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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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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 Shuttoff 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.

 

Intro to Project Submittal & Plan Review Web Page Updated
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Intro to Project Submittal & Plan Review Web page has been modified to clarify deferred submittal requirements and design professional responsibilities for design.


 

PL 07-02 Updated to Provide Clarification
Monday, March 14, 2016

PL 07-02 (PDF - 258 KB) has been updated to provide clarification that projects requiring a foundation design in a flood hazard zone are not eligible for over-the-counter review. See section 4.9 for more information.

 

IR 17-3.01 Deleted
Friday, March 11, 2016

“IR 17-3.01: Structural Welding Inspection: 2001 CBC” is now considered obsolete and has been removed. Projects approved under the 2001 CBC are no longer under construction.


 

IR A-4.13 on Geohazard Report Requirements Revised
Thursday, March 10, 2016

IR A-4.13: Geohazard Report Requirements: 2013 CBC (PDF - 187 KB) has been updated to include a new exception permitting certain fabric shade structures to not require geohazard reports. Please see section 3.1.1 for more details.


 

IR 22-1.13 Issued
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

IR 22-1.13: Design Procedures for Steel Deck Diaphragms With Structural Concrete Fill (PDF - 141 KB) has been issued to reflect the 2013 California Building Code (CBC). IR 22-1.13 incorporates and permits the use of the Steel Deck Institute (SDI) Diaphragm Design Manual.


 

IR A-27 Revised
Monday, March 7, 2016

IR A-27: Cargo Containers Used As Storage (PDF - 116 KB) has been updated to provide clarity regarding cargo container placement on project sites.


 

IR 21-2.13 Concrete Masonry High Lift Grouting Method: 2013 CBC
Thursday, March 3, 2016

IR 21-2.13 (PDF - 177 KB) has been updated to correct section references reflecting the currently adopted masonry standard.

 

The State Architect's Corner – Changing the Conversation on Sustainability
Tuesday, March 1, 2016


Chester A. Widom, FAIA, California State Architect, provides an overview on DSA’s efforts to conserve the state’s resources. 

 

Delegation of Authority Changes March 15 - Sample Forms Now Available
Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) is currently making changes to the delegation of authority for the design professional in general responsible charge of a project. Effective March 15, 2016, the 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.

DSA will revise several forms and documents to implement the change, including Form DSA 1: Application for Approval of Plans and Specifications. A new form, DSA 1-MR, will identify the building manufacturer’s design professional, 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. Samples of the revised and new documents implementing the change are available at http://www.dgs.ca.gov/dsa/Resources/delegatechgs.aspx.


 

Adjusted Project Cost Thresholds for DSA Review Exemption
Friday, February 12, 2016

The Division of the State Architect’s (DSA) Interpretation of Regulations IR A-10: Alteration and Reconstruction Projects - DSA Approval Exemption outlines criteria that exempt certain alteration and reconstruction projects from DSA review. DSA recently increased the project cost thresholds for exemption, based on the percentage adjustment published in the Engineering News Record (ENR) 20 Cities Construction Cost Index for 2016.

For 2016, DSA review and approval is not required for alteration or reconstruction projects with an estimated construction cost of $42,217.81 or less. Alteration and reconstruction projects with estimated construction costs between $42,217.82 and $168,871.21 are also exempt from DSA review and approval if certain certifications are provided by the design professional in responsible charge of the project, a California-registered structural engineer, and a DSA-certified project inspector. The cost thresholds for these exemptions are adjusted annually pursuant to California Education Code requirements. Please refer to IR A-10 for detailed information.

 

Glulam Special Inspector Examination – May 12, 2016
Friday, February 5, 2016

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) announces the next Glulam Special Inspector examination on May 12, 2016. The Glulam Special Inspector testing and certification procedures now reflect 2013 California Code of Regulations provisions and reference standards. Please note that DSA now requires renewal of Glulam Special Inspector certification every four years and this requirement supersedes previously established renewal dates.

 

Outdoor Water Use Regulations Revised
Thursday, February 4, 2016

The DSA Outdoor Water Use Regulations were revised during certifying rulemaking and became effective January 26, 2016. Refer to the revisions made to the DSA procedure PR 15-03: Compliance With CALGreen Outdoor Water Use Regulations (PDF - 478 KB) including an attachment of the revised code provisions. Also now available is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).


 

Request for Qualifications for Structural Plan Review Services
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

DSA is soliciting Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) from qualified structural engineering firms interested in providing structural plan review services for the DSA Regional Offices located in Oakland, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Diego. 

If interested, qualified structural engineering firms should submit a completed statement of qualifications by March 1, 2016, at 2:00 pm. The mailing address is provided on the Request for Qualifications (DSA RFQ 16.01).

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 “Structural” under “Event Name.”
  5. Select “Sell Event.”
  6. Click “Search.”
  7. Click “DSA RFQ 16.01 Structural Plan Review Services.”

To download the Request for Qualifications from BidSync, please visit https://www.bidsync.com/bidsync-app-web/vendor/links/BidDetail.xhtml?bidid=1993839&roundId=null

Questions regarding the Request for Qualifications must be submitted by February 23, 2016, at 2:00 pm, and directed to the following staff members:

Handa Gugel, Contracts Analyst, at handa.gugel@dgs.ca.gov or (916) 375-4568.
Lyssa Ortega, Contracts Analyst, at lyssa.ortega@dgs.ca.gov or (916) 375-4358.


 

DSA Now Offering Electronic Back Check
Friday, January 29, 2016

Effective February 1, 2016, the Division of the State Architect (DSA) will offer electronic back check at all regional offices. Although electronic back check is optional at this time, DSA will transition to mandatory electronic back check by the end of 2016, as an initial step toward full electronic plan review.

Procedure PR 16-01: Electronic Back Check for Plan Review Projects (PDF - 620 KB) provides information on the process, including submittal requirements and how to request electronic back check. Back check appointments can be scheduled two weeks in advance with your DSA lead plan reviewer.

We hope many of you will consider utilizing this procedure, which offers enhanced efficiency and is more environmentally sustainable than the paper process typically used for back check. If you have questions after reviewing PR 16-01, please contact your DSA lead plan reviewer.


 

Structural Safety Review Fee Change Effective February 1, 2016
Friday, January 22, 2016

Changes to the Division of the State Architect (DSA) website were made to reflect recently approved changes to the 2016 California Administrative Code. Effective February 1, 2016, DSA Structural Safety project application fees will increase from 0.5 percent to 0.6 percent on the excess of the estimated project cost over $1,000,000. Structural Safety project application fees have not changed for the first $1,000,000 of estimated project cost, and remain at 0.7 percent.

Please see the Fees and Time Required page for more information.

The Plan/Field Review Fee Calculator is currently being updated to reflect the noted fee changes. The updates will be announced when the changes are complete.


 

IR 17-1 and IR 17-5 Deleted
Friday, January 15, 2016

“IR 17-1: Sampling and Testing of Structural Materials” and “IR 17-5: Structural Testing Laboratory Responsibilities” have been removed from DSA’s Interpretations of Regulations Web page since they are no longer needed. The information was incorporated into the 2013 California Administrative Code which went into effect in early 2013.


 

2016 Valuation Threshold Updated
Friday, January 15, 2016

Valuation Threshold for Alterations, Structural Repairs or Additions to Existing Buildings: In accordance with the 2013 California Building Code Chapter 2 definition of valuation threshold, the 2016 valuation threshold is $150,244.00 and will be updated again in January 2017. Additional information is available on DSA's Valuation Threshold Web page.


 

Emergency Rulemaking: Structural Safety Code Change Proposal, 2013 California Plumbing Code
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Proposed amendments to the 2013 California Plumbing Code, California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 5, have been submitted to the California Building Standards Commission for Final Submission.

For more information, visit the DSA Title 24 News page and the California Building Standards Commission website.


 

2016 Special Inspector Certification Exam Schedule Now Available
Friday, January 8, 2016

DSA has released the 2016 schedule of examinations for special inspectors. The venues and fees for most of these have changed compared to previous years. Please review applicable documents for further information, now available on DSA's website:


 

Regular Rulemaking: Accessibility Code Change Proposal – January 6, 2016
Friday, January 8, 2016

Final proposed amendments to CCR Title 24, Part 2 (California Building Code), Part 5 (California Plumbing Code), and Part 10 (California Existing Building Code) have been submitted to the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) for approval. Proposed amendments will be heard by the CBSC at their January 19-20, 2016 public meeting. Submittal documents are provided below as well as on the DSA's Access 2016 Web page.


 

Regular Rulemaking: Historical Building Code Change Proposal - January 8, 2016
Friday, January 8, 2016

Final proposed amendments to CCR Title 24, Part 8 (California Historical Building Code) have been submitted to the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) for approval. Proposed amendments will be heard by the CBSC at their January 19-20, 2016 public meeting. Submittal documents are provided below.


 

2016 Project Inspector Certification Exam Schedule Now Available
Thursday, January 7, 2016

DSA has released the 2016 schedule of project inspector certification examinations. The venues and fees for these have changed compared to previous years. Please review applicable documents for further information, now available on DSA's website:


 

2016 Inspector Recertification Schedule Now Available
Monday, January 4, 2016

DSA has released the schedule of project inspector recertification classes and examinations. The venues and fees for these have changed compared to previous years. Please review applicable documents for further information, now available on DSA's website:


 

State Historical Building Safety Board Meeting January 7, 2016
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

A public meeting of the State Historical Building Safety Board (SHBSB) will be held on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Division of the State Architect’s headquarters office. A public meeting notice and agenda are available for download.

Supporting Documents:


 

Masonry Special Inspector Certification Program
Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Masonry Special Inspector Certification Program Web page has been modified to reflect current code reference information. Please see the Exam Information section for more details.


 

Regular Rulemaking: Accessibility Code Change Proposal – December 3, 2015
Thursday, December 3, 2015

Additionally revised proposed amendments to California Code of Regulations (CCR) Title 24, Part 2 (California Building Code) have been submitted to the California Building Standards Commission for a 15-day public comment period. Comments on these items may be submitted to the California Building Standards Commission as indicated in the Notice of 15-Day Public Comment Period. Submittal documents are provided below.

 

Outdoor Water Use Regulations Take Effect January 1, 2016
Thursday, December 3, 2015

In recognition of the continued statewide drought, the Division of the State Architect (DSA) proposed regulations earlier this year to reduce outdoor water use for landscape irrigation by public schools and community colleges. The DSA regulations in the 2013 California Green Building Standards Code (also known as the CALGreen Code) are based upon Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO) regulations adopted by the Department of Water Resources.

Effective January 1, 2016, applications received by DSA are subject to the Outdoor Water Use regulations. Detailed information and resources are now available on DSA’s Outdoor Water Use Regulations Web page, and in DSA Procedure PR 15-03: Compliance With CALGreen Outdoor Water Use Regulations (PDF - 468 KB).

If you have questions regarding the Outdoor Water Use regulations after reviewing the Web page, please contact:

 

Public Comment Period for Irrigation Water Efficiency Regulations
Monday, November 23, 2015

A 15-day public comment period (PDF) is now open for code changes related to new water efficiency requirements for public school and community college irrigated landscape areas.

The proposed language can be viewed at:

Additional information regarding this certifying rulemaking is available at http://www.bsc.ca.gov/Rulemaking/regrule.aspx, under the "Certifying Rulemaking for Approved Emergency Building Standards" tab.

Any interested person may submit written comments relevant to the regulations. Comments must be submitted to the Division of the State Architect (DSA) or the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) no later than December 8, 2015, at 5:00 p.m.


 

Update to the Certified Access Specialist Program Regulations
Monday, November 23, 2015

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) began the process to amend regulations for the Certified Access Specialist (CASp) program last year, in order to implement legislative changes and provide additional clarification. DSA held several public comment periods in 2014 and 2015, and modified the proposed regulations in response to stakeholder feedback.

On November 10, 2015, DSA held a public hearing to receive comments on the latest proposed regulatory amendments. In response to stakeholder feedback, DSA withdrew some of the proposed amendments for further study. The items withdrawn for further discussion include:

  • Provisions in Section 111 addressing the purpose of the program;
  • Insertion of the term “designee” in Sections 112 and 121;
  • Section 132 amendments to eligibility requirements; and
  • Section 134 modifying current language addressing California laws.

The remaining proposed regulatory amendments, which provide enhanced disciplinary procedures, professional standards, auditing by DSA, establishment of a delinquency fee for late renewal, and clarification of continuing education requirements and administrative processes, were filed with the Office of Administrative Law for final review.

DSA will immediately begin a follow-up rulemaking with a day-long public focus group to consider the items withdrawn for further study, and to discuss additional potential regulatory amendments. The initial focus group meeting will be scheduled during the week of February 1, 2016.

Once DSA develops proposed amendments to the CASp regulations, they will be presented to interested parties and stakeholders at a second focus group meeting to be scheduled during the week of February 22, 2016.

As required by the Administrative Procedures Act, the proposed regulatory amendments will then be available for review and comment during an initial 45-day public comment period, with an additional opportunity for comments at a public hearing.

To ensure that you receive the latest updates about the CASp program and other DSA activities, please subscribe to the DSA mailing lists. For additional information on the CASp program, please see the program Web site at www.dgs.ca.gov/casp

 

Emergency Rulemaking: Structural Safety Code Change Proposal 45-Day Public Comment Period
Friday, November 6, 2015

Proposed amendments to the 2013 California Plumbing Code (Title 24, Part 5, 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 November 6, 2015 and ends on December 21, 2015. All written comments for this period must be submitted to BSC no later than 5:00 p.m. on December 21, 2015.

