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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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Our department has developed a database of queries or FAQ’s that have been submitted to our department over the years. In many instances questions a person may have about a particular topic has already been addressed.

Below you will see FAQs that address the most common questions we receive. To the right you will see a navigation bar with FAQ’s related to particular topics. Just select the topic that is most relevant to your situation and see if the clarification you need has been addressed.

Addressing

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The City of San Antonio Development Services Department Addressing Team issues addresses within its municipal boundaries. For more information the issuance and processing of Addressing, please contact the Addressing Team or 210.207.1111.
City Public Service (CPS) Energy issues all addresses within Bexar County. For further information, please contact CPS Energy at 210.353.2222 Residential, 210.353.3333 Commercial, or the Accounts and Addressing Department.
Addresses are important because:
  • When you call 911, the 911‐dispatcher reports your address number to fire, law enforcement, EMS and other first responders to assist you.
  • Utility service providers (gas, electric, water, phone, and cable) use your address to know where new service and outages are located, and dispatch utility crews to install and restore service as quickly as possible.
  • Daily services such as the United States Postal Service (“USPS”), recycle, trash pick‐up, and other delivery services use your address to deliver items/goods to your location.
  • Using an address that is different than the one assigned by the City of San Antonio may cause delays in emergency services response times, mail delivery problems, and slow the development process down when applying for building permits and utility services.
Addresses are assigned by using the City’s addressing grid and allowing a formula of one (1) address for every fifty (50) feet in increments of four (4) (i.e. 502, 506, 510, 514, etc.). After the address is calculated, adjustments may be made to ensure the new number is within the sequence of addresses assigned over a period of time. For further information on the assignment of addresses, please refer to IB 536, Process for Address Assignment and Verification.
Building numbers and suite numbers are assigned through the use of a digital copy (in PDF format) of the Site Plan and Floor Plan, which is to be provided by the customer with the submittal of a completed Request for Address Assignment/Verification form and applicable fees. Site plans must show the location of all existing and proposed structures, rights-of-way, and access points with dimensions. Floor plans must show the location of all suites and common areas for each floor with dimensions, as applicable. Existing and proposed building numbers and suite numbers are to be identified on the Site Plan and Floor Plan.

Multiple buildings that share the same address, to include portable buildings, will be identified numerically in a clockwise or counter-clockwise sequence beginning with the number “1.” Alphanumerical building numbers are not permitted. Accessory structures and dwelling units (granny flats) on single-family residential lots will be assigned the primary structure’s address.

Buildings with multiple floors and/or suites, units or apartments will be assigned suite or apartment numbers as these numbers are an intricate part of an assigned address. Suite, unit, and apartment numbers will be numbered sequentially according to the corresponding building, floor, and “unit” numbers in a clockwise or counter-clockwise sequence. The suite numbers will increase in the direction of the addressing on that street. A unit number will be assigned (or reserved) at every fifteen (15) to twenty (20) feet to allow for future expansion/growth, or down-size.

