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California Environmental Quality Act - CEQA

CEQA requires state and local agencies to identify the significant environmental impacts of their actions and to avoid or mitigate those impacts, if feasible.

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CEQA, or the California Environmental Quality Act, is a statute that requires state and local agencies to identify the significant environmental impacts of their actions and to avoid or mitigate those impacts, if feasible.

A CEQA-compliant project is an activity undertaken by a public agency or a private activity which must receive some discretionary approval (meaning that the agency has the authority to deny the requested permit or approval) from a government agency which may cause either a direct physical change in the environment or a reasonably foreseeable indirect change in the environment.

Most proposals for physical development in California are subject to the provisions of CEQA, as are many governmental decisions which do not immediately result in physical development (such as adoption of a general or community plan). Every development project which requires a discretionary governmental approval will require at least some environmental review pursuant to CEQA, unless an exemption applies.

California state and local public agencies will find everything they need to know about the California Environmental Quality Act on this Web site. Read a general overview and the guidelines of this act, which requires state and local agencies to identify and attempt to mitigate the significant environmental impacts of their actions. Also, search the database for court decisions.

The site is a cooperative effort among the California Resources Agency, its programs CERES and LUPIN, and the Governor's Office of Planning and Research.

ceres.ca.gov/ceqa



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