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Laws and Regulations

Laws and Regulations Relevant to Current Public Proceedings

  • California Water Code
    The official Water Code on the California Legislative Counsel Website
  • California Health & Safety Code
    The official Health & Safety Code on the California Legislative Counsel Website, which contains provisions relating to underground storage tanks.

The State Water Board also maintains compilations of various laws relevant to different areas of the water boards’ responsibilities. While every effort is made to ensure these compilations are accurate and up-to-date, you should consult the official version of the California Code or the United States Code if in doubt.

The State Water Board’s Division of Drinking Water (DDW) has a compilation of statutes related to drinking water and recycled water. These are included in DDW’s Drinking Water Lawbook.

California Code of Regulations

  • California Code of Regulations
    The entire California Code of Regulations maintained by the California Office of Administrative Law (OAL)
  • Title 27. Environmental Protection
    Title 27 (Environmental Protection), Division 2, Subdivision 1 (Consolidated Regulations or Treatment, Storage, Processing or Disposal of Solid Waste) of the California Code of Regulations on the OAL Website
  • Plans and Policies
    Water Quality Control Plans (Basin Plans) and State Policies for Water Quality Control have the legal force and effect of regulation.

The State Water Board also maintains compilations of regulations in different areas of the water boards’ responsibilities. While every effort is made to ensure these compilations are accurate and up-to-date, you should consult the official California Code of Regulations if in doubt.

DDW has a compilation of regulations related to drinking water and recycled water. These are included in DDW’s Drinking Water Lawbook.

New! CCR - Proposed Amendments - February 2014

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking - February 2014

Initial Statement of Reasons - February 2014

Full Text of Proposed Amendments to California Code of Regulations, Title 23. Waters.  Division 3. State Water Resources Control Board.  Chapter 6. Rules Governing Review By State Board of Action or Failure to Act By Regional Board - February 2014

Transmittal Letter to Interested Parties Re: Regulations - March 7, 2014

Laws and Regulations Applicable to the Conduct of Board Meetings and Adjudicative Proceedings

Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act - effective January 1, 2011

Administrative Adjudication Statutes - effective January 1, 2011

Water Boards' Meeting Regulations - effective January 1, 2008

Question and Answer Document on Adjudicative Proceedings

Water Quality Petitions

Water Quality Petitions Web Page
Includes instructions for filing water quality petitions and opportunity to download electronic versions of water quality petitions are now available at the Water Quality Petitions webpage.

Ex Parte Communications

Ex Parte Communications Questions and Answers [Updated April 25, 2013 to include Question 45 concerning site visits and pending general orders]

Ex Parte Communication Disclosure Form for General Orders [Fill-In PDF Form and Instructions, Blank Form for Printing and Instructions]

Pending General Orders Subject to Water Code Section 13287 Ex Parte Disclosure Requirements

Below is a list of matters pending before the State Water Board subject to the disclosure requirements of Water Code section 13287.  Other pending orders or water quality petitions, not in abeyance, before the State Water Board are subject to the prohibition on ex parte communications.

General Order Scheduled Adoption Meeting Ex Parte Prohibition in Effect
Recycled Water Waste Discharge Requirements June 3, 2014 May 26, 2014
Compost General Waste Discharge Requirements N/A N/A
Petitions A-2209(a)-(e) (Central Coast Water Board, Conditional Waiver for Irrigated Lands) N/A N/A
Petitions A-2239(a)-(c) (Central Valley Water Board, General Waste Discharge Requirements for Irrigated Agriculture in the East San Joaquin Watershed) N/A N/A
Petition A-2269 (Central Valley Water Board, General Waste Discharge Requirements for Irrigated Agriculture for Discharges Not Participating in Third-Party Groups) N/A N/A
Petitions A-2278(a)-(c) (Central Valley Water Board, General Waste Discharge Requirements for Irrigated Agriculture in the Tulare Lake Basin for Dischargers Participating in a Third-Party Group) N/A N/A
Petitions A-2283(a)-(b) (Central Valley Water Board, General Waste Discharge Requirements for Existing Milk Cow Dairies) N/A N/A

Additional Information

Incompatible Activities Statement

Regulated Local Agencies

Waste Discharge Fee Schedules - Amended California Code of Regulations Title 23