Guide to Using CEQA

Use CEQA to Protect Your Community

This guide explains how you can use the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to protect historic places in your community.

Many people have seen the destruction of historic neighborhoods and sites without knowing that their voice could have made a difference. You have a say in how your community changes over time.

CEQA is is a state law that gives you the right to know about development projects in your neighborhood and how they affect your community. It gives you a voice in the process and tools to help you protect important places, your quality of life, and the future of your neighborhood.

The guide explains more about how you can use CEQA and includes case studies describing how others have used it in different ways to prevent demolition of significant sites.

You can download the guide below as a PDF in English or Spanish. We hope you find it helpful.