For more information, visit the DSA Title 24 News page and the California Building Standards Commission website.


 

Navigating Post Approval of Project Plans to Certification of Construction for Design Professionals
Monday, November 2, 2015

The Navigating Construction Oversight Requirements to Ensure Certification presentation is now also available on DSA's Resources Web page for ease of access. See links provided below:


 

PR 14-01: 2013 CBC Flood Design and Project Submittal Requirements Update
Friday, October 23, 2015

PR 14-01 is updated to provide clarity regarding use of temporary buildings within flood hazard zones. See Section 1.2.1 of PR 14-01 for further detail. Updates have also been made to clarify the flood elevation in undefined areas.


 

CASp Program Regulations - Public Hearing and Public Meeting 11/10/15
Friday, October 23, 2015

Public Hearing - CASp Program Regulations Amendments

A Public Hearing to receive comments on the proposed amendments to the CASp Program Regulations will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Consumer Affairs Public Hearing Room located at 400 R Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. This meeting will be available via teleconference. Additional information provided in the Hearing Agenda (PDF - 178 KB) | (Word - 131 KB).


Public Meeting - CASp Program Regulations - Future Rulemaking

A Public Meeting to receive comments and suggestions for future amendments to the CASp Program Regulations will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from 2:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (estimated) at the Consumer Affairs Public Hearing Room located at 400 R Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. This meeting will be available via teleconference. Additional information provided in the Meeting Agenda (PDF - 178 KB) | (Word - 131 KB).



 

BU 15-03 on Special Inspection Requirements for Pools Issued
Thursday, October 22, 2015

DSA Bulletin BU 15-03 has been published to clarify the special inspection requirements for pools constructed using the shotcrete process.

 

PL 07-02 Revised
Friday, October 16, 2015

PL 07-02: Over-The-Counter Review of Projects Using Pre-Check Approved Designs (PDF - 266 KB):
DSA recently repealed the requirement restricting specification books with over the counter (OTC) appointments. As a result, this will no longer be included in PL 07-02.

As a site requirement, Facilities Managers can now also sign the letter that is to be provided indicating that buildings within the application are temporary and shall be removed for the school site within the appropriate number of years (as described further in PL 07-02).

 

Regular Rulemaking: Accessibility Code Change Proposal – October 12, 2015
Monday, October 12, 2015

Additionally revised proposed amendments to California Code of Regulations (CCR) Title 24, Part 2 (California Building Code) have been submitted to the California Building Standards Commission for the second 45-day public comment period. Comments on items in the second 45-day submittal may be submitted to the California Building Standards Commission as indicated in the Notice of 2nd 45-Day Public Comment Period. Submittal documents are provided below.


The first 45-day public comment period ended on September 28, 2015. Items which were included in the first 45-day submittal but are not included in the second 45-day submittal are not being additionally revised at this time.


 

Regular Rulemaking: Structural Safety Code Change Proposal 45-Day Public Comment Period
Friday, October 9, 2015

Proposed amendments to the California Code of Regulations, Title 24 (Parts 3, 4, and 5) have been submitted to the California Building Standards Commission for the 45-day public comment period. The 45-day comment period commenced October 9, 2015 and ends on November 23, 2015. All written comments for this period must be submitted to BSC no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 23, 2015.

For more information, visit the DSA Title 24 News page and the Building Standards Commission website.


 

Regular Rulemaking: Historical Building Code Change Proposal – September 11, 2015
Monday, October 5, 2015

Proposed amendments to CCR Title 24, Part 8 (California Historical Building Code) have been submitted to the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) for the 45-day public comment period. Submittal documents are provided below.


 

2015 Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit – October 29-30
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit and Exposition will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center on October 29-30, 2015.

The Summit is an annual event focused on green programs in the nation’s largest K-12 system and higher education systems. With the theme “Achieving the Benefits of High Performance Schools,” the Summit will highlight the economic, educational, and community benefits that districts achieved by making a commitment to sustainability.

Presenters from the Division of the State Architect include State Architect Chester A. Widom, FAIA, and Deputy State Architect Bob Chase, AIA.

The Summit will feature 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.

For more information and to register, go to www.green-technology.org/gcschools15/ or call (626) 577-5700.


 

Changes to the Project Inspector Examination in 2016
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Beginning with the March 2016 exam, the DSA Project Inspector Examination will be based on the 2013 California Code of Regulations, Title 19 and Title 24, and the edition of standards referenced therein. Title 24 is available in read-only format through the Building Standards Commission’s (BSC) website. Title 19 is available for viewing through the Office of Administrative Law on Westlaw’s website. Beginning around the end of January 2016, minimum qualifications to take the exam will be based on the 2016 California Administrative Code. The proposed express terms revising the current minimum qualifications in Title 24, Part 1, though not yet adopted, are available for viewing on BSC’s and DSA’s website. Examination location, dates, and other relevant information will be forthcoming over the next several months.


 

Public Comment Period for Irrigation Water Efficiency Regulations
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The 45-day public comment period is now open for code changes intended for the 2013 California Building Standards Code, related to new water efficiency requirements for public school and community college irrigated landscape areas.

The proposed language can be viewed at:

Additional information regarding this certifying rulemaking is available at
http://www.bsc.ca.gov/Rulemaking/regrule.aspx.

Any interested person may submit written comments relevant to the regulations. Comments must be submitted to the Division of the State Architect (DSA) or the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) no later than November 9, 2015, at 5:00 p.m.

Please note that DSA intends to post revisions to the original code changes on the CBSC website in the near future. DSA will notify stakeholders when the latest changes are available for review and comment.


 

Regular Rulemaking: Public Comment Period for Structural Safety Code Change Proposal
Monday, September 28, 2015

Proposed amendments to the CCR Title 24 (Parts 1, 2, 10, and 12), have been submitted to the California Building Standards Commission for the 45-day public comment period. The 45-day comment period commenced September 11, 2015 and ends on October 26, 2015. All written comments for this period must be submitted to BSC no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 26, 2015.

For more information, visit the DSA Title 24 News page and the Building Standards Commission website.


 

IR 25-2.13: Metal Suspension Systems for Lay-in Panel Ceilings: 2013 CBC Revised
Monday, September 21, 2015

This revision to IR 25-2.13: Metal Suspension Systems for Lay-In Panel Ceilings: 2013 CBC (PDF - 1.68 MB) is a complete reorganization of the IR and an update to the details contained therein. The IR has been reorganized such that the language in the body of the document is directed to architects, engineers, and manufacturers to identify methods acceptable to DSA for achieving code compliance of suspended ceilings, and the new Appendix contains ceiling general notes and drawings, generally deemed to comply with the code requirements, to be included in the construction documents submitted for DSA approval.

Due to the extensive nature of the change, the recent previous version will be in effect until November 1, 2015 and the new revised version will become effective November 1, 2015. Links to both versions are listed on DSA’s Interpretations of Regulations Web page.

Updated September 25, 2015

 

IR A-4.13: Geohazard Report Requirements: 2013 CBC Revised
Friday, September 11, 2015

IR A-4.13: Geohazard Report Requirements: 2013 CBC (PDF - 189 KB) now includes procedural requirements for the event that California Geological Survey (CGS) issues a provisional acceptance of a geohazard report.


 

Structural Plan Review Project Submittal Guideline and Form DSA 3 Updated
Monday, August 31, 2015

DSA GL-3 Project Submittal Guideline: Structural Plan Review, and the DSA 3 Project Submittal Checklist Form are now updated to include the most current list of items eligible for deferred submittal.


 

2016 Rulemaking Cycle: Accessibility Code Change Proposals
Friday, August 14, 2015

Regular Rulemaking: Accessibility Code Change Proposal – August 14, 2015

Proposed amendments to CCR Title 24, Part 2 (California Building Code) have been submitted to the California Building Standards Commission for the 45-day public comment period. Submittal documents are provided below.

Regular Rulemaking: Accessibility Code Change Proposal – August 14, 2015

Proposed amendments to CCR Title 24, Part 10 (California Existing Building Code) have been submitted to the California Building Standards Commission for the 45-day public comment period. Submittal documents are provided below.


 

Updates to PL 07-02: Over-the-Counter Review of Projects Using Pre-Check Approved Designs
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

DSA Policy PL 07-02 now clarifies the requirement for over-the-counter plan reviews that specifications are to be contained within project drawings at the time of initial submittal, and not in separate specification books.

Updates are also included to define the design professionals responsible for signing and stamping fire sprinkler drawings. See section 2.3.4 for more information.


 

Update on New Irrigation Water Efficiency Requirements
Friday, July 31, 2015

On July 21, the California Building Standards Commission approved new water efficiency requirements for public school and community college irrigated landscape areas. The Division of the State Architect (DSA) anticipates the regulations will take effect on October 1, 2015.

The changes to the 2013 California Green Building Standards (CALGreen) Code apply to all new construction, and building additions of more than 1,000 square feet. For projects on an existing campus, the area of landscape rehabilitation must equal 75 percent of the new building’s footprint. If all landscape areas on a construction campus already comply with the irrigation requirements, the school district is not obligated to bring other district landscape areas into compliance.

Under the new regulations, school districts will achieve cost savings over time by reducing the amount of water used for irrigation. In addition, the regulations will help school districts meet requirements of their local water districts and Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-29-15. The changes also provide an opportunity for school districts to set the example for water conservation among their students and communities. But most importantly, making these changes conserves a valuable resource in our state’s time of need.

DSA is committed to developing a clear, streamlined process to assist schools and community colleges to comply with the new requirements. DSA will publish information and resources to provide technical assistance for school districts. School districts are encouraged to contact their local water districts for information on potential funding programs to assist in water conservation efforts.

Read more about the new regulations in our fact sheet (PDF - 223 KB).

 

7x7x7: Case Studies in School Energy and Water Reduction
Monday, July 27, 2015

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) seeks seven qualified architectural firms to provide training services for a new initiative (7x7x7: Case Studies in School Energy and Water Reduction) to assist school districts in increasing the energy and water efficiency of California’s more than 10,000 existing K-12 public school campuses and 112 community college facilities.

For more information, visit DSA's Sustainability Web page.

 

Project Submittal Guideline for CALGreen Code Revised
Friday, July 24, 2015

The 2013 Intervening Code measures for the CALGreen Code became effective July 1, 2015. Refer to the revised DSA CALGreen Code GL 4: Project Submittal Guideline for CALGreen Code (PDF - 101 KB), a California Green Building Standards Code Application Matrix providing quick reference to the provisions in the CALGreen Code adopted by DSA.

 

Regular Rulemaking: Historical Building Code Change Proposal – June 30, 2015
Friday, July 17, 2015

Proposed amendments to CCR Title 24, Part 8 (California Historical Building Code) have been submitted to the California Building Standards Commission for consideration by their Code Advisory Committee at the July 28-29, 2015 meeting.

New Information: This proposal will also be heard at the CBSC’s Structural Design/Lateral Forces Code Advisory Committee at the August 12-13, 2015 meeting.

Submittal documents are provided below.


Updated July 31, 2015


 

Form DSA 4 Revised
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Form DSA 4 has been updated to reflect the recent fee changes to the Seismic Mitigation Program (see PR 08-03 (PDF - 313 KB)).


 

Quarterly Report Summarizing Form and Publication Changes Issued
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

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


 

Public Comment Period on CASp Program Regulation Changes Ends July 27, 2015
Friday, July 10, 2015

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) made additional modifications to the text of the originally proposed regulations for the voluntary Certified Access Specialist (CASp) Program. The proposed modifications, with the changes clearly indicated, are now available to the public for a 15-day comment period before DSA adopts the regulations, as revised.

The revised Initial Statement of Reasons, modified Proposed Text of the Regulations, and rulemaking documents are available at the following link:

www.dgs.ca.gov/dsa/Programs/programCert/casp/CASpReg.aspx

Any interested person may submit written comments relevant to the modifications. Comments must be submitted to DSA no later than July 27, 2015, at 5 p.m.

Updated July 16, 2015

 

The State Architect's Corner – Drought and the Transitions Underway
Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Chester A. Widom, FAIA, California State Architect, provides an update on DSA's efforts to address the drought and other transitions underway at the Oakland Regional Office.

Read the entire message.

 

Proposed Irrigation Water Efficiency Requirements
Monday, July 6, 2015

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) recently proposed revised water efficiency requirements for public school and community college irrigated landscape areas. Following discussions with stakeholders, DSA proposed the revisions to modify the water efficiency requirements previously approved on May 29, 2015.

In response to the current drought state of emergency and Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-29-15, the latest proposed changes to the 2013 California Green Building Standards (CALGreen) Code require reduction in outdoor potable water use for all new building construction, and for additions over 1,000 square feet. The revisions address applicability of irrigation requirements to existing sites, and outline project fees.

DSA will present the proposed changes at the July 21, 2015 Building Standards Commission meeting. Upon adoption, the new CALGreen requirements will apply to school construction projects submitted to DSA.

 

Form DSA 211 Revised
Thursday, July 2, 2015

DSA has modified form DSA 211: Attachment for Additional Comments/Information (PDF - 54 KB) as briefly described below:

  • Additional forms have been included in the DSA form attachment section.
  • Also, there is now one location to enter the date and there is no longer a date line next to each individual form.
  • Lastly, the bottom portion of the form is now electronically fillable whereas before it was not.

