About the Office of Administrative Law

Established July 1, 1980, the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) ensures that agency regulations are clear, necessary, legally valid, and available to the public. Since its creation, OAL has been and continues to be 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 also oversees the publication and distribution, in print and on the Internet, of the California Code of Regulations and the California Regulatory Notice Register.


  • OAL's WEBSITE HAS BEEN REDESIGNED! OAL's website has recently been redesigned. Please double-check whether any links or bookmarks you may have previously saved need to be updated. If you have any questions about OAL's website, please email staff@oal.ca.gov.
  • ONLINE TRAINING REGISTRATION: Registration for OAL's 3-day APA rulemaking training course and half-day underground regulation training is now available online. Register here.
  • ON DECEMBER 28, 2016, OAL issued a Disapproval Decision regarding the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's proposed regulations to implement the lethal injection process.
  • THE 2017 CALIFORNIA REGULATORY NOTICE REGISTER PUBLICATION SCHEDULE is now available.      Please visit our Notice Register page.
  • THE 2017 RULEMAKING CALENDAR is now available!   The Rulemaking Calendar is an annual projection of rulemaking activity by state agencies for the upcoming year.    Click here for more information.

Other Information

State Leadership Accountability Act (SLAA) – To view the Office of Administrative Law’s SLAA report for 2015, use the following link. 2015 SLAA Report

OAL’s Tribal Consultation Policy memorializes OAL’s commitment to open and respectful communications with California’s Indian Tribes. Tribal Consultation Policy

As part of the Governor’s Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 2012, effective July 1, 2013, the Office of Administrative Law is now part of the Government Operations Agency.

Contact OAL

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

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

Reference Attorney
Voicemail Line: (916) 323-6815
Email: staff@oal.ca.gov