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Introduction to Planning & Environmental Law & Land Use Controls

CY PLAN 252 Land Use Controls

Boalt 105

April 1, 2014
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Law Library Hours

Graduate students may use the Library during all open hours. Please be prepared to show your graduate student ID to the ID checker on duty after 6 p.m. and on weekends. The east entrance closes at 6 p.m. during the week and remains closed over the weekend.

Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - Midnight
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. - Midnight

Reference Desk Hours
Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tel. (510) 642-0900

Circulation Policy

The Law Library will lend books to graduate students. Graduate students must first register at the Patron Services desk. It takes 24 hours (not including the weekend) to add the registered student to the computer. You may place your books on hold and will be able to check them out by the next weekday once your registration has been processed.

The Berkeley Law Library collection is primarily a research collection. About 80% of the resources do not circulate at all. Reserve materials (located behind the Reference and Patron Services desks) may be used in the Library for four-hour periods. You will need to give your ID to the students at the Patron Services desk in order to use these resources.

California Materials in Print

  • Statutes: West's Annotated California Codes (Reference, Reserve & Main Reading Room) and Deering's California Codes, Annotated (Reserve)
  • Regulations: Barclay's Official California Code of Regulations: Reserve KFC35 1990 .A22
  • Case Reporters: California Reports (Stacks KFC45 & Request to Retrieve), California Appellate Reports (Stacks KFC48 & Request to Retrieve), West's California Reporter (Stacks KFC47 .W4)
  • Shepard's California Citations: Stacks KFC 59 .S44

Federal Materials in Print

  • Statutes: United States Code (South Reading Room KF62 .A2), USCA (Reserve KF62 .W4), USCS (Main Reading Room KF62 .L3)
  • Regulations: CFR: Stacks KF70 .A3
  • Case Reporters: West's Federal Supplement (Main Reading Room KF105 .W6), West's Federal Reporter (Main Reading Room KF105 .W5), United States Supreme Court Reports (Request to Retrieve KF101), West's Supreme Court Reporter (Main Reading Room KF101 .W4), United States Supreme Court Reports, Lawyer's Edition (Main Reading Room KF101 .L31)

Law Reviews in Print

Most of the bound law reviews have been removed to off-site storage. Other law reviews are shelved in the stacks by subject. Search LawCat to identify specific locations and to obtain links to HeinOnline. Unbound issues of law reviews (current dates) remain in the stacks until they are collected and bound, although many current issues route to faculty.

Print Materials on Planning, Zoning, Land Use, and Environmental Law

Several popular treatises and study aids are kept behind the Circulation Desk in Reserve. Other materials on these subjects are shelved in the stacks. You will need to look up the location and call numbers in LawCat. Note that works treating California law are shelved in KFC, while those treating federal law or the law as it generally pertains to all states are shelved in KF.

If you see the LOCATION specification Request to Retrieve in the Law Library catalog, see the Reference Desk or Circulation Desk to have the item paged for you.

Widely Used Print Materials: Background & Study Aids

Roger Bernhardt & Ann M. Burkhart, Real Property in a Nutshell, 6th ed. (West 2010) Reserve KF570.Z9 B47 2010

Barlow Burke, Understanding the Law of Zoning and Land Use Controls, 3d ed. (LexisNexis 2013) Reserve KF5698 .B87 2013

Roger W. Findley & Daniel A. Farber, Environmental Law in a Nutshell, 8th ed. (West 2010) Reserve KF3775.Z9 F56 2010

John R. Nolon & Patricia E. Salkin, Land Use in a Nutshell, 5th ed. (West 2006) Reserve KF5698.Z9 N65 2006

John G. Sprankling, Understanding Property Law, 3d ed. (LexisNexis 2012) Reserve KF561 .S67 2012

Philip Weinberg & Kevin A. Reilly, Understanding Environmental Law, 3d ed. (LexisNexis 2013) Reserve KF3775 .W45 2013

Widely Used Print Materials: Treatises & Practice Guides

Daniel J. Curtin, Jr. & Robert E. Merritt, California Subdivision Map Act and the Development Process, 2d ed. (CEB 2001-) Reserve KFC811 .C35 2001