 

New Backcheck Scanning Procedure Effective July 1: Client and Reprographics Firm Responsibilities
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Dear DSA Partners:

As a reminder, the Division of the State Architect (DSA) will implement a new procedure on July 1, 2015, requiring applicants, upon successful completion of backcheck, to have DSA-approved documents (plans and specifications) scanned by an outside printing firm.

DSA Policy PL 06-01: Record Sets of DSA Approved Plans and Specs (PDF 503 - KB) now includes an attachment detailing DSA’s internal procedure, PR 06-01: Record Set Handling. The detailed attachment outlines DSA, client, and reprographics firm responsibilities related to the new process. Form DSA 145: Record Set Handling (PDF - 74 KB is also available on DSA’s Web site.

Clients will need to prearrange services with an outside printing firm to scan the approved documents at the applicant’s expense, and only the outside printing firm will be allowed to remove the approved documents from the DSA office.

State law, Education Code Section 17304, requires DSA to prepare a set of printed documents after plan approval, and any costs incurred are to be paid by the applicant. DSA currently scans approved documents and provides them at no expense to the client. Unfortunately, DSA can no longer assume these expenses.

The option of DSA continuing to perform scanning services and charging applicants for the DSA staff expenses was considered. However, DSA determined that actual DSA staff costs would exceed the average cost of having an outside printing firm scan documents, and that outside printing firms could provide document scanning more expeditiously than DSA.

 

New Fees for DSA Laboratory Evaluation and Acceptance Program
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Division of the State Architect’s (DSA) Laboratory Evaluation and Acceptance Program ensures that material testing and special inspections are performed in compliance with industry-established standards for California’s public school, community college and state-owned or state-leased essential services building construction projects. Despite the expansion of the program and increasing operational costs over recent years, the fees for laboratory evaluation and acceptance have remained unchanged since 2002. DSA must now increase fees to cover operational costs.

The following fee structure is applicable to laboratories whose DSA acceptance expires on or after October 1, 2015:

Fee Structure
$ 8,000 New Applicant; Re-Evaluation (Renewal)
$ 2,000 Location Change
$ 1,000 Change in Laboratory Engineering Manager
$ 500 Change in Services, Supervisor(s), Laboratory Name, NDT Level III or other key personnel

Approximately 90 days prior to expiration of acceptance, as a courtesy, DSA will contact the laboratory’s engineering manager and forward a renewal package to initiate the renewal process. However, it is the laboratory engineering manager’s responsibility to renew prior to expiration. The laboratory engineering manager is also responsible for notifying DSA when there is a change in responsible engineering manager, laboratory location, services or key personnel.

For further information, please visit the Laboratory Evaluation and Acceptance Program Web page.


 

Navigating Post Approval of Project Plans to Certification of Construction for Design Professionals
Monday, June 29, 2015

Design professionals play a crucial role in the construction oversight and certification process. A new presentation providing guidance for design professionals is available on DSA's website. It covers design professionals’ roles and responsibilities and relevant DSA procedures from post approval through certification. The presentation is available on the DSA Construction Oversight and Project Certification Web pages, and below:


 

Access Code Update Stakeholder Forum: Chapter 11B Draft Amendments
Friday, June 26, 2015

A Stakeholder Forum will be held on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (estimated) 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. While this is the last public meeting before these code change proposals are heard by the California Building Standards Commission Code Advisory Committee, additional opportunity for public comments will be available during the 45-day and 15-day Public Comment periods.

Supporting Documents:


 

New Back Check Scanning Procedure Effective Wednesday, July 1
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

As a reminder, the Division of the State Architect (DSA) will implement a new procedure on July 1, 2015, requiring applicants, upon successful completion of back check, to have DSA-approved documents (plans and specifications) scanned by an outside printing firm. This change in DSA’s scanning procedure is part of a larger effort to move toward electronic-only storage of project plans.

Clients will need to prearrange services with an outside printing firm to scan the approved documents at the applicant’s expense, and only the outside printing firm will be allowed to remove the approved documents from the DSA office.

Related to this change, updated versions of DSA Policy PL 06-01: Record Sets of DSA Approved Plans and Specs (PDF - 32 KB) and form DSA 145: Record Set Handling (PDF 74 KB) are now available on DSA’s Internet site.

State law, Education Code Section 17304, requires DSA to prepare a set of printed documents after plan approval, and any costs incurred are to be paid by the applicant. DSA currently scans approved documents and provides them at no expense to the client. Unfortunately, DSA can no longer assume these expenses.

The option of DSA continuing to perform scanning services and charging applicants for the DSA staff expenses was considered. However, DSA determined that actual DSA staff costs would exceed the average cost of having an outside printing firm scan documents, and that outside printing firms could provide document scanning more expeditiously than DSA.

 

IR A-22: Construction Projects and Items Exempt From DSA Review Revised
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

IR A-22: Construction Projects and Items Exempt From DSA Review (PDF - 281 KB) has been modified to provide clarification to construction projects that are exempt from Fire and Life Safety review. IR A-22 also defines construction projects consisting of only new or replacement fire alarm systems, or alterations to existing fire alarm systems may be exempt from Fire and Life Safety review.

 

Access Code Update Stakeholder Forum: Chapter 11B Draft Amendments
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A Stakeholder Forum will be held on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (estimated) 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.

Supporting Documents:


 

2016 Rulemaking Cycle: Accessibility Code Change Proposals
Friday, June 5, 2015

Regular Rulemaking: Accessibility Code Change Proposal – May 29, 2015

Proposed amendments to CCR Title 24, Part 2 (California Building Code) have been submitted to the California Building Standards Commission for consideration by their Code Advisory Committee. Submittal documents are provided below.


Regular Rulemaking: Accessibility Code Change Proposal – May 29, 2015

Proposed amendments to CCR Title 24, Part 10 (California Existing Building Code) have been submitted to the California Building Standards Commission for consideration by their Code Advisory Committee. Submittal documents are provided below.


 

IR A-19 Updated
Tuesday, June 2, 2015

DSA's Interpretation of Regulations IR A-19: Design Professional's Signature and Seal (Stamp) on Construction Documents (PDF - 65 KB) has been updated to reflect the most current code references.

 

New Irrigation Water Efficiency Requirements
Friday, May 29, 2015

The California Building Standards Commission approved new water efficiency requirements for public school and community college irrigated landscape areas on May 29, 2015.

In response to the current drought state of emergency and Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-29-15, the changes to the 2013 California Green Building Standards (“CALGreen”) Code require reduction in outdoor potable water use for both new construction and modernization projects. Specific requirements include strict irrigation regulations, separate water meters, and automatic controllers that adapt to changes in weather and soil moisture.

Further details, including square footage and project valuation thresholds, will be determined after discussion with stakeholders. The additional changes will be presented at the July 21, 2015 Building Standards Commission meeting. Upon adoption, the new CALGreen requirements will apply to school construction projects submitted to the Division of the State Architect.

 

Upcoming Change to DSA’s Backcheck Scanning Procedure
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Effective July 1, 2015, the Division of the State Architect (DSA) will implement a new procedure requiring applicants, upon successful completion of backcheck, to have the DSA-approved documents (plans and specifications) scanned by an outside printing firm. This change in DSA’s scanning procedure is part of a larger effort to move toward electronic-only storage of project plans.

Clients will need to prearrange services with an outside printing firm to scan the approved documents at the applicant’s expense. We suggest that applicants prepare by selecting a printing firm and arranging for scanning services. Form DSA-145: Record Set Handling (PDF 660 KB) will be revised prior to July 1, 2015.

State law, Education Code Section 17304, requires DSA to prepare a set of printed documents after plan approval, and any costs incurred are to be paid by the applicant. DSA currently scans approved documents and provides them at no expense to the client. Unfortunately, DSA can no longer assume these expenses.

The option of DSA continuing to perform scanning services and charging applicants for the DSA staff expenses was considered. However, DSA determined that actual DSA staff costs would exceed the average cost of having an outside printing firm scan documents, and that outside printing firms could provide document scanning more expeditiously than DSA.

Outside printing firms providing scanning services is not only more cost beneficial to applicants, but also allows clients to proceed more quickly to construction since scanned documents will be more readily available.

 

Seismic Mitigation Program Fee Adjustments
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

In order to adequately cover the Division of the State Architect’s costs to administer the Seismic Mitigation Program, fees related to Phase 1: Verification of Eligibility and Phase 2: Replacement Option Analysis were adjusted.

For detailed information on the program and related fees, please refer to Procedure 08-03 (PDF - 313 KB). The fee adjustments are effective immediately. For Phase 1 and Phase 2 work already submitted and under review by DSA, the fee adjustments will not apply.

 

Proposed Irrigation Water Efficiency Requirements
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

In response to the current drought state of emergency and Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-29-15, the Division of the State Architect (DSA) proposes new water efficiency requirements for public school and community college irrigated landscape areas.

The proposed changes to the 2013 California Green Building Standards (“CALGreen”) Code require reduction in outdoor potable water use for both new construction and modernization projects. Specific requirements include strict irrigation regulations, separate water meters, and automatic controllers that adapt to changes in weather and soil moisture.

The California Building Standards Commission will consider the proposed rulemaking on May 29, 2015.

Further details, including square footage and project valuation thresholds, will be determined after discussion with stakeholders. The additional changes will be presented at the July 21, 2015 Building Standards Commission meeting.


Updated May 29, 2015


 

Access Code Update Stakeholder Forum: Chapter 11B Draft Amendments May 21, 2015
Monday, May 11, 2015

A Stakeholder Forum will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 9:00 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.

Supporting Documents:


Updated May 18, 2015


 

Updated California Access Compliance Reference Materials
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

DSA revised the following access compliance reference materials to include the 2013 Intervening Code Adoption Cycle Supplement published on January 1, 2015, effective July 1, 2015:

More information is available on DSA’s California Access Compliance Reference Materials Web Page.

 

Access Code Update Stakeholder Forum: Chapter 11B Draft Amendments on May 12, 2015
Friday, May 1, 2015

A Stakeholder Forum will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 9:00 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.

Supporting Documents:


 

Quarterly Report Summarizing Form and Publication Changes Issued
Thursday, April 30, 2015

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

 

Access Code Update Stakeholder Forums Dates
Friday, April 24, 2015

The Division of the State Architect – Access Compliance (DSA-AC) unit seeks input and comments from stakeholders, interested parties and the general public regarding preparation of amendments to current accessibility requirements for inclusion in the 2016 California Building Code through a series of stakeholder forums. These proposed building code amendments will ultimately be submitted to the California Building Standards Commission for additional public review and comment prior to approval and adoption.


Access Code Update Stakeholder Forums

Division of the State Architect
1102 Q Street, 5th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95811

Meetings will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the following dates:

  • May 12, 2015
  • May 21, 2015
  • June 23, 2015
  • July 7, 2015

The agenda for these meetings, with details for participation via video conference, teleconference or WebEx, and proposed amendments will be posted on DSA’s Access 2016 Web page in advance of each meeting.

DSA-AC appreciates your interest and participation in this effort. If you wish to submit written comments or suggestions prior to or after any of the Forums, please send them via email to DSAAccess2016@dgs.ca.gov.


Updated May 19, 2015


 

2015 Triennial Code Adoption Cycle - Structural Safety Public Meeting #2
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A public meeting will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, May 4, 2015, at the Division of the State Architect, 1102 Q Street, 5th Floor, Conference Room B, Sacramento, CA, 95811. Facilities will be available at each of DSA's regional offices in Oakland, Los Angeles and San Diego to participate via videoconference. Alternate means of participation will be available via teleconference and WebEx.

The meeting is accessible to the physically disabled. A person who needs a disability-related accommodation or modification in order to participate in the meeting may make a request by contacting Amanda Amberry at (916) 324-5799 a minimum of 7 calendar days in advance of the meeting date.

To view the Agenda and Draft Express Terms, please refer to DSA's Title 24 News web page.


 

State Historical Building Safety Board Meeting April 29, 2015
Friday, April 17, 2015

A revised meeting agenda indicating teleconference information is available on DSA’s State Historical Building Safety Board Web page.

A public meeting of the State Historical Building Safety Board (SHBSB) will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the Naval Training Center at Liberty Station, Dick Laub NTC Command Center, Conference Room 3, 2640 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego, CA. A public meeting notice and agenda are available for download:


Updated April 24, 2015


 

Access Code Update Stakeholder Forum: Chapter 11B Draft Amendments on April 21, 2015
Friday, April 10, 2015

A Stakeholder Forum will be held on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 10:15 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.

Supporting Documents:


Updated April 17, 2015

 

Green California Summit on April 7 and 8, 2015
Friday, April 3, 2015

The 2015 Green California Summit will take place April 7-8, 2015, 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 Tuesday and Wednesday, April 7-8. Pre-Summit sessions and a building tour are offered on Monday, April 6. The full agenda, pricing, and registration information is available at www.green-technology.org/gcsummit.

 

Forms DSA 140 and 141 Revised
Friday, March 27, 2015

The following DSA forms have been revised and posted on our Forms Web page.

 

Stakeholder Meeting: 2015 Triennial Code Adoption Cycle - Structural Safety Public Meeting
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A public meeting will be held from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday April 7, 2015 at the Division of the State Architect, 1102 Q Street, 5th Floor, Conference Room B, Sacramento, CA, 95811. Facilities will be available at the DSA regional offices in Oakland, Los Angeles and San Diego to participate via videoconference. Alternate means of participation will be available via teleconference and WebEx.