For further information, please refer to IB 501, Assignment of Building and Suite Numbers.
The issuance and change of an address may be subject to fees. Currently, the fees are as follows:
  • 50.00 plat addressing fee to assign/issue addresses for plats with ten (10) lots or more and/or for properties that require field check.
  • $100.00 building number assignment fee per site address.
  • $20.00 suite/unit/apartment number assignment fee per assigned number.
  • $50.00 per change fee to re-issue or change an address due to a change in the development or project.
  • $50.00 fee to change the address on a permit, per address.
  • $100.00 After Hour review fee.
  • There is no fee to correct/change an existing address that is out of sequence or on the wrong side of the road. The City of San Antonio reserves the right to change an existing address to ensure that first responders, firefighters, police, and emergency medical units are provided with accurate address information.
  • There is no fee to verify an existing address.
For additional information regarding the Addressing Fees, the Development Services Department’s Fee Schedule may be accessed online.
Staff will require a completed “Request for Address/Verification” (PDF) form and copies of the following documents:
  • Copy of the deed, title, or Bexar County Appraisal District property details.
  • Copy of the recorded Plat.
    • In the event that the property is not platted, a copy of the Certificate of Determination and a location map highlighting the subject property will be needed.
  • A Site Plan with dimensions showing the location of all existing and proposed structures, rights-of-ways and access points.
  • All plans must be submitted in digital copy (.pdf and .dwg formats).
For multi-family or non-residential development on a single lot or for one-lot subdivisions, staff will require a completed “Request for Address/Verification” (PDF) form and copies of the following documents:
  • Copy of the deed, title, or Bexar County Appraisal District property details.
  • Copy of the recorded Plat. 
    • In the event that the property is not platted, a copy of the Certificate of Determination and a location map highlighting the subject property.
  • A Site Plan with dimensions showing the location of all existing and proposed structures, rights-of-ways and access points.
  • A Floor Plan with dimensions showing the location of all suites and common areas for each floor, as applicable.
  • Existing and proposed addresses, to include suite, unit and apartment numbers are to be identified on the Site Plan and Floor Plan.
  • All plans must be submitted in digital copy (.pdf and .dwg formats).
  • All applicable fees.
For multiple lot subdivisions, staff will require a completed “Request for Address/Verification” (PDF) form and copies of the following documents:
  • Copy of the deed, title, or Bexar County Appraisal District property details.
  • Copy of the recorded Plat and Master Development Plan (“MDP”) (if applicable).
  • A Site Plan with dimensions showing the location of all existing and proposed structures, rights-of-ways and access points.
  • All plans must be submitted in digital copy (.pdf and .dwg formats).
  • All applicable fees.
Prior to requesting a new address, please verify if the property is platted as preliminary addresses may be assigned through the platting process. In the event that your property is exempt from platting, a copy of the Certificate of Determination will be required to request an address. All address requests must be completed by submitting a “Request for Address Assignment/Verification” (PDF) form with all supporting documentation (as identified above) and applicable fees to the Addressing Team in the Land Entitlements Section.

For questions regarding the platting or Certificate of Determination process, please contact the Land Entitlements Section at 210.207.1111.

A new address for an additional meter may be assigned provided the proposed scope of work complies with the requirements of the City Code (i.e. a new suite in a retail shopping center, an additional dwelling unit in a multi-family zoning district). Meter addresses may be used for irrigation systems, communication towers, parking lots, etc.

To request a new address, a copy of the following information is required to be submitted with a complete “Request of Address Assignment/Verification” (PDF) form:
  • Copy of the deed, title, or Bexar County Appraisal District property details.
  • Copy of the recorded Plat.
    • In the event that the property is not platted, a copy of the Certificate of Determination and a location map highlighting the subject property.
  • A current tax bill that shows the owners name and contains a full legal description of the property.
  • A Site Plan with dimensions showing the location of all existing and proposed structures, rights-of-ways and access points.
  • A Floor Plan with dimensions showing the location of all suites and common areas for each floor, as applicable.
  • Existing and proposed addresses, to include suite, unit and apartment numbers are to be identified on the Site Plan and Floor Plan.
  • All plans must be submitted in digital copy (.pdf and .dwg formats).
No, the information required on the application is critical to the addressing procedure. Once the required information is submitted, an individual address will be assigned. Please note that the City’s goal is to process all requests within ten (10) working days. However, an applicant may request an After Hour Review, which will process the request within two (2) days unless there are extenuating circumstances. Please note that After Hour Reviews will be subject to the $100.00 After Hour Review fee.
No. All addresses must be requested to the office that has jurisdiction over your area. Also, the current zoning district of the property, if applicable, must be verified prior to requesting new addresses. This assures that the proposed number of multi-family units is permitted, and in reporting that number to first responders, U.S. Postal service, utility companies, etc.
Your address is the primary reference for emergency responders to locate you. Addresses that are out of sequence or uniformity need to be corrected. When emergency responders and utility companies report these addresses to our office, the City will make every attempt to correct these addresses. By correcting conflicting or nonconforming addresses, the City will reduce confusion and assist in minimizing emergency response times.
If you are aware of an address that is out of sequence or on the wrong side of the road (a uniformity problem), you can report that address to the City of San Antonio Addressing Team for correction as needed at 210.207.1111.

To learn more about the City’s Addressing policies and procedures, please visit the Addressing Team’s webpage

The following Addressing IBs are available online on the Development Services Department Addressing & Street Name Change page.
The City of San Antonio provides an interactive website that has the ability to enter in an address and locate it on a map.
  • Please note that we are aware that some addresses are not roof-top accurate. This is the result of how addresses are matched up to an exact position on the earth. We rely on a technique called “address interpolation,” which means that we take our best educated estimate within the identified grid. More specifically, we take the total number of addresses in a given block and assume an even distribution of the addresses along that block. For example, if there are ten (10) addresses for the 800-block of Main Street, we assume that the fifth address is located at the halfway point.
  • As a workaround you might try entering the nearest intersection of roads and visually identify the address in question.
The Development Services Department GIS Map is available online.

