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