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

Phone:
210.207.1111

Hours:
7:45 am - 4:30 pm (Mon - Fri)
Closed on City Holidays

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Codes & Ordinances Overview

Development in the City of San Antonio requires conformance with all adopted building codes, land use regulations and the City's design and construction standards.

On June 21, 2018, San Antonio City Council approved the adoption of the 2018 International Code Council (ICC) Building-related, Fire and Property Maintenance codes with local amendments, with an effective date of October 1, 2018.


Disclaimer: All permit application submittals are public record and are subject to disclosure under the
Texas Public Information Act. Additionally, all STR Permits issued will be mapped on the City's One Stop Map.

Download the Short-Term Rental Online User Registration Guide

The City Council approved the Short Term Rental Ordinance on November 1, 2018.  The ordinance went into effect immediately with the exception that a permit through Development Services would not be required until February 11, 2019.  If you own or operate a Short Term Rental, and you have not done so already, you should set up an account with the City’s Finance Department to pay your applicable Hotel Occupancy Taxes.  There is a link to the City Finance Department below.  Please note that the Short Term Rental Ordinance applies only to Short Term Rentals inside the City Limits of San Antonio.

APPROVED SHORT TERM RENTAL ORDINANCE

Short Term Rental Permit Report (Prior to BuildSA)
Short Term Rental Permit Report (BuildSA)


Task Force Meeting:

We apologize for the short notice. Due to unforeseen circumstances we are cancelling the meeting below. We will update this information as soon as a new date is chosen.

CANCELLED - May 24, 2019 at 9 a.m., held in the Board Room at 1901 S. Alamo St., San Antonio 

Short Term Rental (STR) Application Documents:

Sample Floorplan
Indoor Notification Template
Permit Application Checklist
Permit Application
Short Term Rentals Ordinance Fact Sheet
Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) Fact Sheet
Short Term Rental (STR) Presentation 12-15-2018
        Authorization by Property Owner 

Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions:

Zenon Solis at 210.207.7796

Debora Gonzalez at 210.207.3074

You can also send us an email at DSDShortTermRentals@sanantonio.gov

For questions regarding Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT), please contact the City's Finance Department at: (210) 207-8667

To report a complaint, please call "311."

Useful Links:

 

 

The following 2018 ICC Building-related, Fire and Property Maintenance codes and the 2017 National Electrical Code with local amendments, were approved effective October 1, 2018:


2018 International Building Code, IBC
2018 International Existing Building Code, IEBC
2018 International Residential Code, IRC
2018 International Fire Code, IFC
2018 International Mechanical Code, IMC
2018 International Plumbing Code, IPC
2018 International Fuel Gas Code, IFGC
2018 International Energy Conservation Code, IECC
2017 National Electrical Code, NEC
2018 San Antonio Property Maintenance Code (based on the 2018 International Property Maintenance Code)

Refer to the links below for 2018 Codes:

Code Interpretation

The Building and Fire related codes are updated every three years. During those update periods, there are often questions concerning how the City is interpreting the actual Code or the Rules.

Go to Code Interpretations to see if your question has been addressed.  To obtain a Code Interpretation see IB 115 on How to Request a Code Interpretation.

Forms & Applications:

Resources:

In March 2017 Councilmember Roberto Trevino, District 1, issued a City Council Consideration Request (CCR) for City staff to explore the development of a program to ensure the safety of all residents of senior and/or disabled residential housing facilities. The program should provide for periodic, regular and adequate inspections with a goal of preventing or minimizing public health dangers and risks for residents living in these types of residential housing facilities.


Comments and recommendations made either through meetings or submitted through email will be posted here. Please be clear on each recommendation and its basis.