Building Codes

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View Codes and Ordinances section. 

Per Section 302.1 of the 2015 International Building Code, structures or portions of structures shall be classified with respect to occupancy in one or more of the following groups: A-1, A-2, A-3, A-4, A-5, B, E, F-1, F-2 H-1, H-1, h-3, H-4, H-5, I-1, I-2, I-3, I-4, M, R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4, S-1, S-2 and U. These are based upon your proposed building use (e.g., church, retail, elementary school, storage warehouse, etc.). Many building-related code requirements (e.g., do I need a fire sprinkler system, what construction type do I need to be, etc?) are listed as occupancy type specific. Therefore, it is essential that the Occupancy Classification is determined as the first step to ensure that all applicable requirements are met.

Type of Construction is as determined by Chapter 6 of the International Building Code.

Exit requirements are found in Chapter 10 of the 2015 International Building Code. The number of required exits will be based on the occupant load of the building or portion thereof, the maximum travel distance, common path of travel, which floor the space is located, etc.

Per Chapter 10 of the 2015 International Building Code, the occupant load is defined as the number of persons for which the means of egress of a building or portion therefore is designed. The occupant load for areas without fixed seating is computed at a rate of one occupant per unit of area as prescribed in Table 1004.1.1. For use of this exception, see Information Bulletin 127. For areas with fixed seating, you add up the seating per Section 1004.7 and also adding any non-fixed seating areas (e.g., wheelchair spaces, waiting areas) as well.

Certificate of Occupancy

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All businesses in the City of San Antonio need a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O). For prices, refer to the Fee Schedule.

Yes. Section 110 of the 2015 IBC states that no building or structure shall be used or occupied until the building official has issued a Certificate of Occupancy. For new construction the process is the same. Once inspections are completed on shells, a letter of completion will be issued. Individual tenant finish outs should obtain permits and inspections and Certificate of Occupancy issued on each lease space based on the approved use.

Application for a Certificate of Occupancy must be made in person at 1901 S. Alamo during the business hours of 7:45 am - 4:30 pm..

The Certificate of Occupancy should be issued to the property owner.

Yes, the 2015 IBC states that no building shall be used or occupied and no change in the existing occupancy classification shall be made until the building official has issued a Certificate of Occupancy

Yes, local amendments state, no physical change of occupant for occupancy groups A-2 (Assembly uses intended for food and/or drink consumption including, but not limited to banquet halls, night clubs, restaurants, taverns and bars) and E (Educational) of a building or portion thereof shall be made until the building official has issued a Certificate of Occupancy .
No, the 2009 IBC does not require a new Certificate of Occupancy when there is no change of occupancy classification except that our local amendments will require a new Certificate of Occupancy for certain physical change of occupants.
It is suggested to have the building inspected by a licensed inspector (obtain a listing in the phone directory) otherwise you will need to apply in person for a Certificate of Occupancy and have City inspectors visit the site and identify any existing code violations.
Yes, per ordinance # 87443, Sexually Oriented Businesses must apply for Certificate of Occupancy regardless of their occupancy classification.
Yes, ordinance #68849 requires establishments that sell alcohol must maintain a distance of 300 feet from any church, school or hospital. A new Certificate of Occupancy application is required so inspections can be conducted to ensure compliance.

Contact all inspectors and ask if you qualify for a Certificate of Occupancy? You may also contact Customer Service at 207-1111.

Drainage/Flood Plain

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No. The Drainage fee is a separate account paid to Storm Water Engineering – Public Works’ Storm Water Management Fund and is not part of the Building Permit fee(s).

A Flood Plain Development Permit (FPDP) is a permit which federal law mandates be completed when the proposed development is located on a site within the regulatory 100 year FEMA Flood Plain. Restrictions and regulations may be placed on the actual permit to ensure compliance with the federal standards. It may be obtained online or at the DSD One Stop Center located at 1901 S. Alamo, San Antonio, Texas 78204.

