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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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  • NEW!    OAL Proposed Rulemaking on the reduction in the number of copies required to be submitted to OAL for review.    OAL is accepting comments on proposed changes to sections 6 and 6.5 of title 1, beginning May 12, 2023 and ending on July 17, 2023.  All comments must be directed to the email address listed in the Notice of Proposed Action.   All rulemaking documents are posted on the OAL Rulemaking page and available upon request to the email address listed in the notice.



  • NEW!    Our next 3-day Rulemaking Training Class is June 13-15, 2023.     Please visit our Training page to sign up!     The course offers comprehensive instruction on the Administrative Procedure Act rulemaking process and is taught by highly experienced OAL attorneys and staff.


  • NEW!   Information Session for Members of the Public on the Rulemaking Process under the Administrative Procedure Act


    On June 6, 2023, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) will host a public information session on the rulemaking process under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA).

    This two-hour public information session provides the basic principles of regulations and the APA. Please register using the registration form. More information is available by clicking the “Training” tab above.





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Gavin Newsom

Office of the Governor

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Amy Tong

Secretary, Government Operations Agency

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Kenneth J. Pogue


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

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