CPDC Architecture & Engineering

Access Compliance Review

All CSU construction requires DSA access compliance review

All CSU construction intended for use by the public with any reasonable availability to, or usage by, persons with disabilities, constructed in whole or in part by the use of state funds, requires access compliance review and certification by California Department of General Service, Division of the State Architect (DSA). This definition is intentionally broad. It includes roads, curbs, parking, sidewalks, plazas, athletic fields, signage, and buildings.

Plan Check & Fire and Life Safety

  • Hardship Review:  In practice all projects must be accessible, over and above building code requirements, CSU as a public entity is held to a Title II ‘Program Access’ Standard.  The ‘unreasonable hardship’ or ‘20% rule’ is a scoping determination that DSA can confirm on small projects with construction costs below the valuation cost threshold (CBC Chapter 2, Section 202) (for 2014/15 approximately $135,000).  Above this threshold the unreasonable hardship consideration does not apply.  It does not sidestep the need for DSA review.  Also the 20% consideration for existing facilities does not apply to new construction.

The CDBO is the front-line campus resource to evaluate a projects need for review.

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