A Drainage Report is required when the impervious cover (e.g., asphalt parking lots, sidewalks, building foundation, etc.) increases over 4,300 square feet. Please refer to the Regional Storm Water Management Participation Form (RSWMPF) for more information on the minimum requirements that shall be included in the Drainage Report. The RSWMPF may be obtained online or at the DSD One Stop Center front lobby located at 1901 S. Alamo, San Antonio, Texas 78204.
Storm Water Engineering / Public Works will require a Flood Plain Development Permit (FPDP) if the IFO is for a building within the 100 – year regulatory FEMA Flood Plain boundary or if it crosses a portion of the lot. By federal law, Storm Water Engineering – Public Works keeps a record of all the improvements completed by structures within the Flood Plain as determined above and will require a Flood study and compliance with the Flood Plain Ordinance if the improvements exceed 50% of the assessed value of the building as determined by Bexar County Appraisal District (BCAD) over a ten (10) year period.
Even though no proposed construction foundation/building will not touch the 100 – year regulatory FEMA Flood Plain, Storm Water Engineering – Public Works may require a Flood Plain Development Permit (FPDP) if the 100 – year boundary cross a portion of the lot. A review shall be conducted by Storm Water Engineering – Public Works to determine if a FPDP will be required.

Electrical

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• Chapter 10 of the City Code serves to outline the requirements of permits and licenses along with amendments to the National Electrical Code (NEC). A copy of Chapter 10 can be found in Codes and Ordinances

• The 2012 CPS Standards Handbook outlines the requirements from the utility company (CPS Energy) for the City of San Antonio.

• The 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) outlines the state mandated energy conservation requirements.

While it is the goal of our department to provide inspections on the date requested during working hours of 7:45 am - 4:30 pm, daily routing changes and the volume of inspections requested, prevent the department from offering exact times for inspections.  After-hours inspections can be requested for an additional fee.  For more information, please contact us at 210.207.1111.

Refer to the Contractor Search on our website to find licensed and registered contractors.

The City of San Antonio Chapter 10 requires that a licensed and bonded and registered as an Electrical Contractor in order to do any and all electrical work.

Escrow Accounts

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A customer can use the Escrow Balance Online System to verify their balance provided that they have their contractor ID number and escrow number. This information is also available by calling 210.207.1111.

An Escrow account is a maintained account with Development Services used for paying various transactions. Any customer who does business with Development Services can set up an escrow account, such as a licensed contractor, architect, engineer, or a homebuilder.

To deposit monies in an escrow account only checks and cash are accepted. Escrow deposits can be dropped off at the main office, mailed in, or taken to any of the four Link Centers. The customer must provide the Contractor ID number for their organization to insure that proper deposits are made.
The type of transactions that can be paid for from an escrow account must be associated with an AP number or Project number. Such transactions are permits, plan review fees, re-inspection fees, preliminary reviews, and after hour fees.
An escrow account can be set up at the main office or by submitting a request on company letterhead signed by the license holder, president or manager of the organization.

Fire Alarms

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The requirements for the installation of a fire alarm system are dictated by Chapter 9 of the City’s Building and Fire Code (see current codes) and are dependent upon the use of the facility (Occupancy Type) and its occupant load. Specific and detailed information as to the requirements for a particular facility may be obtained by contacting the Development Services Department.
The documents required for submittal for a fire alarm permit are detailed in Information Bulletin 122, (Fire Alarm Permit Application and Checklist). The information bulletin includes the permit application form, and a detailed checklist of the documentation required for review. The responsibility for applying for the permit lies with the licensed fire alarm system contractor employed to install the system. A fire alarm system permit will only be issued to the contractor.

