See the DSA Publications page for current versions of all cited documents.
Work Requiring DSA Review
DSA is required, by the Field Act, to review construction for California public schools (grades K-12) and Community Colleges, and to verify that construction meets the requirements of the Title 24 Building Standards regulations.
Some projects, however, do not require DSA review. Such exceptions are explained in DSA IR A-10, IR A-22, and IR 11-B6.
Per Government Code section 4450-4453, DSA does review other state funded construction projects for Access Compliance.
Note that projects must comply with all code requirements whether reviewed by DSA or not.
Access Only Projects
There are many situations where a project is submitted to DSA and it is only reviewed for Access Compliance. This happens when a client is only making non-structural changes that affect accessibility, or when the client is not required to come to DSA for project review and approval, but must still obtain DSA approval for the Access Compliance portion of the project. In an Access Only project review, Access Compliance is the only discipline that reviews the project.
The PC (pre-check) program provides for Division of the State Architect (DSA) approval of a manufacturer’s relocatable or modular building design plans that may be incorporated by school districts in preparation of a site-specific project.
The PC program provides for DSA approval of the design of a structure in advance of submittal for construction. The PC approval process can be used for modular buildings, shade structures, light standards (poles), structures supporting solar components, and other structures where the approved design may be used on multiple campuses or projects. Once the PC documents are approved, they can be submitted with site-specific drawings. DSA’s approval of a site-specific project is then expedited, because the part of the project that is PC-approved was already reviewed.
PC approval is one prerequisite for “over the-counter” (OTC) review; see PL 07-02 for additional OTC requirements.
For information regarding the PC approval process, see PR 07-01.
Report: DSA List of Approved PCs (Excel - 25 KB) | (PDF - 126 KB) Updated 12/13/17