For Questions, please contact, (210) 207-1111, Option 0, or
Applications for Permits:
Building Permit - Residential
Certificate of Occupancy
Electrical Service - Temporary
General Repair - Residential
Foundation Repair - Residential
Manufactured Home Installation
Manufactured Home Repair
Mechanical Permit - Limited Service & Repair
Plumbing, Gas & Sewer
Work - Commercial and Residential
- Demolition Contractors
- Sidewalk Curb
Registration - Electrical Maintenance Technician
Registration - Home Improvement Contractor
Registration - Residential Building Contractor
Registration - State Master Plumbing
Registration - State Mechanical
of Adjustment Variance Application
for Address Change on Permit
Request to Link Child Permit to Parent
Our team can
assist homeowners and licensed contractors obtain the proper permits for their
project. If your property is within the City of San Antonio and you are
erecting, constructing, enlarging, altering, repairing, improving, removing,
converting, moving, demolishing any building or structure or a portion within
the structure, you are required to obtain City of San Antonio permits.
Specific examples of when permits are required are:
room additions, walls, carports, decks,
patios, in-ground & above-ground swimming pools, fences, re-roofs, foundation
repairs, and general repairs to include siding, doors, and windows.
For all projects
proposing additional square footage, a site plan (showing entire lot, existing
residence on lot, proposed construction, and distances to all property lines),
an estimated construction value (to include cost of materials and labor), and an
Energy Report (total number of windows and sizes, doors, and walls) will be
Permits for new home construction,
additions, structural work on existing homes and new accessory dwellings over
400 sq. ft. can only be issued to the homeowner or a contractor who has
registered with the City as a Residential Building Contractor.
If a homeowner seeks
permits for new home construction, they will be required to sign a notarized
affidavit stating they will reside in the home at least one year after
completion of construction.
non-structural remodels and repairs and accessory dwellings 400 sq. ft and
smaller can be issued to the homeowner or contractors who have registered with
the City as a Home Improvement Contractor.
Homeowner's may also obtain plumbing
permits for their existing residence, provided that it is their homestead and
that the work will be installed personally without the assistance of any person
or persons. Our staff will verify ownership with the
Bexar Appraisal District.
It is important to get these permits so City inspectors can verify the work was
done correctly in order to protect you, your family, and your guests.
In addition, if you are found working without the required permit, you
will be fined and required to purchase a permit at twice the cost.
Home improvements that do not require a permit include:
Buildings less than 120 sq. ft.
Sidewalks and driveways on your property
Retaining walls less than four feet
Swings & playground equipment
Painting, papering and tiling
Carpeting, cabinets, and countertops
Although these projects do not require a permit, you may have restrictions on
the design and materials used based on the district you live in, such as a
issued shall become invalid unless the work authorized by such permit is
commenced within 180 days after its issuance, or if the work authorized by such
permit is suspended or abandoned for a period of 180 days after the time the
work is commenced.
If you would like to verify if your contractor is registered with the City of
San Antonio, contact us at (210) 207-1111 option 0. Or you may also email us at
and you will receive a response from our staff.
Depending on the extent of the work, you may be required to obtain one or more
of the following permits:
Buildings less than 120 sq. ft.
Mechanical (heating/air conditioning)
Plumbing (to include gas & sewer)
Concrete (sidewalk, curbs, drive approaches in public right of
properties in the following districts may require additional approval:
State Licenses - the City of San Antonio requires all State contractors
(Builders, Mechanical, Plumbing, Electrical, and Irrigators) to register their
license with Development Services in order to obtain permits within our
jurisdiction. Some of these licenses are required to provide Certificate of
Liability Insurance and/or a Bond. Theses types of licenses are required to pay
an annual registration fee with the City.
City Licenses - The City of San Antonio also issues and/or renews municipal
licenses and registrations to include the following: Residential Builder, Home
Improvement, Sidewalk & Curb, Mechanical, Sign, and Electrical. These types of
licenses and registrations pay a renewal fee either annually or bi-annually with
First time Contractors doing work in the City of San Antonio will need to apply
in person at our main office. Those
contractors wishing to submit a current copy of their Certificate of Insurance
should email it to us at
DSDLicense@sanantonio.gov. or by faxing it to (210) 207-0102. Please note
that all original bonds must be turned in at the main office.
If you choose a contractor to do work at your residence, please contact our
office to verify if they are licensed
or registered with the City of San Antonio and to also see if they have
proper permits for their jobs
The Chief Inspectors are also available to answer any questions you may have
about a particular contractor that may have done work for you or are proposing
to do work at your residence.