The property you are proposing to build upon must be platted and zoned for residential use. Since the City has a variety of zoning districts, the first step is to verify that the zoning of your land allows for residential use. For more information please see the Examples of Permitted Uses in Zoning Districts or refer to the UDC (Chapter 35 Article III, Sec 35-310.01, Tables 311-1/311-1a).
Please be aware that for each zoning district, your project will need to comply with the required building setbacks: the minimum distance from the property lines that a structure must be located. For more detailed information regarding these requirements please refer to the UDC Chapter 35, Article III.
If you have a question about your zoning designation, contact Development Services’ Call Center at 210.207.1111.
If you are unsure if your property is platted correctly, contact the Land Development Division at 210.207.0121.
For information regarding a zoning verification letter as well as the application, please go to Zoning Verification Letters.
To check your property's zoning, use the City’s One Stop Zoning Map
Basic OneStop Zoning Map Directions:
- Click & Accept Terms
- Use top menu to navigate the map.
- Example: If you want to move the map left to right, push on the icon
- If you know the property address, choose the icon and enter the property address. If you do not know the address, zoom in to the general location or street intersection.
- After locating, check the zoning district on or near the parcel.
- Zoning Code Information: Push the . A box on the right hand side will pop up. At the bottom of the box, choose Zoning for a complete description of all codes.
- Explore the map. It has some great features for you.
We also have a complete Zoning Map User Guide. Please look for this in the resource section below.
The City of San Antonio, in cooperation 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 Neighborhood Conservation, Corridor Districts and other overlay districts that could affect your design and these requirements are reviewed along with your permit application. If you have any questions regarding these 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, River Improvement Overlay (RIO) District, or Viewshed Protection, 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.