Research

Generally

Administrative rules are effective for specific periods of time. To determine a past obligation, or requirement, you may need to research historical administrative rules. The information on this page introduces you to the resources available.

There are a couple of things to keep in mind:

  • the office does not have the resources to conduct research for you, but will help you by appointment do your own research as resources and publication deadlines allow;
  • while some documents are available online going as far back as 1995, the Utah State Bulletin is available (PDF) from 01/01/1998, to the present;
  • electronic finding aids are available at the office for rules filed after July 1, 1987;
  • researching rules prior to July 1, 1987, will require you to visit the office and use paper finding aids (this will take time);
  • reviewing documents older than 2006, will require you to visit the Utah State Archives Research Center (300 S Rio Grande St., Salt Lake City, UT  84101, 801-533-3535).

To research an administrative rule, you will need to know as much information as possible. Any of the following information will be helpful:

  • the name of the regulating agency;
  • the date the rule was filed;
  • the File Number (a five-digit number assigned by the Office of Administrative Rules)
  • the date the rule was published in the Utah State Bulletin;
  • the date the rule was made effective;
  • the code reference (begins with an "R").

Authentication

The Office of Administrative Rules has generated an MD5 hash for some of the files that can be downloaded from it's website. An MD5 hash is, in essence, a signature for a file. You can confirm the integrity of the files you download by comparing the MD5 hash the office generated with one that you generate. Various software packages are available that permit you to generate an MD5 hash such as MD5Summer (graphical user interface), winMD5Sum (graphical user interface), MD5SUMS (no graphical user interface), or File Checksum Integrity Verifier (no graphical user interface). If the hashes do not match exactly, then the integrity of the file is in question. Please contact the Office of Administrative Rules immediately if the hash numbers do not match.

Online Finding Aids

Administrative Rules Indexes

Current Indexes

With each issue of the Utah State Bulletin, the Office of Administrative Rules prepares an index. This index is organized by agency, and by subject (key word).

  • 2017 Bulletin Indexes (PDF) indexing changes effective from 01/02/2017 through the current issue of the Bulletin.
  • 2016 Bulletin Indexes (PDF) indexing changes effective from 01/02/2016 through the current issue of the Bulletin.

Historical Indexes

Since 1992, statute has directed the office to compile the Utah Administrative Rules Index of Changes. The Index of Changes documents effective rule filings for the prior calendar year. The Index of changes is available in PDF format.

If you require this information in another format, please contact the office.

Administrative Rules Register (docket of rule filings)

Subsection 63G-3-402(1) requires the Office of Administrative Rules to "record in a register the receipt of all agency rules, rule analysis forms, and notices of effective dates" and to "make the register . . . available for public inspection. . . ." The Register is a docket of rule filings arranged chronologically.

  • 2017 Register (PDF) listing rules filed 12/02/2016 through the current issue of the Bulletin
  • 2016 Register (PDF) listing rules filed 12/02/2015 through the current issue of the Bulletin
  • 2015 Register (PDF) listing rules filed 12/02/2014 through 12/01/2015
  • 2014 Register (PDF) listing rules filed 12/01/2013 through 11/30/2014
  • 2013 Register (PDF) listing rules filed 12/01/2012 through 11/30/2013
    (MD5 Hash: 914be7954f50fa5a12b8021d22a7d3f4)
  • 2012 Register (PDF) listing rules filed 12/02/2011 through 11/30/2012
    (MD5 Hash: f67564b6670b880192012847f39977e0)
  • 2011 Register (PDF) listing rules filed 12/02/2010 through 12/01/2011
    (MD5 Hash: d94ce8ad5e1026992f253768792a1c23)
  • 2010 Register (PDF) listing rules filed 12/02/2009 through 12/01/2010
    (MD5 Hash: f16dba7064574654ac2e0accb623ba92)
  • 2009 Register (PDF) listing rules filed 12/02/2008 through 12/01/2009
    (MD5 Hash: 88ca2a3e0f03e0d1d8b880b59784d8c3)
  • 2008 Register (PDF) listing rules filed 12/01/2007 through 12/01/2008
    (MD5 Hash: 3af8ce3596e27c95b35009c0653f07fc)
  • 2007 Register (PDF) listing rules filed 12/02/2006 through 11/30/2007
    (MD5 Hash: 3c6e852793d3c509b2b6d067ab330461).
  • 2006 Register (PDF) listing rules filed 12/02/2005 through 12/01/2006
    (MD5 Hash: 0827dc4f5481e623d6d42c2b6e0f9377).
  • 2005 Register (PDF) listing rules filed 12/02/2004 through 12/01/2005
    (MD5 Hash: 6a7dfd36e831394c666ba2f7d3869589).
  • 2004 Register (PDF) listing rules filed 12/02/2003 through 12/01/2004
    (MD5 Hash: 6b7c34d6cc8d0fb36285f2e40485e4b4).
  • 2003 Register (PDF) listing rules filed 12/03/2002 through 12/01/2003
    (MD5 Hash: 2ae5be3e1247a5d52acad242fd6385c5).
  • 2002 Register (PDF) listing rules filed 12/01/2001 through 12/02/2002
    (MD5 Hash: 683497ccc01092a5bd6b552e41bd1769).

If you have any questions about what you find in the Register, or if you require this information in another format, please contact the office.

Understanding the Terminology

The office has prepared a rulemaking glossary to get you through the jargon of the process.

Other Research Aids

The Utah State Law Library staff has prepared an administrative rules research guide that was published in the March/April 2009 issue of the Utah Bar Journal (Vol. 22, No. 2). The Utah Bar Journal (http://www.utahbarjournal.com/) is available online. An HTML version of the article is available at http://www.utahbar.org/utah-bar-journal/article/researching-utah-administrative-law/.

The Office of Administrative Rules staff is available to answer administrative rules research questions. However, the staff does not perform research. If you need to visit the office to research rules, please contact the office to schedule an appointment.

Researching Other Laws

Utah's administrative rules reference other laws, like the Utah Code, the United States Code, or the Code of Federal Regulations. The office has prepared a list of many of those reference.

Assistance with Legal Research

Contact the Utah State Law Library for help with legal research.

Additional Information

If you have a question about the rulemaking process or the information presented on this page, please contact the Office of Administrative Rules.