Please submit comments by email to:
Phil Laney, Senior Special Projects Manager, Phil.Laney@sanantonio.gov or  call 210-207-0350

For Media inquiries, please contact: 
Ximena Copa-Wiggins, Public Relations Manager, Ximena.Copa-Wiggins@sanantonio.gov or call 210-207-0221

Comments
Stakeholder Comments - May 16, 2018
Stakeholder Comments - June 28, 2018 
Community Input Briefing Comments - July 29, 2019
Community Input Briefing Comments - July 30, 2019
Community Input Briefing Comments - July 31, 2019
Community Input Briefing Comments - July 31, 2019
Community Input Briefing Comments - Aug. 6, 2019
Community Input Briefing Comments - Aug. 7, 2019
Community Input Briefing Comments - Aug. 8, 2019
Community Input Briefing Comments - Aug. 13, 2019
Community Input Briefing Comments - Aug. 21, 2019
Community Input Briefing Comments - Aug. 23, 2019 



Meetings

Community Meetings: 

        o      July 30, 2019 - 10:30 a.m., District 2 Senior Center - 1751 S. WW White Rd.
        o      July 31, 2019 - 12 p.m. (noon), Northeast Senior Center - 4135 Thousand Oaks
        o      Aug. 6, 2019 - 9 a.m., West End Senior Center - 1226 NW 18th St. 
        o      Aug. 7, 2019 - 10:30 a.m., District 3 Senior Center - 517 SW Military Dr. 
        o      Aug. 8, 2019 - 12 p.m. (noon), Primrose at Monticello Park - 2803 Fredericksburg Rd.
        o      Aug. 21, 2019 - 11 a.m., Doris Griffin Senior One Stop Center - 6157 NW Loop 410
        o      Aug. 23, 2019 - 8:30 a.m., Palm Heights Community Center - 1201 W. Malone

Task Force Meetings:

o May 3, 2018 - 1 to 2:30 p.m.
o May 16, 2018 - 1 to 2:30 p.m.
o June 8, 2018 - 1 to 3 p.m.
o June 28, 2018 - 1 to 3 p.m.
o August 3, 2018 - 1 to 3 p.m.
o August 24, 2018 - 1 to 3 p.m.
o September 14, 2018 - 1 to 3 p.m.
o October 19, 2018 - 2 to 4 p.m. (Training Room B, 2nd Floor, 1901 S. Alamo)
o November 30, 2018 - 1 to 3 p.m.
o January 11, 2019 - 2 to 4 p.m.
o March 1, 2019 - 2 to 4 p.m. 
        o      April 12, 2019 - 2 to 4 p.m.
        o      May 31, 2019 - 2 to 4 p.m.
        o      July 2, 2019 - 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
        o      September 6, 2019 - 2 to 4 p.m.
        o      October 11, 2019 - 2 to 4 p.m.
        o      November 7, 2019 - 2 to 4 p.m.  
        o      November 19, 2019 - 1:30 to 3 p.m. (Training Room B, 2nd Floor, 1901 S. Alamo)

Task Force meetings will be held in the 1st Floor Tobin Room at the DSD Building, located at 1901 S. Alamo, unless otherwise noted.


Boards and Committees

        o      Community, Health & Equity – TBD
        o      City Council Consideration - TBD

   Documents

   Senior Living Facilities Meeting Agenda - Nov. 7, 2019
   Senior Living Facilities All Multifamily Inspection Analysis
   Senior Living Facilities DRAFT Multi-Family Policy Options 2.0
   Senior Living Facilities Meeting Agenda - October 11, 2019
   Multi-Family Inspection Program - Draft Proposal 1.0 
   Multi-Family Property Distribution by Size
   Senior Living Facilities Inspection Program  - Draft Proposal 10.0
   Senior Living Facilities Community Public Input Comments - Sept. 6, 2019 
   Senior Living Facilities Meeting Agenda - Sept. 6, 2019
   Senior Living Facilities Community Meeting Summary - July to Aug. 2019
   Senior Living Facilities_Survey Results Report - 090419
   Senior Living Facilities Community Input Meeting Presentation - July to Aug. 2019
   Senior Living Facilities Fact Sheet (FAQ) - July 30, 2019
   Senior Living Facilities Meeting Agenda - July 2, 2019
   Senior Living Facilities Inspection Program - Draft Proposal 9.0
   Senior Living Facilities Policy Options
   Senior Living Facilities Public Input Outline
   Senior Living Facilities Participation Projections
   Senior Independent Care Inspection Program - Draft Proposal 8.0 
   Senior Living Facilities Meeting Agenda - May 31, 2019
   Senior Independent Care Inspection Program - Draft Proposal 7.0
   Senior Living Facilities Meeting Agenda - April 12, 2019
   Risk Mitigation Fund Presentation, NHSD - April 12, 2019
   Senior Independent Care Inspection Program - Draft Proposal 6.0
   Senior Living Facilities Meeting Agenda - March 1, 2019
   Senior Living Facilities Policy Concern & Action - March 1, 2019
   Senior Independent Care Inspection Program - Draft Proposal 5.0
   Senior Independent Care Inspection Program - Draft Proposal 4.0
   Senior Independent Care Inspection Program - Draft Proposal 3.0
   Senior Independent Care Inspection Program - Draft Proposal 2.0
   Senior Living Facilities Meeting Agenda - August 3, 2018 
   Senior Independent Care Inspection Program - Draft Proposal
   Senior Living Facilities Proactive Inspection Program Options - June 28, 2018
   Senior Living Facilities Presentation - June 8, 2018
   Bedbug Policy for HUD Multifamily Housing - US HUD
   Bedbug Prevention Guidelines - US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)
   Senior Living Facilities Meeting Agenda - June 8, 2018
   Senior Living Facilities Meeting Agenda - May 16, 2018
   CCR on Senior Living Facilities – March 20, 2017
   Senior Living Facilities General Meeting Presentation – May 3, 2018
   San Antonio Property Maintenance Code - City Code Chapter 6
   Boarding Homes Ordinance - City Code Chapter 16
   Mobile Living Parks Ordinance Update - City Code Chapter 18


   Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions.

On December 6, 2018, the City Council continued their commitment of supporting and maintaining the Military’s Mission in San Antonio by passing an ordinance to protect and preserve Martindale Army Air Field on the City’s far east side.  The ordinance establishes a Military Lighting Overlay District (MLOD) within five miles of the boundaries of Martindale in order to protect night time training missions from the negative effects of light pollution.  The ordinance also establishes a Military Sound Attenuation District (MSAO) within one-quarter of a mile from the flight training path of helicopters utilizing the base.  Development Services staff, along with the Office of Military Affairs, worked in partnership with and at the request of the Texas Army National Guard to get these ordinances passed with the goal of both reducing the impact to the base from adjacent development and reducing the impact to neighbors of noise generated from the base’s training missions.  These measures will help to ensure that the vital training missions at Martindale remain in place, and are part of a broader commitment by the City of San Antonio to remain Military City USA.

Martindale MSAO Boundary
Martindale Military Overlay District (MLOD-3)

Military Lighting Overlay District (MLOD) and Dark Sky Policy Evaluation


WHAT IS DARK SKY/MLOD?

The Dark Sky denotes a place where the darkness of the night sky is reasonably free of interference from artificial light to reduce light pollution. Dark Sky lighting is lighting provided where it is needed, while reducing unnecessary scattered light and glare. Dark Sky focuses on only using as much light as is needed and when it is needed.

The advantages of reducing light pollution include an increased number of stars visible at night, reducing the effects of light on the environment, and cutting down on energy usage. Scientific studies have shown that light pollution, the inappropriate or excessive use of artificial light negatively impacts the environment, human health, military nighttime activities, and is wasting energy and financial resources. Thousands of cities across the world have adopted codes as a tool for a community to use to control light pollution, including glare, light trespass and skyglow.
 
To further the Military’s Mission, and as a part of the Dark Sky initiative, the Development Services Department, in consultation with the Office of Sustainability, developed an ordinance to modify and modernize the Military Lighting Overlay Districts.  This ordinance also directed staff to initiate rezoning of properties within 5 miles of Lackland Air Force base to add the MLOD, and to rezoning  the exiting MLOD-1 area within 5 miles of Camp Bullis.  Additional information on these initiatives will be released at a later date.  You can review the full ordinance here:  MLOD Ordinance 2018-02-08-0079   

MLOD Ordinance Implementation
Public Meeting Information for Camp Bullis Area MLOD rezoning:

1st Public Meeting - Holy Trinity Catholic Church Banquet Hall, 20523 Huebner Rd., Monday, August 20, 2018, 6:00 - 7:30 PM

2nd Public Meeting - Clark High School Auditorium, 5150 De Zavala Road, Tuesday, August 28, 2018, 6:00 - 7:30 PM


Documents
Camp Bullis Community Meeting Presentation Lackland Community Meeting Presentation
Proposed Lackland MLOD Area
Proposed Camp Bullis MLOD Area
MLOD Frequently Asked Questions

Visit the City of San Antonio Office of Sustainability website at http://www.sanantonio.gov/sustainability/DarkSkyPolicyEvaluation for more detailed information on this program.

