Historic and Design Review Commission (HDRC)

About HDRC

The Historic and Design Review Commission (HDRC) consists of eleven (11) members who reside in the City of San Antonio and are appointed by the City Council. They review projects related to exterior changes to properties that are individually designated landmarks or within one of the City's 27 historic districts; located within one of six (6) River Improvement Overlay (RIO) districts (including the Riverwalk); located within a Viewshed Protection district; or that are publicly-owned (i.e. libraries, parks, fire stations, etc.). The HDRC also reviews infill construction projects located within the "D" Downtown Business District.

In considering whether to recommend approval or disapproval of an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness, the HDRC is guided by the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation, the City of San Antonio's Unified Development Code, and any additional design guidelines adopted by City Council, such as the Historic Design Guidelines and the Downtown Design Guide.

The City's Unified Development Code (UDC) also authorizes OHP staff to issue an Administrative Certificate of Appropriateness for routine and minor repair applications. The majority of requests For a complete list of items that can be administratively approved by staff, refer to Section 35-611 of the UDC Amendments (PDF).

Planning a project and don't know were to begin? Check out our Before Getting Started page!

Application & Fees

The Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) is here to assist you with the application process for proposed exterior alterations to landmarks and properties within historic districts, for landmark and historic district designation, and for tax certification and verification. All proposed work must be approved by the OHP or the Historic and Design Review Commission (HDRC). See more...


View the posted Current Agenda for HDRC.

OHP staff also prepares a preliminary agenda with upcoming cases. Click to view the Preliminary Agenda.

HDRC Past Meeting Minutes

See a complete list of past meeting minutes.

HDRC Schedule

See a HDRC Schedule.

HDRC Members

See a list of Members.