After the plans are approved, DSA is notified by the design professional or proposed inspector of the start of construction. DSA schedules visits by its field staff to report on the construction and performance of the project inspector to verify compliance with the California Building Code. During these construction site visits, the DSA staff work closely with the project inspector to assure that the intent of the plans and specifications are achieved at the construction site and that all required approvals are properly administered by the design professionals.

The DSA field staff reviews and approves all field change documents, reviews all inspector and lab reports and makes recommendations regarding the closeout and certification of construction. DSA also has authority to stop construction if it does not meet the code. The staff interacts closely and promptly with the design professional to achieve code compliance and to administer construction certification.

In 2013, DSA implemented significant changes to the Construction Oversight Process. These changes are designed to streamline the DSA construction phase process and to ensure that projects are certified at the completion of construction. Effective June 1, 2013, DSA began utilizing an Inspection Card Process similar to that used by virtually every building department throughout the State.

For information on how to submit a project, see the Start a Construction Project by Submitting Plans for Review webpage.

To continue learning about DSA plan review and oversight, visit the following pages:

Construction Oversight

The DSA Field Program

After the plans are approved, DSA is notified by the design professional or proposed inspector of the start of construction. DSA reviews the qualifications of and approves the proposed project inspector(s) who will inspect the construction.
 
DSA schedules visits by its field staff to report on the construction and performance of the project inspector to verify compliance with the California Building Code. During these construction site visits, the DSA staff work closely with the project inspector to assure that the intent of the plans and specifications are achieved at the construction site and that all required approvals are properly administered by the design professionals.
 
The DSA field staff reviews and approves all field change documents, reviews all inspector and lab reports and makes recommendations regarding the closeout and certification of construction. DSA also has authority to stop construction if it does not meet the code. The staff interacts closely and promptly with the design professional to achieve code compliance and to administer construction certification.

 

Changes to the Construction Oversight Process

In 2013, DSA implemented significant changes to the Construction Oversight Process. These changes are designed to streamline the DSA construction phase process and to ensure that projects are certified at the completion of construction. Effective June 1, 2013, DSA began utilizing an Inspection Card Process similar to that used by virtually every building department throughout the State.

DSA administers programs to certify inspectors and materials testing laboratories. For more information visit Certification Programs for information about the following programs:

  • DSA Inspector Program
  • DSA Laboratory Evaluation and Acceptance Program

Design professionals play a crucial role in the construction oversight and certification process. Navigating various requirements to ensure project certification can be daunting, but need not be through awareness and planning. This presentation provides guidance for design professionals to fulfill requirements facilitating project certification.

See the Apply and Maintain Project Inspector Certification page and the Apply for Laboratory Acceptance for Material Testing on School Construction Projects webpage for information.

Coming soon! A list of all DSA forms is located on our Forms webpage.

Changes in Delegation of Responsibility

When persons delegated responsibility for construction observation must be replaced after the plans and specifications have been approved by DSA, another appropriately licensed individual may assume the responsibility in accordance with Title 24, Part 1, Section 4-316(c)2 and 4-316(d).

Form DSA 108: Change in Delegation of Responsibility should be used to notify DSA of a change to the architect or engineer delegated responsibility for a portion of the project.

Multiple-Prime Projects

When more than one construction contract is let by the school district for the same project, the project is called a "multi-prime project." Multi-prime projects present additional challenges for many of the project stakeholders because the activities of separate contractors must be carefully coordinated. It is important that the architect or engineer in general responsible charge carefully define the scope of the project to be included in each construction contract.

Phased Construction

In accordance with Title 24, Part 1, Section 4-330, construction of a project may proceed in "phases." However, once construction work starts on a project the approval of DSA will become void if the construction stops for more than one year. DSA may reinstate the approval on the request of the school board per Section 4-332(b).

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DIVISION OF THE STATE ARCHITECT REGIONAL OFFICES


DSA Sacramento Regional Office
1102 Q Street, Suite 5200
Sacramento, CA  95811
(916) 445-8730

DSA Oakland Regional Office
1515 Clay Street, Suite 1201
Oakland, CA  94612
(510) 622-3101

DSA Los Angeles Basin Regional Office
700 N. Alameda Street, Suite 5-500
Los Angeles, CA  90012
(213) 897-3995

DSA San Diego Regional Office
10920 Via Frontera, Suite 300
San Diego, CA  92127
(858) 674-5400