Certified State Regulatory Programs

Certification means that a regulatory program of a state agency7 is exempt from the requirements to prepare an environmental document4 because the environmental analysis in the program is the functional equivalent of CEQA.

Reference: 14 CCR Section 15250

Seventeen programs have been certified by the Secretary for Resources:

  • Some activities by Department of Fish and Game
  • Some activities by the Air Resources Board/South Coast Air Quality Management District
  • Some activities by State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)/RWQCB
    Reference: 14 CCR Section 15251

“Functional equivalent document” can be used by responsible agencies in their evaluation of the potentially significant impacts of a project proposal.

Reference: 14 CCR Section 15253

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