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Here you will find the latest News & Events for the Division of the State Architect, including notices about upcoming public meetings and important updates to DSA's policies, forms, and publications.

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The State Architect's Corner — Preparing for the Future
Thursday, November 9, 2017

In the latest State Architect’s Corner message, State Architect Chester A. Widom, FAIA discusses the status of the new appointment-based system for project submittal, preparation measures for performing electronic plan review, and upcoming outreach.

Read the full State Architect’s Corner message.


 

“IR 21-4: Concrete Masonry Unit Standards” Deleted
Monday, October 23, 2017

“IR 21-4: Concrete Masonry Unit Standards” has been removed from DSA’s Interpretations of Regulations webpage for the following reasons:

  • Previous editions of the California Building Code required use of certain Concrete Masonry Units (CMU) that are no longer recognized by current ASTM standards for CMU (ASTM C90).
  • The current ASTM C90 prescribes limits on linear shrinkage of the units.
  • Normal testing requirements specified in ASTM C140 are in line with requirements previously given in the IR.

Information and guidelines related to control joints for CMU walls are available from other organizations in technical publications.


 

IR 16-1.16 Revised
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Section 5 (Relocation of Existing Relocatable School Buildings) of IR 16-1.16: Design and Construction Requirements for Relocatable Buildings and Modular Elevator Towers (PDF - 462 KB) has been rearranged and revised to clarify the requirements for underfloor-to-grade clearance to non-preservative treated floor sheathing when a relocatable building is relocated to a new site.


 

CALGreen Code Public Meeting/Workshop - 10/10/17
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The agenda items and discussion items for the 2018 Triennial Code Adoption Cycle – CALGreen Code Workshop taking place on October 10, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. are now available. Copies of these documents are posted to DSA's CALGreen Code webpage.

At this public meeting, the Division of the State Architect will host a discussion on possible amendments to the 2016 California Building Code, Title 24, Part 11, scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2020. Public meetings provide an open forum for the public and industry stakeholders to participate in vetting potential modifications to California’s building codes.

Remote participation options are available. For more information on the upcoming meeting, please see the 10/10/17 CALGreen Code Workshop Agenda (PDF - 132 KB).


 

2016 Intervening Code Cycle - Structural Safety
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A summary of changes to the structural sections of Title 24, C.C.R. within the 2016 Intervening Code Cycle is now posted to the Structural Safety Code News webpage. Changes to the Administrative Code went into effect on September 17, 2017. The effective date for all other parts will be July 1, 2018.


 

Document Updates and Announcements for the Third Quarter of 2017
Monday, October 2, 2017

The Document Updates and Announcements for the Third Quarter of 2017 (PDF - 174 KB) is now available.

To keep stakeholders abreast of new and revised forms and documents, the Division of the State Architect (DSA) posts a list of these forms and documents to the News & Events section of the DSA website each quarter. Additionally, DSA now incorporates announcements of interest in its quarterly summary.

If you have questions regarding any of the forms, publications, or announcements in this summary, please email DSAcommunication@dgs.ca.gov.


 

CBSC Public Meeting October 17, 2017: DSA-AC Code Change Proposals Review
Friday, September 29, 2017

DSA-AC has submitted code change proposals to the CBSC for review and approval. These items will be reviewed and discussed at the October 17, 2017 CBSC meeting. CBSC has issued a meeting notice (PDF) announcing the date, time and location of the public meeting. For more information, please see the California Building Standards Commission website.


 

New Window Wall Systems IR Released Today
Friday, September 22, 2017

DSA announces the release of IR 24-2 Window Wall Systems (PDF - 151 KB). This Interpretation of Regulations (IR) establishes the criteria required to determine if window wall system construction documents must be submitted for Division of the State Architect (DSA) approval, and clarifies the criteria and process under which those documents will be evaluated and approved for use on projects under DSA jurisdiction. For the purposes of this IR, window wall systems include curtain wall systems, storefront systems, window systems, and other glass wall systems.


 

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, Accessibility: FAQs Published
Friday, September 22, 2017

DSA has posted a new document titled: Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, Accessibility: FAQs (PDF - 164 KB). This document is linked at DSA's Electric Vehicle Charging Station Accessibility webpage.


 

Emergency Rulemaking: Structural Safety Code Change Proposal 45-Day Public Comment Period
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Proposed amendments to the 2016 California Building Code (Title 24, Parts 2 and 10, C.C.R.) have been submitted to the California Building Standards Commission for the 45-day public comment period. The 45-day comment period commenced September 8, 2017 and ends on October 23, 2017. All written comments for this period must be submitted to BSC no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 23, 2017.

For more information, visit the DSA Structural Safety Code News page and the California Building Standards Commission website.


 

DSA 1-REH Revised for Clarification of Applicability to Rhab. School Buildings
Friday, September 15, 2017

Form DSA 1-REH (PDF - 105 KB) has been revised to clarify it is applicable to rehabilitation of existing school buildings in addition to rehabilitation of existing nonconforming buildings for use as a public school building and rehabilitation of a buildings eligible for funding under the Seismic Mitigation Program (SMP).


 

Form DSA 103 – List of Required Structural Tests and Special Inspections Updated
Thursday, September 7, 2017

DSA made minor updates to the form DSA 103. The revised form is noted with an issue date of 9/01/2017. Below is a summary list of the significant changes:

  1. When items noted below apply to a project by indication of an “X,” applicable verified reports will now be listed near the bottom after the user clicks the “compile” button:
    1. Soils:
      1. 5b, 6a & b
    2. Concrete:
      1. 7a, 8a, 10b, 11b
    3. Masonry:
      1. 13k
    4. Steel:
      1. 17a-c & e, 18c, 20c & d
  2. References to the following have been revised/updated:
    1. Concrete:
      1. 7b: IR 17-10.16
    2. Masonry:
      1. 13a: IR 17-10.16
    3. Steel:
      1. 18b: IR 17-8.16
      2. 20a & b: AISC 341-10 J6.2
  3. Qualified representative of the geotechnical engineer is allowed for items 5a, 6a, and 6b.

  4. The “compile” and “print” buttons will no longer show up on printed copies of the form.

  5. The following appendix items have been updated:
    1. Introductory statements: exempt items must be identified on the construction documents or through listing detail references in spaces provided.
    2. Concrete/Masonry:
      1. 1: Referenced to “Welding item 7” for further information. Clarified nature of code reference.
      2. 2: Revised exemption for consistency with CBC reference.
      3. 3: Added grout to exemption list.
    3. Welding: #7 – clarified nature of code reference.

 

Access Code Collaborative – Seeking Members
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) is happy to announce that it is seeking 13 qualified individuals to serve on its new Access Code Collaborative (ACC), a standing body of diverse, representative stakeholders who will assist DSA with the regulatory process related to proposed amendments to the accessibility provisions of the California Building Code.

