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Access 2016

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) is authorized by California statute to develop and propose building code regulations related to access for persons with disabilities to public buildings, public accommodations, commercial buildings and public housing. DSA proposes building code regulations in accordance with rulemaking processes administered by the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC).

The Division of the State Architect – Access Compliance (DSA-AC) conducted its pre-cycle activities for the 2016 Intervening Code Adoption Cycle from June through December, 2016. During this period DSA-AC held three outreach meetings to solicit public comments and suggestions for potential amendments to the accessibility provisions of the California Building Code (CBC). DSA-AC then created a short-list of potential amendments and developed draft code language for each of these items. The draft code language was presented and discussed during three subsequent public stakeholder forums held in October and November, 2016. Based on public comments and staff analysis, DSA-AC selected items to be developed into formal code change proposals and submitted its initial code change documents to the CBSC in December 2016.

The CBSC code amendment process provides additional opportunities for public comments during the rulemaking cycle in the 45-day and any 15-day Comment/Challenge periods. After these comment periods, code change proposals submitted by DSA-AC will be considered for approval by the CBSC in June, 2017. Approved changes to the CBC will take effect on July 1, 2018.


Code Change Proposals

DSA-AC has submitted code change proposals to the CBSC. You may view these code change proposals and other meeting materials on the CBSC website by selecting the desired phase of the code adoption cycle.

DSA-AC is no longer accepting code change suggestions for the current code cycle. If you would like to suggest a code change amendment for DSA’s consideration during a future code cycle, you may complete form DSA 65: DSA Code Amendment Proposal (PDF - 55 KB) and submit it via email attachment to DSAAccess2016@dgs.ca.gov.


Additional Opportunities for Public Comment

45-Day Comment Period – April 7, 2017 through May 22, 2017

DSA-AC has submitted code change proposals to the CBSC for their 45-day public comment period. These items will be reviewed and discussed at the CBSC meeting to be scheduled at a date near the end of the current adoption cycle. A meeting notice will be issued announcing the date, time and location of the public meeting. Written comments will be accepted by the CBSC from April 7, 2017, until 5:00 PM on May 22, 2017. For more information, please see the California Building Standards Commission website.


CBSC Code Advisory Committee Meeting – February 28, 2017

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 February 28 and, if necessary, March 1, 2017. Public comments may be submitted to the CBSC prior to the meeting or may be presented verbally during the meeting. Agenda and meeting documents are available on the CBSC website.


Stakeholder Meetings

Access Code Stakeholder Forum – November 15, 2016

DSA-AC held a public meeting on November 15, 2016 to discuss proposed code amendments (originally presented on October 20) for additional comment and feedback from all stakeholders. Revisions to the proposals were identified in the agenda and Draft Code Amendments. There were no new amendment items.

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Access Code Stakeholder Forum – November 2, 2016

DSA-AC held a public meeting on November 2, 2016 to present proposed code amendments (originally presented on October 20) for additional comment and feedback from all stakeholders. There had been no revisions to the proposals nor additional amendments added to the proposal package.

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Access Code Stakeholder Forum – October 20, 2016

DSA-AC held a public meeting on October 20, 2016 to present initial drafts of proposed code amendments to the accessibility provisions of the California Building Standards codes and solicit public input regarding these items.

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Access Code Outreach Meeting – September 21, 2016

DSA-AC held a public meeting on September 21, 2016 to present an updated list of potential code amendments to the accessibility provisions of the California Building Standards codes and solicit public input regarding prioritization of these potential amendments.

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Access Code Outreach Teleconference – September 1, 2016

DSA-AC and the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) jointly hosted a public teleconference on September 1, 2016. DSA and DOR highlighted key aspects of the development, adoption and implementation of construction-related accessibility standards. DSA-AC also shared information and received input regarding potential amendments to the accessibility provisions of the California Building Standards codes.

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Disability Community Access Code Issues Teleconference – August 10, 2016

DSA-AC and the California Department of Rehabilitation jointly conducted a teleconference with the disability community on August 10, 2016. The purpose of this meeting was to solicit comments and suggestions for potential amendments to the accessibility provisions of the California Building Code.



Contact DSA

Questions and comments about these activities should be directed to Ida A. Clair, Principal Architect, at ida.clair@dgs.ca.gov or (916) 322-2490.

Individuals and organizations interested in automatically receiving meeting announcements and other materials related to DSA-AC’s code development and rulemaking activities may subscribe to DSA’s email list at http://www.dgs.ca.gov/dsa/Home/Subscribe.aspx (select the “DSA-Access” group and any other lists of interest).

Individuals and organizations may submit comments about DSA-AC’s proposed code amendments via email at DSAAccess2016@dgs.ca.gov.


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