 

On April 11, 2019, City Council passed an ordinance updating the Habitat Compliance Form (HCF). The ordinance is effective immediately; as such, all applicable development projects submitted after April 11, 2019, are required to use the new HCF. Information Bulletin 520 describes the new form in detail. 

HCF Ordinance

The HCF is submitted by developers for applicable development applications and the form is forwarded by City Staff to the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service (USFW), Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), and the Military for consideration.
  The HCF is intended to be a communication tool which provides notification of development activity within the jurisdiction of the City of San Antonio to these agencies.  The City is pre-empted by state law from enforcing the Endangered Species Act, as such, the HCF is not meant to imply the City’s concurrence with biological studies or surveys, or that a project is in compliance with the Endangered Species Act; rather, the form is intended to provide information to USFW, TPWD, and the Military so that they can enforce the Endangered Species Act according to their policies and procedures. It is important to note that since the HCF was created in 2009, the form has not been updated until April 2019.

Thank you to the task force members for their time and effort to help make improvements to the form and process. The revised HCF will continue to serve as a communication tool to ensure notification of development activity are effective. 

Documents / Resources:

USFW Karst Zone Mapper
New Habitat Compliance Form - please use this form for all new projects
Information Bulletin 520 - Habitat Compliance Form 
Habitat Compliance Form Ordinance 2009-08-20-0652
Habitat Compliance Form Flowchart
Golden Cheek Warbler Area (GCWA) Habitat Map
Golden Cheek Warbler Permit Holders 07-30-2018






Proposed Gun Safety UDC Amendments Timeline and Taskforce

In May 2018 the School and Firearm Safety Action Plan was issued by the Governor.  COSA staff briefed the City Council Public Safety Committee on the Governor’s Action Plan in June 2018; the Committee directed staff to evaluate and recommend measures to reduce gun violence. In September 2018, COSA staff returned to Public Safety Committee and proposed recommended action to include Unified Development Code Amendments.  A diverse taskforce consisting of the development community, industry leaders, concerned citizens, and advocacy groups has been assembled to discuss a possible Unified Development Code amendment to better define gun sales and where guns can be sold.

Local Government Code Chapter 229
Proposed Gun Sales UDC Amendment

Timeline:

  • October/November 2018 - Conduct research; draft language; coordinate with DSD, CAO, SAPD
  • November/December 2018 - Task Force
  • Early January 2019 - Public meetings
  • Late January/ Early February 2019 - Board and commission meetings
  • Late February 2019 - B Session/Public Safety Committee
  • March 2019 - City Council consideration to adopt the proposed changes

Taskforce Meeting Dates & Locations:

  • December 13, 2018, 9 a.m., Training Room B, 1901 S Alamo Street, San Antonio (Cliff Morton Business and Development Center)
  • January 11, 2019, 3 p.m., Board Room,  1901 S Alamo Street, San Antonio (Cliff Morton Business and Development Center)
  • January 25, 2019, 9 a.m., Board Room, 1901 S Alamo Street, San Antonio (Cliff Morton Business and Development Center)
  • February 1, 2019, 9 a.m., Board Room, 1901 S Alamo Street, San Antonio (Cliff Morton Business and Development Center)  CANCELLED
  • February 6, 2019, 9 a.m., Boardroom, 1901 S Alamo Street, San Antonio (Cliff Morton Business and Development Center) 
  • February 22, 2019, 9 a.m., Board Room, 1901 S Alamo Street, San Antonio (Cliff Morton Business and Development Center), if needed
  • April 19, 2019, 9 - 10:30 a.m., Board Room, 1901 S. Alamo Street, San Antonio (Cliff Morton Business and Development Center)  

Documents
ATF Licensed Firearm Retailers within C3 Zoning
CoSA Schools
Public Safety Meeting Minutes 09-26-18
Public Safety Meeting Agenda 09-26-18
Summary of Licensed ATF Retailers by Council District
Gun Sales Amendments - Draft
Gun Safety Task Force Presentation on Local Government Code

