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Serving Region IX: Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada

Region IX Recommended and Required Part 58 Environmental Review Formats

What form to use for a particular project?

Exempt Activities (24 CFR 58.34):

  • Complete the CENST format.  After the CENST format is completed and signed HUD funds for the project may be committed and drawn down and the project undertaken.

Categorically Excluded not Subject to Related Laws and Authorities (24 CFR 58.35(b)):

  • Complete the CENST format.  After the CENST format is completed and signed HUD funds for the project may be committed and drawn down and the project undertaken.

Categorically Excluded Subject to Related Laws and Authorities (24 C.F.R. 58.35(a)):

  • Complete the CEST format 
  • Converts to Exempt:  After the CEST format is completed and signed, HUD funds for the project may be committed and drawn down and the project undertaken.  The Responsible Entity (RE) is not required to publish a Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds (NOIRROF) or submit a Request Release of Funds (RROF), Form 7015.15 to HUD.
  • Does not Convert to Exempt:  After the  CEST format is completed and signed, publish the NOIRROF, after the comment period ends submit to HUD the RROF and affidavit of publication.  The procedures are described in 24 C.F.R. 58.43, 58.45, & Subpart H.

Leasing on Behalf of Tenant (without Development or Rehab): Complete the Limited Scope Environmental Review for Leasing Activities format for CoC project-based or sponsor-based rental assistance without rehab or new construction or supportive housing activities where existing residential properties will be leased by a non-profit corporation, housing authority, or local government grantee on behalf of their clients. 

Environmental Assessment for project that do not meet the thresholds in 24 C.F.R. 58.34 or 58.35: Complete the EA Format.

Environmental Impact Statement: Complete for projects where a significant impact is found or activities meet the criteria in 24 C.F.R. 58.37. 

Additional Information on the Appropriate Use for Each of the Formats

Resources for Environmental Review

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