California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

​Regulatory Highlights​

Applies to:​ 

Public or private "projects" that require state or local government agency approval and create a direct or indirect foreseeable change to the environment such as:  

  • Loss of native habitats, trees, species or wetlands
  • Introducing additional traffic
  • Creating odors or noise
  • New sources of air emissions, hazardous materials or pollutants
  • Increasing human population
  • Altering scenery or views
  • Impacting drainage patterns
  • Creating safety hazards
  • Requiring a different land use than existing zoning

What you must do:​ 

  1. Submit your project for approval through the environmental review process for an environmental determination
  2. Obtain approval for your project
  3. Implement any modifications, conditions or mitigations as required by the environmental review 

Local Environmental Review Agencies:​ 

In the unincorporated area of Sacramento County: 

County of Sacramento
Department of Planning and Environmental Review (PER)
827 7th Street, Room 220
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 874-7914
http://www.per.saccounty.net/Pages/default.aspx

In the incorporated cities of Sacramento County: 

In the City of Sacramento:
Environmental Planning Services Section at (916) 808-5656
or http://www.cityofsacramento.org/Community-Development/Planning/Environmental​

 

In the City of Citrus Heights:
Planning Division at (916) 727-4740
or http://www.citrusheights.net/195/Planning-Division​​

 

In the City of Elk Grove:
Planning Department at (916) 478-2265
or http://www.egplanning.org 

 

In the City of Folsom:
Community Development Department Planning Services at (916) 355-7222
or http://www.folsom.ca.us/depts/community_development/default.asp 

 

In the City of Galt:
Planning Department at (209) 366-7230
or http://www.ci.galt.ca.us/index.aspx?page=779 

 

In the City of Rancho Cordova:
Planning Department at (916) 851-8750
or http://www.cityofranchocordova.org/index.aspx?page=53

 
 

CEQA Consultants/Engineers Courtesy List
Frequently Asked Questions About CEQA​