News & Resources

A selection of interesting news and publications in our industry.

New Seismic Category for Hospitals

SPC-4D may be a cost-effective option for existing nonconforming buildings OSHPD - September 12, 2016

​California’s acute care hospitals continue to make progress in achieving seismic safety compliance. More than 91 percent of the acute care hospital buildings are no longer at significant risk of collapse in a strong earthquake. The inventory of buildings at risk of collapse continues to decline from 1,313 in 2002 to 251 in August 2016.


Fire-Resistant Penetrations and Joints – Special Inspections 

DSA's Interpretations of Regulations

The Interpretation of Regulations (IR) was created by the Division of the State Architect (DSA) for use as a documentation of acceptable methods for achieving compliance with applicable building codes and regulations. Its purpose is to promote uniform statewide criteria in plan review and monitoring of construction of public school, community college and essential services building projects.


The latest edition of forms from the Office of Statewide Health Planning Department.

Code Application Notices (CANs)

OSHPD issues Code Application Notices (CANs) to interpret specific sections of the California Building Standards Code. A Policy Intent Notice (PIN) is the Office’s policy on a specific subject. Use the links below to view an index of CANs that were issued for a specific year of California Building Standards Codes and the index of PINs that have been issued.