Code OptionS and code modifications
Our mission is to partner with our community to build and maintain a safer San Antonio. We recognize that at times the design or ideas for your project may have challenges in complying with or may not be addressed by the City’s adopted building codes or the Unified Development Code (UDC). As such, our goal is to work with you to help resolve any development issues that may arise. We offer a range of code options as applicable to the code requirements, such as code interpretations, the option to seek an administrative exception to the UDC, and code modification requests to the building codes. Depending on your project and type of required modifications, you may also have the option to apply for a variance, or appeal a decision made by the department. There are boards or commissions established to hear applicable variances and appeals. The following section will help guide you on what options are available to you.
As a starting point, the Development Services Department has established a formal Code Interpretation Request process to allow the owner and/or owner’s agent to obtain a formal interpretation to any provision of the City’s building construction codes. These codes include the City’s Building, Existing Building, Fire, Residential, Energy Conservation, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing codes. The purpose of formal code interpretations is to clarify issues which may not be addressed directly by the literal text of the adopted code or that are interpretive in nature. Formal interpretations are intended to be general in nature and not specific to only one project. If you are seeking to find an existing code interpretation, click on Code Interpretations to see if your question has already been addressed. See IB 115 for How to Request a Code Interpretation. Should you have any questions regarding the Code Interpretation Request process, please contact a Development Services Engineer at 210-207-0146.