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The Division of the State Architect provides design and construction oversight for K–12 schools, community colleges, and various other state-owned and leased facilities. The division also develops accessibility, structural safety, and historical building codes and standards utilized in various public and private buildings throughout the state of California.

State Agency Workshops: Taking Place in September and October!

The Office of Public School Construction, the Division of the State Architect, and the California Department of Education are conducting free workshops across the state to provide information on school planning, design, and the availability of state funding to help Local Educational Agencies address their facility needs. These funds are from the recently passed Proposition 51. There will also be an opportunity for small school districts to directly address concerns and receive assistance.

For more information about the events, their locations, and how to register, please refer to the State Agency Workshops: School Planning, Design, and Funding Flyer.

Project Appointment System

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) recently began accepting the first projects scheduled under the new Project Submittal Appointment Process. The new process replaced the previous system that created “bin time” and allows design professionals to work on the project right up until the time of submission.

Procedures for the new process are outlined in DSA procedure PR 17-03: Project Submittal Appointment Process (PDF - 536 KB).

Structural Plan Review Filing Fee Increase

The Division of the State Architect’s (DSA) structural plan review filing fees for K-12 and community college projects will increase for projects submitted on or after Oct. 1, 2017.

Please note that fees are assessed based on the project submittal date, not the date that the project is registered for submittal with the form DSA 1-REG: Registration for Project Submittal:

  • Only projects with appointments for review occurring between now and Sept. 30, 2017 will be charged the structural fee at the current rate. However, project submittals must be complete, and any incomplete submittals will be returned, which may result in a resubmittal date under the higher structural fees.
  • Projects with appointments for review occurring on or after Oct. 1, 2017 will be charged the structural fee at the new rate.

The change is to the structural plan review fee only; DSA plan review fees for access compliance, fire and life safety and essential services buildings are not changed.

Refer to the fees and time required webpage and Plan/Field Review Fee Calculator webpage, for additional information regarding the upcoming increase. 

California DSA Announces Easy Access to Uncertified Project Files

California’s school districts, community colleges, and design professionals requested an innovative, convenient, user-friendly process to view a list of outstanding forms, fees, and design documents required by the Division of the State Architect’s (DSA) office. In response, DSA implemented the DSA Certification Box: a cloud-based solution that saves time, increases communication, and helps partners to resolve uncertified projects. DSA Certification Box allows everyone to view uncertified project files, sorted by district, campus, and project. This will streamline the process of submitting required information that ensures compliance with all state codes, policies, and procedures.

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The State Architect's Corner

See the State Architect's Corner Web page for a letter to our stakeholders, sharing initiatives and changes the Division of the State Architect has underway and is planning to implement.