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What Is Exempt Under California’s Administrative Procedure Act?

There are a number of types of executive branch administrative agency activities that do not come under the provisions of the California APA

By Chris Micheli, November 10, 2022 2:49 pm

California’s Administrative Procedure Act (APA), which sets forth the rules that California’s more than 200 agencies, departments, boards, and commissions that adopt regulations must follow, does not apply in all instances. Government Code Section 11340.9 specifies that the APA does not apply to any of the following:

  • An agency in the judicial or legislative branch of the state government.
  • A legal ruling of counsel issued by the Franchise Tax Board or State Board of Equalization.
  • A form prescribed by a state agency or any instructions relating to the use of the form, but this provision is not a limitation on any requirement that a regulation be adopted pursuant to this chapter when one is needed to implement the law under which the form is issued.
  • A regulation that relates only to the internal management of the state agency.
  • A regulation that establishes criteria or guidelines to be used by the staff of an agency in performing an audit, investigation, examination, or inspection, settling a commercial dispute, negotiating a commercial arrangement, or in the defense, prosecution, or settlement of a case, if disclosure of the criteria or guidelines would result in specified occurrences.
  • A regulation that embodies the only legally tenable interpretation of a provision of law.
  • A regulation that establishes or fixes rates, prices, or tariffs.
  • A regulation that relates to the use of public works, including streets and highways, when the effect of the regulation is indicated to the public by means of signs or signals or when the regulation determines uniform standards and specifications for official traffic control devices.
  • A regulation that is directed to a specifically named person or to a group of persons and does not apply generally throughout the state.

As a result, there are a number of types of executive branch administrative agency activities that do not come under the provisions of the California Administration Procedure Act.

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