Maps
CoSA ATF Locations - All Districts
CoSA ATF Locations - CC District 1
CoSA ATF Locations - CC District 2
CoSA ATF Locations - CC District 3
CoSA ATF Locations - CC District 4
CoSA ATF Locations - CC District 5
CoSA ATF Locations - CC District 6
CoSA ATF Locations - CC District 7
CoSA ATF Locations - CC District 8
CoSA ATF Locations - CC District 9
CoSA ATF Locations - CC District 10

 

ETJ Military Protection Areas

On Sept. 19, 2019, the following Ordinances were adopted:

2019-09-19-0763 - ETJMPA Regulations
2019-09-19-0764 - Comprehensive Land use Categories
2019-09-19-0765 - Zoning Districts
2019-09-19-0766 - ETJMPA ILA

Changes in state law which were effective December 1, 2017, provide a municipality with the ability to extend land use controls within five miles of military bases with active training as a means to provide protection of the military’s missions if annexation is not approved.  On November 6, 2018, citizens voted against annexation, which means the City of San Antonio has jurisdiction to adopt land use controls and development regulations in two areas of Bexar County, one to the west of Lackland Medina Annex, and one to the west of Camp Bullis.  

Since the election, the Development Services Department, Planning Department, City Attorney’s Office, Office of Military Affairs, Bexar County, and the military have been working to develop regulations allowed to be implemented per the November 6th vote. Once the draft of the regulations is finalized, Development Services will conduct stakeholder and community meetings, as well as brief the Boards and Commissions. 

To assist with this effort, please provide your feedback at the survey link below: 
SASPEAKUP-MILITARY PROTECTION AREAS

To keep up to date, please bookmark this page.

Timeline and Next Steps (subject to change):

January 30, 2019:  B Session Briefing - Military Protection Area proposed Regulations and Process

February -  March 2019: Host Community Meetings (minimum of 4)

May 7, 2019: Zoning Commission Briefing

May 8, 2019: Planning Commission Briefing
May 13, 2019: PCTAC Consideration
May 15, 2019: Council Comprehensive Plan Committee Consideration

June 26, 2019: Planning Commission Action

July 16, 2019: Zoning Commission Action

Aug. 21, 2019: Planning & Community Development City Council Committee Meeting

Sept. 19, 2019: City Council Consideration

For general questions, please contact John Osten at (210) 207-2187 or email john.osten@sanantonio.gov.

For permitting activity not related to the ETJMPA, please contact the Bexar County Fire Marshal's Office at (210) 335-0300 or visit their website at www.bexar.org/643/permits-applications.

   
   Documents

   ETJMPA Certificate of Compatibility Application 09_11_19
   Basic ETJMPA Process Flowchart_Final
   ETJMPA Review Checklist
   Updated_Sample ETJMPA Certificate of Compatibility
   Chap 35 Article IX ETJMPA Final
   New Addendum A 11 - 05-14-19
   ETJ MPA Presentation 03-26 19
   Military Sound Attenuation Overlay District Fact Sheet
   Military Lighting Overlay District Fact Sheet
   Adopted Land Use Categories
   PROPOSED ETJMPA Regulations - 02-18-19
   PROPOSED ETJMPA Regulations Condensed - 02-18-19
   Frequently Asked Questions  

   Annexation Areas Adjacent to Military Bases CC Presentation 06-13-
1
   Consideration of a Resolution Ordering Annexation Election for Areas Adjacent to Military Bases - 08-02-18
   Public Hearing on Annexation Election for Areas Adjacent to Military Bases 08-29-18
   Public Hearing 2 on Annexation Election for Areas Adjacent to Military Bases 09-12-18

   Maps

   Camp Bullis ETJMPA Area Map
   Camp Bullis Land Use Controls Map
   Lackland ETJMPA Area Map
   Lackland Land Use Controls Map



 

Digital Billboard Updates

The City is currently reviewing a proposal from Clear Channel Outdoor to amend the City’s current Sign Code and Billboard Ordinance (Chapter 28).  Under Section 28-54, thirteen (13) off-premises digital signs were permitted. No new off-premises digital signs are permitted in the City or the ETJ. The thirteen (13) existing off-premises digital displays that were approved are required to be maintained in accordance with the requirements listed in the Ordinance.

