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Codes, Statutes, and Regulatory Law: Regulations

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

Locating Federal Regulations


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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, linked below) 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 (linked below).

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.  Use the links below to learn more about the Federal Register and to access it online.

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.

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