What are the consequences if the public body does not respond to the FOIA request
within 5 business days (or 10 business days if extended)?
Aside from the potential that a court ultimately could impose a civil penalty of between
$2,500 and $5,000 per FOIA violation, public bodies have an additional incentive to
respond within the time limits set forth. In the event a public body fails to respond within
5 business days (or 10 days if the extension was properly requested), it cannot charge for
reproduction costs at a later time, or treat the request as unduly burdensome.