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Cliff Morton Development and Business Services Center
1901 South Alamo Street
San Antonio, TX 78204

Phone:
210.207.1111

Hours:
7:45 am - 4:30 pm (Mon - Fri)
Closed on City Holidays

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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) went 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

Chapter 28 - Signs and Billboard Ordinance went into effect July 3, 2017:

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

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.

Forms & Applications:

Resources:

In March 2017 Councilmember Roberto Trevino, District 1, issued a City Council Consideration Request (CCR) for City staff to explore the development of a program to ensure the safety of all residents of senior and/or disabled residential housing facilities. The program should provide for periodic, regular and adequate inspections with a goal of preventing or minimizing public health dangers and risks for residents living in these types of residential housing facilities.

Comments and recommendations made either through meetings or submitted through email will be posted here. Please be clear on each recommendation and its basis.

Please submit comments by email to:
Phil Laney, Senior Special Projects Manager, Phil.Laney@sanantonio.gov or  call 210-207-0350

For Media inquiries, please contact: 
Ximena Copa-Wiggins, Public Relations Manager, Ximena.Copa-Wiggins@sanantonio.gov or call 210-207-0221

Comments

Meetings

General Meetings
o May 3, 2018 - 1:00 – 2:30p.m.
o May 16, 2018- 12:30– 1:30p.m.
o June 8, 2018 – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
o June 28, 2018 – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Meetings will be held in the 1st Floor Boardroom at the DSD Building located at 1901 S. Alamo, unless otherwise noted.

Boards and Committees

Community, Health & Equity – TBD
City Council Consideration - TBD

Documents

Senior Living Facilities Meeting Agenda - May 16, 2018
CCR on Senior Living Facilities – March 20, 2017
Senior Living Facilities General Meeting Presentation – May 3, 2018
San Antonio Property Maintenance Code - City Code Chapter 6
Boarding Homes Ordinance - City Code Chapter 16
Mobile Living Parks Ordinance Update - City Code Chapter 18


Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions.

Dark Sky Policy Evaluation


WHAT IS DARK SKY?

The Dark Sky denotes a place where the darkness of the night sky is reasonably free of interference from artificial light to reduce light pollution. Dark Sky lighting is lighting provided where it is needed, while reducing unnecessary scattered light and glare. Dark Sky focuses on only using as much light as is needed and when it is needed.

The advantages of reducing light pollution include an increased number of stars visible at night, reducing the effects of light on the environment, and cutting down on energy usage. Scientific studies have shown that light pollution, the inappropriate or excessive use of artificial light negatively impacts the environment, human health, military nighttime activities, and is wasting energy and financial resources. Thousands of cities across the world have adopted codes as a tool for a community to use to control light pollution, including glare, light trespass and skyglow.
 
To further the Military’s Mission, and as a part of the Dark Sky initiative, the Development Services Department, in consultation with the Office of Sustainability, developed an ordinance to modify and modernize the Military Lighting Overlay Districts.  This ordinance also directed staff to initiate rezoning of properties within 5 miles of Lackland Air Force base to add the MLOD, and to rezoning  the exiting MLOD-1 area within 5 miles of Camp Bullis.  Additional information on these initiatives will be released at a later date.  You can review the full ordinance here:  MLOD Ordinance 2018-02-08-0079   

MLOD Ordinance Implementation
Public Meeting Information for Lackland Area MLOD rezoning:
1st Public Meeting - John Jay High School  Cafeteria, 7611 Marbach Rd., Wednesday, March 28, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
2nd Public Meeting - Christa McAuliffe Middle School Cafeteria, 9390 SW Loop 410, Wednesday, April 4, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Please note that Camp Bullis Area Public Meetings will be held at a later date.

Documents
Lackland Community Meeting Presentation
Proposed Lackland MLOD Area
Proposed Camp Bullis MLOD Area
MLOD Frequently Asked Questions

Visit the City of San Antonio Office of Sustainability website at http://www.sanantonio.gov/sustainability/DarkSkyPolicyEvaluation for more detailed information on this program.


 

In February 2017 Councilman Mike Gallagher issued a City Council Consideration Request (CCR) for city staff to explore the emerging short term rental trend and other cities best practices that have been implemented to address the trend. Review elements include:

  • Research if short term rentals impact property values and neighborhood safety statistics.
  • Review how cities have updated municipal codes or ordinances to allow this industry to operate.
  • Review options for registering hosts with the City and if a permit should be required.
  • Research if short term rentals should be required to remit hotel occupancy taxes
  • Determine policies and procedures to enhance public safety in the short term rental industry.

Comments and recommendations made either through meetings or submitted through email will be posted here. Please be clear on each recommendation and its' basis. We ask that email comments be submitted no later than March 24, 2017.

Please submit comments by email to:
Tony Felts, Development Services Manager - 210.207.0153.

