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


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

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DSD academy

We recognize the importance of industry-related certifications and continuing education for professionals in our industry. That is why we make professional development an essential part of our business. Our Training Manager works closely with various professionals in the industry to offer educational training support for our staff as well our customers/community. Our training programs focus on those seeking to extend their knowledge base, continuing education and certification.

For more information on training please refer to the DSD Training Handbook, email the Training Manager or call 210.207.8219.

Partnering with our community to build and maintain a safer San Antonio is a mission that we take seriously and are always looking for new and innovative ways in which to accomplish our goals. As part of our efforts to increase and improve our partnership with our community, we’ve started a DSD Academy to help residents understand the various aspects of development, including zoning, platting, permits, inspections, code enforcement and graffiti. DSD Academy will have a session every month, each on a different topic. 

The next DSD Academy session is scheduled for January 20, 2018 on 'How and When to get Permits for Work in your Home'.  The Permitting Team will answer some of the most frequently asked questions and address your concerns.

This session will be presented on Saturday, Jan 20  from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Board Room inside the Cliff Morton Development & Business Services Center located at 1901 S. Alamo.

For more information contact Ximena Copa-Wiggins at or at 210.207.0221.

Future planned sessions:
02/17/18: Code Enforcement: What happens when, and after, I receive or report a code violation?
03/17/18: Zoning 101 – with Neighborhood Housing Services’ Neighborhood Leadership Academy
04/21/18: Tree Preservation and Oak Wilt
05/19/18: Master Development Plans and Subdivision Platting
06/16/18: Graffiti Program
07/21/18: Code Enforcement: Zoning Violations
08/18/18: Code Enforcement: How to avoid common code violations
09/15/18: How and when to get permits for work in your home

Note: Dates are subject to change.

Past sessions:

Development Services Department organizes several San Antonio Building Codes Academy (SABCA) sessions per year with the goal of bringing high-quality educators and necessary building-related codes training for code officials, design professionals, builders, tradesmen and building owners and managers.

Development Services hosts Lunch Time Learning opportunities where Subject Matter Experts provide training and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for internal staff and our customers once or twice a month. A wide variety of topics are offered for professional development, as well as to inform our customers of any new or revised development processes.

The sessions are usually offered from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. so participants can participate during their lunch time. Examples of training sessions we have offered in the past include:

  • DSD Addressing Process
  • Acid-Etched Glass and Mirror
  • Fire Rated Polyurethane
  • Professional Practice Update: Ethics (Texas Board of Professional Engineers)
  • Fire Retardant Treated Lumber and Plywood
  • Business Etiquette in the 21st Century
  • Contractor Notification for Residential Home Builders & Tree Preservation
  • Fire-Rated Wall Material

Development Services hosts training opportunities for Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for internal staff and our customers. A wide variety of topics are offered for professional development, as well as to inform our customers of any new or revised development processes.

Topic: Code Compliance for Fire Rated Duct – Symmetry and Continuity Compliance (3 PDHs)

Date: June 29, 2017

Time: 8:00-11:00 a.m.

Location: 1901 S. Alamo, Board Room, 1st Floor

Description: Attendees will learn the basics for proper application of fire-resistive rated duct and enclosure assemblies for compliance with the “symmetry testing” and “continuity” requirements of the IBC

Trainer/Presenter: Joseph Hauf, Vice President Engineering Services, ConQuest Firespray