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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



  • INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE 2020 RULEMAKING CALENDAR are now available.  Please note that the format for the Schedules A and B have changed to meet state and federal Americans With Disabilities Act website accessibility requirements.    Please click here for more information.
  • The OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW'S WEBSITE is currently going through some major construction.  Please contact the Office of Administrative Law's (OAL) Reference Attorney at or phone: (916) 323-6815 if you have questions or concerns.
  • The 2019 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 2019 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

Reference Attorney
Voicemail Line: (916) 323-6815