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Exempt regulatory actions

Some regulatory actions are exempt from the regulatory process described above: actions of exempt agencies, regulations setting rates or prices or relating to internal agency working, and regulations with technical changes or changes to strictly conform to changes in federal or state law. Most exempt regulations are published in final form only, however, some exempt actions can include notice and publication of a proposed text.

   See section 2.2-4002 and section 2.2-4006 of the Administrative Process Act.

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When is an exempt regulatory action appropriate?

If your action is exempt pursuant to § 2.2-4002 or § 2.2-4006 of the Code of Virginia, it is usually appropriate to file an exempt regulatory action. These types of regulatory actions include:

In addition, if your agency is exempt pursuant to § 2.2-4002(A) of the Code of Virginia, it is appropriate to file an exempt regulatory action for those subject areas that fall under the exemption. Exempt agencies include:


Which type of regulatory action do I submit on the Town Hall?

There are two types of exempt regulatory actions that you can file on the Town Hall: (1) an “Exempt Action–Proposed” regulatory action or (2) an “Exempt Action–Final” regulatory action. Whether you submit an “Exempt Action–Proposed” package or an “Exempt Action–Final” package is determined by the Administrative Process Act or your agency’s basic authorizing statute.


How to create an exempt action and submit to the Registrar's office

See the instructions for starting a regulatory action and make sure you select "YES" when asked if this regulatory action is exempt from executive branch review.

Being exempt from the Administrative Process Act, means that no executive branch review is required. As soon as you create the Proposed or Final stage and upload your agency statement and attach your regulatory text, you can click on the "Submit to Registrar" button from the "Stage Information" page and enter the following information.

Click on the "Submit to Registrar" button at the bottom of the screen to complete the submission. You should get a confirmation screen showing who will receive email notification of the submission. You may wish to print this out for your records. A new item will be created under the "Documents" tab of this stage entitled "Transmittal Sheet." This is a copy of the transmittal sheet that the Town Hall generated in the notification to the Registrar's office. This may be useful for reference in the event that further communication with the Registrar's office is required.