Development Services Department - Code Enforcement Services

Office Location

  • Physical Address
  • Cliff Morton Development and Business Services Center
  • Development Services Department Map
  • 1901 South Alamo Street
  • San Antonio, TX 78204

  • Mailing Address
  • ATTN: Code Enforcement Services
  • P.O. Box 839966
  • San Antonio, TX 78283-3966


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Key Staff

  • Amin Tohmaz
    Deputy Director Field Services
  • Danny Liguez Contact Danny Liguez
    Development Services Mgr.
  • Michael Uresti Contact Michael Uresti
    Development Services Mgr.
  • Phil Laney Contact Phil Laney
    Sr. Special Projects Manager

Building Standards Boards

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BSB stands for the Building Standards Board (BSB)
Meetings are held on every Thursday of each month, excluding City holidays and the 5th Thursday of the month, at 9:00 a.m. at1901 South Alamo Street, Board Room. Location and time are subject to change and can be verified with the BSB liaison.
The BSB reconstituted the Dangerous Structures Determination Board (DSDB) into a 14 member citizen’s board. Ten members are appointed by City Council districts. Four will be appointed at-large including the Mayor’s. The four will consist of citizens from the following groups:
  1. Single family rental property manager
  2. Multi-family rental property manager
  3. Commercial/office/retail rental property manager
  4. Historic preservation-type professional
If you cannot attend the BSB hearing, you must advise the Officer assigned to your case or the BSB liaison at 210.207.5422.
The hearing date cannot be postponed or reset after proper notification has been made. If you cannot attend the BSB hearing, the Officer will request before the Board a two-week reset. It is at the Board’s discretion to reset the hearing for two-weeks or for the next available hearing date.
It is very important to come me prepared to speak before the BSB and bring the following items: 1) A Scope of Work detailed plan and time schedule for the work to be completed 2) Proof of financial means to complete the repairs (SAMPLE scope of work and proof of financial means)
The hearing is scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m. There can be multiple items on the BSB agenda. The length of wait time is anywhere from 1 hour to 6 hours depending on the placement of your case on the agenda.
BSB orders shall become final and can not be appealed after thirty (30) days following the mailing of the Order pursuant to Section 6-173 of the City Code. Orders of the Board are subject to a temporary stay of enforcement by the filing of a petition for writ of certiorari pursuant to Chapter 214.0012 of the Texas Local Government Code.
Any and all abatement procedures must be done in accordance with all applicable statutory and code regulations. Failure to comply with this Order shall result in the abatement of the above conditions by the City in a manner ordered by this Board. A lien shall be placed against the property for the City’s abatement expenses, investigation and research expenses, civil penalties, plus administrative expenses as allowed by law.
The City can arrange a payment plan. The owner can pay what they can afford. There is no time limit to pay off the balance. The balance continues to accrue interest at 10% per annum. A lien is placed on the property after 30 days if the balance is not paid in full. For further information, please contact our Finance Department at 210.207.8690 or visit them at 111 Soledad, 4th Floor San Antonio, Texas 78205.

Donation Containers

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A donation container means any box, building, trailer or other receptacle that is intended for use as a collection point for donated clothing or other household materials. A recycling container means any box, building, trailer or other receptacle that is intended for use as a collection point for the collection of recyclable material that will be subject to recycling.
The new article of the City Code (Chapter 16, Article XVIII) was approved unanimously on October 29, 2009 by the San Antonio City Council and became effective November 8, 2009 to combat illegal dumping.
Businesses affected include any organizations that provide donation containers that collect clothing or other household materials to benefit a non-profit organization. The organizations that may serve as a collector for a non-profit will also be affected by this program as well as business owners who allow donation containers to be placed on their property.
An information session was held on October 1, 2009 to receive stakeholder input from non-profit organizations regarding the proposed Donation Container Ordinance. In October and November, Code Enforcement Division staff met individually with the major nonprofit organizations that would be affected by the ordinance. A final stakeholder meeting was held December 30, 2009.
Violation of the ordinance is a Class C misdemeanor that is punishable by a fine not exceed five hundred dollars($500).

Scrap Tire Facilities

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The program helps to decrease illegal dumping practices, reduces the number of breeding grounds for mosquitoes and rodents which carry disease, deter questionable tire transporters, and require more accountability from scrap tire facility owners to properly maintain and transport used or scrap tires.
The ordinance does not apply to any department, branch or agency, of federal, state, or municipal government. Land filled scrap tires are not subject to the storage requirement.
Used tire means a tire, including a recapped or retreaded tire, suitable for continued use for its original intended purpose. Scrap tire is a whole tire or any portion of a tire that can no longer be used for its original intended purpose or is being held, transported, or processed for disposal or recycling.
Violation of the ordinance is a Class C misdemeanor that is punishable by a fine not less than $100, but not more than $2,000.
The purpose of the Scrap Tire Program is to register scrap tire facilities in San Antonio to ensure the appropriate storage, accurate record keeping, safe transportation, and proper disposal of used and scrap tires.
Any business or establishment where 100 or more scrap tires per year are collected, repaired, processed, recycled, scrapped, sold, bought or stored will be regulated by the ordinance.
The new article of the City Code (Chapter 16, Article XVIII) became effective November 8, 2009.