The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is a California state law that applies to all discretionary actions.

There are several paths to ensure compliance with CEQA, each with approximate timeframes:

  • Categorical Exemptions (approximately 2 weeks)

  • Mitigated Negative Declarations (approximately 6 months)

  • Environmental Impact Reports (approximately 1 year)

It is the responsibility of the UCSD Environmental Planners to determine the appropriate path for University project proposals that require discretionary action.

UCSD CEQA Process Flow Chart (click image to enlarge - PDF)

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