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.
Recent amendments to the City's Unified Development Code (UDC) have increased the type and number of Certificate of Appropriateness applications that can be approved administratively by OHP staff and do not require HDRC review. For a complete list of items that can be administratively approved by staff, refer to Section 35-611 of the UDC Amendments (PDF).
Have a question or need assistance with an HDRC application? There is an HDRC Planner assigned to your area who can walk you through the process.
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 Current Agenda for HDRC.
HDRC Past Meeting Minutes
See a complete list of past meeting minutes.
See a HDRC Schedule.
See a list of Members.