New DSA Certification Process Begins August 1, 2014

The California Division of the State Architect eliminates the 90-day closing letter and introduces a new certification process on August 1, 2014. Read the full story here:

California DSA Announces Easy Access to Uncertified Project Files

California’s school districts, community colleges, and design professionals requested an innovative, convenient, user-friendly process to view a list of outstanding forms, fees, and design documents required by the Division of the State Architect’s (DSA) office. Today, DSA announces the implementation of DSA Certification Box: a cloud-based solution that saves time, increases communication, and helps partners to resolve uncertified projects. DSA Certification Box allows everyone to view uncertified project files, sorted by district, campus, and project. This will streamline the process of submitting required information that ensures compliance with all state codes, policies, and procedures.


Our Key Services

The Division of the State Architect provides design and construction oversight for K–12 schools, community colleges, and various other state-owned and leased facilities. The Division also develops accessibility, structural safety, and historical building codes and standards utilized in various public and private buildings throughout the State of California.


For information on DSA's secure cloud-based collaborative solution, see the Information Web page. For step-by-step instructions on using DSAbox, see the DSAbox External Library.

Changes to the Construction Oversight Process

The DSA is implementing significant changes to the Construction Oversight Process. These changes are designed to streamline the DSA construction phase process and to ensure that projects are certified at the completion of construction. Effective June 1, 2013, the DSA will utilize an Inspection Card Process similar to that used by virtually every building department throughout the State.

The State Architect's Corner

See the State Architect's Corner Web page for a letter to our Stakeholders, sharing initiatives and changes the Division of the State Architect has underway and is planning to implement.