Today, San Antonio City Council approved an ordinance drafted by City staff for the registration and inspection of boarding homes throughout San Antonio. The approved ordinance, which goes into effect on March 1, 2013, focuses on the safety and upkeep of buildings and properties where boarding home residents choose to live. The ordinance requires boarding home owners and operators to maintain City fire and building codes. With the adoption of this ordinance, San Antonio becomes the third city in Texas, and one of only a few in the nation, to implement a boarding homes ordinance.
“With today’s City Council approval, the City will continue its emphasis on putting safety first by focusing on the compliance with and enforcement of the ordinance to ensure life safety, and that fire and building codes are maintained by property owners. Residents are also encouraged to inform the City about issues they are concerned about regarding boarding homes that may be in their neighborhoods,” said David Ellison, Assistant City Manager for the City of San Antonio.
The ordinance addresses several key areas affecting boarding homes and their owners/operators including fire codes, health codes, building codes and zoning requirements. The ordinance also addresses the responsibilities and requirements of boarding home owners/operators to receive and maintain permits.
Highlights of the boarding homes ordinance are:
· Boarding home owners/operators who register with the City prior to March 1, 2013 will have until January 1, 2014 to install the required fire sprinkler system.
· Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCI) are required in lieu of commercial wiring.
· Boarding home owners are required to provide on-site staff supervision anytime there are three or more residents at home.
The City has worked diligently to raise awareness within the community about the ordinance and its components. A series of informational meetings were held throughout the community in November and December to give interested individuals opportunities to provide feedback to or ask questions of City staff about issues regarding boarding homes.
The City has also established a community assistance line at 210-207-8511, and launched an informational website,
sanantonio.gov/boardinghomesordinance as resources for anyone seeking additional information.