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California Administrative Regulations

An overview of where California administrative agency regulations are published, how to find relevant regulations, and how to make sure regulations are up-to-date.

About This Guide

This is an overview of California administrative regulations — rules promulgated by executive branch agencies of the State of California under authority delegated by the state legislature. This guide covers: where regulations are published; how to find them; how to update them. For advice about any aspect of administrative or regulatory research, ask a research librarian.

[For Federal Regulations, see the Zief Law Library's Federal Administrative Regulations guide.]

Overview: The California Code of Regulations and the "Z Register"

California regulations that are currently in force appear in Barclay's Official California Code of Regulations (CCR).

Proposed regulations appear in the California Regulatory Notice Register (also known as the "Z Register"). The California Regulatory Notice Register is published weekly.

These are two good free sources for the California Code of Regulations and the California Regulatory Notice Register. See the boxes below for more sources for the CCR and the "Z Register."

California Code of Regulations (CCR): In-Force Regulations

California regulations that are currently in force are published in the Barclay's Official California Code of Regulations (CCR). These are the major free and non-free options for the CCR. The final item on the list is the print version of the CCR, which is still available at the Zief Law Library.

California Regulatory Notice Register ("Z Register")

The California Regulatory Notice Register (also known as the "Z Register" is published weekly and includes proposed regulations and notices of new rules filed with the Secretary of State.

These are the two major options for the California Regulatory Notice Register. The second item is the print version of the "Z Register," which is still available at the Zief Law Library.

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