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Codes, Statutes, and Regulatory Law: Regulations

A guide to locating Statutes, Codes, and Regulations at UCSB Library.

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Locating Federal Regulations


Not sure where to start? Check out Federal Administrative Law: A Brief Overview.

Code of Federal Regulations

The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government. It is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation. Each volume of the CFR is updated once each calendar year and is issued on a quarterly basis.

See the Regulatory Process Map [PDF] for more information.

  • Titles 1-16 are updated as of January 1st
  • Titles 17-27 are updated as of April 1st
  • Titles 28-41 are updated as of July 1st
  • Titles 42-50 are updated as of October 1st

Each title is divided into chapters, which usually bear the name of the issuing agency. Each chapter is further subdivided into parts that cover specific regulatory areas. Large parts may be subdivided into subparts. All parts are organized in sections, and most citations in the CFR are provided at the section level. A list of agencies and where they appear in the CFR may be found in Appendix C of the U.S. Government Manual.

The Code of Federal Regulations can be found online.

Federal Register

Updates and proposed Regulations for the Code of Federal Regulations are published in the Federal Register. The Federal Register can be found online.

For help using the Federal Register, please consult the Federal Register Guide.

Locating California Regulations

California Code of Regulations

California Code of Regulations (CCR) contains the text of the regulations that have been formally adopted by state agencies. They are reviewed, approved, and made available to the public by the California Office of Administrative Law (OAL), and are also filed with the Secretary of State.

The CCR consists of 28 titles and contains the regulations of approximately 200 regulatory agencies. It can be found in print and online.

  • Barclay's Official California Code of Regulations [current only]
    • Main Ref KFC 35 1990 A22

A comprehensive index for the CCR can be found at:

  • Comprehensive Index: California Code of Regulations
    • Main Ref KFC 35 1972 .A223

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