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Electronic Plan Review Mandatory October 1 and Los Angeles Regional Office Move

This is a reminder that starting on October 1, with the exception of the Los Angeles regional office, DSA will fully implement electronic plan review (EPR) and all project submittals to DSA must be done electronically. Beginning August 20th, all plan review appointments made with our office will be for an electronic submittal.

In October, DSA’s Los Angeles Regional Office will relocate to its new downtown location in the Wells Fargo Center—South Tower at 355 South Grand Avenue, Suite 2100, Los Angeles, CA 90071. Operations will commence there on October 16, and mandatory electronic plan submittals for this office will be required starting November 1. We will keep you updated on the status of the move as it progresses.

As mentioned in our EPR reports and procedure documents, Bluebeam RevuXtreme is required to prepare and upload plan designs submitted to DSA. Design professionals using the Standard or CAD versions of Bluebeam Revu can upgrade to the eXtreme version on Bluebeam’s website. Design professionals who are unable to obtain this software product may contact their DSA regional office for assistance with project submittals.

We understand implementing EPR will not be without challenges, but it is a necessary change. The “soft start” phase has been progressing successfully, providing DSA with valuable information before full implementation. We conservatively estimate that moving to EPR will result in an annual reduction of over 113 metric tons of carbon dioxide due to energy and fossil fuel savings, save over 18 tons of paper, and reduce water usage by over 400,000 gallons. Not only does EPR demonstrate our continued dedication towards sustainability, it also demonstrates our obligation to match our practices to those used by our valued clients.

For further information, please visit DSA’s EPR Resource Page that features access to documents regarding updated procedures such as PR 18-04: Electronic Plan Review for Design Professional of Record (PDF - 720 KB). We also plan to have training videos available within the next few weeks. Any additional inquiries regarding EPR and its implementation can be submitted to DSAEPRSupport@dgs.ca.gov.

Once again, thank you for your commitment in our shared pursuit towards the construction of great schools and truly making a difference!


Chester A. Widom, FAIA
State Architect


Digital Signature of State Architect, Chester A. Widom, FAIA