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§ 15060. Preliminary Review.

14 CA ADC § 15060Barclays Official California Code of Regulations

Barclays California Code of Regulations
Title 14. Natural Resources
Division 6. Resources Agency
Chapter 3. Guidelines for Implementation of the California Environmental Quality Act (Refs & Annos)
Article 5. Preliminary Review of Projects and Conduct of Initial Study
14 CCR § 15060
§ 15060. Preliminary Review.
(a) A lead agency is allowed 30 days to review for completeness applications for permits or other entitlements for use. While conducting this review for completeness, the agency should be alert for environmental issues that might require preparation of an EIR or that may require additional explanation by the applicant. Accepting an application as complete does not limit the authority of the lead agency to require the applicant to submit additional information needed for environmental evaluation of the project. Requiring such additional information after the application is complete does not change the status of the application.
(b) Except as provided in Section 15111, the lead agency shall begin the formal environmental evaluation of the project after accepting an application as complete and determining that the project is subject to CEQA.
(c) Once an application is deemed complete, a lead agency must first determine whether an activity is subject to CEQA before conducting an initial study. An activity is not subject to CEQA if:
(1) The activity does not involve the exercise of discretionary powers by a public agency;
(2) The activity will not result in a direct or reasonably foreseeable indirect physical change in the environment; or
(3) The activity is not a project as defined in Section 15378.
(d) If the lead agency can determine that an EIR will be clearly required for a project, the agency may skip further initial review of the project and begin work directly on the EIR process described in Article 9, commencing with Section 15080. In the absence of an initial study, the lead agency shall still focus the EIR on the significant effects of the project and indicate briefly its reasons for determining that other effects would not be significant or potentially significant.


Note: Authority cited: Section 21083, Public Resources Code. Reference: Sections 21080(b), 21080.2 and 21160, Public Resources Code.
1. Repealer of Article 5 (Sections 15050-15056) and new Article 5 (Sections 15060-15065) filed 7-13-83; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 83, No. 29). For prior history, see Registers 80, No. 19; 78, No. 5; 76, No. 41; 75, Nos. 1, 5 and 22; and 73, No. 50.
2. Editorial correction of 7-13-83 order redesignating effective date to 8-1-83 filed 7-14-83 (Register 83, No. 29).
3. Amendment of section and Note filed 10-26-98; operative 10-26-98 pursuant to Public Resources Code section 21087 (Register 98, No. 44).
4. Change without regulatory effect amending Note filed 10-6-2005 pursuant to section 100, title 1, California Code of Regulations (Register 2005, No. 40).
This database is current through 4/5/24 Register 2024, No. 14.
Cal. Admin. Code tit. 14, § 15060, 14 CA ADC § 15060
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