California Environmental Impact Statement regulations & environmental compliance analysis

California Environmental Impact Statement: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), California Public Resources Code (CPRC) 21000 to 21159 and 14 California Code of Regulations (CCR) 15000 to 15387

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Applicability: CPRC 21080

Environmental impact report (EIR): CPRC 21061

Types of EIRs: 14 CCR 15160 to 15170

Environmental impact statement (EIS): CPRC 21083.5


Statutory exemptions: 14 CCR 15260 to 15285

Categorical exemptions: 14 CCR 15300 to 15333

Agricultural housing, affordable housing, and residential in-fill exemptions: 14 CCR 15191 to 15196

CEQA process: 14 CCR 15060 to 15065, 14 CCR 15070 to 15075, and 14 CCR 15080 to 15097

Scoping meetings: 14 CCR 15082

Significant effects: 14 CCR 15064, 14 CCR 15064.4, and 14 CCR 15065

Negative or mitigated negative declaration: 14 CCR 15070

EIR contents: 14 CCR 15120 to 15132

Draft and final EIR: 14 CCR 15084, 14 CCR 15085, 14 CCR 15089, and 14 CCR 15094

Project approval: 14 CCR 15094 and 14 CCR 15112

Regulatory Agencies

California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA)

Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR) State Clearinghouse

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

• Rules. Both California and the federal government have laws requiring an environmental impact statement (EIS). Federal law applies only to development that involves a federal agency and would significantly affect the quality of the human environment. California law requires preparation of an environmental impact report (EIR) (similar to an EIS) whenever any state agency, private entity requiring government funding or approval, or local government proposes any project that may have a ...

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California Environmental Impact Statement Resources

Type Title
Checklists Environmental Impact Statement Checklist
Forms Short Environmental Assessment Form
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