Friday, June 3, 2016

Code Connection Update 3 May 2016

Roof Repairs and Permits

Recent storms in San Antonio have caused considerable roof damage to many of our homes, leading to many re-roof projects.  Before you begin these repair projects, there are a couple of things to keep in mind:
  • Your roof contractor is required to obtain a City permit to re-cover or fully replace your roof.
  • A drip edge is now required on all roofs per City Code. This will provide additional waterproofing protection for your home and roof. 
Why is it necessary to get a permit?
  • To safeguard the safety of your family and ensure your project follows the City's building codes.
  • To ensure that your home roof contractor is properly registered and licensed with the City of San Antonio, properly pulls City building permits and has passed the required criminal background check.
  • It's the law.  Work without the proper permit can result in citations ranging from $300 to $1,000 to the contractor and/or homeowner.
  • The City's Code Enforcement can issue a "Stop" work order to cease all work until a permit is issued causing an unnecessary delay to your repair project. A double fee penalty will also apply for starting the work before acquiring your permit.
  • When selling your home, you generally need to show the work was done with the proper permit.
The cost of a home re-roof permit is $26.50 and is typically obtained directly by your roofing contractor. Visit the Residential Permitting site to learn more about permits. 

You can check if the contractor you are hiring is properly registered with the City through our
Visit the 2015 International Residential Code to see all the City Code requirements for your new roof.

Grow Over Graffiti Pilot Program

Free Trees! Trees planted in front of chronically tagged walls and fences have proven to be an effective tool in deterring graffiti. In partnership with the Parks and Recreation Department, the City is giving FREE drought-tolerant trees to those meeting the application requirements.

Grow Over Graffiti is a pilot program in conjunction with the Parks and Recreation Department to provide trees to plant in front of chronically tagged walls of either residences or businesses. Applications will be accepted year-round for this pilot program, with a signed 3 year maintenance agreement. For more information, please call 210.207.5430 or email Lisa McKenzie.
DSD Survey - the QR Code way!
Taking our survey is easier than ever!

Introducing the new DSD Quick Response (QR) code. This QR code allows anyone with a mobile phone to complete a survey with a simple scan of this image. Download any QR code reader software from your app store and you are ready to go.

As customer satisfaction is our highest priority, we want our customers to take advantage of this easy and convenient way to provide us with instant feedback.
Information Bulletins and Other Resources
 The Code Interpretation (CI) and Information Bulletins (IB) listed below had recent changes or updates; to learn more, select the link.

The City of San Antonio Development Services Department contracts with an independent, third-party translation service to provide Spanish language translations for our Spanish-speaking customers. The service is available at the various Boards and Commissions managed by our department. The translation services are free of charge to our customers; however, the service must be requested 48 hours in advance. Note that IB 560 is also available in Spanish.  

The IB was revised to consolidate all the information previously located in various documents in one place; this revision includes the required documents needed to comply with the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code.

For a complete list of resources, visit the sites shared below:   

Residential Responsibilities

Below are links to information and the “Do’s and Don’ts” for common issues of concern in your neighborhood:
§  Graffiti
§  Vehicles

To sign up to receive additional information issued by the City of San Antonio you can always logon to the following link: .GOV ENEWS.  Most residents know that they are able to log code complaints by calling the 311 Customer Service line, but did you know you can also log complaints via the following 311 Online Service Request link? The DSD Resources website also offers more information, including Document Search, Forms and Applications, and Latest News. And as always, please feel free to contact me with any specific questions or concerns and if a resident wishes to be in direct contact with their assigned area code enforcement officer I am happy to provide that contact information as well.


David Simpson                                   
North Sector Supervisor
Field Services Division
Development Services Department
Voice: 210-414-6315 FAX: 210-207-7914

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