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California Administrative Law

Information on locating California regulations, guidance, administrative decisions, and executive orders and proclamations online and at the UCLA Law Library.

Current California Regulations

Current California regulations are published in the California Code of Regulations (CCR or Code). You may also see the Code referred to as the California Administrative Code (CAC), its former title, or as Barclays, the name of the private publisher that obtained a contract to publish the Code in 1990. Barclays has since merged with Westlaw, which continues to publish the Code under a contract with California's Office of Administrative Law (OAL). 

As part of its contract to publish the Code, Westlaw provides a free online version:

The current Code is also available on Westlaw, Lexis, and Nexis Uni and in print at the UCLA Law Library:

The Code is divided into 28 different topics, referred to as titles. Each title is further subdivided by subtopic and agency and then finally by individual section.

Three titles are of special note:

  • Title 6 was originally intended to publish executive orders and other significant materials by the California governor, in the same way that Title 3 of the Code of Federal Regulations publishes executive orders and other significant materials by the president. However, no governor has ever used it and most versions of the Code simply skip from Title 5 to 7. 
  • Title 26. Toxics was originally intended to bring together all of the regulations by all of the different agencies that regulate toxics. However, over time, most agencies have removed their materials from Title 26 and Title 26 now mostly consists of notes directing the reader back to the titles where the agencies normally publish their regulations.
  • Title 24 provides the building codes. The building codes are copyrighted by the various building organizations that developed them and are not included in the standard print and electronic editions of the Code. Instead, they can be viewed for free online or purchased in print from the website of each individual building organization. 

The current California building codes are available for free online and in print at the UCLA Law Library:

Annotations and Citators for California Regulations

For federal and California statutes and for federal regulations, Lexis, Westlaw, and Nexis Uni provide:

  • Annotations: notes by the database staff, identifying major secondary sources and cases discussing each statute or regulation. Found after the text of the statute or regulation on Lexis and Nexis Uni and under the Notes of Decisions and Context & Analysis tabs on Westlaw. 
  • Citators: tools that search the database for any sources that cite the regulation. Found by clicking the Shepardize link in the right sidebar on Lexis and Nexi Uni and under the Citing References tab on Westlaw.

For California regulations:

  • Neither Lexis, Nexis Uni, nor Westlaw provide annotations. (Westlaw shows information under the Context & Analysis tab but this simply repeats information on the regulation's history, already found at the end of the regulation.)
  • Lexis, Nexis Uni, and Westlaw all provide citators (Shepardize/Citing References) but these typically identify only a handful of sources for the most cited regulations.