For Media inquiries, please contact:
Ximena Copa-Wiggins, Public Relations Manager, 210-207-0221

STR Taskforce Members

Comments

Meetings

Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, 1901 S. Alamo St., 1st Floor Boardroom - STR Taskforce Meeting
Saturday, June 2, 2018, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, 1901 S. Alamo St., 1st Floor Boardroom - STR General Meeting (Public Meeting)

Boards and Committees

  • Technical Advisory Committee - Nov 27, 2017
  • Board of Adjustment - Jan 8, 2018
  • Planning Commission - Jan 10, 2018
  • Community, Health & Equity - Jan 25, 2018
  • Zoning Commission - Feb 6, 2018 - 1:00 p.m.
  • Mayor's Housing Task Force - TBD
  • City Council B Session - April 11, 2018
  • Governance Committee - June 20, 2018 (tentative)
  • Board of Adjustment (BOA) Briefing - July 2, 2018 (tentative)
  • Zoning Commission Briefing - July 3, 2018 (tentative)
  • Planning Commission Briefing - July 11, 2018 (tentative)
  • City Council B Session - TBD
  • City Council Consideration - TBD

  • City Council & Committee Meeting Agendas:  https://sanantonio.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx

    Documents

    Links

    Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions.

    The Transportation and Capital Improvements Departments (TCI) has proposed an amendment to sections 35-506(d)(4) and 35-506(q)(2) of the UDC  to create a mitigation fund that would allow developers the option to pay a fee instead of building sidewalks or bicycle facilities if the project meets certain exception criteria within the UDC.  Should the criteria be met, the developer would be able to pay the fee and the money collected would be set aside in a mitigation fund for future pedestrian or bicycle facility construction in a designated area.  This proposed UDC amendment would also establish the necessary exemption criteria.

    Proposed Amendment and Documents
    Sidewalk and Bicycle Mitigation Fund
    Sidewalk and Bicycle Mitigation Fund UDC Amendment - PCTAC Recommendations
    Sidewalk and Bicycle Mitigation Fund Presentation to PCTAC

    March 2, 2018 - PCTAC Recommended approval with changes.

    Next Steps:
    April 2018 - Planning Commission
    May 2018 - City Council Consideration

    In accordance with City Code Sections 10-14(a)(5) and 11-40 - section 108,  the City’s Building-related and Fire Codes Appeals and Advisory Board (BRFCAAB) has begun the process of conducting public hearings on nationally recognized building-related and fire codes (building, existing building, residential, fire, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, fuel gas and energy codes), in order to make recommendations to the Building Official and Fire Chief for adoption or local amendment. 

    2018 International Fire Code Adoption and Amendment Process - May 2018
    2018 Chapter 10 Proposed Amendments Draft #16 - 05-23-2018
    2018 ICC Significant Code Changes Updates - 04-17-2018

    As part of that process, the BRFCAAB is reviewing the technical provisions of the following codes:

    2018 International Building Code, IBC
    2018 International Existing Building Code, IEBC
    2018 International Residential Code, IRC
    2018 International Fire Code, IFC
    2018 International Mechanical Code, IMC
    2018 International Plumbing Code, IPC
    2018 International Fuel Gas Code, IFGC
    2018 International Energy Conservation Code, IECC
    2017 National Electrical Code, NEC

    At the Board meeting on October 4th, 2017, the BRFCAAB established the following subcommittees in accordance with City Code Section 10-14(a)(5):

    Mechanical Code Subcommittee - Completed the review on November 9, 2017
    Plumbing and Fuel Gas Code Subcommittee – Completed the review on December 12, 2017
    Building, Existing Building, Residential, and Fire Code Subcommittee next meeting dates:
    Existing Building - April 4, 2018, 9:00 a.m.- Board Room
    Fire Code and Residential  - April 18, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - Board Room
    Residential - May 16, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - Board Room
    Energy Conservation Code Subcommittee - May 8, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - Board Room
    Chapter 10 Building-Related Codes Subcommittee - May 22, 2018, 1:30 p.m. - Board Room

      All meetings will be held at 1901 S. Alamo in the designated meeting rooms unless otherwise noted.

     *The BRFCAAB Chairman created the Electrical Code Subcommittee in February 2017.

    These subcommittees will be holding open public hearings to review the technical provisions of the new codes and proposed amendments thereto.  All code review subcommittee meetings and public hearings will be posted.  DSD and SAFD recommend that all interested stakeholders participate to help us once again adopt the appropriate minimum building-related and fire codes for San Antonio.  

    Once all of the subcommittees complete their reviews, they will present their recommendations to the full BRFCAAB for review and consideration.  Once the full board completes their review, the Board will make a recommendation to the Building Official and Fire Chief who will present their recommendations on a Code Adoption Ordinance to the Community Heath and Equity Council Committee.