The meeting is accessible to the physically disabled. A person who needs a disability-related accommodation or modification in order to participate in the meeting may make a request by contacting Amanda Amberry at (916) 324-5799 a minimum of 7 calendar days in advance of the meeting date.

Links to the meeting Announcement Agenda and draft Express Terms documents are provided on DSA's Title 24 News web page and below.

 

DSA Introduces the Project Inspector Performance Review Box
Monday, March 16, 2015

As part of an ongoing effort to enhance communication and transparency in our operations, the Division of the State Architect (DSA) is pleased to announce the Project Inspector Performance Review Box. This new tool allows school districts, stakeholders, and the public to access objective information on DSA-certified project inspector performance, demonstrating the competency of inspectors. DSA collects information on project inspector performance through the use of form DSA 119: Project Inspector Performance Review and form DSA 180: Project Inspector Performance Record. All DSA 119 and DSA 180 forms completed on or after March 1, 2015 are now available in the Project Inspector Performance Review Box.

DSA field engineers complete the DSA 119 form after site visits to evaluate the performance of project inspectors. This form captures objective information, including whether:

  • The project inspector was present during the site visit.
  • The project inspector’s job file was complete.
  • The project inspector reported any deviations from DSA-approved construction documents.
  • The project inspector submitted a verified report.

Following project completion, DSA staff complete a DSA 180 form, a document that compiles the information from all of the project’s DSA 119 forms for a single project inspector.

Interested parties can look up an inspector by name and review all Project Inspector Performance Reviews (DSA 119) and Project Inspector Performance Records (DSA 180) completed for that inspector. The Project Inspector Performance Review Box provides all DSA-certified project inspectors a resource to demonstrate their competency, allowing future clients to better determine whether a particular inspector is right for their district’s project.

The Project Inspector Performance Review Box can be accessed at dsabox.box.com/s/15cfhaa7norg9cxybdhwuybavtbq4wfs. Please note that since evaluation forms completed prior to March 1, 2015 are not published, the Project Inspector Performance Review Box is a resource that will become more useful over time.

 

New Bulletin BU 15-01 Issued
Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) has issued Bulletin BU 15-01: Requirements for Use of ASC Steel Deck 3WH and 3WHF Metal Deck With Concrete Fill (PDF - 138 KB) to clarify the requirements for using ASC Steel Deck 3WH & 3WHF metal deck with concrete fill.

 

2015 DSA Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.) Presentation is Available
Monday, February 23, 2015

DSA will be participating in the 36th Annual C.A.S.H. Conference. The document below contains the slide show for the presentation that will be given on the morning of Tuesday, February 24.

 

Certification Box: Project Search Tip
Friday, February 20, 2015

It has come to our attention that not all web browsers support the sort feature within DSA’s Certification Box, making it difficult to locate projects. If this has affected you, we apologize for the inconvenience.

We’ve learned that setting the sort preference on the first screen carries the command through the subsequent folders. While not ideal, it does make navigation somewhat easier. More detailed instructions to set the sort options and a link to the Certification Box are available on the DSA Certification Box Web page.

 

Revised DSA Bulletin BU 13-06: 2010 PC Extension and Renewals
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

DSA Bulletin BU 13-06: 2010 PC Extension and Renewals (PDF - 75 KB) has been modified with changes reflecting the new extension allowing the use of 2010 PC plans up until June 30, 2015 instead of December 31, 2014.

 

The State Architect's Corner – Reflections and Progress
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Chester A. Widom, FAIA, California State Architect, reflects on the accomplishments of 2014 and provides a glimpse of the year ahead.

Read the entire message.

 

Annual Cost Index Adjustments
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The values in IR A-10: Alteration and Reconstruction Projects - DSA Approval Exemption (PDF - 52 KB) have been increased by the percentage increase in the ENR 20 Cities Construction Cost Index increase between 2014 and 2015.

 

Now Open - CASp Program 15-Day Public Comment Period on Modifications to Proposed Regulations
Monday, January 26, 2015

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) has made modifications to the text of the originally proposed regulations of the voluntary Certified Access Specialist (CASp) Program. The proposed modifications, with the changes clearly indicated, are now available to the public for a 15-day comment period before DSA adopts the regulations, as revised.

PROPOSED MODIFICATIONS TO THE CASP PROGRAM REGULATIONS

  • A clarification to the examination references and promulgating authority.
  • A modification to the information required to be reported to DSA regarding the Disability Access Inspection Certificates to be submitted to DSA upon certification renewal, certification expiration, and certification suspension.

Any interested person may submit written comments relevant to the modifications. Comments must be submitted to DSA no later than February 10, 2015, at 5 p.m.

The revised Initial Statement of Reasons, modified Proposed Text of the Regulations, and rulemaking documents are available at the following link: Proposed Amendments to CASp Regulations 

 

Revised DSA Procedure PR 07-01 Pre-Check Approval Process
Friday, January 16, 2015

DSA Procedure PR 07-01 Pre-Check Approval Process (PDF - 857 KB) Section 5.3 Solar PC Approval, has been modified with clarifications related to roof or wall mounted PV systems on buildings or structures and ground mounted passive and active PV solar systems.

 

IR A-15 Revised in its Entirety
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

This update expands definitions, and consolidates and clarifies testing and special inspection requirements for remotely fabricated structural elements.

 

2015 Valuation Threshold Updated
Friday, January 9, 2015

Valuation Threshold for Alterations, Structural Repairs or Additions to Existing Buildings – Per 2013 California Building Code Section 11B-202.4 Exception 8, the 2015 valuation threshold is $147,863.00 and will be updated again in January, 2016. Additional information is available on DSA's Valuation Threshold Web page.

 

Quarterly Report Summarizing Form and Publication Changes Issued
Tuesday, January 6, 2015

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

 

CASp - Fall/Winter 2014 Newsletter
Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The latest Certified Access Specialist (CASp) newsletter is now available! Read the Fall/Winter 2014 edition of The CASp Report.

Each issue features information such as state and federal regulations that affect CASp work, sample exam questions with explanations, and other resources.

 

Form DSA 102-IC Revised
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Form DSA 102-IC (PDF - 645 KB) has been revised for clarity pertaining to the Laboratory and the Geotechnical Engineer for the project.

 

New IR A-31: In-plant Project Inspection of Manufacturer's Stockpile of Relocatable Buildings
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

IR A-31 (PDF - 157 KB) has been created to clarify the inspection oversight responsibilities for in-plant project inspection of a modular building manufacturer’s stockpile of relocatable school buildings approved by DSA for construction.

 

High Performance Incentive Program Ending
Monday, December 1, 2014

The High Performance Incentive (HPI) Program is ending. Refer to Senate Bill 869 for details.

DSA is no longer accepting applications for HPI plan reviews; however, DSA continues to encourage green school construction emphasizing energy and water efficiency, site sustainability, indoor air quality, enhanced acoustics, and conservation of materials.

 

New DSA Access 2016 Web Page
Monday, November 24, 2014

DSA's Access Compliance unit began its pre-cycle activities for the 2015 Triennial Code Adoption Cycle in September, 2014 and will continue into spring, 2015. To serve as a single location for announcements of rulemaking activities, public meetings and related documents, DSA has established a dedicated Web page: Access 2016.

 

Now Open - CASp Program 45-Day Public Comment Period on Proposed Regulations Changes
Friday, November 21, 2014

The 45-day public comment period is now open on proposed changes to the regulations for the voluntary Certified Access Specialist (CASp) Program. Any interested person may submit written comments relevant to the proposed regulatory action. Comments must be submitted to the Division of the State Architect no later than January 5, 2015 at 5 p.m.

Proposed Amendments and Additions to the CASp Program Regulations:

  • Clarify the requirements due to examination, certification, and disciplinary actions.
  • Reference requirements for work products issued by a CASp, as specified in California statute, addressing construction-related accessibility claims.
  • Set requirements for Professional Standards for CASps.
  • Include non-substantive, grammatical and formatting revisions.

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the Initial Statement of Reasons, and the Proposed Text of the Regulations in strikeout and underline are available at the following link: Proposed Amendments to CASp Regulations 

 

DSA Introducing New FLS Fee Effective December 1, 2014
Monday, November 10, 2014

Effective December 1, 2014, the Division of the State Architect (DSA) will charge a separate fee for Fire & Life Safety (FLS) services. This change ensures clients are only charged for services they require.

As approved at the October 21, 2014 California Building Standards Commission meeting the fee schedule for FLS services shall be:

  • three-tenths of one percent (0.3%) of the first $1,000,000 of the estimated project cost; plus
  • two-tenths of one percent (0.2%) of the project cost greater than $1,000,000 up to and including $5,000,000; plus
  • one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of the project cost greater than $5,000,000 up to and including $25,000,000; plus
  • five one-hundredths of one percent (0.05%) of the project cost greater than $25,000,000 up to and including $100,000,000; plus
  • one one-hundredth of one percent (0.01%) of the project cost above $100,000,000;
  • except that the minimum fee in any case shall be $300.00.

The new regulations approved by the California Building Standards Commission are available for review in their entirety:

DSA-SS 01/13: Proposed adoption of amendments to the 2013 California Administrative Code, Part 1, Title 24 – Final Express Terms (PDF)

Over the next couple of weeks, DSA will update various publications and introduce a new fee calculator to reflect these new regulations. Please continue to check our website regularly for the most current information or follow us on social media at www.Facebook.com/CalifDSA and www.Twitter.com/CalifDSA.

 

CASp Program - Updated Information for Business Owners
Monday, November 3, 2014

The Certified Access Specialist (CASp) program has expanded information for business owners, property owners, and consumers on the Why is it Beneficial to Hire a CASp? And Other Frequently Asked Questions page. All CASps should read this information so that they can provide better construction-related accessibility advice to consumers.

 

Concrete Masonry High Lift Grouting Method: Revised for 2013 CBC
Friday, October 31, 2014

IR 21-2.10 has been revised indicating a change to grout lift heights and is now posted to the DSA Internet as IR 21-2.13 (PDF- 135 KB) alongside the previous version.

 

Quarterly Report Summarizing Form and Publication Changes Issued
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

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

 

Form DSA 102-IC Revised
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Form DSA 102-IC: Construction Start Notice / Inspection Card Request (PDF - 251 KB) was revised to provide clarity for staff and clients to collaboratively complete the DSA 153 during plan check and to submit the DSA 102-IC in accordance with the agreed upon DSA 153. (Form DSA 153 is not available on the DSA Internet, but is provided by DSA plan review staff during back check.)

 

Protecting Schools from Nonstructural Earthquake Hazards
Thursday, September 25, 2014

During the recent South Napa Earthquake on August 24, 2014, public schools performed very well with little structural damage resulting to school buildings. However, several structures did experience limited nonstructural damage to architectural, mechanical and electrical features including suspended ceilings, light fixtures, and cabinets and shelves. This earthquake serves as a reminder of the potential safety hazards that can occur from nonstructural features improperly attached to the structure. DSA advises school districts to take the opportunity to review the Guide and Checklist for Nonstructural Earthquake Hazards in California Schools (PDF - 454 KB) and assess school buildings to reduce potential safety hazards from nonstructural elements. 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.

 

Green California Schools Summit 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014

The 2014 Green California Schools Summit and Community Colleges Summit will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center on November 5-6. The Summit is the largest annual event focused on green programs in the nation’s largest K-12 system and higher education systems.

Chester A. Widom, FAIA, California State Architect, is co-chair of the summit, along with Tom Torlakson, California Superintendent of Public Education. Robert Lee Chase, AIA, Deputy State Architect, is alternate co-chair and will be attending on behalf of the state architect.

Dozens of concurrent education sessions will focus on critical topics, from best practices for utilizing Prop 39 energy efficiency funds to water conservation techniques, funding for energy and building projects and environmental literacy. The Summit will also include a special Pre-Summit Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Schools Workshop, on November 4.

Registration for the keynotes, Expo and Leadership Awards are free. For more information and to register, go to http://www.green-technology.org/gcschools/index.html.

 

New DSA Procedure on Digital Submission of Project Documents
Friday, September 19, 2014

DSA is providing a new a method of digital submittal for code review of project construction documents. The current method of submittal is the Intake Project Review Box; a secure cloud based, collaborative, online file sharing website. File Transfer Protocol (FTP) servers are no longer being utilized and compact discs are no longer required. DSA's new procedure on digital submittal of project documents, along with a related form and policy,are available for download:

 

Regular Rulemaking: Accessibility Code Change – AS APPROVED – July 22, 2014
Monday, September 8, 2014

Amendments to CCR Title 24, Part 2 (California Building Code) have been approved by the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC). Proposed amendments were heard by the CBSC at their July 22, 2014 meeting. The approved amendments are provided below.

 

Forms DSA 140 and DSA 141 Revised
Friday, August 29, 2014

DSA has revised forms DSA 140 and DSA 141 and has made them available for download:

 

DSA IR A-18 Revised
Friday, August 15, 2014

DSA has revised IR A-18: Use of Construction Documents Prepared by Other Professionals (PDF - 74 KB) to provide direction for documents prepared by a manufacturer’s design professionals for deferred building components and structures from approved pre-checked (PC) plans.

 

DSA IR A-22 Revised
Friday, August 15, 2014

DSA's IR A-22: Construction Projects and Items Exempt From DSA Review (PDF - 87 KB) has been revised extensively to update to current code requirements, and to provide greater clarity regarding interpretations related to exempt projects and/or exempt items.

 

New CASp Newsletter Summer 2014
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

DSA’s Certified Access Specialist (CASp) Program has issued the first edition of a new quarterly newsletter, The CASp Report. Included in this edition is a sample CASp exam question and an in-depth analysis of the answer.

