California Code of Regulations Help

About the California Code of Regulations Site

This California Code of Regulations (CCR) site contains the text of the regulations that have been formally adopted by state agencies, reviewed and approved by the Office of Administrative Law, and filed with the Secretary of State. The CCR consists of 28 titles and contains the regulations of approximately 200 regulatory agencies. Note that Title 6 (Governor's Regulations) presently contains no regulations, and Title 24 (California Building Standards) is published separately and not part of this CCR website (see FAQs for further information). This website is updated weekly.

The Internet CCR is maintained and updated weekly by OAL through a contract with Thomson - West / Barclays.

The contract requires that "[t]he Contractor shall ensure that the CCR made available on the Internet is consistent with the most recent updated version of the Official CCR published in hard copy, accurately reflects what is filed with the Secretary of State; and that it is complete and contains all the material defined as part of the official CCR."

For more information on how to use this site, please click on the Help link located in the upper right corner of each page.

The Official California Code of Regulations is available in looseleaf printed format from Thomson - West / Barclays (1-800-888-3600).

A certified copy of a regulation filing may be obtained from the Secretary of State Archives (916-653-7715).

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CCR FAQ

About the regulations

  • What is a regulation?
    A regulation is a rule adopted by a state regulatory agency to implement, interpret, or make specific the law enforced or administered by it, or to govern its procedure.
  • Do regulations have the same effect as laws?
    Yes. Legally adopted regulations filed with the Secretary of State have the force of law.
  • What would happen if I did not comply with regulations that apply to me?
    You could be cited, fined or suffer other adverse consequences (such as losing a license) if you fail to comply with regulations that apply to you.
  • What is the difference between a regulation and a statute?
    A regulation is adopted by a state regulatory agency, approved by OAL, and filed with the Secretary of State.  A statute is passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor (or is approved by the voters as a ballot measure).
  • By what authority can an agency adopt regulations?
    A regulatory agency receives its power to adopt laws from statutes. This authority is cited at the end of each regulation.
  • Where can I find a hard copy of the regulations?
    The CCR is available at the offices of County Clerks or County Law Libraries and 100 state depository libraries. It is available in looseleaf form from the official publisher, Thomson - West / Barclays. For information about obtaining the official CCR in print, contact Barclays at 1-800-888-3600 or visit them online at http://www.barclaysccr.com.

    Certified copies of regulations are available at the State Archives in the Office of the Secretary of State (916) 653-7715.
  • Why is Title 24 (the California Building Standards) not included as part of this CCR Website?
    Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations, known as California Building Standards, contains copyrighted materials under the ownership of several model code publishers and cannot be provided here. The eleven parts of Title 24 that comprise California's Building Standards are available for review at depository libraries, or for purchase in paper format from the copyright holders and selected vendors.

    Please contact the California Building Standards Commission's home page, http://www.bsc.ca.gov, for information on the availability of Title 24.

About the Rulemaking Process

  • Do agencies have to adhere to guidelines when adopting regulations?
    Yes, agencies are to follow the procedures set forth in the Administrative Procedure Act.
  • What is the Administrative Procedure Act (APA)?
    The APA sets forth the procedures that state agencies must follow when adopting regulations. See Government Code section 11340-11359. Among other requirements, it requires state agencies to give public notice, to receive and consider public comments, to submit regulations and rulemaking files to the Office of Administrative Law for review to ensure compliance with the requirements of the APA, and to have the regulations published in the California Code of Regulations.
  • Must all agencies comply with the APA?
    The majority of agencies must comply with the APA. However, an agency may be exempt by statute from complying with the procedures in the APA.
  • If an agency is to comply with the APA but does not, what is the status of those regulations?
    Such regulations are invalid. They are commonly referred to as "underground regulations."

About the Office of Administrative Law (OAL)

  • What is the Office of Administrative Law?
    In 1979, the Legislature created the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) to ensure that state agency regulations are authorized by statute, consistent with other law, and written in a comprehensible manner, as provided in the rulemaking part of California’s Administrative Procedure Act (Sections 11340 through 11359 of the Government Code). Each year, state agencies propose thousands of regulations which, when adopted, affect almost all economic activities and every segment of the California public. In part, the enactment of new statutes and the amendment of laws on the books drive the volume of this regulatory activity. OAL reviews each proposed regulation and approves a regulation only when the rulemaking agency has adequately considered public comments and if the regulation is easily understood, necessary, authorized, and consistent with law. When approved and filed with the Secretary of State, a regulation has the force of law.