    As reported earlier this year, the BRFCAAB Electrical Code Subcommittee was formed in February 2017 to review the 2017 NEC.  The subcommittee completed its review on September 11, 2017.

    DSD will post and maintain a calendar of the proposed subcommittee technical review meetings.

    City Council Consideration near May/June, 2018 with an effective adoption date of July/August, 2018.

    In December 2016 Councilman Roberto Trevino issued a City Council Consideration Request (CCR) for city staff to review the Alta Vista Neighborhood Conservation District standards for possible update.

    A Committee has been formed consisting of property owners within the Alta Vista Neighborhood to review and recommend potential changes to the "NCD-2" Alta Vista Neighborhood Conservation Overlay zoning district. Alta Vista Committee Members

    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. 

    Email comments to Kristie Flores, Planning Manager
    210.207.5889

    Committee Meetings
    October 24, 2017
    November 28, 2017
    January 23, 2018
    February 27, 2018
    March 27, 2018

    Committee meetings will be held in Training Room B, 2nd floor at the DSD Building located at 1901 S. Alamo, unless otherwise noted.

    Documents

    Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions.

    In April 2017 Councilman Medina and Councilman Trevino issued a City Council Consideration Request (CCR) for city staff to review the San Antonio Unified Development Code’s current Infill Development Zone (IDZ) designation and it’s development standards. Review elements include:

    Research of comparable municipal infill policies
    Review of how the “IDZ” zoning designation effects neighborhoods
    Review of the impact of reducing setbacks and parking requirements
    Determine policies and procedures to enhance the livability of established neighborhoods

    A Task Force has been formed consisting of representatives from neighborhoods and development community to review and recommend potential changes to the “IDZ” zoning district.   General Meetings will also be held to gather more input from the public.  

    Comments and recommendations made either through meetings or submitted through email will be posted here. Please be clear on each recommendation and its' basis.

    Email comments to Logan Sparrow, Principal Planner
    210.207.8691

    IDZ Task Force Members

    Documents

    Task Force Meetings: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
    October 23, 2017
    November 27, 2017
    January 22, 2018
    February 26, 2018
    March 26, 2018
    April 23, 2018
    May 29, 2018 - 2:30 p.m.


    Task Force Meetings will be held in Training Room B, 2nd floor at the DSD Building located at 1901 S. Alamo, unless otherwise noted.

    General Meetings: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
    October 9, 2017
    November 7, 2017
    December 5, 2017
    February 6, 2018
    April 10, 2018
    May, 8, 2018

    General Meetings will be held in the 1st Floor Boardroom at the DSD Building located at 1901 S. Alamo, unless otherwise noted.

    In March 2017 former Councilman Alan E. Warrick II, issued a City Council Consideration Request (CCR) for city staff to review the Mahncke Park Neighborhood Conservation District standards for possible update.

    A Committee has been formed consisting of property owners within the Mahncke Park Neighborhood to review and recommend potential changes to the "NCD-6" Mahncke Park Neighborhood Conservation Overlay zoning district. Mahncke Park Committee Members List.

    Comments and recommendations made either through meetings or submitted through email will be posted here.  Please be clear on each recommendation and its' basis. 

    Email comments to Zenon Solis, Planning Coordinator
    210.207.7796
       OR
    Email comments to Kristie Flores, Planning Manager
    210.207.5889

     

    Committee Meeting Schedule:
    January 25, 2018
    February 22, 2018
    March 22, 2018
    April 26, 2018
    May 24, 2018
    June 28, 2018

    The Committee meetings will be held every 4th Thursday of the month from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. in Training Room B located at 1901 S. Alamo, 2nd floor, unless otherwise noted.

    Documents

    Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions.

    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. Additionally, updates to UDC may be proposed at any time by staff or at the direction of the City Council.

    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.

    IB 558 UDC Amendments Process

    recent UDC Update initiatives:

    Short Term Rentals (STR)
    Dark Sky/Military Lighting Overlay District (MLOD)
    Historic View Sheds Amendment Process (Office of Historic Preservation)
    Sidewalk and Bicycle Mitigation Fund (Transportation and Capital Improvements Department)

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    To see current PCTAC Agendas see Planning Commission calendar at https://sanantonio.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx.

    For questions about PCTAC Agendas, contact the Policy Administration Team.

    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.

    For more information, please contact:  
    Michael Dice, Policy Administrator, michael.dice@sanantonio.gov, 210.207.7877

    In 2011, City Council removed Article VI, Division 5, of the UDC relating to Public Art San Antonio, and replaced the UDC sections with the policy document administered by the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture.  Please visit the Public Art San Antonio website for information regarding the policy or contact the Arts and Culture Department at art@sanantonio.gov or 210-206-ARTS.

    09-08-2011 Public Art Ordinance