NOTICE: Due to system maintenance, access to the Regulatory Notice and Cost-Benefit Analysis System may be unavailable from 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 30 through 12:00 a.m. on Friday, March 31. However, members of the public may still request a cost-benefit analysis via email.
What is COPRRR?
Colorado regulates many professions, occupations and businesses to support a fair marketplace and protect consumers. The Colorado Office of Policy, Research & Regulatory Reform (COPRRR) reviews proposed regulatory programs to determine if they are needed, and it also reviews existing programs and functions of government to ensure they are necessary, fair, effective and efficient.
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Introduction to the Office of Policy, Research and Regulatory Reform
COPRRR's Review Process
COPRRR conducts sunrise reviews of proposals to create new professional and occupational regulatory programs and sunset reviews of existing government programs, as well as reviews proposals for new mandatory continuing education requirements.
When unnecessary or overly restrictive regulations create barriers for new practitioners and businesses to succeed, the effects can reverberate throughout the economy. For over 40 years, COPRRR has been keeping state regulation in check through the sunset and sunrise processes.
COPRRR handles several types of reviews:
A sunrise review explores whether there is a need to regulate a currently unregulated profession or occupation.
The General Assembly determines when an agency, board, program or function of government will "sunset."
How does the Regulatory Review Process Work?
Sunrise and sunset reviews are COPRRR's primary focus. COPRRR staff conduct a comprehensive study and then make recommendations to the Colorado General Assembly. COPRRR staff also make recommendations as to whether to continue the programs under review, and can also recommend additional changes to the General Assembly. Public input is vital to COPRRRs work and the regulatory reform process. Find out more in our Citizen's Guide to Colorado Rulemaking.
How does Rulemaking Work?
Every state agency in the Executive Branch must adhere to a rulemaking process once it submits a rule for review. As a part of this process, COPRRR notifies interested parties about rulemaking, and offers the opportunity to request a cost-benefit analysis. Learn more about How Rulemaking Works.