Historic and Design Review Commission (HDRC)

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Physical Address
Development and Business Services Center
1901 S. Alamo 
San Antonio, TX 78204



Monday - Friday, 7:45am - 4:30pm


About the HDRC

The Historic and Design Review Commission (HDRC) consists of 11 members who reside in the City of San Antonio and are appointed by the City Council. They review projects related to exterior changes to properties that are individually designated landmarks or within one of the City's local historic districts; located within a River Improvement Overlay (RIO) district (including the Riverwalk); located within a Viewshed Protection district; or that are publicly-owned (i.e. libraries, parks, fire stations, etc.). The HDRC also reviews infill construction projects located within the "D" Downtown Business District.

The City's Unified Development Code (UDC) also authorizes OHP staff to issue an Administrative Certificate of Appropriateness for routine and minor repair applications. The majority of requests For a complete list of items that can be administratively approved by staff, refer to Section 35-611 of the UDC Amendments (PDF).For a list of current HDRC Members, please visit the City's Boards & Commissions page.


In partnership with the Historic Districts Coalition, OHP staff hosted a series of trainings all about the design review and HDRC process. Video links are provided below:

01_TRAINING VIDEO_Certificate of Appropriateness

02_TRAINING VIDEO_Historic and Design Review Commission

03_TRAINING VIDEO_Historic Design Guidelines and Policy Documents

04_TRAINING VIDEO_Demolition and Designations

Planning a project in a historic district and don't know where to start? The SApreservation Design Resource Center provides examples of application materials, architectural details, and informational links to make the design review process as quick and easy as possible!

For additional resources, be sure to check out our Before Getting Started page!

Application portal

The Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) is here to assist you with the application process for proposed exterior alterations to landmarks and properties within historic districts, for landmark and historic district designation, and for tax certification and verification. All proposed work must be approved by the OHP or the Historic and Design Review Commission (HDRC).
See more about HDRC Applications and Fees

HDRC Schedule and Agendas

View the HDRC meeting schedule, posted agendas, and upcoming HDRC cases.
See more about HDRC Schedule and Agendas

HDRC Past Meeting Minutes

See a complete list of past meeting minutes.

Historic Design Guidelines

In considering whether to recommend approval or disapproval of an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness, the HDRC is guided by the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation, the City of San Antonio's Unified Development Code, and any additional design guidelines adopted by City Council, such as the Historic Design Guidelines and the Downtown Design Guide.
See more about Historic Design Guidelines

Zoning Codes & Ordinances

The Office of Historic Preservation and the Historic and Design Review Commission are required to make recommendations based on the Unified Development Code (UDC). The UDC contains provisions for not only historic properties, but also zoning overlays including the River Improvement Overlays (RIO) districts and Viewshed Protection districts.
See more about Zoning Codes & Ordinances

Report a Violation

You can report potential problems anonymously or provide contact information for follow-up. See more about Violation Reporting.