The ACC will work cooperatively with the DSA to offer input and feedback regarding amendments to the accessibility regulations of the California Building Code; recommend amendments to DSA that address the diverse needs of Code Beneficiaries (people who need an accessible environment) and Code Users (people who design, build, own, operate or regulate the built environments); and identify opportunities to inform stakeholder constituent groups about the code development process and encourage participation in DSA's regulatory activities.

Applications for individuals interested in serving on the ACC, or nominations for individuals to serve on the ACC, are being accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 6, 2017. Information regarding desired stakeholder representation, expectations, and qualifications can be found on the DSA's Access Code Collaborative webpage. Qualified individuals can submit an application, or be nominated for a position by another, by completing the online form: Access Code Collaborative Application/Nomination Form (PDF - 426 KB). Those who are selected to serve on the ACC will be required to attend a two-day orientation and training on Oct 30–31, 2017. The ACC will meet for regular business for the first time in December 2017. More information about the schedule is provided in the UCDE summary report and the application/nomination form.

Selection of individuals for the ACC will occur in mid-September. DSA has asked the Department of Rehabilitation and the California Commission on Disability Access to assist in the selection process. Once selected individuals are confirmed, DSA will announce the new ACC members, share individual biographies, and provide other useful information about the ACC.

DSA announced its intentions for the creation of the ACC in June 2017 with an email that invited input through an online survey. UC Davis Extension Collaboration Center (UCDE), hired to assist DSA in this process, conducted the online survey in June 2017 and received 250 completed surveys. Additionally, UCDE conducted 26 telephone interviews involving 29 individuals in June and July 2017. Both the survey and the interviews invited individual reaction to and advice about creating the ACC. We are grateful to everyone who completed our survey or participated in an interview. The information gathered was rich and has helped DSA shape its plans for the ACC. This formation will continue to be useful as we move forward. Results of the online survey and the interviews are summarized in the report titled UCDE Summary of Online Survey and Interview Findings (PDF - 875 KB), available online. We encourage you to take a look at UCDE's summary report of the survey and interview results.

Thank you for your continuing interest in DSA’s efforts to engage the public in regulatory process to improve the accessibility regulations of the California Building Code.


 

Document Update - Delegation of Responsibility for Modular and Relocatable Buildings
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Division of the State Architect revised the following documents related to the roles and responsibilities of design professionals and inspectors associated with projects including either permanent modular or relocatable buildings fabricated off-site:

The clarifications address approval of in-plant inspectors, delegating and subdelegating the responsibility for the preparation of plans, observation of in-plant construction and observation of first-time placement (not for relocations) on a project site to the manufacturer’s design professional’s responsible for the design of a building.

For additional details, DSA created a summary of the significant changes made in these documents (see List of Document Changes - Delegation of Responsibility for Modular and Relocatable Buildings Update Notification (PDF - 156 KB)).

Please direct any questions to Jim Hackett, Principal Structural Engineer, Code and Standards Unit, at jim.hackett@dgs.ca.gov.


 

Revisions to the Project Inspector Certification Program
Monday, August 7, 2017

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) is announcing revisions to the Project Inspector (PI) Certification Program as part of DSA’s efforts to improve the project inspection program. Current improvements include:

Modifying PI Certification Examination.

  • Exam Structure: Allow candidates to take and pass the examination in sections within each of the current plan reading and construction knowledge parts.
     
  • Exam Application: Once a candidate’s application is accepted and they are deemed qualified to sit for a specific project inspector classification examination, they are approved for their life, unless the qualification criteria become more rigorous in the future. Candidates retaking failed sections only need apply for those.
     
  • Exam Grading: Certification is still achieved upon passage of all sections in both parts. The following summarizes grading changes:
    • The minimum percent to pass each section is being raised from 60 percent to 65 percent. This may change in future examinations.
    • All sections of the construction knowledge part must be passed within the current examination code cycle. If all the construction knowledge sections have not been fully passed within the current code cycle, all passed sections must be retaken and passed again.
    • Unlike the construction knowledge part, all sections within the plan reading part need only be passed once for the lifetime of the specific classification unless methods for displaying information in construction documents dramatically change in the future compared to current methods.
       
  • Exam Administration: More time is provided to complete the exam, extending the entire exam to two days. The plan reading and construction knowledge parts will occur on separate days. The number of exam offerings will be increased in both northern and southern California.

Please direct any questions to the Project Inspector Certification Program by phone, (916) 443-9932 or email, inspector@dgs.ca.gov.


 

CBSC Public Meeting August 14–15 2017: DSA-AC Code Change Proposals Review
Monday, July 31, 2017

DSA-AC has submitted code change proposals to the CBSC for review and approval. These items will be reviewed and discussed at the August 14–15, 2017 CBSC meeting with DSA-AC’s item scheduled to be heard on August 15, 2017. CBSC has issued a meeting notice (PDF) announcing the date, time and location of the public meeting. For more information, please see the California Building Standards Commission website.


 

PR 15-03 on Compliance with Outdoor Water Use Regulations Revised
Monday, July 31, 2017

The DSA document PR 15-03 (PDF - 338 KB), describing the procedure for compliance with the CALGreen Code Outdoor Water Use regulations, has been revised. Refer to the DSA Sustainability webpage, Outdoor Water Use Regulations, for additional information including a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).


 

The State Architect's Corner–Increasing Efficiency
Friday, July 28, 2017

Chester A. Widom, FAIA, California State Architect, provides an overview on DSA’s efforts to increase efficiency.

Read the entire message.


 

State Architect Appointed to Climate-Safe Infrastructure Working Group
Monday, July 24, 2017

State Architect Chester A. Widom, FAIA, has joined the newly formed Climate-Safe Infrastructure Working Group. The multidisciplinary group is comprised of 14 leaders experienced in climate science and infrastructure design. Established by Chapter 580, Statutes of 2016, the working group will make recommendations to the Legislature related to the following issues:

  • The current informational and institutional barriers to integrating projected climate change impacts into state infrastructure design.
  • The critical information that engineers responsible for infrastructure design and construction need to address climate change impacts.
  • How to select an appropriate engineering design for a range of future climate scenarios, as related to infrastructure planning and investment.

The working group will build upon existing information, including the state’s most recent California Climate Change Assessment and the State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance Document. To do this, the working group will operate in coordination with other state efforts to adapt to climate change.

More information on the working group and its appointees can be found at the Natural Resource Agency's AB 2800 (Quirk) Climate-Safe Infrastructure Working Group page.


 

New BU 17-05 Issued Supersedes BU 14-01
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

BU 17-05 (PDF - 190 KB) has been published to assist pre-check (PC) designers in establishing the seismic threshold for multiple option PC’s based on the changes to the seismic design provisions in the 2016 California Building Code (CBC), and supersedes BU 14-01.


