Each process section listed on this website refers you to key information and contacts you need in order to complete that process. The process is virtually the same whether your school district is building a state funded new school or modernizing an existing one. For an overall scope of each agency involved in the process, please see The Role of State Agencies in the School Facility Program document.
OPSC Project Tracking Number Generator
(A project tracking number is required by CDE, DSA and OPSC when starting a project)
CDE provides information to assist school districts and their communities in creating well-planned, K-12 learning environments in safe, clean, and up-to date schools. DTSC assesses sites when new acreage is required.
CDE Facilities Information
CDE Site Review Process
CDE Plan Review Process and Required Forms
DTSC School Facility Information
CDE School Facilities Contacts
DTSC School Facilities Contacts
State Funding - District Eligibility
For information on how to establish eligibility, or the current status of the district’s eligibility for State funding under the School Facility Program (SFP), please contact the OPSC Project Manager.
OPSC Contacts – Project Managers
The California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39) makes changes to corporate income taxes and, except as specified, provides $550 million annually from the General Fund to the Clean Energy Job Creation Fund, or the Job Creation Fund, for five fiscal years beginning with the 2013-14 fiscal year.
California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39)
The U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools recognition award honors schools that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs. For more information on the program, please see:
Green Ribbon School Award Program
The Bright Schools Program offers services to help identify the most cost-effective energy saving opportunities for your school facility. Savings can typically reduce annual utility costs by 10 percent or more. In addition, efficiency upgrades can reduce annual maintenance costs and greenhouse gas emissions, while improving indoor air quality and the overall building comfort.
Bright Schools Program
Bright Schools Program Brochure
California is reducing its environmental footprint through sustainable state government operations and practices including energy efficient building design and construction, renewable energy generation at state facilities, environmentally preferable purchasing, and green vehicle policies.
Green California - Home Page
List of resources for Green Schools - U.S. Department of Education reference page. This page is designed to make ED-Green Ribbon School resources easier to find. It is offered as a convenience for schools, teachers, parents and students.
DSA Project Submittal – Instructions and Required Forms
OPSC Funding Programs – Main Page
OPSC Project Tracking Search Tool
OPSC Directory of Services
The laws and regulations that govern the new program became effective January 1, 2012, but ended June 20, 2014. Only projects for which the public works contract was awarded on or after January 1, 2012, and on or before June 19, 2014 were subject to the CMU requirements.
DIR Prevailing Wage/Compliance Monitoring Unit Main Page
Senate Bill 854 created the Public Works Contractor Registration Program. The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) monitoring and enforcement is now funded from registration fees rather than payments from contract awarders. For more information please see the DIR website page:
SB 854 - Important Information for Awarding Bodies
When the project is finished and all construction activities are complete, DSA will issue a Final Certification of Construction. The links below will help to guide you through the process of closing your project out.
DSA Construction Certification
OPSC Substantial Progress and Expenditure Audit Guide
OPSC Project Expenditure Report
OPSC Project Information Worksheet
Below are the links to key school facility contacts within each agency. These contact links are also listed in the appropriate sections above.
DSA Contact Information – Headquarters and Regional Offices
DIR Prevailing Wage/Compliance Monitoring Contacts
The California Public School Construction Process Information Page provides a helpful overview of the approval and funding process for schools constructed or modernized with state matching funds. By clicking the process headings at the top of the page (or at the bottom of the page) key links to agency regulatory approval information is provided, along with key contacts in each agency for assistance. If you have general questions about this web page, please click here to contact OPSC communications.