc.gov.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)