A Summary of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

(California Public Resources Code, Sections 21000 – 21178, and Title 14 CCR, Section 753, and Chapter 3, Sections 15000 – 15387)

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is California’s broadest environmental law.  CEQA helps to guide the Department during issuance of permits and approval of projects. Courts have interpreted CEQA to afford the fullest protection of the environment within the reasonable scope of the statutes. CEQA applies to all discretionary projects proposed to be conducted or approved by a California public agency, including private projects requiring discretionary government approval.

The purpose of CEQA is to:

  • Disclose to the public the significant environmental effects of a proposed discretionary project, through the preparation of an Initial Study (IS), Negative Declaration (ND), or Environmental Impact Report (EIR).
  • Prevent or minimize damage to the environment through development of project alternatives, mitigation measures, and mitigation monitoring.
  • Disclose to the public the agency decision making process utilized to approve discretionary projects through findings and statements of overriding consideration.
  • Enhance public participation in the environmental review process through scoping meetings, public notice, public review, hearings, and the judicial process. 
  • Improve interagency coordination through early consultations, scoping meetings, notices of preparation, and State Clearinghouse review. 

For more information, please visit CEQA Procedures for Internal CDFW Actions

Section 21092.3 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:

The notices required pursuant to Sections 21080.4 and 21092 for an environmental impact report shall be posted in the office and on the internet website of the county clerk of each county in which the project will be located and shall remain posted for a period of 30 days. The notice required pursuant to Section 21092 for a negative declaration shall be so posted for a period of 20 days, unless otherwise required by law to be posted for 30 days. The county clerk shall post the notices within 24 hours of receipt.

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Online Postings

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Date
Filed
Fish/Game
Receipt #
Lead Agency Type of
Document
Project Title
05/02/2024 41-05022024-0001 SAN MATEO COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS NOTICE OF EXEMPTION ALTA VISTA ROAD DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
05/03/2024 41-05032024-0001 WOODSIDE FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT  NOTICE OF EXEMPTION ORDINANCE NO. 24-01
05/03/2024 41-05032024-0002 CITY OF SAN BRUNO NOTICE OF EXEMPTION 2023-24 SLURRY SEAL PROJECT
5/6/2024 41-05062024-0001 CITY OF SAN CARLOS NOTICE OF EXEMPYION 2024 SEWER LATERAL REPLACEMENT PROJECT C1737-24
5/6/2024 41-05062024-0002 CITY OF SAN CARLOS NOTICE OF EXEMPTION ARROYO AVENUE AND CHESTNUT STREET SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL IMPROVEMENTS (PROJECT NO. C2201)
5/7/2024 41-05072024-0001 COUNTY OF SAN MATEO PLANNING AND BUILDING NOTICE OF DETERMINATION LLA
5/10/2024 41-05102024-0001 CITY OF SAN MATEO NOTICE OF EXEMPTION HIGH VOLTAGE STREETLIGHT CONVERSION (PHASE 5)
5/13/2024 41-05132024-0001 TOWN OF COLMA NOTICE OF EXEMPTION 41 COLMA BLVD- SHOE PALACE SIGN REVIEW
5/15/2024 41-05152024-0001 CITY OF MILLBRAE PLANNING DIVISION NOTICE OF DETERMINATION EIR - DOWNTOWN AND EL CAMINO REAL SPECIFIC PLAN ZONING MAP AMENDMENT
5/15/2024 41-05152024-0002 CITY OF MILLBRAE PLANNING DIVISION NOTICE OF DETERMINATION