 

Shotcrete Exam Updates and Document Update – DSA 177: DSA Special Inspector Examination Application
Friday, July 14, 2017

As of August 1, the shotcrete exam will be updated to the 2016 California Building Code and will become a computer-based test. This exam is now offered in partnership with the International Code Council (ICC) and continuously given throughout the year by Pearson Vue, a professional testing company.

For more information, see the Shotcrete Special Inspector Certification Program webpage. To apply for the shotcrete examination, please complete a form DSA 177: Special Inspector Examination Application (PDF - 141 KB).

Please direct any questions to the Project Inspector Program, Code and Standards Unit, at inspector@dgs.ca.gov or (916) 443-9932.


 

Document Updates and Announcements for the Second Quarter of 2017
Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Document Updates and Announcements for the Second Quarter of 2017 (PDF - 171 KB) is now available.

To keep stakeholders abreast of new and revised forms and documents, the Division of the State Architect (DSA) posts a list of these forms and documents to the News & Events section of the DSA website each quarter. Additionally, DSA now incorporates announcements of interest in its quarterly summary.

If you have questions regarding any of the forms, publications, or announcements in this summary, please email DSAcommunication@dgs.ca.gov.


 

New Bulletin Issued on OSHPD Preapproval of Anchorages
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Until December 31, 2018, Division of the State Architect (DSA) will continue to accept the use of Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) Preapproval of Anchorages (OPA’s) for projects submitted under the 2013 and 2016 California Building Codes.


 

DSA’s New Project Submittal Appointment Process Begins On July 31, 2017
Thursday, June 29, 2017

As of July 31, clients will now schedule project submittal dates to the Division of the State Architect (DSA) six to eight weeks in advance of delivering project plans to DSA. The new appointment process, which replaces the existing system that created “bin time,” allows design professionals to work on the project right until the time of submission. We believe the scheduling system will enhance the quality of submitted plans and significantly reduce the overall time spent on plan review.

Procedures for the new process are outlined in DSA draft document PR 17-03: Project Submittal Appointment Process (PDF - 536 KB). This draft document also provides links to the new, required DSA draft project registration form (DSA 1-REG) and the revised DSA 1 application form.

With a July 31 implementation, the first project submittals to DSA under the new Project Submittal Appointment Process should begin in mid-September. DSA plan review will begin within five working days of the project submittal. If project plans are completed and ready before July 31, clients may submit them to DSA under the current system.

DSA understands the importance of increasing the efficiency of project delivery and is committed to helping our clients reduce delays and resulting cost increases due to inflation.


 

Document Updates and Announcements for the First Quarter of 2017
Monday, April 17, 2017

The Document Updates and Announcements for the First Quarter of 2017 (PDF - 158 KB) is now available!

To keep stakeholders abreast of new and revised forms and documents, the Division of the State Architect (DSA) posts a list of these forms and documents to the News & Events section of the DSA website each quarter. Additionally, DSA now incorporates announcements of interest in its quarterly summary.

If you have questions regarding any of the forms, publications, or announcements in this summary, please email DSAcommunication@dgs.ca.gov.


 

List of DSA-Approved PCs
Monday, April 17, 2017

DSA has uploaded a list of current DSA-approved PCs (Pre-Check) on the DSA website for the convenience of stakeholders and clients. Both the current and previous code cycles are included; however, the previous cycle is listed for reference purposes only. To view the list, please visit the Pre-Check (PC) section of DSA's Scope of Work webpage.


 

New DSA Bulletin Issued!
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Bulletin BU 17-02 defines DSA policy regarding use of power-driven fasteners to attach wood structural panel (WSP) sheathing diaphragms to cold-formed steel (CFS) framing. This bulletin updates and supersedes a December 13, 2013 DSA memo on this topic.


 

IR 17-4 and IR 17-7 Deleted
Monday, April 10, 2017

DSA has removed the following IRs because relevant information contained within them is included in a combination of the forms already listed for each IR and the 2013 and later editions of CCR, Title 24, Part 1: IR 17-1, IR 17-4, 17-5, and IR 17-7.


 

Notice of 45-Day Public Comment Period, April 7 - May 22, 2017
Thursday, April 6, 2017

DSA has submitted the following code packages for the 45-Day Public Comment period:

All comments for DSA code package proposals must be submitted to the Building Standards Commission no later than 5:00 p.m., May 22, 2017. For more information, please see the California Building Standards Commission website.


 

The State Architect's Corner–Our Road Forward
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Chester A. Widom, FAIA, California State Architect, discusses Division of the State Architect accomplishments and exciting upcoming improvements.

Read the entire message.


 

New Procedure for Renewal of CASp Certification!
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A new document is now available to outline detailed procedures for renewal of Certified Access Specialist (CASp) certifications. The new procedure document, PR 17-01: Certification Renewal of Certified Access Specialists (CASp), compiles existing certification renewal requirements established on or before the CASp regulatory update effective May 9, 2016.


 

Notice of 45-Day Public Comment Period, March 17 - May 1, 2017
Thursday, March 30, 2017

DSA has submitted the following code packages for the 45-Day Public Comment period:

  • DSA-SS/CC – 2016 California Mechanical Code (Part 4, Title 24)
  • DSA-SS/CC – 2016 California Plumbing Code (Part 5, Title 24)

All comments for DSA code package proposals must be submitted to the Building Standards Commission no later than 5:00 p.m., May 1, 2017. For more information, please see the California Building Standards Commission website.


 

DSA 130 Has Been Revised
Thursday, March 30, 2017

To be in-line with the new IR 16-5.16: Design, Fabrication and Inspection of Bleachers, Folding and Telescopic Seating, and Grandstands: 2016 CBC, DSA has revised form DSA 130: Certificate of Compliance – Accepted Folding and Telescopic Seating Fabricator (PDF - 172 KB) and removed form DSA 131: Bleacher/Grandstand Material Certification - Unapproved Fabricator. Please refer to IR 16-5.16 (PDF - 201 KB) for further details about bleacher inspection and testing requirements.


 

DSA Library of Accessibility Details Now Available!
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Division of the State Architect is pleased to announce the initial release of an online library of California Building Code (CBC) accessibility details. The details in this library are provided in an effort to assist design professionals, who design projects under the enforcement jurisdiction of the Division of the State Architect (DSA), in achieving compliance with the accessibility provisions of the 2016 California Building Code. As a convenience to design professionals, the details are provided in AutoCAD format so that the details can be modified to reflect site-specific design conditions.

The initial library of details addresses the requirements of the 2016 CBC. Additional details will be added as they are developed. You may access the library of accessibility details at the DSA Library of Accessibility Details webpage.

Please contact DSACommunication@dgs.ca.gov with any questions about this information.


 

Bulletin 16-03 Revised for 2016 CBC
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

DSA Bulletin 16-03: 2013 Pre-check Extension and Renewals to the 2016 CBC (PDF - 377 KB) has been revised to extend the deadline for use of 2013 PC documents through December 31, 2017. This extension will provide DSA the opportunity to work with manufacturers to ensure greater consistency in plan review for all types of PCs.