Fire Plan Review

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No. The responsibility to provide accessible hydrants lies with the property owner. Contact your water provider (San Antonio Water System or Bexar Metropolitan Water District) for details on how to have a hydrant installed on their main, or what steps are required to have a private main installed.
Exit sign placement shall be such that no point in an exit access corridor is more than 100 feet or the listed viewing distance for the sign from the nearest visible exit sign. (International Fire Code, Section 1011.1).
All required fire hydrants as prescribed by International Fire Code shall be within five hundred (500) feet of a point on the building being protected measured per the hose lay criteria. Hose lay is measured along public streets, fire lanes, and access roadways for Fire Department vehicles including not over one hundred fifty (150) feet of pulling hose by hand. Increased distances are approved when automatic sprinkler systems are installed.
Tables in the International Fire Code determined the required flow and number of hydrants based on two factors. These factors include the type of construction to be used and the overall area of the structure.
Table C105.1 of Appendix C of the International Fire code will provide the minimum required number of fire hydrants based upon the required fire flow for the structure. However, more hydrants may be required to meet the hose lay criteria requirements for the structure. The City of San Antonio Amendments delete the spacing requirements for fire hydrants from Table C105.1.
The fire apparatus access road shall extend to within 150 feet of all portions of the facility and all portions of the exterior wall of the first story of the building as measured by an approved route around the exterior of the building or facility. (International Fire Code, Section 503.1.1)
The Fire Flow Calculation Area shall be the total floor area of all floor levels within the exterior walls, and under the horizontal projections of the roof of a building, except for buildings of Type IA and IB construction, where it shall be calculated using only the area of the three largest successive floors. (International Fire Code 2003, Sections B104.1, B104.3)
The hose lay criteria are the requirements for fire hydrant location as set for by City of San Antonio Amendments to the International Fire Code Sections 508.5.1.2 and 508.5.1.3. Exceptions are granted to fully sprinkler equipped buildings for extending the hose lay criteria per official Development Services Code Interpretation CI2006-007. A building is considered fully sprinklered when it is equipped with an automatic sprinkler system or systems installed per Sections 903.3.1.1, 903.3.1.2, or 903.3.1.3 of the International Fire Code (2003 or 2006); whichever is applicable.
A continuous and unobstructed path of vertical or horizontal egress travel from any occupied portion of a building or structure to a public way. (International Fire Code, Section 1002.1).
The required fire flow is the amount of water available at surrounding fire hydrants that the San Antonio Fire Department requires in order to successfully fight a fire in a particular structure. By definition: “the flow rate of a water supply, measured at 20 pounds per square inch (psi) residual pressure, that is available for fire fighting” (International Fire Code 2003, Section B102). To determine the required fire flow for a particular structure, go to Table B105.1 in Appendix B of the International Fire Code (2003 or 2006). Using the Type of Construction for the structure and the total Fire Flow Calculation Area, the table will give you the base fire flow required for this structure. The City of San Antonio Amendments to the International Fire Code allow a reduction in the required fire flow if the building is sprinklered or if it is an open parking garage. See Section B105.2 EXCEPTION for details.

 

MILITARY

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An overlay zoning district is established by municipal ordinance and prescribes supplemental regulations to address special land use concerns. Overlay districts are applied to an area in combination with the underlying or base zoning district.
Sound attenuation is simply defined as reducing the intensity of a sound.
The MSA0-1 is a zoning overlay district.
The purpose of the MSA0-1 is to address the public concern over noise created by the military training activities at Camp Bullis by establishing sound insulation standards for land uses sensitive to elevated noise levels. The intent is to improve the sound insulation of buildings to lessen the noise audible within and mitigate the effects of noise on the occupants, improving the compatibility of new construction with the existing long-term use of Camp Bullis.
All habitable portions of new structures occupied by noise sensitive land uses must be designed and constructed to achieve an outside to inside noise level reduction of at least 25 decibels or must be built to the standards specified in the ordinance. All structures built prior to the effective date of the MSA0-1 district designation shall have legal nonconforming status.
'Legal nonconforming status', or 'grandfathered', refers to the continued use of all structures occupied by noise sensitive land uses as legally existing prior to rezoning. All grandfathered structures can individually continue until such time as they are substantially damaged or destroyed.
No, any 'grandfathered' structures can remain unaltered. However, new construction must comply with the adopted regulations.
The ordinance adopting the MSA0-1 overlay identifies the following noise sensitive uses (examples); residential structures, assisted living facilities, churches, in-patient medical facilities, funeral homes, child care facilities, libraries, and schools. For a detailed list please refer to the adopted ordinance.
Camp Bullis is the primary training site for Fort Sam Houston, supporting a wide range of training operations including small arms and large caliber firing ranges, simulation facilities, maneuver areas, combat medicine, and combat air-drop training. Primary noise generators include gunfire, low-level helicopter flights, and fixed-wing aircraft.

