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About California Statutes, codes and regulations

  • California statutes are legislation as passed by a governing body. They are “the law” as it is written. Legislators write bills, which may be edited and amended by committees before they are passed. Passed bills are then signed into law (or vetoed and do not become law) by the President. 
  • California Codes are the codified version of laws--they are "the law" arranged by subject.
  • California Code or Regulations are the rules developed by government agencies like the California DMV to deal with specific details not included in legislation. 

California case, codes, CCRs websites

​​​​​​​California statutes are the laws enacted by the California legislature. Called   "chapters" in California, statutes are the session laws as they were written at the time of passage. (A bill is "chaptered" by the Secretary of State after it has passed through both houses of the Legislature and has been signed by the Governor or becomes law without the Governor's signature.) The Statutes of California is in chronological order as enacted, with no subject arrangement or indication whether a subsequent statute has amended or repealed a prior one. 

  • California Codes. California statutes and regulations can be found in codes. A code is usually the best place to look up a statute or regulation because codes are organized by subject and updated on a regular basis.There are 29 separate statutory codes in California. Each code covers one or more major subject areas (e.g., the Family Code covers family law topics, the Penal Code covers criminal law, etc.).

  • California Department of Education Codes and Regs. direct links to Cal codes and regs.

California Code of Regulations is available online. There is no print version. The California Code of Regulations is comprised of 28 Titles and are governed by state agencies who are empowered to make rules and procedures, called regulations, to implement state statutes (example, the California Building Code). The California Code of Regulations is abbreviated as "CCR.” A citation is read "25 CCR 60". The first number is the title number and the second number is the section of the code. 

The California Regulatory Notice Register ("Notice Register") contains notices of proposed regulatory actions by state regulatory agencies to adopt, amend, or repeal regulations contained in the California Code of Regulations. A state agency must complete its rulemaking and submit the rulemaking file to OAL within one year of the date of publication of a Notice of Proposed Action (“Notice”) in the Notice Register. (Government Code Section 11346.4(b)

Municipal codes and ordinances are online. There is no print versions.
An ordinance is a law or an act of a city, municipality or local governmental agency. City Councils have authority to pass ordinances through Government Code (GC) Section 37100, as long as these ordinances do not conflict with the laws and Constitution of the State of California or of the United States. It is th
e most binding form of action a City Council can take