World Heritage Office
Resources & Tools

Missions of san antonio

The Missions of San Antonio website serves as a clearinghouse for information and community input regarding the five historic San Antonio Missions. Initially established in 2012, the website serves as the primary portal for Missions community news, citizen participation, and overall background on the Missions World Heritage journey. The World Heritage Advisory Committee for the San Antonio Missions include the following partners: Archdiocese of San Antonio, Bexar County, City of San Antonio, Los Compadres de San Antonio Missions, National Parks Conservation Association, San Antonio River Authority, and the Texas General Land Office.

World Heritage

World Heritage Buffer Area

When a site is nominated for World Heritage designation, a buffer zone is required. The World Heritage Buffer Zone is largely determined by various city ordinances, including the River Improvement Overlay Districts 3-6, the Mission Historic District, and the Alamo Historic District. However, it also includes downtown areas from Mission San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo) north to the San Antonio Public Library and south to Hemisfair Park, components of King William, Lavaca, and Blue Star neighborhoods, as well as the South Presa and Roosevelt corridors including those north of the Mission district. The following World Heritage Site Base Map (PDF) can be expanded to see the streets included. Much of the World Heritage Buffer Zone lies within the Mission Historic District. The Historic Zoning Overlay establishes a design review process for new construction, exterior alterations, and signage.

City & community programs

CCDO Incentives and Programs

The Center City Development & Operations (CCDO) Department utilizes a variety of incentive programs to promote growth and development in targeted areas of the City, specifically related to residential and commercial real estate markets. CCDO focuses on revitalizing targeted sectors and alleviating challenges to development by providing incentives, programs and assistance such as the Center City Housing Incentive Policy(CCHIP), Brownfield Redevelopment Program and the Inner City Reinvestment and Infill Policy (ICRIP).

Office of Historic Preservation

The Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) sponsors a number of programs and initiatives highlighting preservation throughout the community. OHP has resources and information available to assist you with design guidelines, forms and applications, understanding codes and ordinances and more.


REnewSA is a collaborative initiative focused on outcomes accomplished through leveraging public investment, incentivizing private investment, and maximizing the use of vacant, abandoned and underutilized properties. REnewSA is consistent with the goal of SA2020 to “transform San Antonio into a world-class city” by reinvesting in neighborhoods, rehabilitating homes and revitalizing commercial corridors. REnewSA is an interagency collaborative organized by the City of San Antonio and its REnewSA partners.

Development Services (DSD)

The City of San Antonio’s Development Services Department is responsible for coordinating land and building development throughout the City.

DSD currently allows anyone to currently access their permit system (Hansen) to search by address for permits that have been filed for development of a property. DSD is replacing the current permitting system with a new, more robust system that will replace the individual permit, inspections, code, and land development application systems, and create a more cohesive system that tracks all development and code activity for a property. This system, called Build SA, is currently under development. Phase 1 will begin with the land development applications such as zoning, plan amendments, plats, etc.  Phase 2 will focus on building permits, and Phase 3 will include Code Compliance. The system will “Go Live” over the next several years with Phase I “Go Live” at the beginning of 2017. The system is intended to maximize communication and minimize paper.