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Division of the State Architect (DSA)

Division of the State Architect (DSA)
 

The Division of the State Architect is an agency within the State of California Department of General Services. Along with several other state agencies, the DSA proposes changes to the California Building and Administrative Code (Title 24) through the Building Standard Commissions rulemaking process.

 

The DSA also develops and publishes interpretations of code, policies, and procedures that are necessary for stakeholder understanding and coordination of enforcement across the DSA regional offices.

 

In addition, the DSA can provide code citation and point out code language. However and to avoid potential confusion, the DSA does not have any legal authority to interpret provisions of the code. The legal authority for interpretation of the code is exclusively with the local jurisdiction.

 

Title 24

 

Parts 1 through 12 of the California Code of Regulations’ Title 24 lay out California’s building regulations. “Title 24” is comprised of the regulations that govern the construction of buildings in California.

 

 

Detectable Warnings in the CBC Advisory Manual

 

The Manual sections that make mention of Detectable Warnings follow:

 

2013 California Access Compliance Advisory Reference Manual

State of California, Department of General Services

Division of the State Architect

 

Chapter 11B – ACCESSIBILITY TO PUBLIC BUILDINGS, PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS, COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS AND PUBLIC HOUSING

 

Division 2: Scoping Requirements
11B-247 Detectable Warnings and Detectable Directional Warning Texture

11B-247.1 Detectable Warnings
11B-247.2 Detectable Directional Texture

Division 4: Accessible Routes
11B-406 Curb Ramps, Blended Transitions and Islands

11B-406.1 General
11B-406.2 Perpendicular Curb Ramps
11B-406.3 Parallel Curb Ramps
11B-406.4 Blended Transitions
11B-406.5 Common Requirements
11B-406.6 Islands

Division 7: Communication Elements and Features
11B-705 Detectable Warnings and Directional Warning Texture

11B-705.1 Detectable Warnings
11B-705.2 Detectable Directional Texture
11B-705.3 Product Approval

Division 8: Special Rooms, Spaces and Elements
11B-810.2 Bus Boarding and Alighting Areas

11B-810.2.3 Connection

11B-810.5 Rail Platforms

            11B-810.5.2 Detectable warnings

 

 

Division of the State Architect IR (Interpretation of Regulation) Documents

 

IR 11B-3 DETECTABLE WARNINGS AT CURB RAMPS

IR 11B-4 DETECTABLE WARNINGS

 

As mentioned above, the final interpretation for accessibility design is exclusively under the local jurisdiction.  If in doubt, the local agency should be contacted to verify their interpretation of the requirements.