 

IR Issued on Design/Fabrication/Inspection of Bleachers, Folding & Telescopic Seating, & Grandstands
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

DSA announces the issuance of Interpretation of Regulations IR 16-5.16: Design, Fabrication and Inspection of Bleachers, Folding and Telescopic Seating, and Grandstands: 2016 CBC (PDF - 201 KB). The information was revised in its entirety for the 2016 CBC. Highlights of the changes are as follows:

  • Requirements for DSA acceptance of folding and telescopic seating fabricators are revised.
  • Additional information is provided to define the seismic loads used for the design of both outdoor bleachers and indoor folding and telescopic seating.
  • Wind load requirements for outdoor bleacher stringers and girders are clarified.
  • The load combinations in ICC 300 are supplemented.

 

IR N-1 Updated for 2016 CBC
Thursday, March 9, 2017

The updated IR N-1 (PDF - 271 KB) for the “2016 CBC Pre-Check Designs CALGreen/Energy Code Compliance Review” contains substantial changes to the Energy Code submittal documentation and includes CALGreen Code submittal requirements.


 

Now Available: School District & Construction Manager Responsibilities Presentation
Friday, February 17, 2017

DSA's School District & Construction Manager Responsibilities presentation is now available on DSA's Intro to Project Submittal & Plan Review webpage. School districts, community colleges, and construction managers, can view this PowerPoint along with speaker notes, which describes the pre-submittal through certification process for construction projects under DSA jurisdiction.


 

CBSC Code Advisory Committee Meeting – February 28, 2017 (and March 1, 2017, if necessary)
Friday, February 10, 2017

DSA-AC has submitted code change proposals to the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC). These items will be reviewed and discussed at the CBSC Code Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for February 28 and, if necessary, March 1, 2017. Public comments may be submitted to the CBSC prior to the meeting or may be presented verbally during the meeting. Agenda and meeting documents are available on the CBSC website.


 

New Form Issued – DSA 1-RUH: Request for Finding of Unreasonable Hardship
Friday, February 10, 2017

DSA has issued Form DSA 1-RUH: Request for Finding of Unreasonable Hardship (PDF - 841 KB). Form DSA 1-RUH is used by design professionals submitting for projects under DSA's enforcement authority, to request a finding of unreasonable hardship for a project with an adjusted construction cost exceeding the valuation threshold.


 

Document Updates and Announcements for the Fourth Quarter of 2016
Friday, January 20, 2017

The updates and announcements document for the fourth quarter of 2016 is now available!

To keep stakeholders abreast of new and revised forms and documents, the Division of the State Architect (DSA) posts a list of these forms and documents to the DSA website each quarter. Additionally, DSA now incorporates announcements of interest in its quarterly summary.

If you have questions regarding any of the forms, publications, or announcements in this summary, please email DSAcommunication@dgs.ca.gov.

 

New DSA Bulletin BU 17-01 Issued
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Assembly Bill 1732 (Ting, Chapter 818, Statutes of 2016) was enacted on September 29, 2016, to create Health and Safety Code (HSC) section 118600, relating to the identification of single-user toilets as all-gender facilities. DSA has issued BU 17-01: Identification of Single-User Toilet Facilities as All-Gender (PDF - 187 KB) in response to the reference in HSC section 118600(a), which requires compliance with Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations.


 

2017 Valuation Threshold Updated
Monday, January 9, 2017

Valuation Threshold for Alterations, Structural Repairs or Additions to Existing Buildings — In accordance with the 2016 California Building Code Chapter 2 definition of VALUATION THRESHOLD, the 2017 valuation threshold is $156,162.00 and will be updated again in January 2018. Additional information is available on DSA's Valuation Threshold webpage.


 

Summary of 2016 CBC Updates to Form DSA 103: List of Required Structural Tests & Special Inspections
Friday, December 30, 2016

The 2016 California Building Code (CBC) version of the form DSA 103: List of Required Structural Tests and Special Inspections (Excel - 393KB) is now available with appropriate updates to code references, item wording, and type of test or inspection. Significant changes compared to the previous version are described below. (The numbering refers to the item number on the DSA 103.)

The form is completed by the structural engineer and/or design professional in general responsible charge for projects submitted to the Division of the State Architect (DSA). It is a summary list of required structural tests and special inspections, usually performed by individuals other than the project inspector. Current and previous versions of the form are available on the DSA Forms webpage.

Please contact Ryan Huxley, Supervising Structural Engineer, Code and Standards Unit, at ryan.huxley@dgs.ca.gov with any questions.

SUMMARY OF CHANGES

CONCRETE

  • 7b: Changed to required item for consistency with code requirements.
  • 7e: Changed type “Continuous” to “See Notes.” When batch plant inspection occurs, the user picks whether it will be continuous or periodic. Notes provide references for each case.
  • 8c: Changed type “N/A” to “Periodic.”
  • 9b: Changed type “Continuous” to “Periodic.”
  • 11a: Changed type “Periodic” to “See Notes.”

MASONRY

  • Section 13:
    • 13a-13c: Changed all to required items rather than optional to be consistent with code requirements.
    • 13a: Changed type “Test” to “Periodic” and LOR to SI*. Additional information is provided in the reference notes.
    • 13b and c: Revised to single item (13b) for material verification and testing, while 13c now references appropriate code sections based on test method.
    • 13j: Split item into two items (13j and 13k) to recognize nature of inspections (continuous vs. periodic) per code requirements for certain elements that were previously all within item 13j. Renumbered remaining items within section 13.
  • Section 14:
    • 14d: Changed type “Continuous” to “Periodic.”
  • Section 15:
    • 15a: Changed type “Periodic” to “See Notes.”

APPENDIX

  • Revised references and wording to be consistent with the 2016 CBC.
  • Concrete / Masonry:
    • 2 and 3: Revised text to recognize the 2016 CBC includes portions of previous language (1705A.3.3.2 for item 2; exceptions in 2105A.3 and 2105A.4 for item 3).
  • Welding:
    • 2: Referenced code for exception language for post bases.

 

Construction Change Document Process - IR A-6 and Form DSA 140 Revised
Monday, December 19, 2016

DSA's Interpretation of Regulations IR A-6: Construction Change Document Submittal and Approval Process (PDF - 980 KB) and form DSA 140: Application for Approval of Construction Change Document – CCD Category A/B (PDF - 128 KB) have been revised because DSA’s process for reviewing and approving construction change documents (CCDs) has changed, eliminating the requirement for completion of a separate form DSA 141.

DSA removed form DSA 141 (Application for Concurrence of Construction Change Document – CCD Category B) and DSA Bulletin 12-03 (Bulletin: Implementation of Title 24, Part 1 Changes to Processing of Construction Changes) in accordance with revisions made to DSA’s CCD process.


