What is CEQA?
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was adopted in 1970 and incorporated in the Public Resources Code §§21000-21177. Its basic purposes are to: inform governmental decision makers and the public about the potential significant environmental effects of proposed activities; identify ways that environmental damage can be avoided or significantly reduced; require changes in project through the use of alternatives or mitigation measures when feasible; and disclose to the public the reasons why a project was approved if significant environmental effects are involved. CEQA applies to projects undertaken, funded or requiring an issuance of a permit by a public agency.
What is required in order to file a CEQA notice?
In order to file a CEQA notice with the County Clerk, you must present one original, two copies and the filing fees pursuant to Fish & Game Code §§711.4 in order to file a Notice of Determination or Notice of Exemption. All other filings require one original and one copy for each filing. Any additional copies provided will be filed and returned to you as proof of filing.
Index Searching the CEQA index via internet
Searches may be conducted via internet using our WEB Access to Recorder’s Official Records, Fictitious Business Names and CEQA Filings after 11/03/2017. You may conduct a search by providing any of the following criteria: date filed, document type, project title or lead agency. CEQA filings prior to 11/03/2017.
Copies of the documents listed in the index can be obtained anytime during our office hours: Monday through Friday, (excluding holidays) between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.You may request copies by coming into our office in person or you may also send in your request by mail. Please provide the reference number and/or the project title with your request. The copy fee is $2.00 per page.