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
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 accepts code change suggestions from the public 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.
45-Day Comment Period – September 7, 2018 through October 22, 2018
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 September 7, 2018, until 5:00 PM on October 22, 2018. For more information, please see the California Building Standards Commission website.
CBSC Code Advisory Committee Meeting – July 24, 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.
Access Code Stakeholder Forum - April 12, 2018
DSA-AC held its final public meeting on April 12, 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.
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.
Questions and comments about these activities should be directed to Ida A. Clair, Principal Architect, at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.