Read The CASp Report (PDF).

 

State Architect and Deputy State Architect Speaking at Workshops
Monday, July 21, 2014

Next week, State Architect Chester A. Widom, FAIA, and Deputy State Architect Robert Lee Chase, AIA, will be attending workshops hosted by the Coalition of Adequate School Housing to present information regarding changes at the Division of the State Architect, including the new project certification process being implemented on August 1.

Mr. Chase will be at the workshop in Sacramento on Tuesday, July 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Mr. Widom will be at the workshop in Ontario on Friday, August 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

DSA Will Charge for Review and Approval of CCDs
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

New section added to IR A-6 (PDF - 915 KB) to clarify fees will be charged for the review of Construction Change Directives (CCD) in accordance with IR A-30.

 

2013 Rulemaking Cycle: Accessibility Code Change Proposal - June 27, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014

Final proposed amendments to CCR Title 24, Part 2 (California Building Code) have been submitted to the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) for approval. Proposed amendments will be heard by the CBSC at their July 22, 2014 meeting. Submittal documents are provided below.

Updated June 30, 2014

 

New DSA Certification Process Begins August 1, 2014
Thursday, June 19, 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:
www.dgs.ca.gov/dsa/Programs/progProject/cert.aspx

 

New CASp Web Page
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The DSA Access Code and Policy team is pleased to announce a full-service, updated Certified Access Specialist (CASp) Web page. Three distinct sections are available for Consumers, CASp Candidates, and CASps, as well as two new handbooks. The CASp Examination and Certification Handbook (PDF - 771 KB) and CASp Practice Standards and Best Practices Handbook (PDF - 718 KB) are available in the CASp section of the Web page to assist candidates, independent CASps, and CASps employed by jurisdictional agencies. DSA invites you to visit the new and revised CASp Web pages.

 

New DSA Policy (PL) 14-1 Issued
Monday, June 9, 2014

DSA has issued new policy PL 14-01 (PDF - 55 KB) to describe the use of inspection cards for small/fast projects, which may not require interim verified reports.

 

DSA Remembers Two Former State Architects
Friday, May 30, 2014

It is with great sadness that the Division of the State Architect (DSA) announces the recent passing of two former State Architects, Michael Bocchicchio, AIA and John Worsley, FAIA.

Mike Bocchiccio, AIA, who served as the California State Architect from 1986 to 1989, passed away on April 27, 2014. In addition to serving as State Architect, he was also the Associate Vice President, Capital Resources Management for the University of California System, where he oversaw long-range development of facilities and provided policy direction, oversight and technical assistance for physical planning, design, construction, facilities management, real estate, environmental protection, and sustainability. During this tenure, he designed and built the UC Washington Center in Washington, D.C. Mike is survived by his wife, Janet Brown Bocchicchio, and four sons.

For more information about the life and accomplishments of Mr. Bocchicchio, please visit: http://independentnews.com/obituaries/article_cc7aa35a-d6b8-11e3-9349-001a4bcf887a.html

John Worsley, FAIA, passed away on February 20, 2014. He served as the California State Architect from 1973 to 1975 and led the historic restoration of California’s State Capitol. John would later serve as executive director of the California Building Standards Commission. In addition to private practice, John also taught at Stanford University prior to his appointment as State Architect. After retirement, he devoted his time to serving and advocating for people with developmental disabilities. He is survived by his wife Laura and five children.

For more information about the life and accomplishments of Mr. Worsley, please visit: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/02/25/6186721/obituary-former-state-architect.html

 

DSA Procedure on Seismic Mitigation Program Updated
Thursday, May 22, 2014

DSA Procedure PR 08-03 (PDF 396 KB) has been updated to clarify the program qualification requirements and the document submission requirements at the various phases of the Seismic Mitigation Program.

 

2013 Rulemaking Cycle: Accessibility Code Change Proposal - May 12, 2014
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Proposed amendments to CCR Title 24, Part 2 (California Building Code) have been submitted to the California Building Standards Commission for the 15-day public comment period. Submittal documents are provided below.

 

Proposed CALGreen Code Available for Public Comment
Thursday, April 24, 2014

Proposed amendments to CCR Title 24, Part 11 (California Green Building Standards Code) have been submitted to the California Building Standards Commission for the 45-day public comment period. Submittal documents are provided below.

Comments may be submitted to CBSC@dgs.ca.gov.

 

Free Fair Housing Accessibility (FHA) FIRST Policy Training, June 10, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Division of the State Architect is sponsoring a Fair Housing Accessibility (FHA) FIRST Policy training session (PDF - 412 KB) in West Sacramento on June 10, 2014.

Training is free! The training session includes explanation of the policy, design and construction issues related to the Fair Housing Act. Registration Form

 

Fix50 Construction Project May Affect DSA Partners/Customers
Friday, April 18, 2014

DSA encourages all design professionals, stakeholders, and other customers who have appointments or plan to attend meetings at the Sacramento Regional office or Headquarters to be aware of possible delays due to the U.S. 50 construction project in Sacramento. The Fix50 site is an excellent resource for complete traffic and delay details. Please contact your DSA professional if you have any questions or concerns about scheduled meetings or plan reviews.

 

State Historical Building Safety Board Meeting April 22, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014

A public meeting of the State Historical Building Safety Board (SHBSB) will be held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Asilomar Conference Grounds, 800 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3704. A public meeting notice and agenda are available for download:

 

Water Heater Bracing Guidelines Updated
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) recently revised guidelines for the bracing of water heaters. This latest revision notifies the public that DSA no longer certifies earthquake bracing products or manufacturers of earthquake bracing products because current California Plumbing Code now regulates design and installation. Users are advised to contact the local authority having jurisdiction for current design and inspection requirements prior to installation. Please click on the title to view a complete copy of DSA’s Guidelines for Earthquake Bracing of Water Heaters (PDF - 1.65 MB)

 

Proposed Accessibility Regulations Available for Public Comment
Monday, March 17, 2014

Proposed amendments to CCR Title 24, Part 2 (California Building Code) have been submitted to the California Building Standards Commission for the 45-day public comment period. Submittal documents are provided below.

Comments may be submitted to CBSC@dgs.ca.gov.

 

California State Architect Urges School Districts and State Agencies to Conserve Water
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Chester A. Widom, FAIA, California State Architect, urges statewide school districts, community colleges and state agencies to conserve water.

Read the entire message.

 

Fire and Life Safety Code Change Focus Group Meeting 2/19/14
Monday, February 10, 2014

A public meeting of the DSA Fire and Life Safety Code Change Focus Group will be held on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the Division of the State Architect, 1102 Q Street, 5th Floor, Conference Room B, Sacramento, CA, 95811. An agenda of this meeting is available for download.

 

CASp Registration Open
Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Registration is open for the Certified Access Specialist 2014 examinations. Sessions are available in Northern and Southern California on the following dates: March 12, 2014; June 25, 2014; and October 8, 2014. Limited space is available. Sign up for the CASp exam today!

 

Proposed Accessibility Regulations Available for Public Comment
Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Proposed amendments to CCR Title 24, Part 2 (California Building Code) have been submitted to the California Building Standards Commission for consideration by their Code Advisory Committee. Submittal documents are provided below.

Comments may be submitted to CBSC@dgs.ca.gov.

 

2013 Intervening Code Cycle: Code Change Proposal
Tuesday, February 4, 2014

On January 9, 2014, DSA-Structural Safety (DSA-SS) submitted regulation amendments for adoption into the 2013 California Building Standards Codes, Part 1 (Administrative). The full text of DSA proposed amendments and the Initial Statement of Reasons are provided at the following links:

Comments may be submitted to the Building Standards Commission at CBSC@dgs.ca.gov

 

California DSA Announces Easy Access to Uncertified Project Files
Friday, January 31, 2014

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.

 

New DSA Procedure (PR) 14-01 Issued
Thursday, January 30, 2014

Based on advice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the California Department of Water Resources, DSA now requires all project submittals located in designated flood zones to conform with California Building Code flood design and documentation requirements. Effective January 1, 2014, relocatable buildings are no longer exempt.

PR 14-01: 2013 CBC Flood Design and Project Submittal Requirements (PDF - 118 KB)

 

Significant Increase in Project Submittals to DSA
Friday, January 10, 2014

Because DSA experienced a tremendous increase in project review submittals during the last six weeks of 2013, the start of our review process may take longer than normal. DSA is shifting resources to accommodate the high volume of submittals to limit potential delays, and remains committed to most the expeditious processes possible. As always, we look forward to working with you on your project delivery efforts.

 

DSA Rescinds Bulletin (BU) 13-01 with Revised BU 13-05
Friday, December 27, 2013

The formula used for Access Compliance filing fees on projects over $2 million has been revised (DSA Bulletin 13-05 (PDF - 78 KB)). Based on an evaluation of incoming projects and feedback received from clients, DSA determined that the previous access compliance filing fee formula resulted in significant and inequitable increases for larger scale projects. DSA amended the review fee formula to a five-step process based on project cost. The effective date of the adjusted filing fee is retroactive to June 1, 2013. Clients who had larger projects and paid fees based on the previous formula will receive a refund from DSA.

For example, under the previous formula, DSA access compliance review fees for a school project with a cost of $200 million were $204,250. Under the revised formula, those fees are now $119,250, a decrease of $85,000 or 42 percent.

 

New IR on Access Requirements for Solar Photovoltaic Systems
Monday, December 16, 2013

DSA has issued IR 11B-9 (PDF - 132 KB) on DSA’s position regarding the installation of solar photovoltaic electric (PV) systems on school sites and the accessibility provisions applicable to those projects.

 

Request for Qualifications for Structural Plan Review Services - DSA.RFQ.13.01
Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Division of the State Architect is soliciting for a Statement of Qualifications from qualified structural engineering firms interested in providing structural plan review services for the DSA Regional Offices.

Deadline to submit Statement of Qualifications: January 22, 2014 by 2:00 pm

For additional information please contact:
Rosa Martinez, Contract Analyst 916-375-5963, rosa.martinez@dgs.ca.gov
Handa Gugel, Contract Analyst 916-375-4568, handa.gugel@dgs.ca.gov

To download the RFQ and SOW, please click the link below:

https://www.bidsync.com/DPX/ca/cdgs?ac=view&auc=1951934

 

New Bulletin on Access Compliance Fee Changes
Thursday, December 5, 2013

DSA has issued Bulletin BU 13-05 (PDF - 64 KB) to notify interested parties about changes to DSA Access Compliance fees effective November 1, 2013. The changes impact projects with estimated construction cost greater than $25 million.

 

DSAAB Access Committee Meeting December 3 and 4, 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013

A public meeting of the Access Committee of the Division of the State Architect Advisory Board will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 3 & 4, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day at the Division of the State Architect, 1102 Q Street, 5th Floor, Conference Room B, Sacramento, CA, 95811.

An agenda of the meeting is available for download.

 

Green Building Workshop on November 22, 2013
Friday, November 8, 2013

A public meeting, Green Building Workshop, with the Green Committee of the DSA Advisory Board will be held on Friday, November 22, 2013, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Division of the State Architect, 1102 Q Street, 5th Floor, Conference Room B, Sacramento, CA, 95811. An agenda of the meeting and attachments are available for download. Non-committee members are welcome, too!

 

DSA Advisory Board Access Committee Meeting, November 5, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013

The next DSA Advisory Board Access Committee will meet from 10:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.  Please visit the Access 2013 page to view the agendas and associated documents.

 

DSA Discontinues IR Manual
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

DSA has discontinued maintaining and posting of DSA IRs as one publication, known as the IR Manual. All Interpretations of Regulations (IR) will continue to be made available as individual pdf files which can be found with IR background information on DSA's Interpretation of Regulations page.

 

IR A-20 Revised
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Revisions to DSA IR A-20 (PDF - 129 KB) to include effective dates of IRs and changes to the Scope, Sections 1.1 and 1.2.

 

DSA Has Issued Procedure 13-02, “Project Certification Process”, on October 8
Friday, October 11, 2013

PR 13-02: Project Certification Process (PDF - 139 KB)

 

Project Inspection Card Revised
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

DSA has revised form DSA 152, the Project Inspection Card. An image of this form may be viewed here (the DSA Forms page), but the actual form is distributed by DSA Regional Offices to appropriate individuals involved in construction projects under DSA jurisdiction.

This is the first revision of this form. It makes the following changes:

  • Consolidates the card from eight to four sections.
  • All block numbers/content remain the same as the first edition except blocks 30,31,32 (Final SS/FLS/ACS) have been removed.
  • Reduces interim reporting from seven to four times.
  • Provides clarity on what interim verified reports are required.
  • Provides specific signoffs for receipt of interim verified reports.
  • Has card completion date.
  • Includes instructions (second page).

 

DSA Issues Bulletin on Early Use of 2013 Code Provisions
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

DSA has issued a new Bulletin, BU 13-04 (PDF - 96 KB), which clarifies DSA acceptance of projects designed to the 2013 codes and submitted prior to the effective date, January 1, 2014.

 

DSA Procedure PR 13-01 Revised
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

DSA has revised PR 13-01 (PDV - 256 KB). This is the second revision of this procedure. It makes the following changes:

  • Aligns PR 13-01 with the changes to the Inspection Card (See below).
  • Changes number of inspection cards required for the siting of any number of Relocatable buildings 2160 sq. ft. or less to one single card for all the buildings and one card for the site work.
  • Requires specific card numbers for in-plant construction of relo’s.
  • Deleted the requirement to submit conforming material testing reports and conforming special inspection reports to the DSA (aligns with the 2013 CB).
  • Adds Appendix A: Summary of typical construction components and systems that are associated with each section/block in the inspection card.

