In September 2015, Councilman Mike Gallagher requested
that the Development Services Department review, update, and
amend Chapter 28 of the City Code, the San Antonio Sign Code.
goals of the updates are to review new technologies and products,
address common questions and enforcement issues, add flexibility
to the code, and clarify intent of the code.
we look to update Chapter 28, we ask for your input on the Sign Code
amendment. Please submit your proposed recommendations and
updates to us in writing by March 15, 2016. Be sure to include
1) the proposed change, and 2) justification for the proposed
City Staff members and Stakeholders from the Community
will have regularly scheduled Sign Code Update Stakeholder
meetings every three weeks. The purpose of these meetings will be to
help the City achieve the sign code goals and review all
submittals for consideration.
The next Sign
Code Update Stakeholder meeting is scheduled for March 1 at the
Development Services Department, located at 1901 S. Alamo, 78204.
The following documents are available regarding this process:
Services created IB 559 to inform our customers of recent changes and
updates to the Master Development Plan (MDP) and Preliminary Overall
Area Development Plan (POADP) Rights along with the Validity
Timelines as a result of the 2015 UDC Amendments.
192a - Occupancy Classification Letters, posted 2/22/16
Development Services revised IB 192a regarding Occupancy
Classification Letters (OCL) to suggest hiring an FPE instead of
completing the information as the owner; this along with highlighting
examples and adding new screening questions to be used by staff for identifying
when an OCL is needed.
no denying that social media has become an important ingredient in
communication. DSD has increased our presence in social media to have
a direct line to interact, communicate, share and collaborate with
you, our customers. As part of this effort, we have also started
holding Code Chat Live through our DSD Facebook page.
monthly, Code Officers and Inspectors get together to answer any
questions you may have regarding our processes, city codes and
ordinances, permits, or zoning. It's an opportunity to get the
assistance you need and maybe even save a trip or two, so feel free
to spread the word to your neighbors.
for us on social media by searching for Development Services
Department City of San Antonio.
new IAS Building Department Logo
Accreditation Service (IAS) has recently changed its logo and
accredited symbols that are used to indicate associated IAS
an accredited organization of IAS, the Development Services
Department (DSD), City of San Antonio, will transition to the new
logo over the next two years. The new IAS logo for DSD is pictured to
the right and specifies our accreditation as a Building Department.
IAS program is the first nationally recognized accreditation program,
for building departments, that guarantees departments are operating
at the highest level of ethical, legal and technical standards.
2014, DSD was re-certified for the IAS Accreditation. By upholding
this accreditation, the department demonstrates its commitment to
keeping San Antonio safe while facilitating projects.
OPEN CARRY AND HANDGUN FAQ
asked questions regarding the Open Carry law.
GONZALEZ CONVENTION CENTER NOW OPEN
plays host to more than 300 events each year with over 750,000
convention delegates from around the world.
FREE TAX ASSISTANCE THROUGH APRIL
tax preparation for residents and households earning up to $60,000
for the 2015 tax filing season.
Other Department News
- Customer Comments, New Hires, Recognition, etc.
Recognition - DSD Shout Outs!
Guerrero, Code Officer, for being elected to 1st Vice
President of Code Enforcement Association of Texas (C.E.A.T.) earlier
this month. Lupe has held various positions with C.E.A.T. over the
last 10 years, including Treasurer and 3rd Vice President and also
served on the Board of Directors. Lupe will serve a two year term as
1st Vice President.
Meet San Antonio's newest Sr. Code Enforcement
Officer, Yolanda Alvarez. She's only the second
Code Officer to undergo the extensive training and pass all the
additional certification exams required. Way to go Yolanda!
Here's what you
said about us...
Logan Sparrow, Senior Planner, Zoning, Land
The service provided was related to answering a series
of questions on the planning of a new Helistop for the Bexar 911
Network. There were several questions transmitted through email over
a two day period. After initial phone contact, Mr. Sparrow was
very courteous, understanding of our concerns, and articulate and
thorough in answering all of our questions. I was pleasantly
surprised to receive this truly remarkable level of assistance.
The community is very appreciate of this outstanding service.
Olivia Rodriguez, Development Services Specialist,
Commercial In-take, Plan Review
Whenever I go to the City to request a permit, if I am
lucky enough to get Olivia, I never have a concern. She is so
knowledgeable and helpful. If I every need anything additional, she
is there to help. She is wonderful.
Michael Dice, Interim Policy Administrator, Land
Mr. Dice helped me resolve a permitting issue and he isn't even in
that section. A great help though the process.
Kevin Collins, Sr. Engineer, Engineering and Tree
Preservation, Land Development
Kevin assisted me on a
permit for a fence. During the permit submission Kevin assisted
the owner, me and the intake staff on getting the fence permit
promptly and efficiently. Kevin is a tremendous asset to CoSA.
He was polite, professional and extremely helpful.
John Valadez, Sr. Building Inspector, Field Services
John Valadez was very
helpful and courteous, as he has been every time I have requested his
assistance in any matter.
Juan Gonzales, Sr. Plans Examiner, Plan Review
I came to the City for
a permit and Juan volunteered to help me. I had my permit the next
day. What a help and a relief. I can tell you not all City
employees are like him.
Vernon Drake, Code Enforcement Officer, Field Services
The code inspectors I
have called, including Mr. Drake, have always been very dutiful about
attending neighborhood meetings, listening to complaints and solving
our problems. Thank you very much.
Services is recruiting for the following positions;
apply on-line at: jobs.
comments or suggestions regarding the Development Services
Newsletter, contact Kathy