    In addition to its regulatory review program, OAL responds to requests for determination regarding whether a state agency rule meets the statutory definition of a "regulation," and if so, whether the rule should have been, but was not, adopted pursuant to the requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act.

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Contact Us

Contact the official publisher with regards to the CCR in print:
Toll free 1-800-888-3600

Via Mail:
Thomson - West / Barclays
P.O. Box 2006
San Francisco, CA 94126

Online:
http://www.barclaysccr.com

Technical Support for this website:
Toll free 1-800-537-2707, ext. 4023
Email ccr.help@thomsonreuters.com

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California Products

Barclay's Official California Code of Regulations can be purchased by calling 1-800-888-3600 or by visiting http://www.barclaysccr.com. Information on other California legal products is available from West Online Store.

Searching California Code of Regulations

Search for Words
With this search option, you can find all regulations that match your search terms. Complete the following steps to search for words:

  1. Click the Search for Words link. The Search for Words template is displayed.
  2. Type your search term(s) in the Enter your search terms text box.

    Note: For Terms and Connectors searching, add connectors (e.g., and, or, not) to your search terms to conduct multiple-word searches. Search terms and connectors must be separated by spaces. Refer to the following table for examples of using connectors.

    Connectors Examples Results
    and juvenile and felony
    Finds documents containing both terms, e.g., juvenile and felony
    or
    (default)
    juvenile or felony Finds documents containing one or both of the terms, e.g., juvenile or felony or both
    but not juvenile but not felony Finds documents containing the first term but not the second term, e.g., juvenile but not felony
  3. Click Search. The search result page is displayed, which includes links to all regulations that match your search.
  4. To view the text of a regulation, click the appropriate link.

Search within Specific Title(s)
With this search option, you can confine your search to specific California regulation titles. Complete the following steps to search within specific title(s):

  1. Click the Search within Specific Title(s) link. The Search within Specific Title(s) template is displayed.
  2. Select the title(s) you want to restrict your search to.
  3. Type your search term(s) in the Enter your search terms text box.

    Note: For Terms and Connectors searching, add connectors (e.g., and, or, not) to your search terms to conduct multiple-word searches. Search terms and connectors must be separated by spaces. Refer to the following table for examples of using connectors.

    Connectors Examples Results
    and juvenile and felony
    Finds documents containing both terms, e.g., juvenile and felony
    or
    (default)
    juvenile or felony Finds documents containing one or both of the terms, e.g., juvenile or felony or both
    but not juvenile but not felony Finds documents containing the first term but not the second term, e.g., juvenile but not felony
  4. Click Search. The search result page is displayed, which includes links to all regulations that match your search.
  5. To view the text of a regulation, click the appropriate link.

Search for a Specific Section
With this search option, you can find California regulations by citation. Complete the following steps to search for a specific regulation section:

  1. Click the Search for a Specific Section link. The Search for a Specific Section template is displayed.
  2. Enter a citation. Type the regulation title number in the first text box and type the section number in the last text box.
  3. Click Search. The search result page is displayed, which includes links to all regulations that match your search.
  4. To view the text of a regulation, click the appropriate link.

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Browsing Documents

Citations List
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To see the next 20 documents that match the concepts in your description, click the right arrow at the bottom of the citations list.

Browsing by Search Terms
In a search result, you can click the right or left Term arrow to move to the next or previous occurrence of your search terms in the displayed document.

Browsing by Document
In a search result, you can click the right or left Document arrow to move to the next or previous document in your search result.

Documents in Sequence
You can use Documents in Sequence to view consecutive documents even if they were not retrieved by your search.

For example, if you retrieve 18 CA ADC § 2610, click Docs in Sequence to view 18 CA ADC § 3000. Click the Prev and Next arrows located at the bottom of the document to view other consecutive documents. To cancel Documents in Sequence and return to the document you were viewing, click Cancel Docs in Sequence.

Currentness Information
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Some documents will also include a reference to Scope, which is a Thomson Reuters Westlaw feature that provides information about coverage. Scope is not available on this site; the current through line provides the coverage information.

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Agency List

Please click here to view the California State Regulatory Agency List.