Tips and Tricks
For traditional help documentation, including the Rulewriting Manual, visit Agency Resources.
Accidentally submitted a filing too early or need to make a change before we review? You can withdraw a filing in eRules 3 by selecting the Withdraw Filing button in the last column under the Rule Filings tab.
A new rule is filed when the rule text doesn't already exist in the Utah Administrative Code. New rules may come about by a Legislature-authorized agency implementing a new program or service, an agency reorganizing its rules, or a new agency being created by the Legislature.
Amendments are filed when a change is made to rule text that already exists in the administrative code, including adding or removing sections of a rule. Amendments can be a result of either an agency or public petition wanting to change the content of a rule.
For more information on the difference between these types of rules and other rulemaking procedures, see Utah Code 63G-3-3 at https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title63G/Chapter3/63G-3-P3.html.
A Five-Year Review and Five-Year Review Extension are two different processes within Administrative Rules. Let's look at a few of the differences and similarities between the two:
1. A Five-Year Review continues a rule. Five-Year Review Extensions grant a one-time extra 120-day period to file a Five-Year Review. Extensions do not have any impact on a rule's effectiveness.
2. Five-Year Reviews and Five-Year Review Extensions have different forms that must be used when filing. Visit our Agency Resources page to find their separate forms.
3. Five-Year Reviews and Five-Year Review Extensions cannot be submitted after a rule has expired and been removed from the Administrative Code. At that point, the rule must be filed as if it were a completely new rule.
4. Neither of these can make changes to the content of a rule. To make changes, either a new Proposed Rule form or a Nonsubstantive Change form must be filed, depending on the change. More info on those forms and their downloads can be found on our Agency Resources page.
1. Double check the address is up-to-date and is the standard postal address. Contact State Mail & Distribution at https://purchasing.utah.gov/contact-us/ if you’re unsure on the exact address.
2. The zip codes should always match up with the rest of the address.
3. Avoid abbreviations like “SLC.” Rules are published internationally, and certain abbreviations might not be as well known outside of Utah and the U.S.
4. Both the “Department” and “Agency” fields should be accurate. Department refers to the high level “Department of…” like Health, Education, and so on. Agency refers to a “Division/Bureau/Office of…” and is under a department.
5. Mailing addresses can be different than street addresses. If they are different, make sure both are listed on the form.
“Non-small business” refers to businesses with 50 or more employees. “Small business” refers to businesses with 49 or fewer. Always use one of these two terms instead of the more general “business” when drafting a rule. The examples below show proper usage of the terms: