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San Antonio, TX 78204


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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 were 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 were asked to help the City achieve these goals.

Please do not hesitate to contact us regarding the new ordinance.

  • Michael Shannon, PE, CBO, Director,  210.207.5006
  • Andrew Perez, Sign Inspection Supervisor,  210.207.0158

The following documents are available regarding this process:



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


Comments from stakeholders


Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions.

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:
Michael Dice, Policy Administrator - 210.207.7877.

STR Taskforce Members


  • Taskforce Meetings - 10:00am - 12:00pm
    • May 30
    • June 27
    • July 25
    • Aug 22
    • Sept 26
    • Oct 24
  • General Meetings - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
    • July 11
    • Aug 08
    • Sept 12
    • Oct 10
    • Nov 14

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



Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions.

April 3 Meeting:  Proposed Residential Standards
April 5 Meeting:  Proposed Commercial Standards

Current Beacon Hill NCD
Proposed Beacon Hill NCD Revisions (Version A)
Proposed Beacon Hill NCD Revisions (Version B)
Beacon Hill Comparison Matrix (Version A)

Commercial Design Standards Comments
Residential Design Standards Comments

Meeting Dates:
March 20: Presentation to Beacon Hill Neighborhood Association
April 3: Presentation of Proposed Changes to Residential Design Standards
April 5: Presentation of Proposed Changes to Commercial Design Standards
April 17: Neighborhoods and Livability Committee Briefing
April 25: Meeting with Commercial Property Owners Working Group
May 10: Meeting with Commercial Property Owners Working Group
May 24: Presentation of Proposed Changes to Commercial Design Standards
May 25: Presentation of Proposed Changes to Residential Design Standards

To provide your comments and feedback of the proposed revisions by April 14, contact: Catherine Hernandez.

    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.

    For more information, please contact:  
    Michael Dice, Policy Administrator,, 210.207.7877

    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.