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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.

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 

Meetings

General Meetings
o May 3, 2018 - 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
o May 16, 2018 - 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
o June 8, 2018 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
o June 28, 2018-  1:00–  3:00 p.m.
o August 3, 2018 – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
o August 24, 2018 – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
o September 14, 2018 – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
o October 19, 2018 – 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Training Room B, 2nd Floor, 1901 S. Alamo)

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

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

Documents
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.

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.

 

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 (STR) Application Documents:

Sample Floorplan
Tenant Indoor Notification Template
Permit Application Checklist
Permit Application
Short Term Rentals Ordinance Fact Sheet

Contact information:

Tony Felts, Development Services Manager - 210.207.0153
City Finance Department - 210.207.8667

For Media inquiries, please contact:
Ximena Copa-Wiggins, Public Relations Manager, 210-207-0221

For questions or additional information, please contact the Short Term Rental Team.

Short Term Rental Background and Historical Information

Links

Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions.

The Transportation and Capital Improvements Departments (TCI) has proposed an amendment to sections 35-506(d)(4) and 35-506(q)(2) of the UDC  to create a mitigation fund that would allow developers the option to pay a fee instead of building sidewalks or bicycle facilities if the project meets certain exception criteria within the UDC.  Should the criteria be met, the developer would be able to pay the fee and the money collected would be set aside in a mitigation fund for future pedestrian or bicycle facility construction in a designated area.  This proposed UDC amendment would also establish the necessary exemption criteria.

Proposed Amendment and Documents
Sidewalk and Bicycle Mitigation Fund
Sidewalk and Bicycle Mitigation Fund UDC Amendment - PCTAC Recommendations
Sidewalk and Bicycle Mitigation Fund Presentation to PCTAC

March 2, 2018 - PCTAC Recommended approval with changes.

Next Steps:
April 2018 - Planning Commission
May 2018 - City Council Consideration

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.

The Alta Vista Neighborhood Conservation District amendments were approved by City Council on May 17, 2018.  See Ordinance below for more information.

Alta Vista Neighborhood Conservation District Ordinance 2018-05-17-0363

In December 2016 Councilman Roberto Trevino issued a City Council Consideration Request (CCR) for city staff to review the Alta Vista Neighborhood Conservation District standards for possible update.


A Committee has been formed consisting of property owners within the Alta Vista Neighborhood to review and recommend potential changes to the "NCD-2" Alta Vista Neighborhood Conservation Overlay zoning district. Alta Vista Committee Members

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

Email comments to Kristie Flores, Planning Manager
210.207.5889

Committee Meetings
October 24, 2017
November 28, 2017
January 23, 2018
February 27, 2018
March 27, 2018

Committee meetings will be held in Training Room B, 2nd floor at the DSD Building located at 1901 S. Alamo, unless otherwise noted.

Documents

Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions.

In April 2017 Councilman Medina and Councilman Trevino issued a City Council Consideration Request (CCR) for city staff to review the San Antonio Unified Development Code’s current Infill Development Zone (IDZ) designation and it’s development standards. Review elements include:

Research of comparable municipal infill policies
Review of how the “IDZ” zoning designation effects neighborhoods
Review of the impact of reducing setbacks and parking requirements
Determine policies and procedures to enhance the livability of established neighborhoods

A Task Force has been formed consisting of representatives from neighborhoods and development community to review and recommend potential changes to the “IDZ” zoning district.   General Meetings will also be held to gather more input from the public.  

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 Logan Sparrow, Principal Planner
210.207.8691

IDZ Task Force Members


City Council Consideration - November 1, 2018 -  9:00 a.m. Council Chambers,  114 W. Commerce, 78205

Task Force Meetings: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

October 23, 2017
November 27, 2017
January 22, 2018
February 26, 2018
March 26, 2018
April 23, 2018
May 29, 2018 - 2:30 p.m.

Task Force Meetings will be held in Training Room B, 2nd floor at the DSD Building located at 1901 S. Alamo, unless otherwise noted.


General Meetings: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
October 9, 2017
November 7, 2017
December 5, 2017
February 6, 2018
April 10, 2018
May, 8, 2018

General Meetings will be held in the 1st Floor Boardroom at the DSD Building located at 1901 S. Alamo, unless otherwise noted.

In March 2017 former Councilman Alan E. Warrick II, issued a City Council Consideration Request (CCR) for city staff to review the Mahncke Park Neighborhood Conservation District standards for possible update.

A Committee has been formed consisting of property owners within the Mahncke Park Neighborhood to review and recommend potential changes to the "NCD-6" Mahncke Park Neighborhood Conservation Overlay zoning district. Mahncke Park Committee Members List.

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 Zenon Solis, Planning Coordinator
210.207.7796
   OR
Email comments to Kristie Flores, Planning Manager
210.207.5889

Committee Meeting Schedule:

January 25, 2018
February 22, 2018
March 22, 2018
April 26, 2018
May 24, 2018
June 28, 2018
July 26, 2018
August 23, 2018
September 27, 2018
October 25, 2018
November 29, 2018 (5th Thursday)
December 11, 2018 (2nd Tuesday)

The Committee meetings will be held every 4th Thursday of the month from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. in Training Room B located at 1901 S. Alamo, 2nd floor, unless otherwise noted.

Public Meeting Schedule:

Two meeting dates projected for January 2019 (Dates, Times and Locations to be Determined)

Documents

Plats

25 ft. Lots

Claremont to Eleanor 25 ft Lots
Pershing to Parland East of New Braunfels
Ira to Brackenridge from Broadway to New Braunfels

48.8 ft. Lots

North Side of Allensworth

50 ft. Lots

Parland to Pinckney
Allensworth to Pershing - Avenel to New Braunfels
Allensworth to Pershing - Broadway to Avenel
Burr to Hildebrand
Elmhurst to Parland
Ethel Ct to Elmhurst to Alberta
Groveland
Parland to Pinckney
Pershing to Elmhurst
Natalen to Humphrey at Broadway and Margaret

55 Ft. Lots

Funston to Pinckney Botanical Gardens

Parks

Botanical Gardens
Park 2
Park

Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions.

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.

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

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

IB 558 UDC Amendments Process

recent UDC Update initiatives:

Short Term Rentals (STR)
Dark Sky/Military Lighting Overlay District (MLOD)
Historic View Sheds Amendment Process (Office of Historic Preservation)
Sidewalk and Bicycle Mitigation Fund (Transportation and Capital Improvements Department)

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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.

The City of San Antonio is currently revising Section 35-385 of the Unified Development Code relating to Wireless Communications Systems.  The update is intended to make the regulations regarding cellular phone and cellular data more flexible and predictable, as well as complying with various federal order and Supreme Court rulings.  An additional goal is modifying the regulations to take into account new and emerging technologies in the wireless industry.

With these goals in mind, the Development Services Department has assembled a group of industry leaders and experts to help us draft a revision to the City's wireless regulations.  Over the next few months, these stakeholders, DSD staff, and staff from the City Attorney's Office will be working to revise the current draft ordinance.

For more information, please contact:  
Michael Dice, Policy Administrator, michael.dice@sanantonio.gov, 210.207.7877

In 2011, City Council removed Article VI, Division 5, of the UDC relating to Public Art San Antonio, and replaced the UDC sections with the policy document administered by the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture.  Please visit the Public Art San Antonio website for information regarding the policy or contact the Arts and Culture Department at art@sanantonio.gov or 210-206-ARTS.

09-08-2011 Public Art Ordinance