California administrative law consists of rules, regulations and standards created by executive and administrative agencies. The ability of an agency to propose rules and regulations is delegated by the state legislature or established by the state constitution. There is considerable similarity in the procedure of both state and federal regualatory rulemaking as they are both governed by a model act called the Administrative Procedure Act. In California, this model act is codified in the California Government Code beginning with section 11340.
State regulatory law governs a wide array of topics and impacts the lives of ordinary citizens on a daily basis. Law students are well-advised to learn the administrative process and understand how administrative law impacts their clients and legal practice.
California Code of Regulations
Contains the current regulatory code. The Building Standards Code, however, is not included on this website. You can search by title/section or keyword.
California Administrative Procedure Act
The Administrative Procedure Act (APA) establishes rulemaking procedures and standards for state agencies in California. The requirements set forth in the APA are designed to provide the public with a meaningful opportunity to participate in the adoption of state regulations and to ensure that regulations are clear, necessary and legally valid. The APA is found in the California Government Code, section 11340 et seq. State regulations must also be adopted in compliance with regulations adopted by OAL (see California Code of Regulations, Title 1, sections 1-280).
List of California Agencies/Departments
This is a comprehensive list of all the administrative agencies within the state of California. Includes email addresses, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and RSS feeds (if available).
State Administrative Law Manual
The State Administrative Manual (SAM) is a reference source for statewide policies, procedures, requirements and information developed and issued by authoring agencies such as the Governor's Office, Department of General Services (DGS), Department of Finance (DOF), and Department of Human Resources (CalHR).
How to Participate in the Rulemaking Process
This guide, published by the Office of Administrative Law, advises citizens on how they can participate in the regulatory rulemaking process. Available in PDF format.