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Access 2019

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) is conducting its pre-cycle activities for the 2018 Triennial Code Adoption Cycle. DSA-AC is holding two public stakeholder forums to solicit public comments and suggestions for potential amendments to the accessibility provisions of the California Building Code (CBC). DSA-AC has created a shortlist of potential amendments and is developing draft code language for each of these items. The draft code language will be presented and discussed during the public stakeholder forums. Based on public comments and staff analysis, DSA-AC will select items to be developed into formal code change proposals and submit its initial code change documents to the CBSC.

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 December 2018 or January 2019. Approved changes to the CBC will take effect on January 1, 2020.


Code Change Proposals

DSA-AC has no code change proposals presently submitted to the CBSC. Information about the 2018 Triennial Code Adoption Cycle is available on the CBSC website by selecting the desired phase of the code adoption cycle.

DSA-AC is accepting code change suggestions on an ongoing basis. If you would like to suggest a code change amendment for DSA’s consideration, you may complete form DSA 665: DSA Code Amendment Proposal (PDF - 148 KB) and submit it via email attachment to DSAAccess2019@dgs.ca.gov.


Stakeholder Meetings

Access Code Stakeholder Forum - April 12, 2018

The California Division of the State Architect (DSA) will conduct a public meeting on Thursday, April 12, 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 revised 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.


Access Code Stakeholder Forum - February 22, 2018

DSA-AC held a public meeting on February 22, 2018 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. Supporting documents for this meeting are provided below.


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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 DSAAccess2019@dgs.ca.gov.


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