​​​​​​​State Laws referring to the California Geological Survey, Division of Mines and Geology, and/or the State Geologist

In April 1860 the California Legislature established the Geological Survey of California. Identified by various names (see foot notes at the end of this page)​, it is one of the State’s oldest agencies, and the oldest division within the Department ​of Conservation.​ Over the past 150+ years of service, the Survey’s missions have evolved to meet the requirements of today’s dynamic Californi​a. This page provides links to current California laws that refer specifically to the California Geological Survey, Division of Mines and Geology, and/or the State Geologist.

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Codes, Statutes, Regulations...what's the difference?

Codes: California statutes and regulations can be found in codes. A code is usually the best place to look up a statute or regulation because codes are organized by subject and updated on a regular basis.

Statutes: California statutes are the laws enacted by the California legislature and signed by the California Governor. There are 29 separate statutory codes in California; seven of them refer to the California Geological Survey. ​Each code covers one or more major subject areas (e.g., education, natural resources, health and safety​​​, etc.). All of the statutory codes referenced below are linked to the latest statutes at the Official California Legislative Information website.

Regulations: Authorized by statutes, regulations (sometimes called rules or administrative laws) have the effect of law. Someone violating a regulation is, in effect, violating the law that created it. California regulations are issued by the various California administrative agencies, which get their authority to regulate from specific California statutes. Regulations are designed to implement and sometimes interpret statutes. All of the regulatory codes referenced below are linked to the latest regulations at the Thompson Reuters Westlaw website.


California Statutes​


California Business and Professions Code

DIVISIO​N 4. Real Estate

PART 1. Licensing of Persons


California Education Code

TITLE 1. General Edu​cation Code Provisions

DIVISION 1. General Educ​ation Code Provisions

  • PART 10.5. School F​acilities
    • CHAPTER 1. Schoolsites
    • CHAPTER 3. Construction of School Buildings

TITLE 3. Postsecondary Education

DIVISION 7. Community Colleges

  • PART 49. Community Colleges, Education Facilities
    • CHAPTER 1. School Sites

California Government Code

TITLE 2. Government of the State of California

DIVISION 1. General

TITLE 7. Planning and Land Use

DIVISION 1. Planning and Zoning​


California Health and Safety Code

DIVISION 12.5. Buildings Used By the Public

CHAPTER 3. Earthquake Ha​​​zard Mitigation Technologies

DIVISION 107. Statewide Health Planning and Development

PART 7. Facilities Design Review and Construction

  • CHAPTER 1. Health Facilities

California Insurance Code

DIVISION 2. Classes of Insurance

PART 1. Fire and Marine Insurance


California Public Resources Code

DIVISION 1. Administration

CHAPTER 2. Department of Conservation

DIVISION 2. Geology, Mines and Mining​

CHAPTER 1. Definitions​

CHAPTER 2. California Geological Survey

CHAPTER 7.5. Earthquake Fault Zoning

CHAPTER 7.8. Seismic Hazards Mapping

CHAPTER 8. Strong-Motion Instrumentation Program

CHAPTER 9. Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975

CHAPTER 12. Earthquake Preparedness

DIVISION 3. Oil and Gas

CHAPTER 1. Oil and Gas Conservation

CHAPTER 4. Geotherma​l Resources

DIVISION 20. California Coastal Act

CHAPTER 5. State Agencies


California Public Utilities Code

DIVISION 1. Regulation of Public Utilities

PART 1. Public Utilities Act

  • CHAPTER 4. Regulation of Public Utilities

California Code of Regulations​​


TITLE 2. Administration

DIVISION 1. Administrative Personnel

CHAPTER 3. Department of Human Resources​

DIVISION 2. Financial Operations​

CHAPTER 3. Department of General Services

  • SUBCHAPTER 4. Office of Public School Construction
    • GROUP 1. State Allocation Board
      • SUBGROUP 5.5. Regulations Relating to the Leroy F. Greene School Facilities Act of 1998: (School Facility Program)

TITLE 14. Natural Resources

DIVISION 1.5. Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

CHAPTER 4. Forest Practices

DIVISION 2. Department of Conservation

CHAPTER 1. Department of Conservation - Conflict-of-Interest Code

CHAPTER 4. Development, Regulation, and Conservation of Oil and Gas Resources

CHAPTER 8. Mining and Geology

DIVISION 6. Resources Agency

CHAPTER 3. Guidelines for Implementation of the California Environmental Quality Act

TITLE 17. Public Health

DIVISION 3. Air Resources

CHAPTER 1. Air Resources Board

TITLE 23. Waters

DIVISION 2. Department of Water Resources

CHAPTER 1.5. Groundwater Management

DIVISION 3. State Water Resources Control Board and Regional Water Quality Control Boards

CHAPTER 27. Regulations for Implementation of the Environmental Quality Act of 1970

TITLE 27. Environmental Protection

DIVISION 2. Solid Waste​

SUBDIVISION 1. Consolidated Regulations for Treatment, Storage, Processing or Disposal of Solid Waste


Foot notes:

  • [1] = The statute or regulation refers to "Mines and Geology" (meaning California Division of Mines and Geology)
  • [2] = The statute or regulation refers to "State Geologist"
  • [3] = The statute or regulation refers to "California Geological Survey"
  • [4] = The statute or regulation refers to "the division" (meaning California Geological Survey)
  • [5] = The statute or regulation refers to "the survey" (meaning California Geological Survey)
  • [6] = The statute or regulation refers to "CGS"
  • [7] = The statute or ​regulation refers to "California Geologic(sic) Survey"

​Last updated June 28, 2018 by cgs_webmaster@conservation.ca.gov
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