Welcome to the Traffic/Sidewalk Review
division of DSD
Plans and Permits (see DSD
Plans and Permits Organization Chart). Our mission is to provide quality customer services by effectively facilitating the development process while protecting the health, safety, and public welfare of the community. We hope the information here will help facilitate your project in the permitting process.
We review plans to ensure their compliance with the Unified Development Code, UDC, and adopted amendments (see
UDC). We primarily utilize Article III Zoning and Article V Development Standards of the UDC when determining compliance.
also relies on the City of San Antonio Sidewalk and Driveway
Design and Construction Guidelines (COSA Sidewalk and Driveway Guidelines) for requirements related to flatwork construction (e.g., sidewalk, driveway/approach, curb, etc.).
The Traffic/Sidewalk Review consists of the following five key elements:
1. Verify Building Permit with reviewed Plat (e.g., location of easements, Traffic
Impact Analysis (TIA) approval conditions, Right-Of-
Way (ROW) dedication, public improvements, etc.); and
2. Ensure compliance with UDC minimum requirements, including but not limited to
a. Site access and improvements (i.e., driveways, clear vision in accordance
with AASHTO, parking and loading standards,
b. Accessible elements (i.e., parking, accessible route, sidewalks, ramps,
medians, etc.); and
c. Substandard Existing Streets Plan & Profiles (i.e., ROW dedication, sidewalks, curbs, and pavement improvements); and
3. Recommend Administrative Exception Variance Requests (AEVRs) for minor
noncompliance issues; and
4. Coordinate with other DSD
staff to ensure requirements do not result in conflicting information (i.e., discussion with other plan
reviewers, inspectors, engineers, etc.); and
5. Perform site assessments related the developed/undeveloped property.
DSD has developed several Information Bulletins (IBs) to assist you in the permitting process:
IB 103 Plan Review Submittal (Commercial Checklist)
IB 110 Accessing Plan Review Comments
IB 111 Responses to Plan Review Comments
IB 114 Code Modification Request Procedures
IB 116 Preliminary Plan Review Meetings
IB 124 Administrative Exception Variance Request Procedures
IB 125 Partial and Conditional Building Permits
For the complete list of information bulletins that may help facilitate your project, click here.
If a project does not comply with the UDC requirements, the applicant may submit an Administrative Exception Variance Request (AEVR) in accordance with IB 124. The AEVR includes applicable UDC related items, including sidewalks.
For more information regarding the Texas Accessibility Standards (TAS), please refer to the following link:
For plan status, you may use your AP Number, AP Type, Address, or Contractor Name.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
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