Stephen L. Kostka & Michael H. Zischke, Practice under the California Environmental Quality Act, 2d ed. (CEB 2008-) Reserve KFC610 .K672

Adam U. Lindgren, California Land Use Practice (CEB 2006-) Reserve KFC811.A75 C35

Longtin's California Land Use: Planning, Zoning, Building, Subdivision, Environmental Law (Local Gov't Pubs. 1987) Reserve KFC811 .L65 1987

Kenneth A. Manaster & Daniel P. Selmi, California Environmental Law and Land Use Practice (Matthew Bender 1989-) Stacks KFC610.A6 C34

Online Research Tools

Law Library Portal


The Law Library's online catalog. Use this before expanding your search on OskiCat or Melvyl.

Covers materials at most other UC Berkeley libraries. OskiCat includes no Law Library holdings records.

Contains records for materials at the ten UC campuses, the California State Library, Hastings College of the Law, the California Academy of Sciences, the California Historical Society, the Center for Research Libraries, the Graduate Theological Union, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. All UCB libraries are included in Melvyl, but migration to the Melvyl Next Generation catalog has resulted in lapses in current information. Do not rely on Melvyl's records of Law Library holdings.


LegalTrac (UCB only)
Index to articles published in legal periodicals from 1980 forward. Includes few  full-text articles.

Index to Legal Periodicals and Books (UCB only)
Two combined indexes, current and retrospective, covering periodical literature from 1918, books and periodicals from 1981.

Full-text Databases: Journals, Statutes, Cases, Regulations, Analysis

BloombergBNA (formerly Bureau of National Affairs) (UCB only)
Topical libraries and reporters useful for current awareness and some analysis. Pertinent titles in the Environment & Safety topic include:

  • Environment & Safety Library
  • Environment Reporter
  • Daily Environment Report
  • International Environment Reporter
  • U.S. Law Week 

HeinOnline (UCB only)
Full text of most law reviews from their first issues. In some cases, recent years' issues are not included. Searching can be unwieldy. Other component libraries on HOL include:

  • National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws
  • Session Laws Library
  • Subject Compilations of State Laws (1960-2009)
  • U.S. Federal Legislative History Library

LexisNexis Academic (UCB Only)
News, business, legislative, statistical, and legal information. Includes Shepard's for United States Supreme Court cases only. LexisNexis Academic is not the full version of LexisNexis, but it contains a very good selection of legal materials, such as cases, statutes, and law review articles. Easier to search than HeinOnline. Identify articles here, then retrieve them from HeinOnline.

CEB's OnLaw (Continuing Education of the Bar)(UCB only)
Over 100 CEB titles, all addressing California and, where applicable, federal law. Practice tips, forms, links to cases and statutes.

Legislative & Administrative Sources

Official California Legislative Information
Bill tracking and the California Code. A more attractive interface to the bill tracking feature appears on the California State Legislature site, where a useful glossary of legislative terminology resides.

Finding California Legislative History
Correlated to the Law Library's own holdings, both in print and electronically.

California Office of Administrative Law (OAL)
This links to the Westlaw California Code of Regualtions noted in the course Legal Research Guide.

California Office of the Attorney General, Legal Opinions
Includes indexes and a search function.

California Environmental Resources Evaluation System (CERES) CEQA Guidelines
This links to the Westlaw Guidelines noted in the course Legal Research Guide.

California Governor's Office of Planning & Research, General Plan Guidelines Update
This links to the 2003 General Plan Guidelines noted in the course Legal Research Guide.

U.S. Government Printing Office, FDSys (formerly GPOAccess)
Federal legislative and executive branch materials, including CFR. A second interface to CFR, e-CFR (future uncertain, as it remains a project of GPOAccess), provides very current regulatory information, incorporating recent issues of the Federal Register. See also to track rulemaking and contribute comments. FDSys is a new platform being developed by GPO, currently in beta.

Last edited by Dean C. Rowan, 31 March 2014