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Fees and Time Required

To assist in planning your project, DSA provides the following information:



What "Construction Cost" Is

Both estimated and actual costs of the project reflect the total outlay for all work included in the approved plans and specifications (exclusive of fees paid but not recovered for architectural, engineering, inspection and testing services) regardless of whether the funds are provided by the school district, by other public or private agencies or by individuals. The cost includes any moving or relocation expenses. In the event a building is converted to school use (addressed in Title 24, Part 1, Section 4-306) the cost includes the current replacement cost of the building.



How Revisions of Plans and Specifications Affect Fees

No additional fee is charged for revisions to the approved plans and specifications, provided the revisions are to the same school building and do not require substantial checking for safety of design. If the original plans are abandoned and the plans and specifications submitted as revisions are for a new project, or they reflect a different structural concept from the original approved plans, it is necessary that a new application is filed and fee paid.



Structural Safety Review Fees

The following information is based on the California Administrative Code - Part 1, Title 24, California Code of Regulations, Article 4, Sections 4-320 through 4-325.

How Structural Safety Fees are Calculated

As per Fee Schedule 11, the filing fee for project applications is 0.7 percent of the first $1,000,000 of estimated construction cost and 0.6 percent on the excess of the estimated cost over $1,000,000. The minimum fee is $250.00.



Fire & Life Safety Review Fees

Effective December 1, 2014, the Division of the State Architect (DSA) will charge a separate fee for Fire & Life Safety (FLS) services, per new regulations approved by the by the California Building Standards Commission.

How Fire & Life Safety Fees are Calculated

The filing fee for project applications shall be:

  • 0.3% of the first $1,000,000 of the estimated project cost,
  • plus 0.2% of the project cost greater than $1,000,000 up to and including $5,000,000,
  • plus 0.1% of the project cost greater than $5,000,000 up to and including $25,000,000,
  • plus 0.05% of the project cost greater than $25,000,000 up to and including $100,000,000,
  • plus 0.01% of the project cost above $100,000,000.
  • The minimum fee in any case shall be $300.00.


Access Compliance Review Fees

The following information is from the Division of the State Architect (DSA) bulletin BU 13-05: Access Compliance Fee Schedule Change (PDF - 78 KB) which modifies the Access Compliance filing fees indicated in the California Administrative Code – California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 1, Article 1, Sections 5-104 through 5-109.

How Access Compliance Fees are Calculated

The Access Compliance filing fee for projects shall be:

  • 0.5% of the first $500,000 of estimated project cost,
  • plus 0.25% of the project cost greater than $500,000 up to and including $2,000,000,
  • plus 0.1% of the project cost greater than $2,000,000 up to and including $25,000,000,
  • plus 0.08% of the project cost greater than $25,000,000 up to and including $50,000,000,
  • plus 0.06% of the project cost greater than $50,000,000 up to and including $100,000,000,
  • plus 0.04% of the project cost greater than $100,000,000.
  • The minimum fee in any case shall be $500.


Sample Fee Calculations

Calculation for review of Structural Safety:

Estimated Construction Cost

Calculations

Final Filing Fee

$8,000

0.7% X $8,000 = $56.00

$250.00
(Minimum Charge)

$925,000.00

0.7% X $925,000 = $6,475.00

$6,475.00

$5,000,000.00

0.7% X $1,000,000 = $7,000.00
0.6% X $4,000,000 = $24,000.00

$31,000.00


Calculation for review of Fire & Life Safety:

Estimated Project Cost

Calculations

Filing Fee

$40,000

0.3% X $40,000 = $120.00

$300.00
(Minimum Charge)

$925,000

0.3% X $925,000 = $2,775.00

$2,775.00

$3,840,000

0.3% X $1,000,000 = $3,000.00
0.2% X $2,840,000 = $5,680.00

$8,680.00

$7,260,000

0.3% X $1,000,000 = $3,000.00
0.2% X $4,000,000 = $8,000.00
0.1% X $2,260,000 = $2,260.00

$13,260.00

$26,500,000

0.3% X $1,000,000 = $3,000.00
0.2% X $4,000,000 = $8,000.00
0.1% X $20,000,000 = $20,000.00
0.05% X $1,500,000 = $750.00

$31,750.00


Calculation for review of Access Compliance:

Estimated Project Cost

Calculations

Filing Fee

$40,000

0.5% X $40,000 = $200.00

$500.00
(Minimum Charge)

$250,000

0.5% X $250,000 = $1,250.00

$1,250.00

$1,650,000

0.5% X $500,000 = $2,500.00
0.25% X $1,150,000 = $2,875.00

$5,375.00

$5,000,000

0.5% X $500,000 = $2,500.00
0.25% X $1,500,000 = $3,750.00
0.1% X $3,000,000 = $3,000.00

$9,250.00

$41,000,000

0.5% X $500,000 = $2,500.00
0.25% X $1,500,000 = $3,750.00
0.1% X $23,000,000 = $23,000.00
0.08% X $16,000,000 = $12,800.00

$42,050.00

$72,000,000

0.5% X $500,000 = $2,500.00
0.25% X $1,500,000 = $3,750.00
0.1% X $23,000,000 = $23,000.00
0.08% X $25,000,000 = $20,000.00
0.06% X $22,000,000 = $13,200.00

$62,450.00

$130,000,000

0.5% X $500,000 = $2,500.00
0.25% X $1,500,000 = $3,750.00
0.1% X $23,000,000 = $23,000.00
0.08% X $25,000,000 = $20,000.00
0.06% X $50,000,000 = $30,000.00
0.04% X $30,000,000 = $12,000.00

$91,250.00



Plan/Field Review Fee Calculator

Plan/Field Review Fee Calculator (currently being updated). This tool allows you to calculate the plan/field review fees for school and public building construction projects in DSA.



Estimating Plan Review Time

How long will it take?

Projects Under $5 Million

The plan review time estimates below may be used as a guide for planning and scheduling small to moderate school construction projects under $5 million. Please note these estimates serve only as a general guide for projects that consist of non-complex construction and use common building materials.

  • Plan review time estimates the time between the date of project submittal and date the original plan check comments are returned to the applicant.
  • Days indicated are calendar days, and reflect the expected upper bound time for the range.
  • Days shown may be adjusted up or down based upon the simplicity or complexity of construction, repetitive use of the buildings, reuse of previously approved plans, etc.
  • Days shown between project cost values may be interpolated


New Construction

Size

Under $1 Million

$1-2 Million

$2-3 Million

$3-4 Million

$4-5 Million

Plan Review Time

49 days

55 days

60 days

66 days

72 days

A/E Response Preparation

Response times vary. Owners and design team must determine the project timeline needs and schedule accordingly.

Back Check Time

2 days

2 days

3 days

4 days

5 days



Modernization

Size

Under $1 Million

$1-2 Million

$2-3 Million

$3-4 Million

$4-5 Million

Plan Review Time

49 days

51 days

54 days

57 days

60 days

A/E Response Preparation

Response times vary. Owners and design team must determine the project timeline needs and schedule accordingly.

Back Check Time

2 days

2 days

2 days

3 days

4 days



Projects Over $5 Million

Because projects exceeding $5 million generally contain a high number of variables that significantly affect project timeline, estimating plan review times for these projects is unreliable. For these larger projects, school districts and design professionals are encouraged to schedule preliminary design meetings with DSA to discuss critical components such as: project schedule, complexity of design, seismic rehabilitation, geohazards and geotechnical concerns, repetitive use of buildings, alternate building materials, etc.