Who is exempt from CEQA?
A project is exempt from CEQA if by statute, if considered ministerial or categorical, or where it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the activity in question may have a significant effect on the environment (general rule exemption). Statutory exemptions are those granted by the Legislature and the complete list of statutory exemptions can be found in the CEQA Guidelines, Article 18. Projects are ministerial when the government decision involves no discretion by the public official as to the wisdom or manner of carrying out the project, such as a building permit. A categorical exemption is based on a finding by the Secretary for Resources that the class of projects does not have a significant effect on the environment. The list of categorical projects can be found in the CEQA Guidelines, Article 19.CEQA Guidelines, Article 19, Chapter No. 3

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1. What is CEQA?
2. What projects are subject to CEQA?
3. Who is exempt from CEQA?
4. What is an EIR, and when is it required?
5. What is a Negative Declaration and when is it required?
6. What is an Initial Study (IS)?
7. What constitutes "significance"?