Partnering with the community to build and maintain a safer San Antonio      │  December 2016
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Development Services Department


Roderick J. Sanchez

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1901 S. Alamo San Antonio, TX 78204


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7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Monday - Friday


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PO Box 839966

San Antonio, TX 78283

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DSD Holiday Schedule 
The Development Services Department and the Fire Marshal's office will be closed the week of Dec. 26 (Dec. 26 - 30) for Winter Break.   The office will re-open on  Jan. 2, 2017, as regularly scheduled, from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

After hour inspections on Dec. 28 and 29 will be available if scheduled and paid for by 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 23.  Please call the following numbers to schedule your after hour appointment.
  • Plat Construction Inspections - 207-0281
  • Building Inspections - 207-0220
  • Fire System Inspections - 207-8410
Note:  Online scheduling for inspections will not be available during the Winter Holiday Break.

Additional  Board and Commission Holiday Schedule:
Planning Commission:  Meeting scheduled for Dec. 28, 2016 is canceled

Zoning Commission: M
eeting scheduled for Jan. 3, 2017 is canceled; there was no change to the December schedule
  • The last regular recordation opportunity for this year is Dec. 23
  • The regular recordation schedule will be suspended during the winter break, Dec. 26 - 30, 2016
  • Out-of-sequence recordation option will not be available during the winter break
  • Regular recordation will resume Jan. 6, 2017
New Permit Tracking Tool by District Now Available
Development Services is pleased to announce a new tool for organized neighborhoods and community liaisons. You can now view weekly reports listing all open permit applications and granted permits for developments in your area. 
This new initiative reflects our goal of transparency in government. This is a fantastic tool for neighborhoods. Before, neighbors were often left out of the conversation if a development didn't require a zoning change. Now, you can see a list of permits pulled, along with a description of the work being performed and contact information for the permit applicant. With this new resource, customers also have the capability to sort permits by Council District, giving them easier access to find the information.

To access the tracking tool, simply visit the Summary of Development Services' Permit Activity web site. In the Building Permits Granted section, select your Council District to view details related to the various projects, including the project name, address and description of work.   
Congratulations to DSD's Newly Appointed ICC-ES Member

Congratulations to Andrew Espinoza, CBO, MCP, Development Services Manager, Plan Review, for his appointment to the Plumbing, Mechanical, Gas (PMG) International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) as a Listing Committee Member. 
As a committee member, Andrew will ensure new building products are properly evaluated for compliance with code and applicable standards.  
"Having this professional validation gives business owners and building departments the peace of mind knowing that new products, materials, and components have received the approval of the PMG ICC-ES listing committee," said Andrew.
The ICC Board of Managers approved Andrew's appointment this past October; he will serve from Nov. 1, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2017. 
"Representing DSD is a privilege," said Andrew. "I hope my appointment communicates to our city that all of us at DSD are committed to providing the best services possible."
Performance Measures - FY 2017


Performance Measures



The complete Performance Measures Report is available online


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Information Bulletins and Other Resources

For a complete list of additional resources, visit the sites shared below:      
The DSD Resources web site also offers more information, including Document Search, Forms and Applications, and Latest News.
2017 Winter SABCA Training 

The San Antonio Building Codes Academy (SABCA) is hosting two separate training courses from Feb. 1 to 3, 2017.  Customers are invited to participate in this great learning opportunity. Course details are below: 

Legal Aspects of Code  Administration
Feb. 1, 2017 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Feb. 2, 2017 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In this course, an International Code Council (ICC) instructor will inform participants on how to interpret and apply local government, state and federal legislative laws to the administration and enforcement of a building code.

Analysis of Changes - 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC)
Feb. 3, 2017 - 8 a.m. to Noon
Feb. 3, 2017 - 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

This course offers an International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) instructor who will provide information about code changes covering the safe installation and use of electrical products pertaining to the 2017 NEC.