Permits

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No, however certain permits are available to submit request permits. Refer to the Online Permitting System.
Call 210.207.1111 to determine if the required change can be done over the phone. You may need to come in person to speak with a supervisor and have a letter indicating the change that needs to occur.
A variance from the Board of Adjustment is needed to move any structure.
If the water garden is attached to the water supply, then a backflow preventer permit is needed.
It is a residential permit to allow for sheet rock repair, window replacement, siding, door replacement, etc. Painting does not require a permit as long as you are not in a historic district. For more information call 210.207.1111.
If you are building more than 100 sq ft or moving walls or doors, a building permit is required. Homeowners (owners) can obtain building permits and hire licensed contractors to perform the work. Homeowners can obtain a home repair permit, plumbing and mechanical permit to perform repairs or replace fixtures in a single family home. Electrical repairs must be performed by a licensed electrical contractor.
A permit will be required when any construction work is conducted. Permit may be obtained by the homeowner or contractor at 1901 S. Alamo during business hours. Some permits can also be obtained via the Online Permitting System.

Refunds

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There is a “Refund Request” form that can be filled out and submitted to one of the Reps at the counter or it can be submitted at the Link Centers. Also, the customer can submit a request on company letterhead and mail.

If the permit submitted for a refund is due to a job cancelling, or it was pulled incorrectly, then a $50.00 processing fee on each application/fee submitted. If the permit refund is requested because of a clerk error then there is no processing fee.
A refund is when a permit is not going to be utilized by the contractor/homeowner/builder. Certain conditions must be met in order to receive a refund: 1) Must not be more than six months old. 2) No inspections must be on file. 3) Permit must be submitted for refund by original purchaser.
Refund requests that were paid by an Escrow account are automatically refunded instantly. Refunds requests that were paid by check or cash will take 30 working days to process a check.

Plan Review

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Yes, if approved by a DSD Engineer. See Information Bulletin 125 (PDF). You can submit the application to the City which will be reviewed to determine if a Partial or Conditional Permit may be granted.
Visit the online system.

To schedule an inspection, call 210.207.1111 and use prompt 2, or use the online system.

Yes, the City of San Antonio currently uses two (2) formats for administratively reviewing alternative design methods depending on which code the applicant wishes to propose the alternative method or exception: • Information Bulletin (IB) 114 – Code Modification Request Procedures. • Information Bulleting (IB) 124 – Administrative Exception Request (AER) Procedures
INCOMPLETE does not mean that information is missing on your part. It means a review has not been conducted. Once the review is conducted, it will be changed to DENIED or APPROVED.
The estimated plan review turnaround times for initial plans review are as follows: 
  • New structures and additions - 35 calendar days 
  • Remodel or Interior Finish Outs – 20 calendar days 
  • Minor Plans Review – 10 calendar days 
  • Walkthroughs – same day – Note: Walkthroughs are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday only. 
  • Residential Plans – 7 calendar days

For projects in A-3, B, E, M, and S occupancies only, a plan review by appointment can be considered. Plans must be submitted a minimum of 15 working days prior to the date of the appointment. There is a $200 processing fee that is due at the time of plan submission. There is a minimum $100 fee per hour for each division reviewing the plan. Complete the request form and return to 210.207.6377. 

If the project is less than 3,000 sq ft. and a B or M occupancy of an interior finish out, then your project may be considered as a walk through plans. Change of use projects do not qualify. The following reviews are not available for walk through plans: Fire, Floodplain, ERZD (Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone), Health. Plans are accepted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:00-3:00. Additional fees apply.
Projects must be 8,000 sq ft or less, interior finish out projects, less than two stories; new construction projects, or additions, less than 1,000 sq ft.; interior demolition projects less than 1,200 sq ft., new modular or portable structures for office or educational purposes. A, E, F, H, I and S occupancies will not be considered for Counter Plan Review. Change of use projects do not qualify.

POLICY ADMIN

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The UDC is maintained by the Municipal Code Corporation, not the City of San Antonio. It can be accessed on the Municipal Code website.

