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


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

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DSD academy

We recognize the importance of industry-related certifications and continuing education for professionals in our industry. That is why we make professional development an essential part of our business. Our Training Manager works closely with various professionals in the industry to offer educational training support for our staff as well our customers/community. Our training programs focus on those seeking to extend their knowledge base, continuing education and certification.

For more information on training please refer to the DSD Training Handbook, email the Training Manager or call 210.207.8219.

Partnering with our community to build and maintain a safer San Antonio is a mission that we take seriously and are always looking for new and innovative ways in which to accomplish our goals. As part of our efforts to increase and improve our partnership with our community, we’ve started a DSD Academy to help residents understand the various aspects of development, including zoning, platting, permits, inspections, code enforcement and graffiti. DSD Academy will have a session every month, each on a different topic. 

DSD Academy is held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Boardroom inside the Cliff Morton Development & Business Services Center located at 1901 S. Alamo St.

For more information contact Ximena Copa-Wiggins at 210.207.0221 or email at

Future planned sessions:
Mar. 16 Tree Preservation and Oak Wilt Prevention
Apr. 20 How & When to Get Permits for Work in Your Home
May 18 Code Enforcement: Basics & What Happens When and After You Receive or Report a Violation
Jun. 15 Introduction to New Search Tool for City Registered Contractors
Jul. 20 Zoning 101 (Basics)
Aug. 17 Introduction to New Search Tool for City Registered Contractors
Sept. 21 What's a Master Development Plan (MDP)?

Note: Dates are subject to change.


Introduction to New Search Tool for City Registered Contractors

Development Services Department organizes several San Antonio Building Codes Academy (SABCA) sessions per year with the goal of bringing high-quality educators and necessary building-related codes training for code officials, design professionals, builders, tradesmen and building owners and managers.

2019 Spring San Antonio Building Codes Academy (SABCA)
Save the date for the next SABCA training sessions to be held at the Phil Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center, Gathering Hall, 8400 N.W. Military Highway, San Antonio, TX, 78231. Training sessions are as follows:

  • April training runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • April 8-9, 2019: 2018 IRC Braced Wall Provisions

2018 IRC Braced Wall Provisions
Multiple examples will be given throughout the class to build each attendees knowledge and understanding. In the end, several “free” online programs will be used to help show how to quickly check that the requirements of the IRC have been met. This seminar is ideal for both the building plan reviewer and the building designer and is beneficial for building inspectors and contractors.

Registration Information
  • Deadline for a guaranteed reservation is 4:30 p.m. on March 15, 2019.
  • Will accept registrations up to the day of each event on a space-available basis.
  • Space is limited to the first 70 registrants for each session.
  • Registration fee is $150 for a six hour course.
  • Online registration will begin Feb. 25, 2019.

Please Note Our Cancellation Policy Requests for registration cancellation prior to 4:30 p.m. March 15, 2019 will receive a full refund. Cancellation requests received after this date are subject to a $50 cancellation fee.

The Department’s Goal 1 Committee will offer tacos, coffee, water and orange juice for donations.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please e-mail SABCA.

Development Services hosts Lunch Time Learning opportunities where Subject Matter Experts provide training and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for internal staff and our customers once or twice a month. A wide variety of topics are offered for professional development, as well as to inform our customers of any new or revised development processes.

The sessions are usually offered from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. so participants can participate during their lunch time. Examples of training sessions we have offered in the past include:

  • DSD Addressing Process
  • Acid-Etched Glass and Mirror
  • Fire Rated Polyurethane
  • Professional Practice Update: Ethics (Texas Board of Professional Engineers)
  • Fire Retardant Treated Lumber and Plywood
  • Business Etiquette in the 21st Century
  • Contractor Notification for Residential Home Builders & Tree Preservation
  • Fire-Rated Wall Material

Development Services hosts training opportunities for Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for internal staff and our customers. A wide variety of topics are offered for professional development, as well as to inform our customers of any new or revised development processes.

Topic: 2018 HVAC Continuing Education for City Master and Journeyman License holders (only)

Date: October 19, 2018, November 16, 2018 or December 21, 2018

Time: 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location: 8535 Mission Road, Executive Room A - Suite 105

Description: 2018 IECC, IMC, IRC and IFGC

Trainer/Presenter: Jesse Vasquez, Mechanical Inspector Supervisor, Development Service Department

For more information or to sign up for classes, please contact Mimi Camargo (DSD) at 210-207-8237 or