 

"Navigating Construction Oversight Requirements" Presentation Updated
Monday, December 19, 2016

DSA's “Navigating Construction Oversight Requirements to Ensure Certification” presentation, available on DSA's Construction Oversight webpage, has been updated to reflect DSA's recently modified Construction Change Document (CCD) process (refer to IR A-6 for further information):


 

New DSA IR A-33 on Design-Build and Lease-Leaseback Alternative Project Delivery Methods Issued
Friday, December 2, 2016

DSA Interpretations of Regulations IR A-33: Design-Build and Lease-Leaseback Alternative Project Delivery Methods (PDF) is a new IR which clarifies DSA procedures for ensuring compliance with the Education Code and the California Administrative Code when clients utilize Design-Build or Lease-Leaseback alternative project delivery methods.


 

IR A-3, IR A-23, and IR A-24 Have Been Revised
Friday, December 2, 2016

DSA Interpretation of Regulations IR A-3: Construction Management Services for Public School Projects (PDF) has been revised in its entirety to provide additional information relating to alternate construction delivery methods available to clients and acceptable to DSA, including Construction Manager (CM), Construction Manager Multiple Prime (CMMP) or Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR).

DSA Interpretation of Regulations IR A-23: Construction Cost Reporting and DSA Fees (PDF) has been revised to provide additional information clarifying cost reporting requirements associated with the use of alternate project delivery methods and various construction and program managers.

DSA Interpretation of Regulations IR A-24: Construction Phase Duties of School District, Contractor, and Design Professional (PDF) has been revised to provide additional information clarifying design professional administrative duties, elimination of references to recently deleted IRs, and adding references to applicable IRs.


 

Access Code Stakeholder Forum Transcript – November 15, 2016
Monday, November 21, 2016

The California Division of the State Architect (DSA) held a public meeting on November 15, 2016. DSA presented drafts of proposed code amendments and solicited public input. A transcript of this meeting is provided below.

 

Revised IR A-30 : DSA Hourly Fee Services
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

DSA has revised IR A-30: DSA Hourly Fee Services (PDF - 180 KB) to reflect the new hourly fee structure and to clarify when the hourly fees apply. The examples within the document have been revised to more accurately reflect the calculation of the fees under various scenarios involving the application fee, actual construction cost, and changes during construction.


 

Access Code Stakeholder Forum Transcript - November 2, 2016
Monday, November 14, 2016

The California Division of the State Architect (DSA) held a public meeting on November 2, 2016. DSA presented initial drafts of proposed code amendments and solicited public input. A transcript of this meeting is provided below.


 

Access Code Stakeholder Forum - November 15, 2016
Friday, November 4, 2016

The California Division of the State Architect (DSA) will conduct a public meeting on November 15, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Division of the State Architect, Headquarters Office, located at 1102 Q Street, Suite 5100, Sacramento, CA 95811 in Conference Room B. This meeting will be available via video conference from all DSA regional offices and teleconference.

DSA will discuss proposed code amendments (originally presented on October 20) for additional comment and feedback from all stakeholders. Revisions to the proposals are identified in the agenda and Draft Code Amendments. There are no new amendment items.


 

Form 103 T & I and 103 Instructions Have Been Revised
Friday, November 4, 2016

Form DSA 103 (Listing of Structural Tests and Special Inspections ) has been revised to correct a ‘bug’ causing some verified reports to not be listed for some particular items (see items 7e, 23a and 23b).

DSA103 Instructions has also been revised to coincide with the associated revisions to the form DSA 103, specifically, reflecting a change in the columns referenced in the “Interpreting the T&I List” Section.

 

Access Code Stakeholder Forum - October 20, 2016 Transcript
Monday, October 31, 2016

The California Division of the State Architect (DSA) held a public meeting on October 20, 2016. DSA presented initial drafts of proposed code amendments and solicited public input. A transcript of this meeting is provided below.


 

Access Code Outreach Meeting - September 21, 2016 Transcript
Monday, October 31, 2016

The California Division of the State Architect (DSA) held a public meeting on September 21, 2016. DSA presented an updated list of potential code amendments and solicited public input regarding prioritization. A transcript of this meeting is provided below.


 

2016 Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit – November 2-3
Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit and Exposition will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center on November 2–3, 2016.

This is an annual event focused on green programs in the nation’s largest K–12 system and higher education systems. Through an Expo with over 100 companies and dozens of educational sessions, the Summit offers insights into innovations in green policy, technology and practice.

The Summit features dozens of educational sessions, an exhibit hall with over 100 companies participating, and an annual Leadership Awards reception that recognizes outstanding projects at California campuses. Registration for the keynote session, Leadership Awards, and the exhibit hall is free.

State Architect Chester A. Widom, FAIA, will speak at a keynote breakfast on November 3. The State Architect will also be accepting an award on behalf of the Division of the State Architect recognizing DSA’s role as a partner with the Green California Summit from the start.

For more information and to register, go to http://www.green-technology.org/gcschools16/ or call (626) 577-5700.


 

New Bulletin BU 16-04 on Use of 2016 California Building Standards Code Prior to Effective Date
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

DSA Bulletin BU 16-04: Submittals Utilizing the 2016 California Building Standards Code (Title 24, Parts 1 Through 12) Prior to the Effective Date (PDF) has been issued to clarify the option for clients to submit plans for projects under DSA’s jurisdiction for review and approval under the 2016 edition of the California Building Standards Code prior to the January 1, 2017 effective date. BU 16-04 supersedes and replaces BU 13-04, which has been removed from our website.


 

Access Code Stakeholder Forum – November 2, 2016
Friday, October 21, 2016

The California Division of the State Architect (DSA) will conduct a public meeting on November 2, 2016, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Division of the State Architect, Headquarters Office, located at 1102 Q Street, Suite 5100, Sacramento, CA 95811 in Conference Room B. This meeting will be available via video conference from all DSA regional offices and teleconference.

DSA will present proposed code amendments (originally presented on October 20) for additional comment and feedback from all stakeholders. There have been no revisions to the proposals nor have there been additional amendments added to the proposal package.


 

The DSA 5-AI form and IR A-12 Have Been Revised
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Form DSA 5-AI (PDF - 875 KB) (Assistant Inspector Qualification and Approval) has been revised to clarify Section 5 is to be completed by the Assistant Inspector.

DSA Interpretations of Regulations IR A-12 (PDF - 255) (Assistant Inspector Approval: 2016, 2013, 2010, and 2007 CAC) has been revised to include helpful links to associated DSA documents.

 

The DSA 5-PI form and IR A-7 Have Been Revised
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Form DSA 5-PI (PDF - 815 KB) (Project Inspector Qualification and Approval) has been revised to include areas to document additional project inspector weekly time commitment requirements, and Project Inspector Overview Class completion dates for newly certified inspectors.

