The City of San Antonio, in collaboration with neighborhood and community organizations, has established certain districts in an effort to preserve and recognize special and unique neighborhoods and corridors.
The City has a variety of Overlay districts including Neighborhood Conservation and Corridor Districts that could affect your design and these requirements are reviewed along with your permit application. If you have any questions regarding overlay guidelines or requirements, contact a Zoning Planner at 210.207.8208 or 210.207.7395.
If the Zoning map shows your property in a Historic District, Local Landmark, Viewshed Protection, or River Improvement Overlay, you must first receive authorization for your project through the Office of Historic Preservation. To reach their offices, or if you have any questions regarding Historic Overlays, call 210.215.9274 or visit the Office of Historic Preservation website.
San Antonio has established a Joint Land Use Program with our Military community. The information below will help you determine if your property resides in a Military Overlay District and any land use guidelines.
The City recognizes that noise affects quality of life for various San Antonio neighborhoods and business districts. The Military Sound Attenuation Overlay District (MSAO) includes standards for building construction for noise sensitive structures to mitigate noise generated from military training exercises and aircraft operations. The MSAO was applied to territory within the noise military influence area of Camp Bullis. Adoption of this overlay district was an implementation component of the Camp Bullis Joint Land Use Study (JLUS).
For more information regarding the specific criteria for properties within the Military Sound Attenuation Overlay District, please refer to the City’s Unified Development Code Section 35-339.05.
The Military Airport Overlay Zone (MAOZ) was established to identify military airport hazard areas and address the impact around military airport take off and final approach paths. For that reason, the MAOZ includes requirements which limit the density of development and intensity of uses in such areas. The Military Airport Overlay Zones are intended to:
- Regulate future growth, development and incompatible land uses.
- Prevent the establishment of any land use which would endanger aircraft operations and the continued use of military airports.
- Protect the character and stability of existing land uses while protecting the general economic welfare.
For more information regarding the specific criteria for properties within the Military Airport Overlay Zones, please refer to the City’s Unified Development Code Section 35-334.
The Military Lighting Overlay District (MLOD) includes regulations regarding outdoor lighting that impacts military operations within five (5) miles of the perimeter of Camp Bullis/Camp Stanley. Adoption of this overlay district was an implementation component of the Camp Bullis Joint Land Use Study (JLUS). The purpose of establishing Military Lighting Overlay Districts is to address the following:
- To reduce glare and potential distractions to night time training exercises occurring within this area.
- To balance the needs of the military, the City of San Antonio, and property owners regarding responsible development including outdoor lighting within this area.
For more information regarding specific criteria for properties that exist within the Military Lighting Overlay District, please refer to the City’s Unified Development Code Section 35-339.04.
For more information regarding the Joint Land Use Studies, visit the Office of Military Affairs website.
If you are located within any of the Overlay Districts, STOP and call 210.207.0121 and ask for a Land Development Specialist, prior to taking any other steps.