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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.


Full Implementation of Electronic Plan Review

We are modernizing the plan review process at DSA by fully implementing Electronic Plan Review (EPR). Starting October 1, 2018, all projects submitted to DSA will be sent as electronic files. Design professionals will upload plans to DSA for a fully electronic review. The introduction of EPR brings changes to the submittal, review, back check and approval process of construction projects. Visit the Electronic Plan Review resource page for an overview of the process, copies of draft procedures, and the implementation schedule.


DSA 20/20: Focus on the Future - Wrap Up!

The Division of the State Architect (DSA), the Office of Public School Construction and the California Department of Education recently completed a series of statewide outreach events focused on sharing a wide variety of information and the exchanging of ideas for how, together we can deliver educational facilities more efficiently.

For materials, photos and a video recording, please visit the DSA 20/20: Focus on the Future event page.


Project Submittal Appointment Process

Our new Project Submittal Appointment Process is underway. The new process replaced the previous system that created “bin time” and allows design professionals to work on the project right up until the time of submission.

Instructions for the new process are outlined in DSA procedure PR 17-03: Project Submittal Appointment Process (PDF - 536 KB).


Assistance For Disaster Damaged School Facilities

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) has policies and procedures to expedite the repair or reconstruction of school facilities damaged or destroyed by natural or man-made disasters.

DSA recommends school districts contact their respective DSA regional office for assistance and guidance in repairing or replacing damaged structures or for placement of temporary emergency facilities.

Additional Resources for School Disasters:


If you have questions, please contact your DSA Regional Office.


Protecting Schools from Nonstructural Earthquake Hazards

To learn more about avoiding potential safety hazards that can occur during an earthquake from nonstructural features improperly attached to the structure, review the Guide and Checklist for Nonstructural Earthquake Hazards in California Schools (PDF) . This document was jointly produced by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, the Department of General Services – Division of the State Architect, the Seismic Safety Commission, and the Department of Education.


California DSA Announces Easy Access to Uncertified Project Files

DSA Certification Box allows everyone to view uncertified project files, sorted by district, campus, and project. To view a list of outstanding forms, fees, and design documents required by the Division of the State Architect’s (DSA) office, visit the DSA Certification Box.


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The State Architect’s Corner

See the State Architect’s Corner webpage for a letter to our stakeholders, sharing initiatives and changes the Division of the State Architect has underway and is planning to implement.