The scope of DSA's review services varies depending on the client that owns the facility. These clients are described below.
- California Public Schools (K-12)
- Community Colleges
- State Essential Services Buildings (ESB)
- State, UC and USC
See the DSA Publications page for current versions of cited documents.
The Field Act requires DSA to review public schools, Kindergarten through 12th grade. It is DSA's responsibility to assure that schools are safe, accessible and sustainable.
Plans submitted to DSA receive Structural Safety, Access Compliance and Fire and Life Safety review and approval. Projects should be submitted as described on the Construction Projects page.
DSA has implemented a collaborative process for Community Colleges that want to partner with DSA earlier in the process to facilitate project review and approval. This process is described in DSA Bulletin 09-07.
Also, changes to Title 24, effective in 2011, allow Community Colleges to use a version of the building regulations, developed to address the unique nature of higher education facilities.
State Essential Services Buildings (ESB)
Essential Services Buildings (ESB) are described in the Essential Services Building Seismic Safety Act as being able to provide services to the public after a major disaster. Therefore they require the same high level of performance as schools. DSA is charged with the responsibility to enforce the act, so projects for such state buildings are submitted to DSA for review and approval.
Other State Funded Construction
State buildings and other state funded construction, such as buildings in the University of California or the California State University systems, do not fall under the Field Act, so are not reviewed by DSA for structural or fire and life safety. However, these entities are required, per Government Code Sections 4450-4454, to obtain DSA review and approval for access compliance.