 

DSA Issues New Procedure
Thursday, September 26, 2013

DSA has issued a new Procedure, PR 13-03 (PDF - 117 KB), regarding use of accessibility provisions in the new 2013 California Building Code (CBC) as alternate means and methods on projects submitted to DSA for review under previous editions of the CBC.

 

DSA Issues New Bulletin
Monday, September 9, 2013

DSA has issued an informational Bulletin, BU 13-03 (PDF - 196 KB), on the subject of School-Based Health Centers (SBHC) on California public school campuses.

 

CASp Open Book Exam Covers Plan Review
Friday, August 16, 2013

The Certified Access Specialist (CASp) program’s open book examination will cover plan review. This has been noted on the CASp webpage and the CASp Handbook (PDF - 150 KB).

 

DSA Inspector-related Forms and Interpretations of Regulations Updated
Monday, August 5, 2013

As a result of changes to the California Administrative Code (Tile 24, Part 1 of the California Code of Regulations) and consequent changes in the DSA construction oversight process (see DSA Procedure PR 13-01 (PDF - 331 KB)), various inspector related documents have been updated to reflect the new process as it affects inspectors. Specifically, the documents are:

Forms:

Interpretations of Regulations (IR) revisions:

 

Open Book Added to CASp Exam
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Certified Access Specialist (CASp) program  examination is adding an open book part to the current closed book part of the examination process.  For more information about the inclusion of the open book part to the examination visit the CASp webpage and see "Step 2. Examination Registration" under "Becoming a Certified Access Specialist".

 

Changes to the Revised Construction Oversight Process Documents
Friday, July 12, 2013

DSA has made significant changes to the documents outlining the revisions to its construction oversight process. Specifically, Procedure PR 13-01 (PDF - 331) and form DSA 102-IC (PDF - 277) have been revised to address the DSAbox and uploading of required forms. Also, an expanded DSAbox External Users Guide (PDF - 531 KB) has been provided.

 

Updated Laboratory Evaluation and Acceptance (LEA) Program
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The DSA Laboratory Evaluation and Acceptance (LEA) Program released an updated version of the DSA 100: LEA Program Application (PDF - 455 KB), which is used by laboratories to apply for, or renew, their acceptance into the LEA Program. The updated DSA 100 now incorporates the full instructions, and also now captures information regarding supervision of special inspections by the laboratory engineer and incorporates, as prescribed by recently approved 2013 California Administrative Code (Title 24, Part 1).

 

DSA Project Inspection Application Package Changes Announced
Friday, June 7, 2013

The DSA Inspector Unit has issued a revised and updated 2013 Project Inspector Examination Info & Application Package (PDF - 382 KB), incorporating revised qualification criteria. The new criteria will be in effect for the September and December, and future examinations.

 

DSA Implements Changes to the Construction Oversight Process
Friday, May 31, 2013

The DSA is implementing significant changes to the Construction Oversight Process for projects under its jurisdiction. 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.

These changes are described in DSA Procedure PR 13-01. Effective dates for the new process are explained in Section 5 of the Procedure.

Forms associated with the new process are now available on the DSA Forms page. They are:

  • DSA 102-IC: Construction Start Notice/Inspection Card Request
    (Now to be used instead of DSA -102.)
  • DSA 151: Project Inspector Notifications
  • DSA 154: Notice of Deviations/Resolution of Deviations
  • DSA 155: Project Inspector Semi-Monthly Report
  • DSA 155-INSTR: Instructions for DSA 155
  • DSA 156: Commencement/Completion of Work Notification

These documents are also available, and have been since May 1, on the “Construction Oversight Process Changes: Courtesy Preview of Documents” page, reachable from the DSA Home page, along with Internal form DSA 152: Project Inspection Card (PDF - 136 KB), and a Manual (PDF - 5.75 MB) for Inspector reference.

 

DSAAB Access Committee Meeting June 5, 2013
Friday, May 24, 2013

A public meeting of the Access Committee of the Division of the State Architect Advisory Board will be held on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Division of the State Architect, 1102 Q Street, 5th Floor, Conference Room B, Sacramento, CA, 95811.

An agenda of the meeting is available for download.

Access Committee Agenda 06/05/13 (PDF - 192 KB) | (RTF - 203 KB)

 

One Administrative and Four Technical IRs Revised
Thursday, May 16, 2013

DSA has made changes to the following Interpretations of Regulations (IRs):

IR A-19: Design Professional’s Signature and Seal (Stamp) on Construction Documents (PDF - 135 KB) – Revised to reflect changes in Business and Professions Code, no longer requiring date of Engineer’s license expiration date.

IR 21-2.10: Concrete Masonry High Lift Grout Method: 2010 CBC (PDF - 106 KB) – Section 3.2 updated to require coarse grout.

IR 25-2.10: Metal Suspension Systems for Lay-In Panel Ceilings: 2010 CBC (PDF - 1.18 MB) – Scope of IR updated in Section 2, and technical details updated in Sections 5.2, 7.7, and Figures 2B, 4, 6, and 7.

IR 25-3: Drywall Ceiling Suspension Conventional Construction – One Layer (PDF - 96 KB) – Completely rewritten for applicability to the 2007 and 2010 CBC. The original version has been retained for 2001 CBC projects, and renumbered as IR 25-3.01 (PDF - 120 KB).

 

DSA Announces Change to Policy Regarding Projects Involving More Than One Site
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

DSA has made a change to its policy regarding acceptance of applications for construction projects on more than one site. These changes, effective July 1, 2013, are detailed in DSA Bulletin BU 13-02 (PDF - 160 KB). Revisions have been made to other affected documents to coordinate with this change. They are, IR A-10: Alteration and Reconstruction Projects – DSA Approval Exemption (PDF - 127 KB), Policy PL 07-02: Over-The-Counter (OTC) Review of Projects Using Pre-Check (PC) Approved Designs (PDF - 255 KB), and Instructions (PDF - 166 KB) to form DSA 1.

[05/16/13: Edited to add link to IR A-10]

 

Plan/Field Review Fee Calculator Has Been Updated
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

DSA has updated the Plan/Field Review Fee Calculator in accordance with changes to the Access Compliance Fee for projects submitted on June 1, 2013 and after. Specific information on changes to the Access Compliance Fee can be found in DSA Bulletin 13-01 (PDF - 93 KB).

 

New DSA Bulletin Issued Regarding Access Compliance Fees
Friday, May 3, 2013

DSA has issued Bulletin BU 13-01 (PDF – 93 KB) to notify interested parties about changes to DSA Access Compliance fees effective June 1, 2013.

 

Important New Changes to the Verified Report Process
Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Recent changes to DSA Administrative Regulations and the implementation of a DSA Inspection Card system result in important changes for structural testing and special inspections of projects under DSA jurisdiction. For an overview of the process changes taking effect on June 1, see Construction Oversight Process Changes: Courtesy Preview of Documents. For important specific changes to the Verified Report process for LEA Laboratories and Special Inspectors, refer to Guidelines to 2013 Verified Report Changes (PDF - 111 KB).

The DSA has posted revisions to forms DSA-291 (PDF - 201 KB), DSA-292 (PDF - 355 KB), and DSA-293 (PDF - 430 KB) to coordinate with the changes to the construction oversight process.

 

Revised DSA Procedures
Wednesday, May 1, 2013

DSA has revised Procedures PR 07-01 (PDF - 749 KB) and PR 09-10 (PDF - 147 KB) to coordinate with the fee increase announced in IR A-30 (PDF - 90 KB).

 

New Interpretation of Regulation (IR) on DSA Hourly Fee Services
Wednesday, May 1, 2013

DSA is issuing IR A-30: DSA Hourly Fee Services (PDF - 90 KB) to announce an increase in its hourly fee for Structural Safety and Access related work to review various construction documents.

 

State Historical Building Safety Board Meeting May 1, 2013
Friday, April 19, 2013

A public meeting of the State Historical Building Safety Board (SHBSB) will be held on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Anaheim Resort, Mazatlan Ballroom A1, 12021 Harbor Boulevard, Garden Grove, CA 92840. A public meeting notice and agenda are available for download:

 

Listing of Earthquake Gas Sensitive Shut-Off Valve Manufacturers Updated
Friday, April 5, 2013

The DSA Energy unit has updated its list of Earthquake Sensitive Automatic Gas Shut-Off Valve Certifications (PDF - 65 KB) by adding one manufacturer to the list. The list is available on the DSA Gas Shutoff Valve Certification Program webpage.

 

Certified Access Specialist Program - Online Certification Renewal
Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Certified Access Specialist Program has added the online capability for certification renewal. For more details, please visit the Voluntary Certified Access Specialist (CASp) Program webpage.

 

Two DSA Administrative IRs Revised
Friday, March 22, 2013

DSA has revised two Interpretations of Regulations (IR) as follows:

IR A-20: New Projects Associated With Existing Uncertified Projects (PDF - 104 KB) – Adds security surveillance cameras installation or replacement to the list of project types allowed. Adds requirement for school district letter.

IR A-22: Small Projects Exempt From DSA Review (PDF - 112 KB) – Change to Appendix A expands types of fencing in item 13, with additional information in footnote 4 on accessibility requirements.

 

Verified Report Forms Revised
Thursday, March 21, 2013

DSA has revised its Verified Report forms to reflect changes in the California Administrative code (Title 24, Part 1) including pending implementation of an Inspection Card process for construction projects under DSA jurisdiction. DSA 6-AE has been revised . DSA-6 has been replaced by DSA 6-C, for the Contractor, and DSA 6-PI for the Project Inspector.

 

Construction Costs Reporting Form Has Been Revised
Friday, March 15, 2013

DSA has revised the form DSA 168 to allow for reporting cost information for deductive change orders and to clarify which dollar amount the DSA will base fees on. When filling out on line, the form will calculate and enter the sub total and total lines automatically.

 

Check Project Plan Review Status Online
Thursday, March 14, 2013

DSA is pleased to announce you can now check the plan review status of your projects online. All that is required is the region number you submitted your project plan to and the project ID number.
DSA Performance Metrics (See Plan Review Status section)

 

DSA Bulletin Revised and Procedure Updated
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

DSA has revised Bulletin BU 11-05: Impact of AB 211 - Concerning Door Hardware; Effective July 1, 2011 (PDF - 99 KB) to clarify and update language and adding portable buildings moved from one campus to another to the list of exempt state funded projects.

DSA Procedure PR 08-03: School Facilities Program/Seismic Mitigation Program (June 22, 2011 Adoption) - DSA Review (PDF - 638 KB) has been updated with new OPSC contact information in Section 5.

 

Project Inspector Employment Change Resulting from Title 24, Part 1 Code Revision
Thursday, March 7, 2013

Recently approved changes to Tile 24, Part 1 (California Administrative Code) affect requirements regarding Project Inspector employment by the school board.

Visit the Projects Submittal, Review, Oversight and Closeout/Project Certification page and see Section 4-333 (b) 1 (PDF - 9 KB) for details.

 

2013 Annual Adjustment of Construction Cost Thresholds
Friday, February 22, 2013

Interpretation of Regulations IR A-10: Alteration and Reconstruction Projects – Exemption from DSA Approval (PDF 155 KB) has been updated to reflect 2013 construction cost dollar amounts. Also, a section has been added to clarify project cost determination with clarifications regarding HVAC equipment.

 

Three Interpretations of Regulations (IRs) Revised
Friday, February 22, 2013

DSA has revised one administrative and two technical Interpretations of Regulations (IRs), as follows:

IR A-7: Project Inspector Certification and Approval (PDF - 161 KB) – Aligns Section 1.5 with current practice regarding “RBIP” inspector certification. Also, additional clarifying language has been added to the Purpose section.

IR 19-2: Requirements for Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC) Panels (PDF 104 KB) – Revised in its entirety and now applicable to the 2010 CBC.

IR 24-1: Glass Panel Railings (PDF – 113 KB) – Major revision of the Design Option and Test Protocol sections, and the addition of an Evaluation Report Option. Additional clarifying language has been added to the Purpose section.

 

Regular Rulemaking: Accessibility Code Change–AS APPROVED–January 24, 2013
Friday, February 15, 2013

Amendments to CCR Title 24, Part 2 (California Building Code) have been approved by the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) with several clarifications. Proposed amendments were heard by the CBSC at their January 23-24, 2013 meeting. The approved amendments and clarifications are provided below.

 

Revision to Certified Access Specialist program Examination Schedule
Friday, February 8, 2013

Revision to Certified Access Specialist (CASp) program examination schedule. For more information please visit the CASp webpage. Once on the CASp page, proceed to STEP 2. Examination Registration for changes.

 

Revised Edition of the DSA Project Certification Guide
Thursday, January 17, 2013

DSA has revised the Project Certification Guide - Revised Edition (PDF - 3 MB) to include information found in the Alternate Certification Guide for Legacy Projects and published it as one document. Links are provided in the Appendices to all forms and publications mentioned in the guide. All letters and forms have been revised and illustrations have been updated.

 

DSA Certified Gas Shut-off Valve Manufacturers Updated
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The list of Earthquake Sensitive Automatic Gas Shut-off Valve Certifications (PDF - 16 KB) has been updated. The number of certified manufacturers has reduced down to only two.