DSA Interpretations of Regulations IR A-7 (PDF - 255 KB) (Project Inspector Certification and Approval: 2016, 2013, 2010, and 2007 CAC) has been revised to include helpful links to associated DSA documents, clarify project inspector weekly time commitment requirements, and Project Inspector Overview Class requirements for newly certified inspectors.

 

Access Code Stakeholder Forum – October 20, 2016
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The California Division of the State Architect (DSA) will conduct a public meeting on October 20, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Division of the State Architect, Headquarters Office, located at 1102 Q Street, Suite 5100, Sacramento, CA 95811 in Conference Room B. This meeting will be available via video conference from all DSA regional offices and teleconference.

DSA will present initial drafts of proposed code amendments to the accessibility provisions of the California Building Standards codes and solicit public input regarding these items. Supporting documents for this meeting are provided below.


Updated October 18, 2016


 

IR A-4.13, Geohazard Report Requirements Has Been Revised
Friday, October 7, 2016

DSA Interpretations of Regulations IR A-4.13 (PDF- 235 KB) (Geohazard Report Requirements: 2013 and 2016 CBC) has been revised to include clarification of exceptions for non-building structures and applicable references to the 2016 and 2013 CBC.

 

IR A-4, Geohazard Report Requirements Has Been Revised
Friday, October 7, 2016

DSA Interpretations of Regulations IR A-4 (PDF - 278) (Geohazard Report Requirements: 2007 and 2010) has been revised to include applicable references to the 2007 and 2010 CBC and updated links to external reference documents.

 

Access Code Outreach Meeting - September 21, 2016
Friday, September 16, 2016

The California Division of the State Architect (DSA) will conduct a public meeting on September 21, 2016, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Division of the State Architect, Headquarters Office, located at 1102 Q Street, Suite 5100, Sacramento, CA 95811 in Conference Room B. This meeting will be available via video conference from all DSA regional offices.

DSA will present an updated list of potential code amendments to the accessibility provisions of the California Building Standards codes and solicit public input regarding prioritization of these potential amendments. Supporting documents for this meeting are provided below.


 

Access Code Issues Teleconference Transcript – September 1, 2016
Friday, September 9, 2016

The Division of the State Architect and the Department of Rehabilitation jointly conducted a teleconference on September 1, 2016. The purpose of this meeting was to solicit comments and suggestions for potential amendments to the accessibility provisions of the California Building Code. A transcript of this meeting is provided below.


 

Disability Community Access Code Issues Teleconference Transcript – August 10, 2016
Friday, August 19, 2016

The Division of the State Architect and the Department of Rehabilitation jointly conducted a teleconference with the disability community on August 10, 2016. The purpose of this meeting was to solicit comments and suggestions for potential amendments to the accessibility provisions of the California Building Code. A transcript of this meeting is provided below.


 

Access Code Outreach Teleconference – September 1, 2016
Friday, August 19, 2016

The California Division of the State Architect (DSA) and the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) will jointly host a teleconference on September 1, 2016. DSA and DOR will highlight key aspects of the development, adoption and implementation of construction-related accessibility standards. DSA will also share information and seek input regarding potential amendments to the accessibility provisions of the California Building Standards codes. An announcement for this meeting is provided below.


 

EXTENDED AND CLARIFIED: Request for Qualifications 16.02 for Access Compliance Plan Review Services
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Are you interested in providing access compliance plan review services on an “as-needed” basis to review plans and specifications for compliance with all applicable laws for one or more of the Division of the State Architect’s regional offices?

The filing period for qualified firms to submit a completed statement of qualifications has been extended until August 23, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. The mailing address is provided on the Request for Qualifications (DSA RFQ 16.02).

Please note that the Request for Qualifications requirements related to required DSA Academy training and certification as a Certified Access Specialist (CASp) were clarified. The contractor may complete these requirements after submittal of the statement of qualifications, but will not be awarded work until these requirements are met.

To download the Request for Qualifications from Cal eProcure, please visit https://caleprocure.ca.gov/pages/index.aspx.

  1. Click “Sell to the State.”
  2. Click “Search All Bids.”
  3. Click “Clear Criteria.”
  4. Type “DSA” under “Event Name.”
  5. Select “Sell Event.”
  6. Click “Search.”
  7. Click “DSA RFQ 16.02.”

Questions regarding the Request for Qualifications must be submitted by August 17, 2016, at 5:00 p.m., and directed to:

Handa Gugel, Contracts Analyst
(916) 375-4568
handa.gugel@dgs.ca.gov


 

Important Changes to Project Inspector-related IR A-8, Form DSA 119, and Form DSA 180
Friday, August 12, 2016

DSA has updated and modified the description of project and assistant inspectors’ duties and performance. These changes are reflected in modifications made to "DSA IR A-8: Project Inspector and Assistant Inspector Duties and Performance." DSA has also modified forms DSA 119 and DSA 180 in line with revisions made to IR A-8.


 

Summary of 2016 California Building Code Changes
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

To help navigate the 2016 California building codes (California Code of Regulations, Title 24) that are effective January 1, 2017, the Division of the State Architect (DSA) has compiled a summary of the most significant changes.

This Summary of 2016 California Building Code Changes (PDF) provides a brief overview of the changes that most impact the work overseen by DSA.

More information on the building code is available on DSA’s Title 24 News page and on the California Building Standards Commission website.


 

Bulletin Issued - BU 16-03: 2013 PC Extension and Renewals to the 2016 CBC
Friday, July 29, 2016

The purpose of DSA bulletin BU 16-03: 2013 Pre-Check Extension and Renewals to the 2016 CBC (PDF - 180 KB) is to provide adequate time for building manufacturers to prepare pre-check (PC) plans and obtain the Division of the State Architect’s (DSA) approval before required use of 2016 PCs due to adoption of the 2016 CBC. All pre-check (PC) drawings and specifications that are approved for compliance with the 2013 California Building Code (CBC), Title 24, California Code of Regulations, will be accepted with applications submitted to the Division of the State Architect (DSA) through June 30, 2017. The accessibility features indicated in any 2013 PC will be required to comply with the 2016 CBC when submitted to DSA for project-specific use. All drawings and specifications for the non-PC portion of a project submitted on or after January 1, 2017 must comply with the 2016 CBC, even if submitted with 2013 CBC PC plans.


 

Coming Soon: DSA Access Detail Library
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Division of the State Architect is pleased to announce the upcoming release of an online library of California Building Code (CBC) compliant accessibility details. The details will help to ensure the consistency and code compliance of construction-related accessibility features. As a convenience to design professionals, the details will be provided in AutoCAD format so that designers can modify them as necessary for specific uses.

The initial library of details will be compliant with the 2013 CBC. Details will be added as they are developed, and the library will be updated as future codes become effective. Instructions for accessing the library will be announced in the near future.


