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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 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.
NEW! -- The 2015 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.
NEW! -- Updated information concerning the 2015 Contract Process For Future Publication of the Official California Code of Regulations and the California Regulatory Notice Register.
The 2015 Notice Register Publication Schedule is now available.
Instructions for preparing the 2015 Rulemaking Calendar are now available. Please click here 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.The on-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.
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 "Major Regulations" and preparing Standardized Regulatory Impact Assessments ("SRIA"), please visit Department of Finance's website.
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.
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.