Skip to Main Content

Arizona Law

Primary Sources and Government Publications

Arizona State Constitution
The fundamental governing document of Arizona provides the framework for state government.

Arizona Administrative Decisions
The Arizona Office of Administrative Hearings is an independent tribunal that resolves administrative disputes. You can search for published decisions for free on its website. You can also find administrative orders and decisions, as well as guidance and interpretation, on the following subscription databases:  Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and Westlaw (logins required).

Arizona Revised Statutes
Arizona's state code, including its Administrative Procedure Act (A.R.S. § 41-1001 et seq.).

Arizona Administrative Code
Regulations are enacted by Arizona state agencies. Current Arizona regulations are published in the Arizona Administrative Code ("AAC"). The AAC is organized into 21 titles. Each title covers a broad topic, such as Professions & Occupations, Economic Security, Education, etc. Each title contains regulations promulgated by the state agencies that work in the area.

The AAC is published by the Arizona Secretary of State and is available for free on its website. Caution:  this version of the AAC may be outdated by as much as a year and determining its currency can be difficult. The AAC is also available on subscription databases, like Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and Westlaw (logins required). However, these commercial sources may not be any more current than the Secretary of State's website. If using a subscription database, always check its currency.

Arizona Administrative Register
The AAC is updated by the Arizona Administrative Register ("Register"), which is published every Friday. The Register is available for free on the Arizona Secretary of State website. The Register contains, among other things, Notices of Rulemaking Docket Openings, Notices of Proposed Rulemaking, and Notices of Final Rulemaking. Within the index of each Register issue is a list of regulations that have been proposed or adopted that year. The lists are cumulative for a calendar year, so when updating the AAC, you only need to check the last issue published in any given year. Note that you may have to check this list for more than one year, depending on the currency of the AAC.

Executive Orders and Proclamations
Executive orders and proclamations are available on the Governor's website (current administration only). Prior executive orders and proclamations are available from the Arizona Memory Project (approx. 1965-present).

Secretary of State
The Arizona Secretary of State provides access to several important regulatory resources, including the Arizona Administrative Code, the Arizona Administrative Register, and Uniform Commercial Code documents and filings.

Attorney General Opinions
Attorney General ("AG") Opinions are issued when requested by the legislature (or either house of the legislature), any public officer of the State, or a county attorney, on a question of law relating to their office. Opinions are available at the following locations:  

Arizona Corporation Commission
The Arizona Corporation Commission ("ACC") sets rules, regulations, and orders regarding public service corporations (e.g., utilities, securities) in Arizona, investigates and holds hearings on rate setting, and retains the public records of all corporations doing business in Arizona.

Secondary Sources

Arizona Practice Series (West Academic)
Title 41, Chapter 6 details state administrative procedure, including contesting agency decisions and appealing final agency decisions. Also available on Westlaw (login required).

Arizona Agency Handbook
The Arizona Attorney General's Office publishes this digest of administrative agencies' governance, including requirements regarding public money, open meetings, conflicts of interest, rulemaking, enforcement, and discrimination.

Arizona Rulemaking Manual (2011)
This collaborative effort between the state and the Rulewriters' Consortium provides guidance to state agencies in their rulemaking, including how to write rules, how to meet legal requirements including the state Administrative Procedure Act, and a handy flowchart of the rulemaking process.

The Arizona State Constitution (2013, John D. Leshy)
The author provides a section-by-section commentary of the state's foundational document, including provisions related to administrative law and regulations.

AZ Direct
An Arizona government website featuring a comprehensive list of state agencies.