 

Updated Accessibility Regulations: Final Submittal
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Final proposed amendments to CCR Title 24, Part 2 (California Building Code) have been submitted to the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) for approval. Proposed amendments will be heard by the CBSC at their January 23-24, 2013 meeting. Submittal documents are provided below.

 

Six Interpretations of Regulations (IRs) Revised
Friday, December 21, 2012

DSA has revised five technical and one administrative Interpretation of Regulations (IRs). Generally these revisions are to clarify applicability to the 2010 CBC and to align with changes in the regulations and other IRs, notably IR A-6. IRs with minor editorial revisions are IR A-19, IR 23-5, and IR 23-10. Additional changes are as follows:

IR 23-4: Metal-Plate-Connected Wood Trusses (PDF - 121 KB) – Revised in its entirety for the 2007 and 2010 CBC.

IR 23-8: Manufactured Wood-Chord-Metal-Web Trusses (PDF - 94 KB) – Updated language regarding fabrication special inspector qualifications in Section 5.3.1.

IR 25-2.10: Metal Suspension Systems for Lay-In Panel Ceilings: 2010 CBC (PDF 1.1 MB) – Minor revisions to several of the figures.

 

Two Interpretations of Regulations (IRs) Revised
Monday, December 3, 2012

DSA has revised two Administrative Interpretations of Regulations (IRs).

IR A-8: Project Inspector & Assistant Inspector Duties and Performance (PDF - 511 KB) has been revised to include updated Guidelines for Completion of Project Inspector’s Semi-Monthly Report (PDF - 187 KB). The IR also contains clarifications on start and stop of construction for inspector’s reporting purposes. Project inspectors and any interested parties may also access a stand-alone document, Guidelines for Completion of Project Inspector’s Semi-Monthly Report.

IR A-13: Stop Work and Order to Comply (PDF - 329 KB) has been revised in its entirety to outline procedures for issuance of stop work and rescission of stop work by DSA. The IR also provides a process for voluntary stop work by project owner to resolve non-compliant conditions in a construction project.

 

SB 1186 (Chapter 383, Statues of 2012, Steinberg) Requires One Dollar Fee
Thursday, November 29, 2012

Senate Bill 1186 (Chapter 383, Statues of 2012, Steinberg) requires an additional fee of one dollar ($1) to be paid by any person(s) applying for a local business license, or equivalent instrument, or permit, and any applicant renewing a business license, or equivalent instrument, or permit beginning January 1, 2013.

Please see DSA Bulletin 12-04 (PDF – 169 KB) and DSA-786 (PDF - 118 KB) form for additional information.

If you have any questions concerning SB1186, please contact DSA at 916.445.8100 or by email at dsasb1186@dgs.ca.gov.

 

The State Architect's Corner
Monday, November 26, 2012

The State Architect, Chester A. Widom, FAIA would like to share some of the initiatives and changes the Division of the State Architect has underway and is planning to implement. Visit The State Architect's Corner on a monthly basis to stay current.

 

Two IRs and Related Forms Revised
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

DSA has made further changes to IR A-6 (PDF - 799 KB), clarifying DSA review of both CCD categories, providing additional guidance on CCD numbering requirements. Locations of changes are indicated by marginal markings. Forms DSA-140 (PDF - 209 KB) and DSA-141 (PDF - 210 KB) have been revised as well. IR 19-1-Post Installed Anchors in Concrete (PDF - 250 KB) has been revised to clarify applicability for projects submitted under later editions of the California Building Code.

 

Zero Net Energy (ZNE)
Monday, November 5, 2012

At the September 2012 Green California Schools/Community Colleges Summits, the DSA presented an Educational Session to introduce the concept of Zero Net Energy (ZNE). See the "Moving from A to Z(ero) Net" (PDF - 5.61 MB) presentation and the state’s goals on the Grid Neutral Schools page under Zero Net Energy.

 

Process to Certify Legacy Projects
Thursday, November 1, 2012

As part of DSA's continuing effort to assist school and community college districts in obtaining certification for projects closed prior to January 1, 2011 by DSA, as uncertified, DSA has developed a Alternate Certification Guide for Legacy Projects (PDF - .98 MB). This document, along with forms DSA-310, DSA-311, and DSA-320 will enable DSA staff to select eligible projects, and work with districts to certify these legacy projects.

 

Implementation of Revisions to Processing of Construction Changes
Thursday, November 1, 2012

DSA has implemented the second round of changes to code revisions made in Title 24, Part 1. This time regarding the processing of construction changes, as announced in Bulletin BU 12-03 (PDF - 68 KB). The new requirements are documented in IR A-6 (PDF - 962 KB), revised in its entirety. Also, forms DSA-140 (PDF -209 KB) and DSA-141 (PDF -210 KB), as explained in the IR, are now available on the DSA forms page.

 

CASp New Exam Dates for 2013
Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Certified Access Specialist (CASp) program has established new exam dates for 2013. Details for the upcoming examination dates are listed on the CASp webpage.

 

Updated Accessibility Regulations Available for Public Comment
Friday, October 26, 2012

Proposed amendments to CCR Title 24, Part 2 (California Building Code) have been submitted to the California Building Standards Commission for the 45-day public comment period. Submittal documents are provided below.

Comments may be submitted to the Building Standards Commission at CBSC@dgs.ca.gov.

 

DSA Implementation of Revisions to Processing of Construction Changes
Monday, October 22, 2012

DSA announces the second round of changes to implement code revisions made in Title 24, Part 1, this time regarding the processing of construction changes. See Bulletin BU 12-03 (PDF - 68 KB) for important information.

 

DSA IR on Solar Energy Systems Revised
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The DSA Structural Safety unit has made significant revisions to DSA Interpretation of Regulations (IR) 16-8: Solar Photovoltaic and Thermal Systems Review and Approval Requirements (PDF - 432 KB), section on structural safety design requirements.

 

PL 11-01: Implementation of Green Oaks Fire Protection Revised
Friday, October 5, 2012

DSA Policy PL 11-01 (PDF - 188 KB) has been revised. While no substantive changes have been made, Section 2 has been revised for clarity.

 

DSA IR Manual Updated
Friday, October 5, 2012

DSA Structural has made minor revisions to two Interpretations of Regulations.

IR A-5 (PDF - 84 KB), Section 3.3, has been revised to include certain documents issued by Office of Statewide Health and Development (OSHPD) as valid listings.

IR A-28 (PDF - 171 KB) has had language added to clarify that certain projects may be exempt, per IR A-10.

 

DSA Solar Roundtable at Green California Schools/Community College Summit
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Solar Roundtable will be held at the Green California Schools/Community Colleges Summit at the Pasadena Convention Center on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 9:00 am. This event is free; however, registration through the Green Technology www.green-technology.org website is required. Please see their summit program guide for room location.

Download the DSA Solar Roundtable Program Guide (453 KB - PDF) for more details about this informative hour with our DSA Staff covering State regulations for our schools and community colleges solar projects.

 

DSAAB Access Committee Meeting 9/20/12
Monday, September 10, 2012

A public meeting of the Access Committee of the Division of the State Architect Advisory Board will be held on Thursday, September 20, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Division of the State Architect, 1102 Q Street, 5th Floor, Conference Room B, Sacramento, CA, 95811. An agenda of the meeting is available for download.

DSAAB Access Committee Meeting Agenda 09/20/12: 2013 Access Code Summary and Update (PDF - 270 KB)(RTF - 200 KB)

 

Regular Rulemaking: Accessibility Code Change Proposal – August 30, 2012
Friday, September 7, 2012

DSA's initial submittal documents to the Building Standards Commission for consideration by the Code Advisory Committee for Regular Rulemaking, Accessibility Code Change Proposal, August 30, 2012, are provided below.

Comments may be submitted to DSAAccess2013@dgs.ca.gov.

 

Administrative IRs Updated
Thursday, August 9, 2012

DSA has revised three Administrative Interpretations of Regulations (IRs). IR A-8 has been revised to add the section on DSA oversight of project inspectors.


IR A-23 and IR A-24 have been revised to reflect changes that took effect recently in the 2010 California Administrative Code (Title 24, Part 1) regarding project cost reporting. (See also BU 12-01 (PDF - 106 KB) and form DSA-168 (PDF - 148).)

 

DSA Rulemaking Proposals Advance
Thursday, August 2, 2012

The DSA proposed rulemaking actions for Title 24, Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 have advanced to the 45-day public comment period, which runs, for Parts 1 and 2, from August 31 through October 15. For Parts 3, 4, and 5 the comment period runs from August 24 through October 8, 2012.

The updated Notice of Proposed Action (NOPA) for each part can be viewed on the Title 24 News page. These notices give details about the public comment process. The DSA Express Terms and Statement of Reasons for all Parts will post to the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) website shortly.

 

Project Submittal Checklist Updated
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

DSA Form DSA-3: Project Submittal Checklist (PDF - 2.26 MB) has been updated with the addition of Form DSA-810: Local Fire Authority Review, required at initial project submittal, effective January 1, 2013, as announced in DSA Bulletin 12-02.

 

Local Fire Authority (LFA) Review Process Changes
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The DSA Fire and Life Safety Unit has issued DSA Bulletin 12-02 (PDF - 226 KB) announcing changes in the process of reporting LFA review to DSA. The new policy and procedure will become required on January 1, 2013. After that date, use of form DSA-810 (PDF - 145 KB) is required and is to be completed, affixed to or imaged onto the site plan and included with initial project submittal. The form is available on the DSA Forms page for voluntary use until that time.

Please note other related documents affected by this change, which have been revised:

  • Policy 09-01: Fire Flow for Buildings
  • Policy 09-05: Elevator Cab Sizes
  • Policy 10-01: Plan Submittal Requirements - Automatic Fire Sprinkler System (AFSS)
  • Form DSA-810 Instructions

 

DSA Application for Approval Form Revised
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Form DSA-1 has been revised to enable the applicant to indicate whether the project is located in a fire hazard severity zone (Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Area, as described in CBC Chapter 7A). Item 27e must now be checked to assure accurate in-take evaluation and efficient project review.

 

DSAAB Outreach & Communication Committee Meeting 08/09/12
Thursday, July 26, 2012

A public meeting of the Outreach & Communication Committee of the Division of the State Architect Advisory Board will be held on Thursday, August 9th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Division of the State Architect, 1102 Q Street, 5th Floor, Conference Room B, Sacramento, CA, 95811.

An public meeting notice and agenda is available for download.

DSAAB Outreach & Communication Committee Meeting Agenda 08/09/12 (PDF - 217 KB) | (RTF - 188 KB)

 

BU 12-01: New Cost Reporting Process Revised
Thursday, July 26, 2012

DSA has revised Bulletin 12-01 (PDF - 106 KB) to provide examples of Construction Management (CM) costs that are reported on form DSA-168 (PDF - 148 KB).

 

Solar Panel System Requirements IR Updated
Tuesday, July 24, 2012

DSA-Structural Safety (DSA-SS) has updated the Fire and Life Safety provision of IR 16-8: Solar Photovoltaic and Thermal Systems Review and Approval Requirements (PDF - 319 KB).

 

DSA Access Code Stakeholder Forum Meeting 07/31/12
Friday, July 20, 2012

DSA's Access 2013 Stakeholder Forum No. 7 will be held on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m. at the Division of the State Architect, Headquarters Office located at 1102 Q Street, Suite 5100, Sacramento, CA 95811 in Conference Room A.. This meeting will be available via video and teleconference from all other regional offices.

An agenda of the Forum is available for download:

Access Code Stakeholders Forum No. 7 Agenda: 07/31/12 (PDF - 280 KB) | (RTF - 295 KB)

Added 7/24/12:

 

Emergency Regulations Proposed - DSA Access Compliance
Friday, July 13, 2012

The DSA Access Compliance unit has submitted an emergency rulemaking package to the California Building Standards Commission to address conflicts between the accessibility provisions of the 2010 California Building Code and new federal requirements of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.

Emergency Rulemaking: Accessibility Code Change Proposal - June 27, 2012

 

2013 California Building Standards Code
Thursday, July 12, 2012

DSA-Structural Safety (DSA-SS) has submitted regulation amendments for adoption into the 2013 California Building Code, including Parts 1 (Administrative), 2, 3, 4, 5 and 11 of Title 24, California Code of Regulations. The full text of DSA proposed amendments, including the Initial Statement of Reasons, can be found on the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) web site at:

http://www.bsc.ca.gov/codes/adoptcycle/2012Cycle/2012CAC.aspx

Note that the DSA-Access (DSA-AC) code proposals will be submitted to the CBSC at a later date.

 

DSAAB Quarterly Meeting July 19, 2012
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The public quarterly meeting of the DSA Advisory Board will be held on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the Division of the State Architect, 1102 Q Street, 5th Floor, Conference Room B, Sacramento, CA, 95811. An agenda of this meeting is available for download.

DSAAB Quarterly Meeting Agenda 07/19/12 (PDF - 268 KB) | (RTF - 198 KB)

 

Project Submittal Guidelines Updated
Friday, June 29, 2012

DSA's Fire/Life Safety and Sustainability units have updated project submittal guidelines. GL-2: Fire Alarm and Detection Systems (PDF - 314 KB) has received minor editorial changes for clarity and applicability of specific items to the 2010 editions of regulations and standards. GL-4: CalGreen Mandatory & Voluntary Measures (PDF - 560 KB) has been updated to reflect Title 24, Part 11 changes taking effect on July 1, 2012.

