California has the most stringent regulations for public school construction in the nation. These regulations, as part of the Field Act, require earthquake resistant design and construction of all K through 12 public schools and community colleges. Since the Field Act was enacted in 1933, earthquake damage to school buildings has been minimal.

In the past, school districts were allowed to occupy schools before all the construction certifications were completed. As a result, some 16,000 projects were closed by the California Division of the State Architect (DSA) without certification. DSA is addressing the non-certified projects, while at the same time ensuring that current projects achieve DSA certification when construction is complete. To do this, DSA is using a new inspection card system to standardize the process.

Watch a DGS video on the inspection card system.

Written by California Department of General Services

The Department of General Services (DGS) serves as business manager for the state of California. General Services helps to better serve the public by providing a variety of services to state agencies through procurement and acquisition solutions, real estate management and design, environmentally friendly transportation, professional printing, design and web services, and funding for the creation and construction of safe schools. The DGS vision: Excellence in the Business of Government!

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