UDCs ordering information can be found on their website or by calling 1.800.262.2633.
Ordinances & Amendments to the UDC are posted in the Codes & Ordinances section.
The City Clerk’s office forwards copies of each ordinance to the Municipal Code Corporation in Florida. The process typically takes two months, though lengthier ordinances may take longer.
Customers should be sure to order the “update service” indicated on the Municipal Code website; this will provide them with automatic updates after the City adopts changes to the UDC. There will be no need to contact the City for updates if the subscription update service is requested.
The Zoning Section of the Development Services Department provides a permitted uses list that describes each zoning district.For more assistance, contact Zoning at 210.207.1111.
Visit the Land Entitlements Section of the Development Services Department for assistance. The Department has also issued an Information Bulletin 531 - Certificate of Determination which details the process for obtaining a Certificate of Determination and how to locate a plat if one already exists. Contact the Land Entitlements Section for more information 210.207.1111.
RIDs are formal written interpretations of the UDC. All currently effective RIDs are on the Codes & Ordinances webpage.
An executive summary titled, “JANUARY 1, 2006 UNIFIED DEVELOPMENT CODE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS” is available on the Municipal Code website.
The Policy Administration section includes two (2) staff members. They are often attending meetings with City leadership at City Hall, attending official board, commission and City Council meetings, meeting with representatives of partner agencies or other city departments, and conducting training for department personnel. They will respond to, or appropriately refer, voicemail or email messages within 24 hours during normal business hours. Inquiries specific to zoning, subdivision platting, plan review, inspections, building permits or code enforcement should be routed to the appropriate section within the Department. Please call 210.207.1111. In the case of a code interpretation the Policy Administrator will initially defer to or consult with the respective section within the Department.

Traffic

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No, per UDC Article V – Development Standards, Section 35-526 (a), areas zoned “D” Downtown, shall be exempt from the off-street parking provisions. Please refer to UDC Article III – Zoning, Section 35-310.11“D” Downtown for the specific areas designated as “D” Downtown district.
No, the Unified Development Code (UDC) prohibits head-in parking.
The Unified Development Code parking requirements over the ERZD yields three (3) ratios: the minimum and maximum parking spaces required as per Table 526-3a/b and the ERZD ratio of 7 parking spaces per 1000 so GFA. Over the ERZD, the project shall abide by the two (2) ratios which yield the most restrictive parking requirements (i.e., the two (2) ratios which allow the least amount of parking).
The amount of accessible parking is determined by the total proposed parking spaces within a parking lot. The requirements can be found in the Texas Accessibility Standards (TAS) Handbook. Accessible Elements and Spaces: Scope and Technical Requirements, Section 4.1.2 (5)(a) provides the minimum parking requirements in Table 2. TAS Section 4.6 Parking and Passenger Loading Zones also provides the minimum parking stall and passenger loading zone requirements.
As per Unified Development Code (UDC) Section 35-506 (a)(2), if the proposed improvements are 25 percent or more of the assessed “improvement value”, as determined by Bexar County Appraisal District (BCAD), then a sidewalk shall be constructed to City and TAS specifications from property line to property line. If there are existing sidewalks, then they shall at least abide by the ADA specifications prior to building permit issuance.
Yes. As per UDC Article V – Development Standards, Section 35-526 (g), a Cooperative Parking Agreement may be provided to Development Services for review which allows neighboring facilities to share parking facilities assuming they can provide adequate off-street parking for the intended or proposed uses.
A permit is NOT required to re-stripe or seal coat an existing parking lot (i.e., cosmetic or surface repairs). However, if the existing asphalt, base, etc. is removed and replaced, a permit will be required, generating a minimum of tree/landscape/irrigation, traffic, and drainage reviews.
UDC Article V – Development Standards, Section 35-526 (e) provides the parking stall dimensions for standard and compact vehicles. UDC Article V – Development Standards, Table 526-1 provides the requirements for aisle widths and stall depths for one-way and two-way traffic.
The parking requirements vary according to the proposed use and can be found in the Unified Development Code, Article V – Development Standards, Section 35-526, Tables 526-3a/b. First, determine whether the site is located in a Residential or Commercial use district and then look up the permitted use to determine the minimum and maximum parking space requirement. A restaurant will be located in a Commercial use district, thus by Table 526-3b, the minimum parking requirement of 1 space per 300 square feet (so) Gross Floor Area (GFA) would yield thirty (30) spaces, and the maximum requirement of 1 space per 40 so GFA would yield seventy-five (75) spaces.
The COSA abides by the Sidewalk and Driveway Design and Construction Guidelines. The referenced guide contains schematics and details for typical flatwork construction within the City ROW. For example, a typical the COSA construction guidelines state a two way driveway approach requires a minimum of 24-feet and a maximum of 30-feet width at the property line. An “Exit Only” or “Entrance Only” approach has a 12-foot minimum and a 20-foot maximum width.
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The Tree Ordinance can be found in Section 35-523 of the Unified Development Code in the Municode Library.