Welcome to the Office of Administrative Law

The Office of Administrative Law (OAL) ensures that agency regulations are clear, necessary, legally valid, and available to the public. OAL is responsible for reviewing administrative regulations proposed by over 200 state agencies for compliance with the standards set forth in California’s Administrative Procedure Act (APA), for transmitting these regulations to the Secretary of State and for publishing regulations in the California Code of Regulations.

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Frequently Asked Questions



  • PREPARATIONS FOR THE 2019 RULEMAKING CALENDAR  are now available.    An e-mail was sent to Chief Counsels and Regulations Coordinators concerning this annual Rulemaking Calendar, which is a projection of rulemaking activity by state agencies for the coming year.    Click here for more information.
  • The 2018 CALIFORNIA RULEMAKING LAW HANDBOOKS are now available!       The handbook is a convenient resource that provides the primary statutes and regulations governing the California rulemaking process.     Please click here for information on how to order.
  • THE 2018 CALIFORNIA REGULATORY NOTICE REGISTER SCHEDULE is now available.  Please visit our Notice Register page.
  • ONLINE TRAINING REGISTRATION: Registration for OAL's 3-day APA rulemaking training course and half-day underground regulation training is now available online. Register here.

Contact OAL

Office of Administrative Law
300 Capitol Mall, Suite 1250
Sacramento, CA 95814-4339

Phone: (916) 323-6225
CALNET: (916) 473-6225
Fax: (916) 323-6826
Email: staff@oal.ca.gov

Reference Attorney
Voicemail Line: (916) 323-6815
Email: staff@oal.ca.gov