Rapid Review Unit (RRU)

All new projects falling within the maximum construction estimate threshold may be eligible for the Rapid Review Unit (RRU). This Unit was created to provide expedient review times for qualified projects not involving unusual complexity. All RRU project reviews will receive a turn-around time of 15 business days.

Rapid Review Project Eligibility

  • New projects up to a maximum estimated construction cost of $250,000. Projects shall not be subdivided into small projects for the purpose of evading the cost limitation requirement. For the purpose of determining Rapid Review Unit eligibility, the estimated construction cost excludes imaging equipment costs, design fees, inspection fees, offsite improvements, and fixed equipment costs including but not limited to sterilizers, chillers, and boilers.
  • Post Approval Documents (PAD′s), and Deferred Items (DI′s) for projects initially reviewed by the RRU.

Rapid Review Ineligible Projects

  • Existing projects that were initially reviewed by a Region, including backchecks, Post Approval Documents (PADs) and Deferred Submittal Items (DSIs)
  • Projects with equipment/components requiring Special Seismic Certification (SSC) and not using OSHPD Sepcial Seismic Certification Preapproval (OSP)
  • Projects requiring Geotechnical/Geohazard Report for design of foundations
  • Projects with Alternate Method of Compliance (AMC)

RRU Application Process – Electronic Document Submittal and Plan Review

For additional information, please contact the OSHPD Rapid Review Unit at RRU@oshpd.ca.gov.

Over-the-Counter (OTC) Plan Review

In-Office OSHPD OTC Reviews

To provide better service to our clients, OSHPD provides an OTC review service that may be scheduled for projects with shorter review time. Each Office geographic region will:

  • Reserve one day per week dedicated to OTC review
  • Schedule OTCs in their region
  • Review documents for facilities that are within their respective area of responsibility

Over-The-Counter (OTC) Reviews may be requested using the OTC schedules below. For the in-office OTC Review, click on the link next to the appropriate region within the schedule (note the day of the week) to send an email to the OSHPD Senior Architect/Project Manager.

Criteria for Qualifying Projects

The criteria for qualifying a project for an OTC review are 1 hour per discipline (2 hours for Structural). All construction documents and completed project applications must be submitted to OSHPD for triage to determine eligibility for an OTC review. Project applications may be submitted using the eServices Portal (eSP) Client Access system. Triage results are visible on the eSP Project Search web page.

After Project Triage

After triage, the designer will be notified by reply email if the project is eligible for OTC review, along with a proposed date and time for the OTC.

With approval from the Regional Supervisor, some projects may be scheduled for OTC review when the Estimated Review Hours exceed the qualifying criterion for a single discipline. In this case, the project may be taken in for review after the other disciplines complete their reviews at the OTC appointment.

The In-Office OTC Schedule is as follows:

Sacramento Office

Tuesdays • North Region: Schedule an OTC with the North Region

Wednesdays• Coastal Region: Schedule an OTC with the Coastal Region

Thursday• Central Region: Schedule an OTC with the Central Region

Los Angeles (L.A.) Office

Tuesdays • North L.A. Region: Schedule an OTC with the North L.A. Region

Wednesdays• South L.A. Region: Schedule an OTC with the South L.A. Region

Thursday• South Region: Schedule an OTC with the South Region

Offsite OSHPD OTC (Field Review at OTC)

In addition to the In-Office OTC services, FDD provides offsite Field Reviews at OTC services for clients at the locations described below. For emergency situations, contact the RCO or Field Staff directly.

PLEASE NOTE: The qualifying criteria for offsite Field Reviews at OTC service is different than for In-Office OTC services. Offsite Field Reviews at OTC are for existing projects and new projects that fall within the eligibility criteria for field reviews only.

North Field Reviews at OTC – Santa Rosa

  • Maximum 30 minute review per discipline
  • Email request
  • Include your construction documents along with the OTC Application

Central Field Reviews at OTC – Fresno

  • Maximum 30 minute appointments
  • Scheduled by email

Central Field typically process small PADs, FREERS, and only limited new projects larger than FREER scope with staff and RCO concurrence. Requests must state which disciplines are required for the field review (CO, FLSO, DSE) and must include the scope to determine eligibility for a Central Field Review at OTC.

Northern California Location & Days

Santa Rosa • 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month • Schedule an OTC with NORTH Field Staff

50 D Street – Suite 410, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Fresno • 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month • Schedule an OTC with CENTRAL Field Staff

1234 E. Shaw Avenue, Fresno, CA 93710

South Field Review at OTC – San Bernardino & San Diego

  • Maximum 20 minute review per discipline
  • Email request
  • Include your construction documents along with the OTC Application
Southern California Location & Days

San Bernardino • 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month • Schedule an OTC with South Field Staff

625 E. Carnegie Drive, San Bernardino, CA 92408

San Diego • 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month • Schedule an OTC with South Field San Diego Staff

7575 Metropolitan Drive – Suite 104, San Diego, CA 92108

OTC Request Form

Download the OTC Request form here

Alternate Method of Compliance (AMC)

The provisions of the California Building Standards Code are not intended to prevent the installation of any material or to prohibit any design or method of construction not specifically prescribed by these codes. An alternative material, design, or method of construction may be approved where OSHPD finds that the proposed design is statisfactory and complies with the intent of the provisions of the code, and that the material, method of work offered is, for the purpose intended, at least the equivalent of that prescribed in this code in quality, strength, effectiveness, fire resistance, durability and safety.

AMC Types

There are three types of requests that will be reviewed by the Office.

  1. Request for Alternate Method of Compliance: Projects that require an alternative way of meeting the intent of the California Building Standards Code.
  2. Request for Alternate Method of Protection: Projects that require an alternate way of meeting the intent of the California Building Standards Code for a fire and life safety issue. These may require concurrent approval from the local fire jurisdiction.
  3. Request for Program Flexibility: Projects that require an alternative way of meeting the intent of the California Building Standards Code involving functional or operational considerations that are also required by the California Code of Regulations, Title 22, enforced by the California Department of Public Health, Licensing and Certification, and which require Licensing and Certification approval.

AMC Forms

Requests for any of the alternate methods of compliance listed above must be submitted to the Office using these forms: