- Strategic Goals
- Environmental Review & Permitting
- Conservation Planning
- Invasive Species
- Native Plant Program
Conservation Planning Branch
CA Department of Fish and Wildlife
1416 Ninth Street, 12th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
- The California Environmental Quality Act
- External CEQA Project Review Procedures
- CEQA Filing Fees
- Federal Project Review
- CDFW's Internal CEQA Procedures
- Other Types of CEQA Project Reviews
- California Law CEQA consists of Public Resources Code sections 21000-21177
- CEQA Statutes and Guidelines CEQA code and reference information (note: some information is out of date)
- CEQA FAQ (PDF)
- CEQA Public Notices
- SB 1535 (PDF) Changes in filing fees
- Fish and Game Code Section 711.4 and Section 713 Legal information on filing fees
Fish and Game Commission Projects:
The Certified State Regulatory Program Process
CEQA Guidelines provide that certain regulatory programs of State agencies, certified by the Resources Agency, are not required to prepare Negative Declarations or EIRs if the Resources Agency has found that the program meets certain criteria. However, agencies that implement certified regulatory programs must still provide a "substitute document" or functionally equivalent document, continue to comply with CEQA's goals and policies, provide public review of the substitute document, respond to comments, and adopt CEQA findings (CEQA Guidelines Sections 15250 - 15253).
The Regulatory Program of the Fish and Game Commission (setting hunting and fishing seasons, etc.), pursuant to the Fish and Game Code, has been certified as meeting the requirements of CEQA. The Fish and Game Commission has established an "Environmental Process" including format standards and a check list for the regulation activities. The Regulation Documentation Procedure is explained in Title 14 CCR, 781.5. Commission staff should be consulted for detailed instructions. Documents for internal review should be prepared sufficiently in advance to allow for a minimum of 14 days for review prior to approval.
A certified program remains subject to other provisions of CEQA, including the policy of avoiding significant adverse effects on the environment.
A functionally equivalent document for an EIR or Negative Declaration in a certified program shall include: (1) a project description and either, (2) alternatives and mitigation measures to avoid or reduce significant effects; or (3) a statement that the project would not have any significant effect. This conclusion shall be supported by evidence (CEQA Guidelines Section 15252).
Contact CEQA Program – CDFW staff cannot make decisions or intercede on CEQA projects under the jurisdiction of another lead agency. Please address project-specific comments to the project's lead agency.