Development Services
Constructing in San Antonio

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

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7:45 am - 4:30 pm (Mon - Fri)
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Developing in San Antonio

Construction seems to be constant in San Antonio. As our community continues to grow, Development Services works to facilitate the development process that supports economic growth.  For every construction project,  Development Services partners with our customers to ensure the project meets minimum code standards.

If you’re planning a construction project in San Antonio, reference these links for how to begin your plan and what you need to have it reviewed and approved. The following sections provide starting points for you to review before you dive into the step-by-step process:

  • Residential

    Homeowners can build new homes, add a fence, hold a garage sale, and renovate the rooms within their residences. Each of these requires specific permits.

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  • Commercial

    Industries continue to thrive in our City, and business owners are using that success to expand their commercial and multifamily properties throughout our community.

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  • Land Development
    Land Development

    Property owners who decide to develop their open land for residential or commercial construction must first confirm the zoning districts and lot layout.

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    The SEP-HCP is a tool to assist landowners, the City, Bexar County and anyone conducting non-federal activities with compliance of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

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  • Addressing & Street Name Change

    Property owners must submit an application for a mailing address to be included in the City’s records as well as for a street name change in their neighborhood.

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  • Code Options

    If your permit or other construction requests are denied, you can submit an appeal to the appropriate Board or apply for a variance.

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  • Rights Determination

    You can also request recognition of previously acquired entitlements for a particular parcel or lot. This section was formerly known as Vested Rights.

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  • Tree Preservation
    Tree Preservation

    To preserve the beauty of our city and ensure the environment isn’t negatively affected by any construction project, trees and landscaping are reviewed.

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