Additional Details: 

Physical Address: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
900 E. Market Street, Room 006 (River Level)
San Antonio, TX 78205
Parking Locations:

Save your Spot (Reservations):
The deadline for a guaranteed reservation is Jan. 27, 2017, by 4:30 p.m. We will accept registrations up to the day of each event on a space-available basis; however we cannot guarantee a workbook or handout material for anyone registering after the deadline. Space is limited to the first 70 registrants for each session.
The registration fee is $150 per course. On-line registration will begin Dec. 21, 2016. An e-mail acknowledgement will be sent once payment is made through the on-line registration system, if you pay by credit card. If you need an invoice for your records, please request one at .
Requests for registration cancellation prior to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 27, 2017 will receive a full refund. Cancellation requests received after 4:30 p.m. Jan. 27, 2017 are subject to a $50 cancellation fee.  
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact SABCA
Mapping LID Features

The San Antonio River Authority (SARA) is currently working on a project to map all of the Low Impact Development (LID) features in Bexar, Wilson, Karnes, and Goliad County and is asking for your help in creating one of the most comprehensive LID maps in the country. 

DSD parking lot Bioswale now planted at 1902 S. Alamo
LID is a sustainable stormwater management practice that mitigates the impacts of stormwater runoff while improving water quality and enhancing the aesthetic appeal of our communities. Often in traditional development, runoff from a storm event flows across parking lots, roads, buildings and other impervious surfaces collecting nutrient and chemical pollutants.  This untreated runoff flows into storm drains that direct the flow toward our creeks and rivers.  This can have negative impacts on water quality, flooding, and aquatic life and habitats.
Fortunately, LID is becoming an increasingly popular strategy for managing stormwater and has been implemented in communities around North America for over 20 years. 
To visualize the efforts being made locally, SARA is looking for feedback from residents, property owners, developers, designers, and engineers about any LID features they are aware of and how these features are being incorporated - from developers incorporating bioretention in large infrastructure projects to residents adding rain gardens and rain barrels to manage runoff from their homes. 
Some examples of Low Impact Development include: 
  • Rain Gardens
  • Cisterns
  • Bioretention
  • Bioswales
  • Permeable Pavement
  • Green Roofs
If you know of any LID features you would like to be represented in this effort, please contact Kyle Knickerbocker, SARA, at (210) 302-3243 or at
For more information about Low Impact Development please visit the SARA at  

City News


City Hall and most municipal offices will be closed Monday, Dec. 26, 2016 through Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. Public safety and emergency services will remain in operation.

Ring in the New Year in Downtown San Antonio!
Join the FREE New Year's Eve celebration and fireworks extravaganza with live music, carnival games and rides and delicious festival food.
Freight Workshop Invite

The  Office of Sustainability and Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization would like to extend an invitation for those interested to the Freight Workshop, scheduled Jan. 25. For more information, visit  

Other Department News
 - Customer Comments, New Hires, Recognition, etc.  
Here's what you said about us...
Olivia Rodriguez, Development Services Specialist, Intake, Plan Review
Over the past few years, Ms. Rodriguez has assisted me with plan review submittals on at least 3 occasions and has always been pleasant, polite and very professional.
Jason Riley, Maintenance Crew Leader, Graffiti, Code Enforcement, Field Services
Jason did an excellent job and was very courteous.
Christopher Gonzales, Project Manager, Field Services
Christopher has been extremely helpful and professional to work with throughout this entire project. This project had many hurdles to cross and he handled each one perfectly. I truly appreciate him taking the time to help us out to complete this project on time.

Martha Bernal, Planner, Land Entitlements, Land Development
Ms. Bernal was VERY helpful in answering my questions regarding the Public Hearing process.

Rachel Young, Sr. Development Services Specialist, Plan Review, Rosa Garcia, Sr. Development Services Rep., Customer Advocate, Dennis Attard, Sr. Sign Inspector, Field Services
I truly want to express my deepest gratitude for these individuals for having so much compassion and for assisting me with my dilemma, which will now be resolved and completed today. I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to the City employees who work diligently for the consumers. God Bless and Happy Holidays from an elated consumer!
Chris McCollin, Planner, Land Entitlements, Land Development
Chris was essential to getting my plat recorded before my client's tight deadline. He clearly explained all the steps to get the plat recorded as well as to get the expedited reviews completed in the most efficient manner. Without his prompt responses and attentiveness, getting the project done on time would have been much more difficult. He listened to all of my concerns and questions and provided clear and concise answers with minimal confusion. He is a true asset to the DSD!
New Hires





Congratulations to our DSD employees who received the following certifications: 



Job Opportunities


Development Services is recruiting for the following positions; apply online at: jobs.



For comments or suggestions regarding the Development Services Newsletter, contact Kathy Quinones.