MILLBRAE GENERAL PLAN BSL 2 AMENDMENT

5/15/2024 41-05152024-0003 SAN MATEO COUNT PARKS DEPARTMENT NOTICE OF EXEMPTION EIR - INSTALLATION OF A 60' LONG X 8' WIDE BASE ROCK ADA PATH FROM TROUT FARM TRAIL TO THE YOUTH GROUP CAMPING AREA AND INSTALLATION OF 5 PICNIC TABLES
5/15/2024 41-05152024-0004 CITY OF REDWOOD CITY  NOTICE OF EXEMPTION SUBDIVISION OF AN EXISTING LOT TO CREATE 6 FOR SALE, TOWNHOUSE-STYLE UNITS
5/17/2024 41-05172024-0001 CITY OF SAN MATEO  NOTICE OF EXEMPTION TRAFFIC SIGNAL MODIFICATION AT POPLAR AVENUE AND HUMBOLT STREET
5/17/2024 41-05172024-0002 RAVENSWOOD CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT  NOTICE OF EXEMPTION COMMUNITY HUB
5/17/2024 41-05172024-0003 RAVENSWOOD CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT  NOTICE OF EXEMPTION DISTRICT OFFICE AND ACCOMPANY CLASSROOMS
5/17/2024 41-05172024-0004 RAVENSWOOD CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT  NOTICE OF EXEMPTION LOS ROBLES-RONALD MCNAIR MODERNIZATION
5/17/2024 41-05172024-0005 CITY OF HALF MOON BAY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT  NOTICE OF EXEMPTION 555 KELLY AVE. 40-UNIT AFFORDABLE MULTIFAMILY RESIDENTIAL PROJECT WITH FARMWORKER RESOURCE CENTER (PDP-23-034)
5/21/2021 41-05212024-0001 COUNTY OF SAN MATEO PARKS DEPARTMENT NOTICE OF EXEMPTION INSTALLATION OF A 4'X5' RULE BASED SIGN AT THE FITZGERALD MARINE RESERVE SEAL COVE STAIRWAY
5/22/2024 41-05222024-0001 BAY AREA QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT NOTICE OF EXEMPTION BAY AREA QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT - COMMUNITY EMISSIONS REDUCTION PLAN FOR THE RICHMOND, NORTH RICHMOND, AND SAN PABLO PATH TO CLEAN AIR (PTCA) AREA (PROJECT) 
5/22/2024 41-05222024-0002 SILICON VALLEY CLEAN WATER NOTICE OF EXEMPTION 9269 BIOGAS UTILIZATION PROJECT
5/22/2024 41-05222024-0003 CITY OF SAN BRUNO NOTICE OF DETERMINATION GLENVIEW HIGHLANDS
5/24/2024 41-05242024-0001 CITY OF SAN MATEO COMMUNIT DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT NOTICE OF EXEMPTION HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE
5/28/2024 41-05282024-0001 SAN MATEO RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICT NOTICE OF DETERMINATION LA HONDA FUEL BREAK PROJECT
5/28/2024 41-05282024-0002 CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO NOTICE OF DETERMINATION P23-0128
5/29/2024 41-05292024-0001 TOWN OF COLMA NOTICE OF EXEMPTION 119 COLMA BOULEVARD -ULTA SIGN PERMIT
5/29/2024 41-05292024-0002 CITY OF SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO NOTICE OF EXEMPTION P24-0051: SIGN24-0008 
Other Notices

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Date
Posted
Agency Title
05/03/2024 NOTICE OF THE BOARD DIRECTORS NORTH SAN MATEO COUNTY SANITATION DISTRICT
05/03/2024 TOWN OF WOODSIDE NOTICE OF AVAILABILTY DRAFT ENVIROMENTAL IMPACT REPORT HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE
05/10/2024 TOWN OF ATHERTON NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF AN INITIAL STUDY/MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION FOR THE TOWN OF ATHERTON'S HOUSING ELEMENT AND ZONING CODE UPDATES
5/15/2024 NORTH SAN MATEO COUNTY SANITATION DISTRICT  NOTICE OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
5/17/2024 CITY OF BELMONT PUBLIC WORKS 

NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY (NOA) OF A DEAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (DEIR)

5/17/2024 TOWN OF HILLSBOROUGH

NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY AND INTENT TO ADOPT A INITIAL STUDY/MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION

5/21/2024 NORTH SAN MATEO COUNTY SANITATION DISTRICT NOTICE OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
5/21/2024 DALY CITY  NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION
5/28/2024 BAY AREA AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT  PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO REGULATION 8: ORGANIC COMPOUNDS, RULE 18: EQUIPMENT LEAKS
5/29/2024 NORTH SAN MATEO COUNTY SANITATION DISTRICT  NOTICE OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS NORTH SAN MATEO COUNTY SANITATION DISTRICT