Chapter 28 Sign Code and Billboard Ordinance

The purpose of this page is to provide information and get feedback from the Community as we move through the process of reviewing the proposal.  

The general proposal would:

  • Permanently remove approximately 300 Junior (Less than 100 sq. ft.) billboards
  • Allow digital faces to be added to the back side of only the thirteen (13) existing digital highway billboards
  • Not allow for any new digital billboard structures in the City
  • Require the removal of some large highway billboards in scenic, urban and/or historic corridors

 

OUTFRONT Media Proposal - Nov. 2019
Task Force Presentation - 08-06-19
Outdoor Media Proposal - 08-06-19
Survey Results - 07-30-19
Billboards_FAQ (Color / B&W)
Billboard Meeting Summary - 05-15-19
SpeakUp Survey_Billboards Results - 05-21-19
SpeakUp Survey_Billboards Presentation - 04-05-19
Billboard Meeting Summary - 02-26-19
Billboards by Owner
Map of Billboards and Overlays
Digital Billboard Presentation - 02-26-19
Proposed Digital Billboard Ordinance - Draft
Billboard Inventory by Council District
Citywide Billboard Inventory Map
CoSA Roadway Corridors Map

Clear Channel Outdoor maintains the following billboards across the City:

Clear Channel District 1 Map
Clear Channel District 2 Map
Clear Channel District 3 Map
Clear Channel District 4 Map
Clear Channel District 5 Map
Clear Channel District 6 Map
Clear Channel District 7 Map
Clear Channel District 8 Map
Clear Channel District 9 Map
Clear Channel District 10 Map

 Stakeholder Meetings:

  • April 5, 2019, 9 - 11 a.m.; 1901 S. Alamo, 1st Floor Board Room
  • Feb. 26, 2019, 9 - 11 a.m.; 1901 S. Alamo, 1st Floor Board Room

Comments
Email Comments from Burkett Media 03-20-19 Email Proposal from Lamar 03-05-19 Scenic San Antonio Digital Billboard Proposal Comments 02-23-19

For questions contact:
Andrew Perez – 210.207.0158
Amin Tohmaz – 210.207.0114

 

 

On Jan. 9, 2019, City Council issued a Council Consideration Request for initiating the creation of Monte Vista Terrace neighborhood Conservation District (NCD). Development Services Department of the City of San Antonio will coordinate the efforts of creation of this NCD with property owners in the neighborhood. 

Committee Meeting Schedule

The NCD working group will meet the last Thursday of each month, in the Tobin Room, 1st floor, at the Development Services Department, 1901 S. Alamo,  78204. Meetings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Upcoming meetings are as follows: 

  - Sept. 26, 2019
  - Oct. 24, 2019
  - Dec. 12, 2019
  - Jan. 30, 2020
  - Feb. 27, 2020

 

Resources and Documents

 - NCD-10 Regulations Working Document

 

Contact John Osten, Planning Coordinator, by email at john.osten@sanantonio.gov.               

 

On June 21, 2018, City Council approved the adoption of the 2018 International Code Council (ICC) Building-related, Fire and Property Maintenance codes and local amendments to be effective, October 1, 2018.  Refer to Codes/Ordinances for current codes.

The following 2018 ICC Building-related, Fire and Property Maintenance codes and the 2017 National Electrical Code with local amendments, were approved to be effective October 1, 2018:


2018 International Building Code, IBC
2018 International Existing Building Code, IEBC
2018 International Residential Code, IRC
2018 International Fire Code, IFC
2018 International Mechanical Code, IMC
2018 International Plumbing Code, IPC
2018 International Fuel Gas Code, IFGC
2018 International Energy Conservation Code, IECC
2017 National Electrical Code, NEC
2018 San Antonio Property Maintenance Code (based on the 2018 International Property Maintenance Code)

In December 2017, DSD established the 2018 SAPMC Code Review Committee to review and propose updates to the current SAPMC.

Since February 2017, Development Services held many open public hearings and met with various development and neighborhood stakeholder groups to ensure a successful implementation.

San Antonio is once again the first City in Texas to adopt these new codes.

