CEQA Flow Chart

All state and local agencies must give consideration to environmental protection in regulating public and private activities. CEQA provides a formal process for regulating entities to evaluate and mitigate environmental impacts that may occur as a result of a particular development. Agencies must identify mitigation measures and alternatives for any projects under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) jurisdiction with potentially significant environmental impacts by preparing an Environmental Impact Report, and must approve projects with feasible mitigation measures and alternatives.

For more information on CEQA, consult the California Natural Resources Agency’s Frequently Asked Questions about CEQA webpage and the Governor’s Office of Planning & Research CEQA webpage. Also see the Natural Resources Agency 2014 CEQA Statute and Guidelines.

CEQA applies to all public and private development projects. Check in with your city or county planning officials to determine if your business operations are subject to CEQA review.

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