Environmental Resources

City Planning offers these documents, forms, and other helpful resources to guide environmental consultants and members of the public in processing and preparing environmental documents in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

General Environmental Resources

CEQA Statute and Guidelines
State laws that govern CEQA procedures and guidance for analysis can be found in the CEQA Statute and Guidelines. The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) is the State agency responsible for providing guidance on CEQA. Visit OPR’s website to stay up to date on technical advisories, find other helpful resources, and learn more about CEQA streamlining options available for qualifying housing projects.

Los Angeles’s Environmental Assessment Form
The City’s Environmental Assessment Form (EAF) is required for all discretionary applications submitted to City Planning unless a project qualifies for certain Categorical or Statutory Exemptions as specified under CEQA. The EAF is intended to assist the Department in determining the appropriate environmental clearance for a project.

Environmental Impact Category Analysis Resources

In 2019, City Planning adopted the standards of Appendix G of the CEQA Guidelines as the thresholds of significance for impacts pursuant to CEQA. While the 2006 L.A. City CEQA Thresholds Guide may still inform environmental analysis as appropriate and be consulted as a reference document, it is no longer the source of City Planning’s default thresholds.

Click on an impact category below for additional guidance and documents. Note that the thresholds and/or methodology for the Cultural Resources and Noise Sections are in the process of being updated, and the documents linked are currently working drafts until adoption