 

Gas Shutoff Valve Certification Program Webpage Updated
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The DSA Gas Shutoff Valve Certification Program webpage has been updated to reflect the current standards adopted in the 2016 California Plumbing Code.


 

Request for Qualifications for Access Compliance Plan Review Services – DSA RFQ 16.02
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Are you interested in providing access compliance plan review services on an “as-needed“ basis to review plans and specifications for compliance with all applicable laws for one or more of the Division of the State Architect’s regional offices?

If interested, qualified firms should submit a completed statement of qualifications by August 12, 2016, at 2:00 pm. The mailing address is provided on the Request for Qualifications (DSA RFQ 16.02).

To download the Request for Qualifications from Cal eProcure, please visit https://caleprocure.ca.gov/pages/index.aspx

  1. Click “Sell to the State.”
  2. Click “Search All Bids.”
  3. Click “Clear Criteria.”
  4. Type “DSA” under “Event Name.”
  5. Select “Sell Event.”
  6. Click “Search.”
  7. Click “DSA RFQ 16.02.”

Questions regarding the Request for Qualifications must be submitted by August 5, 2016, at 2:00 pm, and directed to:

Handa Gugel, Contracts Analyst
(916) 375-4568
handa.gugel@dgs.ca.gov


 

Quarterly Report Summarizing Form and Publication Changes Issued
Monday, July 11, 2016

The DSA 2016 Second Quarterly Report summarizing changes to DSA forms and publications has been made available for download on the DSA Internet site.


 

Higher Project Cost Thresholds for DSA Review Exemption
Friday, July 1, 2016

The 2016-2017 state budget bills enacted this week include significant changes to construction cost amounts that exempt certain alteration and reconstruction projects from DSA review. Effective June 27, 2016, DSA review and approval is not required for alteration or reconstruction projects meeting either of the following criteria:

  • Estimated construction cost is $100,000 or less, or
  • Estimated construction cost is more than $100,000, but does not exceed $225,000, and required certifications confirm that the project does not contain any structural work, does not impact accessibility, and meets applicable fire and life safety standards.

These amounts supersede lower 2016 threshold amounts published earlier this year. Please refer to Interpretation of Regulations (IR) A-10: Alteration and Reconstruction Projects – DSA Approval Exemption (PDF - 147 KB) for detailed information. Please note that although the increased project cost thresholds became effective on June 27, 2016, DSA will update administrative California Building Code regulations to reflect the changes during the next intervening code cycle update. If you submitted a project that qualifies for an exemption from DSA review under the new criteria, please contact the appropriate DSA Regional Office if you are interested in cancelling or voiding the project application.


 

CBC AC Advisory Reference Manual Update coincides with the publication of the 2016 CBC
Thursday, June 30, 2016

DSA has updated its California Access Compliance Advisory Reference Manual and the Expanded Table of Contents to include the provisions adopted by the California Building Standards Commission for the 2016 CBC triennial code adoption cycle on January 19th, 2016. The 2016 CBC was published on July 1st, 2016 and becomes effective on January 1st, 2017. The advisory manual includes the provisions adopted by DSA for access compliance, pertinent advisories developed by DSA and advisories from the US Department of Justice from the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.

The advisory manual should be used in conjunction with and not in lieu of the 2016 CBC to better understand the reasoning behind certain provisions.

The 2010 CBC-2013 CBC Cross Reference Matrix is not updated, but will be archived along with the 2013 CBC Expanded Table of Contents for Chapter 11B. The 2013 California Access Compliance Advisory Reference Manual will also be archived on DSA's California Access Compliance Reference Materials webpage.

 

New Steel Joists IR 22-3.13 Issued
Thursday, June 23, 2016

IR 22-3.13: OPEN WEB STEEL JOISTS AND JOIST GIRDERS: 2016 & 2013 CBC (PDF - 192 KB) This IR is updated to reflect the requirements of the 2013 and 2016 CBC. This IR is revised to clarify the division of responsibility between the project engineer and joist manufacturer's engineer for the design and detailing of open web steel joist. Further, revision has been made to clarify the requirements for DSA approval of the open web steel joist submittal documents.

 

PL 16-01 Cellular Tower Plan Approval on K-12 Public Schools and California Community Colleges
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

DSA has reconsidered the recently published policy PL 16-01: Cellular Tower Plan Approval on K-12 Public Schools and California Community Colleges, which was scheduled to become effective July 1, 2016. Due to complexities with implementation of the PC process for existing towers, DSA is rescinding PL 16-01, and the policy will not be enforced at this time.


 

New IR 17-11 Identification, Sampling and Testing of Threaded Steel Anchor Bolts and Anchor Rods
Thursday, June 9, 2016

DSA announces the release of IR 17-11 Identification, Sampling and Testing of Threaded Steel Anchor Bolts and Anchor Rods. Anchor bolt and anchor rod material identification, sampling and testing shall be performed in accordance with this IR and the applicable standards. This IR applies to anchor structural elements to foundations on construction projects under DSA jurisdiction.


The information contained in this IR shall be required for projects submitted on or after Friday, July 1, 2016. Use of this IR is optional for projects submitted between May 11, 2016, and June 30, 2016.

 

Revised IR A-8: Project Inspector and Assistant Inspector Duties and Performance
Monday, May 23, 2016

DSA has updated and modified the description of project and assistant inspectors’ duties and performance. These are reflected in modifications made to the DSA IR A-8 (PDF - 290 KB).

 

New IR A-1.16 Temporary Approval for School Use of DSA Approved Relocatable Buildings: 2016 CBC
Thursday, May 12, 2016

IR A-1.16 Temporary Approval for School Use of DSA Approved Relocatable Buildings: 2016 CBC. IR A-1.16 (PDF - 294 KB) has been created to clarify the use of temporary buildings on school projects in conformance with the 2016 CBC.

 

BU 16-02: Review and Approval of Construction of School-Based Health Centers on Public School Campus
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Bulletin 13-03 has been removed and superseded by BU 16-02: Review and Approval of Construction of School-Based Health Centers on Public School Campuses: 2016 California Administrative Code (PDF - 133 KB). Bulletin 16-02 identifies provisions for school based health facilities incorporating updates adopted in the 2016 California Administrative Code (CAC).

The 2016 CAC regulations (Express Terms) are effective as of February 1, 2016 and are available on the DSA or CBSC website.

 

New DSA Policy 16-01 Cellular Tower Plan Approval!
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

PL 16-01 Cellular Tower Plan Approval on K-12 Public Schools and California Community Colleges

Policy 16-01 has been published to establish cellular (cell) tower submittal requirements for Division of the State Architect (DSA) structural safety and fire and life safety plan review. These requirements are applicable to:

  • California’s K-12 public schools and community colleges
  • New cell towers, additions and alterations to existing cell towers
  • Additions of new antenna and replacements of antenna

Update at 06/15/16: PL 16-01 Rescinded


 

DSA Remembers Harry Hallenbeck, Former State Architect from 1991-1995
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

It is with great sadness that the Division of the State Architect (DSA) announces the recent passing of former State Architect, Harry Hallenbeck (1934-2016).

