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Notice of 45-day Public Comment Period on 2019 California Building Standards Code
Friday, September 14, 2018

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) submitted proposed actions (code changes) intended for inclusion in the 2019 California Building Standards Code (Title 24). The public is invited to provide input or comments on changes.  

The Notice of Proposed Action, Express Terms and the Initial Statement of Reasons are available on the California Building Standards Commission website. The code changes presented by DSA are on the following items:

·      DSA-SS/CC – 2019 California Administrative Code (Part 1, Title 24)

·      DSA-SS/CC – 2019 California Building Code (Part 2, Title 24)

·      DSA-SS/CC – 2019 California Electrical Code (Part 3, Title 24)

·      DSA-SS/CC – 2019 California Mechanical Code (Part 4, Title 24)

·      DSA-SS/CC – 2019 California Plumbing Code (Part 5, Title 24)

·      DSA-SS/CC – 2019 California Existing Building Code (Part 10, Title 24)

·      DSA-SS/CC – 2019 California Green Building Standards Code (Part 11, Title 24)

·      DSA-SS/CC – 2019 California Referenced Standards Code (Part 12, Title 24)

All comments on the proposals must be submitted to the California Building Standards Commission no later than 5 p.m. on October 29, 2018. 

Please contact DSAcommunication@dgs.ca.govwith any questions about this information.


 

Notice of 45-Day Public Comment Period, September 7 - October 22, 2018
Friday, September 7, 2018

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

All comments for DSA code package proposals must be submitted to the Building Standards Commission no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 22, 2018. For more information, please see the California Building Standards Commission website.

 

The State Architect’s Corner—Electronic Plan Review Mandatory October 1 and Los Angeles Office Move
Monday, August 20, 2018

In the latest State Architect’s Corner message, State Architect Chester A. Widom, FAIA provides a reminder on the fast-approaching implementation of Electronic Plan Review (EPR), the upcoming move of the Los Angeles Regional Office, and the impact the move will have on projects submitted to the Los Angeles office.

Read the full State Architect’s Corner message.


 

CALGreen Code Change Proposals at CBSC Code Advisory Meeting August 22, 2018
Monday, August 6, 2018

The California Green Building Code (Title 24, Part 11) code change proposals developed by the Division of the State Architect applicable to California public schools and community colleges will be reviewed and discussed at the California Building Standards Commission (BSC) Code Advisory Committee meeting on August 22, 2018 and, if necessary, on August 23, 2018.

Public comments may be submitted to the BSC prior to the meeting or may be presented verbally during the meeting. The agenda and meeting documents are available on the BSC website.

Please continue to monitor the DSA CALGreen webpage for information pertaining to the 2018 Triennial Code Adoption Cycle.

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


 

2016 Access Advisory Manual Revised
Friday, July 27, 2018

The 2016 CBC Advisory Manual (PDF - 13.8 MB) is revised to include the Intervening Code Adoption Cycle Supplement published on January 1, 2018, effective July 1, 2018.

Following are revisions to advisories in the manual.

  • The advisories for the following sections have been revised:
    • 11B-233.1 General (residential facilities)
    • 11B-604.8.1.1 Size (baby changing tables in accessible toilet compartments)
  • The advisories for the following sections are new:
    • 11B-206.2.1 Site Arrival Points
    • 11B-405.7.2.1 Top landing width
    • 11B-405.7.5 Doors at ramp landings
    • 11B-903 Benches
  • The advisory for this section was deleted:
    • 11B-802.1.2 Width (wheelchair spaces)

 

Document Updates and Announcements for the Second Quarter of 2018
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The Document Updates and Announcements for the Second Quarter of 2018 (PDF - 180 KB) is now available.

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

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


 

CBSC Code Advisory Committee Meeting – July 24, 2018
Friday, June 29, 2018

DSA-AC has submitted code change proposals to the CBSC. These items will be reviewed and discussed at the CBSC Code Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting scheduled for July 24 and, if necessary, July 25, 2018. Public comments may be submitted to the CBSC prior to the meeting or may be presented verbally during the meeting. Agenda and meeting documents are available on the CBSC website.


 

Updated Bulletin BU 16-03: 2013 Pre-Check Extension and Renewals to the 2016 CBC - Date Extension
Thursday, June 7, 2018

2013 PC PLANS EXTENSION: All PC drawings and specifications that are approved for compliance with the 2013 CBC, Title 24, California Code of Regulations will be accepted with applications submitted to DSA through August 31, 2018. This deadline has been extended to allow manufacturers to accommodate their high summer demand while obtaining approval of PC plans in compliance with the 2016 CBC. See updated DSA bulletin BU 16-03: 2013 Pre-Check Extension and Renewals to the 2016 CBC (PDF - 209 KB).


