What is a Lead Agency?
How does that compare to a Responsible Agency?
How do I determine which agency is the Lead Agency when more than one public agency is involved?
What if the public agencies can't agree on which one should be the Lead Agency?
When more than one public agency is involved, a "Lead Agency" is the public agency that has the primary responsibility for approving a project that may have a significant impact upon the environment.
A "Responsible Agency" is any public agency, other than the lead agency, which has the responsibility for approving the project where more than one public agency is involved.
Normally, the Lead Agency is the agency with general governmental powers such as a city or a county. Agencies with limited powers or districts that provide a public service/utility such as a recreation and park district will tend to be a Responsible Agency. More guidance on selecting the lead agency is found in Guidelines §15051(Guidelines §15053)
Lead Agency Defined | Public Resources Code §21067GUIDELINE REFERENCES
Designation of Lead Agency by OPR | California Code of Regulations §§15050 - 15053
SELECTED COURT CASES