How to Send, View and Print Public Comments 

This page last reviewed December 16, 2013


Image of a woman is tpying The ARB encourages public input to its regulatory and non-regulatory items being worked on by ARB staff (ARB Workshops, etc., Public Comments) and ultimately presented to the Board (ARB Board Meeting Public Comments). Submitting comments is easy. Transparency in our decision-making processes is important to us and the following explains how easy it is to submit your comments or to view/print the comments of others.


Submit Your Comments to ARB

Here are a few steps to follow:

  1. At the ARB homepage, click on 'Send Us Your Comments'.  It is located on the left under 'Popular Pages'.
  2. Click on the 'Board Item' of interest.  This takes you directly to the 'Submit Your Comments to the Board' page for that item. 
  3. Complete all sections of the form (phone number and affiliation are optional).  If you have a separate document, you can upload an attachment here.
  4. Click on 'Send Comment'.
  5. Be on the look-out for an email acknowledgment notifying you that your comment was received by ARB. If you do not receive this email, please click on our disclaimer webpage for action items.

Deadline for Submitting Public Comments

ARB Board Meeting Public Comments:

These are accepted via ARB's web-based docket system during an initial "45-day" comment period or a "15-day" supplemental comment period up until the date and time identified in the column reading " Deadline for Comments ." Once the comment deadline is reached (note, Californa's time zone will apply), the item will no longer be shown on the "Send Us Your Comments" page.

For many years, ARB's hearing notices have stated that email comments and written comments not presented at the Board hearing, must be submitted by noon of the day before the hearing to be considered by the Board. This deadline is reflected in the "Deadline for Comments" column and is necessary to assure that ARB's Clerk of the Board has sufficient lead time to compile all of the pre-hearing comments for each Board member.

As an accommodation, the Clerk of the Board has nevertheless generally accepted comments submitted by mail or facsimile through the day of the hearing, and has tried to provide those comments to Board members at the hearing. As of the July 2006 hearing, this practice will no longer be followed and the Clerk will strictly adhere to the process described in the hearing notice. This means that written comments not received by the Clerk by noon of the day before the hearing will not become part of the rulemaking record unless they are presented to the Clerk at the hearing prior to the Chair's closure of the record for the item.

ARB Workshops, etc., Public Comments:

These are accepted until the date and time listed in the Deadline for Comments column.

Viewing and/or Printing Public Comments

Please note that under the California Public Records Act (Govt. Code Section 6250 et. seq.), your written and oral comments, attachments, and associated contact information (e.g. your address, phone, email, etc.) become part of the public record (ARB Board Meeting Public Comments or ARB Workshops, etc., Public Comments) and can be released to the public upon request. 

Simply click on the "Comment Log" for your subject area of interest. Then select an individual comment of interest to view or print. Or, scroll down to the bottom of the list of comments and click on the link "Compilation of all Printable Comments" and then view and/or print the resulting PDF file which will include all comments processed to date for that subject.

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If you have any questions regarding any of the above, please contact the Clerk of the Board at (916) 322-5594 for Board Hearings or Office of the Ombudsman at (916) 327-1266 for ARB Workshops, etc.

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