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Codes & Ordinances Overview

Development in the City of San Antonio requires conformance with all adopted building codes, land use regulations and the City's design and construction standards.

On January 29, 2015, San Antonio City Council approved the adoption of the 2015 International Code Council (ICC) building-related, fire and property maintenance codes with local amendments.  With the exception of the 2015 International Energy Conservation Codes (IECC), these codes went into effect on May 1, 2015.


As of May 1, 2015 the City of San Antonio has the following International Code Council (ICC) codes in effect. The International Energy Conservation Codes (IECC) will go into effect July 15, 2015.

  • 2015 International Building Code
  • 2015 International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings
  • 2015 International Mechanical Code
  • 2015 International Plumbing Code
  • 2015 International Existing Building Code
  • 2015 International Fuel Gas Code
  • 2015 International Fire Code
  • 2015 International Energy Conservation Code
  • 2014 National Electric Code

The following local amendments to the Codes have also been adopted:

Forms & Applications:


In September 2015, Councilman Mike Gallagher requested that the Development Services Department review,update and amend Chapter 28 of the City Code, the San Antonio Sign Code.  The goals of the updates are to review new technologies and products, address common questions and enforcement issues; add flexibility to the code, and clarify intent of the code. A group of key City Staff members as well as Stakeholders from the Community have been asked to help the City achieve these goals.

There have been changes/updates/amendments proposed to the Sign Code by various individuals for the Stakeholder Group to consider.  Please submit your proposed recommendations/updates to us in writing.  Your submittal should include 1) the proposed change, and 2) justification for the proposed change.  These should be emailed to:

  • Michael Shannon, Assistant Director,  210.207.5006
  • Dennis Attard, Sign Inspection Supervisor,  210.912.7619

The next Sign Code Update Stakeholder meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

The following documents are available regarding this process:

Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions.


In March 2016 Councilman Ron Nirenberg issued a City Council Consideration Request (CCR) to convene a committee of stakeholders to explore and develop policy recommendations on digital infrastructure including, but not limited to, the installation of fiber conduit on all street cuts and new development projects.  The goal of the Conduit Committee Task Force is to discuss the issues related to these emerging technologies and recommend any modifications to existing policy or creation of new development requirements.

The Committee is made up of key City staff members, stakeholders from the community, trade professionals and developers.  This committee will be meeting monthly for the next few months to discuss and finally make recommendations on the CCR to City Council.  Email invites will be sent for the next 5 meetings as needed. 

Comments and recommendations made either through meetings or submitted through email will be posted here.  Please be clear on each recommendation and it's basis.  We ask that email comments be submitted no later than September 30, 2016.

Please submit comments by email to:

  • Michael Dice, Interim Policy Administrator, - 210.207.7877

The following documents and comments are available for review:


Comments from stakeholders:


Code Interpretation

The Building and Fire related codes are updated every three years. During those update periods, there are often questions concerning how the City is interpreting the actual Code or the Rules.

Go to Code Interpretations to see if your question has been addressed.  To obtain a Code Interpretation see IB 115 on How to Request a Code Interpretation.

The Unified Development Code (UDC) is located in Chapter 35 of the City's Code. It includes regulations for the preparation of land in anticipation of development, such as subdivision platting, zoning, and street and drainage design, as well as historic preservation. As such, the UDC implements the City's Comprehensive Plan and Master Plan Policies. Built into the UDC is a once every five year update program where amendments may be submitted for consideration and recommendation through various boards and commissions. 

IB 558 UDC Amendments Process

The  City of San Antonio completed the most recent five year update in 2015.  The 2015 amendments became effective on January 1, 2016 and included approximately 200 amendments and 670 pages. Below you will find the UDC amendments ordinance, as well as helpful training materials from the update program.

UDC Updates Training:
Tree and Landscape UDC Amendments
Zoning UDC Amendments
Platting UDC Amendments
     2015 UDC Plat Exceptions
TCI Storm Water UDC Amendments & Drainage Manual
Infrastructure and Transportation

lid/conservation subdivision Amendments APPROVED BY CITY COUNCIL, FEB. 18, 2016  (Amendments to be effective February 28, 2016)

LID/Conservation Subdivision Ordinance
LID/NCDP Training Session - 03-29-2016
LID/NCDP Presentation

UDC Amendments Approved by city council, dec. 17, 2015  (Amendments to be effective January 1, 2016)

2015 UDC Amendments Ordinance

2015 UDC Update Proposals

The Unified Development Code (UDC) update program occurs every 5 years, specifically on those years ending in a “0” or “5.” The program provides citizens and stakeholders opportunity to propose amendments pursuant to Section 35-111: Section 35-111. Updates for Amendments.

The 2015 UDC update includes approximately 260 proposed amendments submitted by 30 individuals/agencies. These amendments will be reviewed and considered by several stakeholders, committees, Boards and Commissions prior to final consideration by City Council.

Below are the meeting schedules and amendments to be considered:

July 13, 2015 July 20, 2015 July 27, 2015 August 3, 2015 August 10, 2015 August 17, 2015 August  24, 2015 August  31, 2015
September 14, 2015 September 21, 2015 September 28, 2015 October 12, 2015 October 26, 2015 November 23, 2015

The City of San Antonio is currently revising Section 35-385 of the Unified Development Code relating to Wireless Communications Systems.  The update is intended to make the regulations regarding cellular phone and cellular data more flexible and predictable, as well as complying with various federal order and Supreme Court rulings.  An additional goal is modifying the regulations to take into account new and emerging technologies in the wireless industry.

With these goals in mind, the Development Services Department has assembled a group of industry leaders and experts to help us draft a revision to the City's wireless regulations.  Over the next few months, these stakeholders, DSD staff, and staff from the City Attorney's Office will be working to revise the current draft ordinance.

Wireless Communication Draft Ordinance (subject to change)
Wireless Communication Presentation

For more information, please contact:  
Tony Felts, AICP, Senior Planner,, 210.207.8214

Rule Interpretations

Over the course of administration of the Unified Development Code, interpretation questions often arise. Rule Interpretations are formal interpretations of the Unified Development Code.

Go to Rule Interpretations to find an existing interpretation. To submit a Rule Interpretation please see Information Bulletin 555.