Statutory Exemptions: Article 18

Basically Three Forms

  • Complete exemption
  • Partial exemption
  • Special timing requirements

Feasibility and Planning Studies

  • Only for feasibility or planning studies for possible future actions yet to be approved by the agency, board, or commission.
  • With no legally binding effect on later activities.

Reference: 14 CCR Sections 15260 and 15262

SWRCB and the Regional Boards Waste Discharge Requirements (WDR)

A partial exemption from ND, MND, and EIR for revising or amending waste discharge requirements (WDR) that had already been adopted for new sources as defined in the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.

Reference: 14 CCR Section 15263

Air Quality Permits

Pursuant to Title V, as defined in Section 39053.3 of the Health and Safety Code.

Reference: 14 CCR Section 15281

Ministerial Projects

Absent of any discretionary provision contained in the law establishing the requirements for the permit or other entitlement for use.

Reference: 14 CCR Section 15268

Emergency Projects

Specific actions necessary to prevent or mitigate an emergency.

Reference: 14 CCR Section 15269


Including, but not limited to: Timberland Preserves, Coastal Plans, Setting of certain rates, tolls, fares and charges, etc.

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