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Office of Administrative Law
300 Capitol Mall, Suite 1250
Sacramento, CA 95814-4339

Phone (916) 323-6225
CALNET 473-6225
Fax: (916) 323-6826
e-mail: staff@oal.ca.gov

Reference Attorney phone message line: (916) 323-6815

Reference Attorney e-mail: staff@oal.ca.gov

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 and are not expressly exempt.

OAL oversees the publication and distribution, in print and on the Internet, of the California Code of Regulations and the California Regulatory Notice Register.

News/Information

NEW! --OAL has issued aRequest for Informationregarding the contracting for future publication of the Official California Code of Regulations and the California Regulatory Notice Register. Please clickhere for details.

NEW! --Instructions for preparing the 2015 Rulemaking Calendar are now available. Please clickhere for details. Government Code sec. 11017.6 requires state agencies to prepare an annual rulemaking calendar which lists projected rulemaking activity for the upcoming year. The Rulemaking Calendars are submitted to OAL, which publishes the calendars in the Notice Register.

NEW! --Theon-line CCR has been redesigned! There is also a new URL link to the site. See "California Code of Regulations" under our "Sponsored Links" on this page. Please update your bookmarks.

The2014CALIFORNIA RULEMAKING LAW HANDBOOKis 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.

The2014 Rulemaking Calendarhas been published. The Rulemaking Calendar is an annual projection of state agency rulemaking activityfor the upcoming year.

The2014 Notice Register Publication Schedule is now available.

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.

For information regarding the Department of Finance's proposed adoption of regulations implementing Government Code section 11346.36 concerning "major regulations," please visitDOF's website for more information. You may also contactChris Ryanat (916) 322-2263, Chris.Ryan@dof.ca.gov.

OAL published a Notice of Decision Not to Proceed concerningits proposed regulationdefining "good cause" for an earlier effective date other than the quarterly dates specified in Gov. Code section 11343.4(a).The Notice of Decision Not to Proceed was published in Notice Register 2013, No. 51-Z, December 20, 2013. Click here for theNotice of Proposed Action, Initial Statement of Reasons, and Proposed Text. Click here for the15-Day Notice of Modifications and 15-day Modified Text.

Important informationconcerning SB 1099 (Stats. 2012, c. 295; effective 1/1/2013) --Posting of Regulations onAgency Websites, Change in Effective Dates of Regulations, andRevised Std.Form 400.Please clickhere.

RULEMAKING TRAINING CLASSES --OAL offers a comprehensive 3-day course on the rulemaking process for state agencies. Please visit the Training Page for more information.

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