The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is California’s premier environmental law and is a powerful tool for public participation. It allows public agencies to make informed decisions about activities that could degrade public health and damage the environment. It also provides California residents the legal framework to hold their public agencies accountable for decisions that may substantially alter the quality of their lives.
Having played a central role in the development of CEQA, PCL and PCLF are committed to ensuring that the public is aware of CEQA, is trained to be confident and effective CEQA participants, and understands how it protects and involves local communities.
In an effort to equip Californians with the tools necessary to partake in the process, PCLF has compiled an array of useful information here, as a single resource for all your CEQA needs. From the “CEQA Guidelines and Statutes” to best practice tips on “How to Deliver Your Comments Effectively,” all of it can be found in this section.
Why is CEQA important? How does CEQA work? What is at stake in the current controversy surrounding CEQA? Get these and other questions answered on our Frequently Asked Question information sheet.
Community Guide to CEQA
This Guideis intended to help laypersons use the power of CEQA to influence decisions that will affect their environment. We are in the process of updating the Guide for 2014. Please check back with us later in the year.
Get Familiar with CEQA
Learn the process order, first steps and language associated with the environmental review process.
Public Participation in CEQA
Throughout the environmental review process there are many opportunities for the public to get involved. See how you can be most effective when participating.
CEQA Statutes, Guidelines, & Case Law
Get the specifics on CEQA’s statutes, guidelines, and relevant case law.
Climate Change & CEQA
Read this legal memo focused on assessing and limiting California’s contributions to climate change through the use of CEQA.
Learn about the Community Guide to CEQA, attend a workshop and read success stories.