 

The State Architect’s Corner – Electronic Plan Review and What’s on the Horizon
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

In the latest State Architect’s Corner message, State Architect Chester A. Widom, FAIA, shares the plan for implementing electronic plan review and information on what was learned through our recent outreach events. Additionally, the article includes details on what DSA has planned for the near future: a new online learning resource and a new form submittal database.

Read the full State Architect’s Corner message.


 

Project Inspector Availability List Updated
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

An updated Project Inspector Availability List has been posted to the Project Inspector Information webpage. Please contact the Project Inspector Unit with any questions at (916) 443-9932 or inspector@dgs.ca.gov.


 

List of Available Project Inspectors for School Districts
Friday, April 13, 2018

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) is providing, as a temporary courtesy, a list of Project Inspectors (PI) that are currently available for work. This list is updated biweekly and is located on the Project Inspector Information webpage.

The list’s information comes from questionnaires completed by the PIs. The list’s accuracy is limited to the information provided by surveys completed by PIs whom are interested in advertising their availability.

For questions, please contact the Project Inspector Unit at (916) 443-9932 or inspector@dgs.ca.gov.


 

Document Updates and Announcements for the First Quarter of 2018
Friday, April 13, 2018

The Document Updates and Announcements for the First Quarter of 2018 (PDF - 99 KB) is now available.

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

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

 

2018 Triennial Code Adoption Cycle: Structural Safety Public Meeting ─ April 16, 2018
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) will conduct a public meeting from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Monday, April 16, 2018, at the DSA Headquarters office located at 1102 Q Street (5th Floor ─ Conference Room B), Sacramento, CA, 95811. Remote facilities will also be available to allow public participation via videoconference at each of DSA’s regional offices located in Oakland, Los Angeles and San Diego. Alternate means of participation will be available via teleconference and Zoom conferencing.

This meeting will be made accessible to members of the disabled community and any persons requiring a disability-related accommodation or modification in order to participate may make a request by contacting Amanda Phillips at (916) 324-5799 a minimum of three (3) calendar days in advance of the meeting date.

To view the Agenda and draft copies of the Initial Express Terms and Initial Statement of Reasons, please refer to DSA’s Structural Safety Code News webpage.


Updated April 6, 2018


 

Access Code Stakeholder Forum – April 12, 2018
Friday, March 30, 2018

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) is conducting a public meeting to present initial drafts and solicit public input on proposed code amendments to the accessibility provisions of the California Building Standards code.

The meeting takes place in Sacramento on Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You may participate by teleconference and/or Zoom (details are included in the meeting agenda); attend a videoconference at the DSA regional offices in Oakland, Los Angeles and San Diego; or, attend in person at the Division of the State Architect, Headquarters Office located at 1102 Q Street, Suite 5100, Sacramento, CA 95811 in Conference Room B.

The agenda and other supporting documents for this meeting are available on DSA’s Access 2019 webpage.


 

CALGreen Code Public Stakeholders Meeting - March 14, 2018
Thursday, March 1, 2018

DSA will hold a rulemaking pre-cycle public stakeholders meeting on March 14, 2018 at the DSA Headquarters Conference Room B starting at 9:30 a.m. DSA is preparing code amendments to current CALGreen Code requirements for inclusion in the 2019 California Building Code, and is seeking input and comments from public school districts, community college districts, public stakeholders, interested parties and the general public. After two focus group workshops, this is the third and last forum planned to discuss DSA CALGreen Code proposals including two new code adoptions for EV infrastructure and shade trees.


 

Access Code Stakeholder Forum – February 22, 2018
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The California Division of the State Architect (DSA) will conduct a public meeting on Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Division of the State Architect, Headquarters Office located at 1102 Q Street, Suite 5100, Sacramento, CA 95811 in Conference Room B. This meeting will be available via teleconference and video conference from all DSA regional offices.

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


 

Document Updates and Announcements for the Fourth Quarter of 2017
Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Document Updates and Announcements for the Fourth Quarter of 2017 (PDF - 166 KB) is now available.

