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Welcome to the Office of Administrative Law Website
The Office of Administrative Law (OAL) ensures that agency regulations are clear, necessary, legally valid, and available to the public. OAL is responsible for reviewing administrative regulations proposed by over 200 state agencies for compliance with the standards set forth in California's Administrative Procedure Act (APA), for transmitting these regulations to the Secretary of State and for publishing regulations in the California Code of Regulations.
OAL assists state regulatory agencies through a formal training program, as well as through other less formal methods, to understand and comply with the Administrative Procedure Act.
OAL also accepts petitions challenging alleged underground regulations--those rules issued by state agencies which meet the Administrative Procedure Act's definition of a "regulation" but were not adopted pursuant to the APA process.
OAL oversees the publication and distribution, in print and on the Internet, of the California Code of Regulations and the California Regulatory Notice Register.
NEW! -- Instructions for preparing the 2014 Rulemaking Calendar are now available. The Rulemaking Calendar is an annual projection of state agency rulemaking activity for the upcoming year.
NEW! -- As part of the Governor's Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 2012, effective July 1, 2013, the Office of Administrative Law will be within the Government Operations Agency.
The 2013 California Rulemaking Law Handbook is now available. A handy resource, this booklet contains the statutes and regulations governing the rulemaking process in California. To order copies, please visit our APA Booklet Page.
For information regarding the Department of Finance's proposed adoption of regulations implementing Government Code section 11346.36 concerning "major regulations," please visit DOF's website for more information. You may also contact Chris Ryan at (916) 322-2263, Chris.Ryan@dof.ca.gov.
OAL has published a Notice of Proposed Action implementing SB 1099 (Stats. 2012, c. 295, eff. 1/1/2013), defining "good cause" for an earlier effective date other than the quarterly dates specified in Gov. Code section 11343.4(a). Click here for the Notice of Proposed Action, Initial Statement of Reasons, and Proposed Text. Click here for the 15-Day Notice of Modifications and 15-day Modified Text.
Important information concerning SB 1099 (Stats. 2012, c. 295; effective 1/1/2013) -- Posting of Regulations on Agency Websites, Change in Effective Dates of Regulations, and Revised Std. Form 400. Please click here.
The 2013 California Regulatory Notice Register Publication Schedule is now available.