Public Notice


In Michigan, there’s a difference between "Legal" notices and "Public" notices.

Simply put...

  • A legal notice is anything ordered by the court (i.e. an order, citation, summons, advertisement or other matter arising out of judicial proceedings).
  • A public notice is any other type of notice that a unit of government or taxpayer-supported entity must publish in a "newspaper" in order to satisfy due process requirements for Michigan citizens.

Newspapers can charge competitive rates for public notices. Michigan Press Association has compiled a list of the notices that local governments and school boards are required by law to publish, and the laws requiring it. For example: meeting synopses, invitations to bid, budget hearings, etc. Members can read the Michigan Public Notice Requirements to get a chart that answers those questions.

Read the DOs and DON'Ts of public notice publication for newspapers

We have developed ads for use in your newspapers to promote the need for public notices.

Legal Notice Folio Rates

Michigan law sets the maximum rate newspapers may charge for a "legal notice" (i.e. an "order, citation, summons, advertisement or other matter arising out of judicial proceedings). The chart below shows the rates beginning March 1, 2012, BUT NEWSPAPERS MAY CHOOSE TO CHARGE A LESSER RATE TO COMPETE FOR LEGAL ADVERTISEMENTS.

Newspapers should also note state law doesn't control the fee for providing an Affidavit of publication. Therefore, newspapers can raise affidavit fees independent of the statutory requirements for folio rates. This chart is for “legal” ads effective March 1, 2012. This spreadsheet reflects the 3.0% Consumer Price Index increase for the last year and is rounded to the nearest nickel as dictated MCL 600.2534 The above changes don't include an affidavit fee, which is independent of the statutory requirements for folio rates.

Under the statute, a minimum cost of $92.10 shall be allowed for a notice which must appear 2 times or more, and a minimum cost of $65.25 shall be allowed for a notice which must appear 1 time.

Folio Rate Chart

Effective March 1, 2012 - REVISED Feb. 29, 2012
No. of Insertions 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
3 Folios 65.25 92.10 118.95 145.80 172.65
4 Folios 87.00 122.80 158.60 194.40 230.20
5 Folios 108.75 153.50 198.25 243.00 287.85
6 Folios 130.50 184.20 237.90 291.60 345.30
7 Folios 152.25 214.90 277.55 340.20 402.85
8 Folios 174.00 245.60 317.20 388.80 460.40
9 Folios 195.75 276.30 356.85 437.40 517.95
10 Folios 217.50 307.00 396.50 486.00 575.50
The above changes don't include an affidavit fee, which is independent of the statutory requirements for folio rates. This chart was compiled by The Detroit Legal News and reflects the rates they will be charging.

If you have any questions regarding this chart please contact Lisa McGraw at MPA: 517-372-2424.