California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

In 1970, the California State Legislature adopted the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to establish a procedure for evaluating the environmental effects of proposed projects (both public and private). The documents prepared as a result of the review are presented to the decision-maker so that they can make an informed decision regarding the entitlement request. Environmental review is required for most discretionary actions.

The CEQA process is guided by the CEQA statutes and guidelines, which can be found on the State of California’s website at The City of Los Angeles is also guided by the Los Angeles City CEQA Guidelines and the L.A. CEQA Thresholds Guide.

The CEQA documents published here are intended to enhance public awareness of and participation in the entitlement process. Notices that a Negative Declaration or a Mitigated Negative Declaration has been prepared are posted under the “Negative Declaration Public Notices” tab by the date they were published in the Los Angeles Times.

For Environmental Impact Reports (EIR), three documents are prepared: 1) the Notice of Preparation, 2) the Draft EIR and 3) the Final EIR. On this webpage, you will find a tab for each of the three phases. Documents are posted within those pages when they are released for public review and can be found in the order they were released for publication.