Modified Drop-off and Pick-up at One Stop
With the weather changing and getting hotter, DSD staff has moved from the outside stations in the parking lot and building patio, to just inside the building for  DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP  of project plans, applications and required documents. Drop-off and pick-up times continue to be 7:45 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), with drop off only from 4 - 4:30 p.m.
We are working hard to minimize risks related to the spread of COVID-19 as the health and safety of our staff, customers, and visitors remain our top priority. To support this effort, only three customers at a time are allowed in the building during business hours. We do promote face cloth coverings and social distancing. As such, we ask all visitors to wear their face covering while inside the building and to keep a minimum 6' distance from each other, limiting close personal interactions with staff.

DSD staff will contact customers who are waiting in line, on their cell phones, once their paperwork has been processed. We will also deliver plans, or other items ready for pick up, to customers outside, when scheduled in advance to avoid waiting in line.
As a reminder, our services and business operations will continue as follows:
  • Email using is strongly encouraged.
  • Use of our available electronic systems and portals for submitting, payments and meetings such as WebEx, BuildSA, and email is highly recommended.
  • All DSD issued contractor licenses and registrations with an expiration date between now and June 30, 2020, are automatically extended until that time without penalty and without business interruption. 
  • All preliminary plan reviews, TIA scoping, denial comment resolution meetings, etc. will be conducted via WebEx conference calls.
  • Our call center (210-207-1111) remains open. We may be experiencing higher than normal call volume and longer wait times. We apologize for any inconvenience and ask for your understanding as we work to serve all our customers.
For specific e-business and contact information, click  here .

Current information on the city's response to COVID-19 is available at .

Thank you for your patience and support during these unprecedented times. You are important to us and we are here to make sure your business needs are cared for.
Virtual Board & Commission Meetings Coming in May
Beginning in May, all Boards and Commission meetings (Zoning Board of Adjustment, Planning Commission, Zoning Commission, Building Standards Board, Historic Design and Review Commission), will be held via video conference, thru WebEx and will include public input. This new format is set up to protect your health and that of our community, while limiting the spread of COVID-19, and will remain in place until further notice.

Meetings will continue to be available through our live stream. You will also be able to listen to the broadcast by dialing (210) 206-LIVE (5483).

Be on the lookout for additional communication on how to connect and participate in the meetings. This same information will be incorporated in our required notification sent to property owners and registered neighborhood associations. If you would like to see the list of cases tentatively scheduled for upcoming meetings, please visit our website , and look for “ Upcoming ” on the right-hand side of the page.
The commissions listed below will be affected. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact:

Board of Adjustment – Zeke Solis, (210) 207-7796,
Building-Related Fire and Advisory Board – Jeremy McDonald, (210) 207-0265,
Building Standards Board – Judy Croom, (210) 207-5422,
Historic Design and Review Commission - Cory Edwards, (210) 207-1496,
Zoning Commission – Kristie Flores, (210) 207-5889,
Planning Commission – Logan Sparrow, (210) 207-8691,
SEP-HCP – Tony Felts, (210) 207-0153,
May is Building Safety Month
The 40th annual Building Safety Month starts May 1, 2020! This year's theme is  Safer Buildings, Safer Communities, Safer World. Like in the years' past, the Development Services Department (DSD) supports the International Code Council (ICC) with observing the month-long movement to raise awareness about building safety.

This year’s program has weekly themes, as pictured to the right, that highlight the importance of building codes for providing a strong and resilient built environment. It also reinforces the need for the implementation of modern, regularly-updated codes to create safe structures.

As we prepare ourselves for the increased severity and frequency of natural disasters, building safety is even more important. Through adoption and enforcement, communities prepare and protect against future disasters. Homes and buildings that are built in compliance with building safety codes are sustainable when natural disasters occur. Officials who enforce the codes are essential to helping minimize the risks of death, injury and property damage in the event of a disaster.

In line with Building Safety Month, DSD staff works closely with the community to build relationships. Our inspectors, code enforcement officers and customer advocate representatives actively engage with our customers both in person and remotely to provide brief presentations on code violations, permits and building safety.
Please join us as ICC offers free training and presentations aligned with the weekly themes.

The weekly themes for 2020 are:
Week One , May 1-10: Disaster Preparedness
May 7, 12-1:30 p.m. CDT | Disaster Preparedness, Brock Long and Cristine McCombs |

Week Two , May 11-17: Water Safety
May 14, 12-1:00 p.m. CDT | A New Standard for Rating Whole-House Water Efficiency, Ryan Meres and Dave Walls | 0.1 CEUs | Click here to register for webinar

Week Three , May 18-24: Resiliency. Sustainability. Innovation.
May 20, 12-1:00 p.m. CDT | The Effects of COVID-19 on the Building Safety Industry, Panel Discussion | 0.1 CEUs | Click here to register for webinar

Week Four , May 25-31: Training the Next Generation
May 29, 12-1:30 p.m. CDT | Deck Safety and the Codes, Glenn Mathewson | 0.15 CEUs

To register, find the webinar you are interested in, and click on the link to sign up. The link for the course will be sent from prior to the event. Please note each participant must register individually to receive credit. The option to enroll multiple people is not available.
PCTAC Application Deadline Extended to May 31
The Planning Commission's Technical Advisory Committee (PCTAC) is looking for applicants in these areas:

• Environmental/Historic category – 1 Alternate
• Planning Professional – 1 Primary & 1 Alternate
• Registered Professional Engineer – 1 Primary
• Development/Real Estate Professional – 1 Primary
• Community – 2 Primaries & 1 Alternate
New deadline for applications is May 31, 2020.
A copy of the application and more information on this subcommittee is available   here .
Online Resources
The Information Bulletins (IB) listed below have been updated; to learn more, select the link.  

IB153 was revised to reflect electronic plan review as an optional method of submittal and to emphasize the requirement to submit plans to CPS Energy.

IB 240 outlines the process and procedures for conducting Remote Video Inspections (RVIs) for construction projects. Eligible inspections include Building, Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing 1st time inspections, and re-inspections of 4 items or less. RVIs offer another method to ensuring the permitted work complies with our city’s building-related safety codes. RVIs also allow DSD staff and our customers to use technology to promote social distancing while performing essential services during the COVID-19 crisis.

IB 216 provides guidance on submitting building plans for review in an electronic format, and clarifies file submission requirements.

For a complete list of resources, visit the following sites:

Performance Measures
Performance Measures
The complete Performance Measures report is available  online .
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