The ICC Codes are updated every three years to ensure the most current national safety codes and being used.  This review and adoption process allows for the latest constructions methods to be identified, and offers new options for compliance.

In accordance with City Code Sections 10-14(a)(5) and 11-40 - section 108,  the City’s Building-related and Fire Codes Appeals and Advisory Board (BRFCAAB) established the following subcommittees: 

Electrical Code Subcommittee
Plumbing and Fuel Gas Code Subcommittee
Building, Existing Building, Residential, and Fire Code Subcommittee
Energy Conservation Code Subcommittee
Mechanical Code Subcommittee

These subcommittees held 29 code-review open public hearings to review the technical provisions of the new codes and proposed amendments. DSD and SAFD encouraged all interested stakeholders to participate in the review and adoption process to ensure the appropriate minimum building-related and fire codes for San Antonio were implemented.    

Once all of the subcommittees completed their reviews, they presented their recommendations to the full BRFCAAB for review and consideration.  The Board made a recommendation to the Building Official and Fire Chief who presented their recommendations on a Code Adoption Ordinance.  On June 21, 2018, DSD and SAFD recommended approval of the 2018 ICC Codes with local amendments.

Thank you to all subcommittee members, Code Review Committee and stakeholders for their support in this effort.

In 2017, DSD received a Council Consideration Request (CCR) jointly submitted by Councilman Trevino (CD 1) and former Councilman Medina (CD 7), requesting staff to examine potential updates to the Infill Development Zone. Development Services organized a Task Force composed of members form the development community, including Engineers, Architects, and Attorneys, as well as members from neighborhood associations that have experience with “IDZ” projects. On Nov. 15, 2018, City Council adopted the updates to the “IDZ” Infill Development Zone, as well as the “MXD” Mixed Use District and adopted regulations for two new Single-Family Residential Districts: “R-1” and “R-2”.
 
A total of 15 Task Force and General meetings were conducted, which produced new regulations to allow infill development projects be more compatible in existing neighborhoods.  New regulations created tiered regulations based upon the intensity and density of the proposed use, as well as the size of the project, rather than a one size fits all approach. In addition to the “IDZ” updates, the Task Force also recommended updates to the “MXD” Mixed Use District, which now include less-strict amendment language to allow for flexibility with mixed-use projects.
 
Lastly, the Task Force recommended the creation of two new Single-Family zoning districts: “R-1” and “R-2”. These new zoning districts are meant to provide alternatives to “IDZ” for owners of small residential lots.

Infill Development Zone Ordinance 2018-11-15-0913

Historical Information

On Nov. 1, 2017, the Governance Committee recommended moving forward with a City Council Consideration Request (CCR) initiated by Councilman Trevino, Council District 1, to review and possibly update Section 35-310, relating to existing “MF-33” and “RM-4” zoning designations to address the growing need for housing, without compromising the integrity of neighborhoods. Review elements include:

  • "RM-4” and “MF-33” zoning designations allow for construction up to 35 feet and 45 feet in height respectively.  

  • There are neighborhoods within Council District 1, and other areas of the city, that have lots zoned for this type of development scattered throughout the neighborhood, either through a rezoning approved decades ago or the 2001 UDC code conversion.

  • Redevelopment of these properties is resulting in incompatible height and lot coverage than adjacent developed properties.

A Taskforce has been formed consisting of representatives from neighborhoods and the development community to review and recommend potential changes to the “MF” and “RM” zoning districts. General Community Meeting(s) will also be held to gather more input from the public. 

Taskforce Members

Comments and recommendations made either through meetings or submitted through email will be posted here. Please be clear on each recommendation and its basis.

Email comments to:

Kristie Flores, Planning Manager at kristie.flores@sanantonio.gov or call 210-207-5889.


Taskforce Meetings:

March 26, 2019
April 23, 2019
May 28, 2019 
June 25, 2019
July 23, 2019
Aug. 29, 2019 (new meeting date)
Sept. 24, 2019 

Taskforce Meetings will be held in the Board Room, 1st floor at the DSD Building located at 1901 S. Alamo, unless otherwise noted. 