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

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

 

Revisions to IR A-10: Alteration and Reconstruction Projects-DSA Approval Exemption
Friday, January 26, 2018

You can now read the revised IR in its entirety on our website. IR A-10: Alteration and Reconstruction Projects-DSA Approval Exemption (PDF - 53 KB)

 

2018 Valuation Threshold Updated
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Valuation Threshold for Alterations, Structural Repairs or Additions to Existing Buildings – In accordance with the 2016 California Building Code Chapter 2 definition of VALUATION THRESHOLD, the 2018 valuation threshold is $161,298.00 and will be updated again in January, 2019. Additional information is available on DSA's Valuation Threshold web page.

 

2018 Schedule for the Project Inspector Certification Program Announced
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) announces the 2018 schedule for the Project Inspector (PI) Certification Program, including updates to related DSA webpages describing the 2018 PI Examination, Recertification and Overview Classes and associated forms (DSA 175: Project Inspector Examination Application (PDF - 174 KB) and 176: Project Inspector Recertification Schedule & Registration (PDF - 155 KB)).

Please direct any questions to DSA’s Codes and Standards Unit, Project Inspector Certification Program by phone, (916) 443-9932 or email, inspector@dgs.ca.gov.


 

Certified & Permanent Adoption of Emergency Building Standards for Exterior Elevated Elements (EEE)
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The purpose of this announcement is to bring attention to the permanent adoption of emergency building standards proposed by the Division of the State Architect-Structural Safety (DSA-SS which amend provisions in the following parts of the 2016 California Building Standards Code (Cal. Code Regs., Tit. 24):

  • 2016 California Building Code (Title 24, Part 2)
  • 2016 California Existing Building Code (Title 24, Part 10)

The original emergency building standards that enhanced existing provisions for EEE became effective January 30, 2017. Prior to the December 12, 2017 commission meeting, CBSC conducted the certifying rulemaking process to make the emergency building standards permanent, which included a 45-day and 15-day public comment period. Additional information and the public comments affecting these rulemakings may be found at:

http://www.bsc.ca.gov/Rulemaking/regrule/CertifyingRulemakingsforApprovedEmergencyBuildingStandards.aspx


 

2016 Intervening Code Adoption – DSA Structural Safety
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The Division of the State Architect’s 2016 intervening code proposals were reviewed and adopted by the California Building Standards Commission at the October 17, 2017 meeting. These approved standards will be included in the 2016 California Building Standards Code (Cal. Code Regs., Tit. 24), as an Intervening Code Supplement, which is scheduled for publication on or before January 1, 2018.

All approved standards have an effective date of July 1, 2018, with the exception of any revisions to the California Administrative Code (Cal. Code Regs., Tit. 24, Part 1) and any changes without regulatory effect made to Title 24 — such provisions are effective 30 days after filing with the Secretary of State.

The final accepted express terms file can be found at:

http://www.bsc.ca.gov/Rulemaking/adoptcycle/2016InterveningCodeAdoptionCycle/ApprovedStandardsOctober2017.aspx


 

CALGreen Code Public Meeting/Workshop #2 - 01/18/18
Thursday, December 21, 2017

DSA will hold rulemaking pre-cycle workshop #2 on January 18, 2018 at the DSA Headquarters Conference Room B starting at 9:30 a.m. The agenda will include discussions about proposed CALGreen Code regulations regarding installation of ZEV infrastructure and shade trees at schools and community colleges.


Updated January 17, 2018


 

“IR 11B-1: Visual Alarms in Classrooms” Deleted
Thursday, November 30, 2017

“IR 11B-1: Visual Alarms in Classrooms” has been removed from DSA’s Interpretations of Regulations webpage, as current regulations and standards adequately address the requirement, design and installation criteria.


 

State Fire Marshal Requires SFM-AES Certification for Fire Sprinkler System Pipefitters 07/01/2018
Monday, November 27, 2017

Certification Required for Fire Sprinkler System Pipefitters: Fire sprinkler system pipefitters responsible for installing, altering or repairing water-based fire protection systems now require certification by the State Fire Marshal’s office.

For more information, please see the State Fire Marshal’s Information Bulletin 17-002: NEW Automatic Fire Extinguishing Systems Certification (Water-Based Fire Protection) (PDF).


Updated December 18, 2017


 

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

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

Read the full State Architect’s Corner message.


 

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

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

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

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


 

IR 16-1.16 Revised
Thursday, October 19, 2017

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


 

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

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

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

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


 

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

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


 

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

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

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

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


 

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

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


 

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

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


 

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

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


 

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

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

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


 

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

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


 

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

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

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

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

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