 

DSA Access Code Stakeholder Forum Meeting 07/10/12
Friday, June 29, 2012

DSA's Access 2013 Stakeholder Forum No. 6 will be held on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m. at the Division of the State Architect, San Diego Regional Office located at 10920 Via Frontera, Suite 300, San Diego, California, 92127. This meeting will be available via video and teleconference from all other regional offices.

An agenda of the Forum along with related documents are available for download:

Access Code Stakeholders Forum No. 6 Agenda: 07/10/12 (PDF - 239 KB) | (RTF - 205 KB)

 

DSA Access 2013 Stakeholder Forum Meeting 06/21/12
Friday, June 8, 2012

DSA Access 2013 Stakeholder Forum will be held on Thursday, June 21, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m. at the Division of the State Architect, Headquarters Office located at 1102 Q Street, Suite 5100, Sacramento, CA 95811 in Conference Room A. This meeting will be available via video and teleconference from all other regional offices.

An agenda of the Forum along with related documents are available for download:

Access Code Stakeholders Forum Agenda: 06/21/12 (PDF - 263 KB) | (RTF - 2.33 MB)

 

DSA Access 2013 Stakeholder Forum Meeting 06/14/12
Tuesday, June 5, 2012

DSA Access 2013 Stakeholder Forum will be held on Thursday, June 14, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m. at the Division of the State Architect, Los Angeles Regional Office located at 700 N. Alameda Street, Suite 5-500, Los Angeles, CA 90012 in Conference Room 5-599. This meeting will be available via video and teleconference from DSA’s Headquarters and all other regional offices.

An agenda of the Forum along with related documents are available for download:

 

Certified Access Specialist (CASp) program October Exam
Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Certified Access Specialist (CASp) program is conducting a fall examination in October. Details for the October 2012 examination are available on the DSA CASp page.

 

DSA Access 2013 Stakeholder Forum Meeting 06/07/12
Friday, May 25, 2012

DSA Access 2013 Stakeholder Forum will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00p.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 and teleconference from all regional offices.

An agenda of the Forum along with related documents are available for download:

 

DSA Access Code Update Stakeholder Forum 05/24/12
Thursday, May 24, 2012

DSA is holding an Access Code Update Stakeholder Forum on Thursday, May 24, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Division of the State Architect, 1102 Q Street, 5th Floor, Conference Room B, Sacramento, CA, 95811.

This Forum is the first of seven to be held throughout California as DSA seeks input and comments from accessibility stakeholders, interested parties and general public as DSA is preparing the update of California's 2013 building code for Accessibility. Please see DSA's Access Code page for additional information about the Forums; questions or requests for materials in alternate formats should be directed to Beth Sanchez at (916) 322-1912 or by email to DSAAB@dgs.ca.gov.

An agenda of the Forum along with related documents are available for download:

 

DSA Access Code Update Stakeholder Forum Meeting 05/31/12
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

There is an Access Code Update Stakeholder Forum that will be held Thursday, May 31, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 0 p.m. at the Division of the State Architect, Oakland Regional Office located at 1515 Clay Street, Suite 1201, Oakland CA 94612.

An agenda of the meeting is available for download. This meeting will be available via video conference at HQ and all regional offices.

 

DSAAB Inspection & Testing Committee Meeting May 22, 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012

A public meeting of the DSA Advisory Board Inspection & Testing Committee will be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Division of the State Architect, 1102 Q Street, 5th Floor, Conference Room B, Sacramento, CA, 95811. An agenda of this meeting is available for download.

DSAAB Inspection & Testing Committee Meeting Agenda 05/22/12 (PDF - 193 KB) | (RTF - 188 KB)

 

CAL Green Focus Group Meeting May 23, 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012

A public meeting of the DSA CAL Green Focus Group will be held on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Division of the State Architect, 1102 Q Street, 5th Floor, Conference Room B, Sacramento, CA, 95811. An agenda of this meeting is available for download.

CAL Green Focus Group Meeting Agenda 05/22/12 (PDF - 211 KB) | (RTF - 179 KB)

 

New DSA Bulletin Issued Regarding Project Cost Reporting
Thursday, May 10, 2012

DSA has issued Bulletin BU 12-01 [Superseded by Revision] announcing changes intended to revise and streamline review and approval of change orders thus improving the entire project closing and certification process. As the first step in this change, DSA recently issued a new form, DSA-168, which the Bulletin addresses.

 

DSAAB Access Task Force Committee Meeting Agenda 05/17/12
Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A public meeting of the Access Task Force (Working Session) of the DSA Advisory Board will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Division of the State Architect, Oakland Regional Office located at 1515 Clay Street, Suite 1201, Oakland, Ca 94612 in Conference Room B. An agenda of the meeting is available for download.

DSAAB Access Task Force Meeting Agenda 05/17/12 (PDF - 232 KB) |  (RTF - 196 KB)

 

DSAAB Green Committee Meeting May 08, 2012
Thursday, May 3, 2012

A public meeting of the DSA Advisory Board Green Committee will be held on Tuesday, May 08, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Division of the State Architect, 1102 Q Street, 5th Floor, Conference Room B, Sacramento, CA, 95811. An agenda of this meeting is available for download.

DSAAB Green Committee Meeting Agenda 05/08/12 (PDF - 221 KB)(RTF - 195 KB)

 

New "Reporting Final Project Costs" Form
Tuesday, May 1, 2012

DSA has developed a new form that allows school districts or community colleges to report final actual construction project costs to DSA, in a revised process to streamline field oversight and certification of school projects. (Note: Access Only projects will continue using form DSA-104 (PDF - 84 KB) for this purpose.)

The new form DSA-168: Statement of Final Actual Project Cost (PDF - 148 KB) and the associated instructions document, DSA-168.INSTR (PDF - 151 KB), are now available for use.

 

Revised DSA Form for Local Fire Authority Review
Friday, April 27, 2012

DSA Fire and Life Safety Unit has made changes to the DSA-810 form. The revised form and Instructions are available on the DSA Forms page.

 

State Historical Building Safety Board Public Meeting May 3, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A public meeting of the State Historical Building Safety Board (SHBSB) will be held on Thursday, May 3, 2012 from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Oakland Marriott Civic Center, Skyline Room, 1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607. A public meeting notice and agenda are available for download

SHBSB Meeting Notice Agenda 05/03/12 (PDF - 175 KB) | (RTF - 1.62 MB)

 

DSAAB Inspection & Testing Committee Meeting April 30, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012

A public meeting of the DSA Advisory Board Inspection & Testing Committee will be held on Monday, April 30, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Division of the State Architect, 1102 Q Street, 5th Floor, Conference Room B, Sacramento, CA, 95811. An agenda of this meeting is available for download.

DSAAB Inspection & Testing Committee Meeting Agenda 04/30/12 (PDF - 221 KB) | (RTF - 192 KB)

Added 04/27/12:
Issue papers related to items on the DSAAB Inspection and Testing Committee April 30, 2012 meeting agenda are now available for download.

 

Three DSA Interpretations of Regulations (IR) Revised
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

DSA Structural Safety has made minor revisions to IR A-26 (PDF - 144 KB) and IR A-26.cc (PDF - 104 KB) adjusting occupancy load factors listed in Section 1. Also, the DSA Energy unit has revised IR N-1 (PDF - 106 KB), providing additional clarity in Sections 3.4 and 3.6 in addition to providing guidance on unconditioned buildings and open solar structures.

 

DSA Roundtable: Solar Installations at Schools
Thursday, April 12, 2012

Green California Summit and Exposition • Sacramento Convention Center
April 26, 2012 • 10-11am • Room 100A

California State Architect, Chester A. Widom, FAIA, will be speaking about the rising interest in the installation of solar photovoltaic power systems at California public schools and community colleges. The Division of State Architect (DSA) will have staff from its Structural Safety, Fire Life Safety, and Access Compliance sections available to facilitate discussions related to the approval process requirements as outlined in DSA’s Interpretation of Regulations (IR) 16-8 (PDF - 382 KB). These DSA guidelines were recently updated to address the growing landscape of solar photovoltaics at school campuses.

See the DSA Solar in Schools page and the DSA Solar Installation Roundtable Flyer (PDF - 262 KB) for details.

To attend this session, please register for the Free Pass for the Green California Summit and Exposition.

 

New Form for Reporting Change of Geotechnical Engineer
Wednesday, April 11, 2012

DSA has issued a new form for reporting a transfer of responsibility of the Geotechnical Engineer on a project. Form DSA-109: Transfer of Responsibility - Geotechnical Engineer (PDF - 145 KB) is now available on the DSA Internet site's forms page.

 

DSAAB Quarterly Meeting April 19, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The public quarterly meeting of the DSA Advisory Board will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Division of the State Architect, 1102 Q Street, 5th Floor, Conference Room B, Sacramento, CA, 95811. An agenda of this meeting is available for download.

DSAAB Quarterly Meeting Agenda 04/19/12 (PDF - 264 KB) | (RTF - 197 KB)

 

Deputy State Architect Appointed
Friday, April 6, 2012

The Division of the State Architect is pleased to announce that the Governor has appointed Robert Lee Chase to fill the critical position of Deputy State Architect.

Robert Chase AIA combines over thirty five years in private architectural practice with extensive experience in the public sector. He has served as the Acting Deputy Director/Building Division for the City of Stockton Community Development Department and as the Chief Building Official for both the City and the County of Sacramento.

Bob is a LEED AP, a Certified Green Building Professional and was responsible for the development of the City of Sacramento’s Green Building Program. He currently serves on the City of West Sacramento’s Planning Commission and as the Vice President-President Elect of the AIA/Central Valley Chapter. He will have direct responsibility for the day to day management of the DSA Headquarters Office and will work closely with the DSA Regional Managers.

 

Emergency Regulations Proposed - DSA Access Compliance
Friday, April 6, 2012

The DSA Access Compliance unit has submitted an emergency rulemaking package to the California Building Standards Commission to address conflicts between the accessibility provisions of the 2010 California Building Code and new federal requirements of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.

Emergency Rulemaking: Accessibility Code Change Proposal - April 5, 2012

 

Oakland Regional Manager Appointed
Friday, April 6, 2012

The Division of the State Architect is pleased to announce that Leroy Tam has been appointed Regional Manager for the Oakland Office. Leroy has been a key member of DSA for over twenty years and brings both a rich understanding of DSA's history and, most importantly, shares the vision of a continuously improving future.

 

DSAAB Codes & Standards Committee Meeting 04/12/12
Friday, March 30, 2012

A public meeting of the DSA Advisory Board Codes and Standards Committee will be held on Thursday, April 12, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Division of the State Architect, 1102 Q Street, 5th Floor, Conference Room B, Sacramento, CA, 95811. An agenda of this meeting is available for download.

DSAAB Codes & Standards Committee Meeting Agenda 04/12/12 (PDF - 295 KB) | (RTF - 200 KB)


Updated 04/11/12:

 

DSAAB Outreach and Communication Committee Meeting March 29, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012

A public meeting of the DSA Advisory Board Outreach and Communication Committee will be held on Thursday, March 29, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Division of the State Architect, 1102 Q Street, 5th Floor, Conference Room B, Sacramento, CA, 95811. An agenda of this meeting is available for download.

DSAAB Outreach & Communication Committee Meeting Agenda 03/29/12 (PDF - 216 KB) | (RTF - 188 KB)

 

Request for Qualifications for Access Compliance Review Services - DSA.RFQ.12.01
Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Division of the State Architect is soliciting for a Statement of Qualifications from qualified architectural firms interested in providing access compliance review services for the DSA Regional Offices located in Oakland, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Diego.

To download the RFQ visit the California State Contracts Register at: http://www.bidsync.com/DPX?ac=powersearch&srchoid_override=307818 (Downloading the RFQ from the website above is a free service.)

Deadline to submit Statement of Qualifications: March 21, 2012 by 2:00 pm

For additional information please contact:
Erica Seghesio-Groves, DSA Contract Analyst
Phone: (916) 324-2733
e-mail: Erica.SeghesioGroves@dgs.ca.gov

 

DSAAB Green Committee Meeting Cancelled
Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The DSA Advisory Board Green Committee meeting scheduled for March 12, 2012 has been cancelled. A future meeting date for the Green Committee will be determined at a later time.

 

DSAAB Green Committee Meeting 03/12/12 - CANCELLED
Friday, March 2, 2012

The DSAAB Green Committee meeting scheduled for March 12, 2012 has been cancelled.

A public meeting of the DSA Advisory Board Green Committee will be held on Monday, March 12, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Division of the State Architect, 1102 Q Street, 5th Floor, Conference Room B, Sacramento, CA, 95811. An agenda of this meeting is available for download.

DSAAB Green Committee Meeting Agenda 03/12/12

 

DSAAB Inspection & Testing Committee Meeting 03/15/12
Friday, March 2, 2012

A public meeting of the DSA Advisory Board Inspection & Testing Committee will be held on Thursday, March 15th, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Division of the State Architect, 1102 Q Street, 5th Floor, Conference Room B, Sacramento, CA, 95811. An agenda of this meeting is available for download.

DSAAB Inspection & Testing Committee Meeting Agenda 03/15/12 (PDF - 307 KB) | (RTF - 187 KB)

Added 03/12/12:
Issue papers related to items on the DSAAB Inspection and Testing Committee March 13, 2012 meeting agenda are now available for download.

 

Website down February 18th, 5:00 p.m. - February 22nd, 7:00 a.m.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

All DGS websites, including the DSA Internet site, will be down due to building power maintenance Friday, February 18th, 5:00 p.m. - Tuesday, February 22nd, 7:00 a.m. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.