DSA’s New Plan Review Appointment Process Eliminates Bin Time

We are sharing with you this important news that we have received from the Division of the State Architect.

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) is pleased to announce the upcoming implementation of an appointment-based process for project submittal. If the project submittal contains all necessary information and documents, plan review will immediately commence on the scheduled submittal date. This new process eliminates the “bin time” when complete plan submittals sat idle while awaiting assignment to a DSA plan reviewer.

DSA expects to begin scheduling project submittal appointments in early July, with the first appointments held in mid-August.

Since DSA’s current bin time is four to six weeks, this new process allows design professionals an extra four to six weeks to work on project plans. Elimination of the current bin time also results in significant individual and cumulative cost savings to clients and school districts by avoiding inflationary cost escalations.

Under the previous system, plans delivered to DSA waited for an intake review to ensure the package was complete, and then waited in a queue for approximately four to six weeks until the plans could be reviewed. DSA’s new process maximizes clients’ time because plans may be worked on and developed right until the agreed-upon submittal date.

This process applies to all projects other than those eligible for over-the-counter plan review. DSA will release further information and procedures within the next few weeks. Additionally, DSA will conduct a regional series of stakeholder outreach meetings commencing in Fall 2017. We look forward to implementing these improvements with you.

Please direct any questions to DSACommunication@dgs.ca.gov.