Supporting Documents and Presentations:

CCR – District 1
March 26, 2019 Kickoff Meeting Presentation
March 26 Meeting Notes
Proposed UDC Amendments Discussed April 23
April 23 Meeting Notes
Proposed UDC Amendments for Discussion May 28
May 28 Meeting Notes
June 25 Meeting Notes
July 23 Meeting Notes
August 29 Meeting Notes
September 24 Meeting Notes
Final Proposed Code Amendments for Input
Report of possible 2020 UDC Amendments
October 14 Community Meeting Presentation
Code Amendment: Planning Commission Technical Advisory Committee Recommendations
Code Amendment: Planning Commission Approved Recommendations

 

 

In preparation of updating the Unified Development Code (UDC) for FY 2020, DSD will compile a list of proposed amendments starting Jan. 1, 2020, which will be posted online once available. Updates will be provided throughout the year-long process and encompass a public engagement component to encourage feedback from all.

Through our public engagement efforts, DSD will create task forces when needed, and will invite applicable parties to join and provide input and feedback. Participants may include city departments, school districts, neighborhood leaders, the military and development community, and additional organizations for various amendment proposals. As part of the UDC process, we will share timelines and updated codes, and keep customers informed along the way. Our outreach will be done in English and Spanish, and will reach customers via the DSD website, social media (Facebook, Nextdoor, Twitter, and Linkedin), SASpeakUp process and Council staff updates. 

To receive updates throughout the process, register for UDC Amendments notifications.

Development Services will host two DSD Academy sessions for those interested in learning more about the UDC Process. Training will take place at the One Stop, located at 1901 S. Alamo, 78204, in the Boardroom, and is scheduled for: 

  • Nov. 16, 2019 at 9 a.m. 
  • Jan.18, 2020 at 9 a.m. 

To request an overview of the UDC Process, or for more information, please email us at UDCAmendments@sanantonio.gov.

For further information, visit the UDC FAQ Overview.

Additional resources:

2020 UDC Draft Application
IB 558 - UDC Amendment Process
San Antonio Municode-UDC Chapter 35

UDC Process Timeline:

  • Jan. 1, 2020 - DSD accepts amendments
  • May 1 - Deadline for amendment proposals
  • May - Proposed amendments reviewed by DSD; and will ensure submissions are complete and for Ch. 35 only
  • May to October - Planning Commission Technical Advisory Committee (PCTAC) meets to determine whether proposed amendments are classified as "edits", "clarifications", or "neither"
  • May - Planning Commission consideration to accept or deny "edits" and "clarifications" of proposed amendments; note the Planning Commission can sponsor amendments not in categories
  • Oct. 30 - PCTAC will send their recommendations to appropriate Boards and Commissions
  • November to December - Board Meetings provide final recommendations for City Council
  • December - City Council consideration
  • Jan. 2021 - Training for approved amendments for employees, external agencies, and the public

 

The Unified Development Code (UDC) was last updated in FY 2015.

2015 Final Proposed UDC Amendments

2015 UDC Ordinance 

The Unified Development Code (UDC) is located in Chapter 35 of the City's Code. It includes regulations for the preparation of land in anticipation of development, such as subdivision platting, zoning, and street and drainage design, as well as historic preservation. As such, the UDC implements the City's Comprehensive Plan and Master Plan Policies. Built into the UDC is a once every five year update program where amendments may be submitted for consideration and recommendation through various boards and commissions. Additionally, updates to UDC may be proposed at any time by staff or at the direction of the City Council.

All UDC amendments are reviewed by the Planning Commission Technical Advisory Committee (PCTAC). The Planning Commission appoints 18 locally recognized community members to the Technical Advisory Committee for overlapping two-year terms. The Technical Advisory Committee advises the Planning Commission on the Major Thoroughfare Plan and UDC amendments and meets as often as necessary. 

Over the course of administration of the UDC, interpretation questions often arise. Rule Interpretations are formal interpretations of the UDC.

Go to Rule Interpretations to find an existing interpretation. To submit a Rule Interpretation please see Information Bulletin 555.

IB 558 UDC Amendments Process
UDC 2020 FAQs
PCTAC Member List - 062919


To see current PCTAC Agendas see Planning Commission calendar at https://sanantonio.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx.

For questions about PCTAC Agendas, contact the Policy Administration Team.