Incorporation by Reference

A ND may incorporate by reference all or portions of another document that is a matter of public record, or is generally available to the public (14 CCR Section 15150).

When part of another document is incorporated by reference into a ND, the following conditions must be met:

  • The referenced document shall be made available to the public for inspection at a public place or public building. The ND shall state where the incorporated documents will be available for inspection.
  • The incorporated part of the referenced document shall be briefly summarized where possible, or briefly described if the data or information cannot be summarized.
  • If the referenced document has previously been reviewed through the state review system, the State Clearinghouse number of the incorporated document should be included in the summary.

Incorporation by reference is most appropriate for including long, descriptive, or technical materials that provide general background but do not contribute directly to the analysis of the problem at hand.

Reference: 14 CCR Section 15150

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