Administrative Hearings / Administrative Penalty Program

This page last reviewed June 20, 2017

To Contest an ARB Issued Citation:

  • Request for Hearing Form
  • A new "Guidelines for Appeals of Citations" webpage is under construction and will soon be available.

Administrative Penalty Program - For all other ARB Regulations

Administrative Penalties may be sought by ARB as an alternative to civil penalties for less severe, evident violations. Administrative Hearing Procedures allow the Air Resources Board to assess and collect administrative penalties for violations of ARB's adopted rules and regulations. An individual or company who receives a citation or complaint under this program may request a hearing (form) on the merits of the issuance of the citation or complaint. A hearing conducted under this program will be presided over by an administrative law judge from the Office of Administrative Hearings. This authority was added by Senate Bill 527 of 2001. The ARB adopted California Code of Regulations (CCR) in 2002 to implement Senate Bill 527.

Administrative Hearing Procedures for Review of Executive Orders

In the late 1980s, early 1990s, the Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) adopted procedures for two distinct types of administrative hearings: adjudicatory hearing procedures to consider petitions for review of certain executive officer decisions (Title 17, CCR Sections 60040.1 and 60055.1 et seq.) and administrative hearing procedures for review of citations issued under the heavy-duty vehicle roadside smoke and tampering inspection program (Title 17, CCR Sections 60075.1, et seq.).

In 1995, the Legislature expanded the ARB's authority to assess and enforce administrative penalties. (Senate Bill (SB) 163, Stats. 1995, Ch. 966, Sec. 3, codified at Health and Safety Code section 43025, et seq.). Section 43028 provides that the ARB may adopt rules and regulations to impose and enforce administrative civil penalties for violations of Part 5 of the Health and Safety Code, or any rule regulation, permit, variance, or order of the state board, pertaining to fuel requirements and standards.

Contact Us

Questions regarding administrative hearings for the Heavy Duty Vehicle Inspection Program, or about contesting an ARB citation may be addressed to Carmen Madia at (916) 229-0389 or Katya Krichevsky at (916) 323-0164.

Questions about administrative hearing procedures may be addressed to Jack Wursten at ARB's Administrative Hearing Office at (916) 445-1789. A new "Guidelines for Appeals of Citations" web page is also under construction and will be available soon.