Guide for Working on Projects Under OSHPD Jurisdiction — Tips From the Experts

California hospitals are considered by many architects and engineers to be the most complex buildings in the world to construct. They are also among the most costly. Hospital buildings must be designed and built to provide care and service to the community 24 hours a day, seven days a week, regardless of environmental conditions that may impact the facilities or their staffs. California has developed rigorous hospital building standards and procedures to ensure that hospital facilities will be able to meet community needs.It takes considerable professional skill to understand these standards and implement these procedures.

The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development has published Guide for Working on Projects Under OSHPD Jurisdiction — Tips From the Experts to aid in the design and review of hospital construction projects in California and to serve as a model for avoiding costly delays sometimes associated with large, complex construction projects.


  • Introduction to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, Facilities Development Division
  • Geologic Hazards Investigation Guidelines
  • Plan Design and Review Guidelines
  • Inspector of Records Guidelines
  • Testing, Inspection and Observation Guidelines
  • Guidelines for Working with OSHPD Facilities Development Division Field Staff
  • Guidelines for Hospitals Working with OSHPD
  • Glossary: Acronyms and Definitions

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Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development