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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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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.


 

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

 

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.


 

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.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

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

Modifying PI Certification Examination.

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

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


 

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

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


 

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

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


 

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

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

Read the entire message.


 

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

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


 

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

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

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

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


 

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

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

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

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


 

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

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


 

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

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

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

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


 

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

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


 

New DSA Bulletin Issued!
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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


 

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

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


 

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

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

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


 

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

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

Read the entire message.


 

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

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