What an NOE Contains
- A brief description, including location, of the proposed project
- A finding that the project as proposed is exempt from CEQA
- A citation to the applicable exemption in the statute or CEQA Guidelines
- A brief statement of reasons supporting the finding that there is no possibility that the activity in question (project) may have a significant effect on the environment
Reference: 14 CCR Section 15062(a)
Filing an NOE
- The public agency or the applicant may file an NOE with the county clerk of each county in which the project will be located at time of project approval.
- If state agency(ies) involved in subsequent project approval(s), the state agency files the NOE with the State Clearinghouse.
- The county clerk shall post the NOE within 24 hours.
- The NOE shall remain posted for 30 days.
- The local public agency shall retain the NOE for not less than 12 months.
Reference: 14 CCR Section 15062(c)
Limitations granted by a Notice of Exemption
- Filing and posting of NOE starts a 35-day statute of limitations period on legal challenges to the decision that the project is exempt.
- If an NOE is not filed, a 180-day statute of limitations applies.
Reference: 14 CCR Section 15062(d)
For more information contact: LEA Support Services, PermitTrainingAssistance@calrecycle.ca.gov