The CEQA Guidelines (Title 14, Division 6, Chapter 3 of the California Code of Regulations) are administrative regulations governing the implementation of the California Environmental Quality Act. The CEQA Guidelines reflect the requirements set forth in the Public Resources Code, as well as court decisions interpreting the statute and practical planning considerations. Among other things, the CEQA Guidelines explain how to determine whether an activity is subject to environmental review, what steps are involved in the environmental review process, and the required content of environmental documents. The CEQA Guidelines apply to public agencies throughout the state, including local governments, special districts, and state agencies.
With AB 819, the California Legislature amended the CEQA Guidelines to require a Lead Agency to post the Draft Environmental Impact Report (“EIR”), Final EIR, Negative Declaration, or Mitigated Negative Declaration (“MND”) prepared for a project on the Lead Agency’s website, if the Lead Agency has a website. In addition, AB 819 requires a Lead Agency to post various CEQA notices on its website. This requirement extends to any Notice of Exemption, Notice of Intent to Adopt a Negative Declaration or Mitigated Negative Declaration, Notice of Preparation, Notice of Availability, and Notice of Determination.