Harry Clay Hallenbeck, FAIA, who served as California State Architect from 1991-1995, passed away on February 3, 2016, in Texas at the age of 81. In addition to serving as State Architect, Harry was involved in the America’s Cup masterplan in San Diego and the restoration of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento, among many other unique architectural projects, and was the recipient of over 30 design awards. Harry also served his profession as a board member and officer of the American Institute of Architects Oakland Chapter, California Council, and National AIA. He was awarded the honor of Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, California State Architect, and the AIA Kemper Award for outstanding service to the public and the profession. We are grateful for his service to DSA and the people of California.

For more information about his life, please visit: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sacbee/obituary.aspx?pid=177802223

 

Outdoor Water Use Regulations FAQs Updated
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Additional Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) have been added to those currently posted on the Outdoor Water Use Regulations Web page.


 

DSA Now Offers Electronic Backcheck!
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

DSA offers electronic backcheck to enhance efficiency, speed the review process, and achieve sustainability goals. Roseville Unified School District and Lionakis recently completed electronic backcheck in the DSA Sacramento office.

Watch the video on our DGS Youtube Channel

 

Revised Form - DSA 103: Statement of Structural Tests and Special Inspections
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Division of the State Architect’s (DSA) revised testing and inspection form, DSA 103: Listing of Structural Tests and Special Inspections: 2013 CBC (Excel - 363 KB), is now available. The revised DSA 103 may be used now, and becomes mandatory for all projects submitted on or after Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

Significant changes to form DSA 103 are listed below:

  • The name of the form is now Listing of Structural Tests and Special Inspections.
  • An appendix for design professionals to identify exemptions from special inspections was added.
  • Requirements for identification and testing of anchor rods and bolts are provided (item 23).
  • Installation torque verification requirements for non-high strength bolts are provided (item 27).

Minor changes to form DSA 103 are listed below:

  • Project Inspector performed inspections are no longer identified on the DSA 103 to avoid confusion regarding the scope of special inspections performed by the project inspector. Many code recognized special inspections not included in the DSA 103 are performed by the project inspector rather than a special inspector.
  • Other miscellaneous modifications to various items.

The accompanying instructions document, DSA 103 Instructions (PDF - 184 KB), has also been updated and posted to the DSA Forms Web page.

[05/09/16: Edited to correct item reference]


 

Form "DSA 154: Notice of Deviations / Resolution of Deviations" Update
Monday, May 2, 2016

DSA has revised form DSA 154: Notice of Deviations / Resolution of Deviations (PDF - 169 KB). A time limit for the project inspector to notify DSA if uncorrected deviations will be covered up is now included. Please see the form for further information.


 

BU 07-04 Deleted
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

DSA has removed Bulletin BU 07-04 because IR A-13: Stop Work and Order to Comply (PDF - 329 KB) provides a more comprehensive discussion of DSA’s stop work authority and process.


 

New IR Issued for Partial Demolitions
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

IR A-32 Partial Demolition (PDF - 146 KB): This Interpretation of Regulation (IR) is issued by the Division of the State Architect (DSA) to document acceptable methods for achieving compliance with applicable building codes and regulations related to partial demolition on school site.

 

Delegation of Authority for Modular and Relocatable Buildings
Friday, April 15, 2016

As previously announced, the Division of the State Architect (DSA) is changing the delegation of authority for the school district’s design professional in general responsible charge of a project. For projects submitted to DSA for plan review on or after April 22, 2016, the school district’s design professional in general responsible charge will need to designate the party responsible for the design and observation of construction of permanent modular buildings and relocatable buildings at the time of application for approval of project plans and specifications. A new bulletin, BU 16-01 (PDF - 195 KB) , is now available to provide guidance regarding the revised process.

The form “DSA 1: Application for Approval of Plans and Specifications” and associated construction-related documents were revised to incorporate these changes into the plan approval and construction certification processes. A new form, DSA 1-MR, was created for identification of the building manufacturer’s design professional(s), who must acknowledge acceptance of responsibility for the preparation of building plans, observation of the in-plant construction of the building(s), and first-time placement of the building(s) at the project site. The latest versions of these forms and other documents revised to implement the change are now available on DSA’s Forms and Publications Web pages.


 

New IR Issued for Cargo Container Conversions
Friday, April 15, 2016

IR 16-10: Cargo Container Conversion to Modular School Buildings IR 16-10 (PDF - 392 KB) is a new IR that is published to define the requirements for the conversion of cargo containers to modular school buildings.

 

PR 08-03 Procedure Revised
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

PR 08-03 (PDF - 355 KB) Procedure: SCHOOL FACILITY PROGRAM/ SEISMIC MITIGATION PROGRAM has been modified to provide information to school districts in the case that conceptual approval from the State Allocation Board is desired for the Replacement Analysis or Seismic Rehabilitation options.

 

PR 14-01 Procedure Revised
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

PR 14-01 Procedure: Flood Design and Project Submittal Requirements: 2016 & 2013 CBC has been modified to include requirements for projects that are NOT located in a flood hazard zone. See section 2. of revised PR 14-01 (PDF - 154 KB) for more details.

 

Green California Summit on April 21 and 22, 2016
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Green California Summit will take place April 21-22, 2016, at the Sacramento Convention Center. The Summit is “an annual opportunity for stakeholders from the public and private sectors to share innovations in policy, practice and technology that can help the Golden State attain its environmental and economic goals.”

Presenters from DSA include Chester A. Widom, FAIA, California State Architect, and Robert Lee Chase, AIA, Deputy State Architect.

You can attend the Summit Keynote and explore the Green Expo at no charge on Thursday and Friday, April 21-22. Pre-Summit sessions are offered on Wednesday, April 20. The full agenda, pricing, and registration information is available at www.green-technology.org/gcsummit16.


 

State Historical Building Safety Board will not meet – April, 2016
Monday, April 11, 2016

Please note: the State Historical Building Safety Board will not meet during the California Preservation Foundation (CPF) conference to be held later this month in Presidio. Though the meeting room was arranged in advance and noted on the CPF conference schedule, we do not have sufficient discussion items to warrant a meeting at this time.


 

Quarterly Report Summarizing Form and Publication Changes Issued
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

A quarterly report summarizing changes to DSA forms and publications has been made available for download on the DSA Internet site.


 

Regular Rulemaking: Accessibility Code Change Proposal – April 4, 2016
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Final proposed amendments to CCR Title 24, Part 2 (California Building Code) were previously submitted to the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) for approval. Proposed amendment ITEM 11B.25 will be reheard by the CBSC at their April 19, 2016 public meeting. Submittal documents for this item are provided below.