Electronic Plan Review

The Electronic Plan Review (EPR) process enables applicants to submit plan designs electronically instead of submitting paper documents. Learn more by downloading the latest EPR Reports and the EPR procedures listed below. Additional inquiries on the EPR submittal process may be submitted to

EPR Effective Dates

EPR is required for all projects submitted to DSA effective on the following dates:

  • October 1, 2018: DSA Sacramento, DSA San Diego, and DSA Oakland
  • November 1, 2018: DSA Los Angeles
  • March 1, 2019: All Over-the-Counter (OTC) Projects - Revised Date

Executive Summary

The introduction of EPR brings changes to the submittal, review, back check and approval process of construction projects under the jurisdiction of the Division of the State Architect (DSA). An overview of the new process is below:

Project Submittal

After registering for an intended submittal date, DSA will create a folder structure in DSAbox that design professionals will use for uploading the plan submittal documents (PDF file format) on the registered submittal date. DSA will review the submitted documents for completeness and adherence to DSA’s formatting requirements prior to acceptance.

Project Plan Review

Accepted plan sets will be transferred by DSA into a Bluebeam Studio Session where staff will complete a detailed plan review. Once the review by DSA is complete, the design professionals will be invited to the Bluebeam Studio Session. This invitation will provide design professionals with access to their downloadable copy of plan sets.

Project Back Check

The design professionals will make an appointment for an in-person electronic back check for the review of plan sets that required corrections. Prior to the meeting, the design professional must upload the corrected plan sets into the Bluebeam Studio Projects so that at the DSA regional office, DSA staff and the design professionals can jointly review the plan sets and verify that all required corrections were made.

Project Approval

Once the back check process is complete, the DSA plan reviewer will approve the plans electronically and upload to the projects DSABox approval folder.

Post Approval Documents

If the plans were processed using the Bluebeam Electronic Plan Review Procedures, then the post approval documents (deferred submittals, revisions, addendums, CCDs) shall be submitted to Bluebeam Studio using the same procedures. If the plans were not processed using the Bluebeam Electronic Plan Review Procedures, then the post approval documents shall be submitted to a Bluebeam Studio Project only as directed by the DSA Regional Office.

EPR Procedure Videos

Procedure videos are available on the DSA Electronic Plan Review YouTube playlistAll procedure videos are posted.

Electronic Plan Review Procedures

The following documents are also located on the Publications page of the website:

EPR Procedure Flowcharts

EPR Report Updates

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