California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Publications

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) generally requires state and local government agencies to inform decision makers and the public about the potential environmental impacts of proposed projects, and to reduce those environmental impacts to the extent feasible. If a project subject to CEQA will not cause any adverse environmental impacts, a public agency may adopt a brief document known as a Negative Declaration. If the project may cause adverse environmental impacts, the public agency must prepare a more detailed study called an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). An EIR contains in-depth studies of potential impacts, measures to reduce or avoid those impacts, and an analysis of alternatives to the project. A key feature of the CEQA process is the opportunity for the public to review and provide input on both Negative Declarations and EIRs.

The laws and rules governing the CEQA process are contained in the CEQA statute (Public Resources Code Section 21000 and following), the CEQA Guidelines (California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Section 15000 and following), published court decisions interpreting CEQA, and locally adopted CEQA procedures.

For additional information on these CEQA statutes and Guidelines, please visit

CEQA Publications

The CEQA documents published here are intended to enhance public awareness of, and participation in, public works and other projects.

During public review periods, all comments must be submitted in writing to the mailing address or e-mail provided with each project listing during the review period.

Public notification of agenda items for the Board of Public Works and other commissions, Council committees and City Council is posted on the Internet 72 hours prior to the public meeting. To obtain the latest information regarding scheduled agenda items, please proceed on the following links:
The Board of Public Works hearing room and City Council chambers are both located on the 3rd floor of City Hall, 200 North Spring Street. The public entrance is on Main Street.