San Antonio's Development Services Department (DSD) is
best in the State of Texas
Development Services Department (DSD) is the first in the State of
Texas to receive a Business Code Effectiveness Classification rating
of 1 for commercial by the Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO). ISO
is an independent statistical, rating organization providing advisory
insurance underwriting and rating information to insurers. In 1999,
DSD's ratings were 8 for both commercial and residential.
"We're the first
in the State and twelfth across the nation to receive the highest
rating a municipality can achieve for its exemplary commitment to
building code adoption and enforcement," said City Manager
Sheryl Sculley. "This is a major accomplishment not only for DSD
department, but for the city as a whole. I'm very proud of DSD
Director Rod Sanchez and his team at DSD for their hard work in
accomplishing this. The department has come a long way over the
past decade under his leadership"
ISO evaluates building
enforcement departments across the nation every five years and
recently completed its DSD audit. It collects information from
communities across the nation on their adoption and enforcement of
building codes. It then analyzes the data and assigns a
classification number to the community. This classification, ranging
from 1 to 10, measures a city's commitment to the adoption and
enforcement of the most recent building codes affecting the
construction of new buildings. Class 1 is the most favorable
"We are very
pleased to have achieved this classification for our continued
committed efforts to enforcing our municipal codes," said Rod
Sanchez. "It's significantly important to the San Antonio
business community because it's one of the criteria insurance
companies use in factoring their rates. Theoretically the higher the
score, the lower the premiums are."
Cities adopting and
efficiently enforcing the most recent code revisions have a
significant reduction in damages to buildings, thus reducing the
number of claims during catastrophic events and natural disasters.
Insurance companies can use the classifications to grant premium
credits to buildings constructed within these municipalities.
contributing to the department's exemplary rating include its
dedication to adopt the latest building codes, certification requirements
for staff, heavy focus on training, first-rate staffing levels, and
strong, effective plan review and inspection processes.
Assistant Director, Land Development
Nov. 3, 2016, Sheryl Sculley, City Manager, appointed Melissa Ramirez
to Assistant Development Services Director, over the Land Development
Division. Prior to this promotion, Melissa served as Interim
Assistant Development Services Director and Policy Administrator for
the Land Development Division. Melissa has been with the City of San
Antonio since April 1995 and has more than 20 years of public service
and construction experience.
am very happy to have her on board," said Rod Sanchez,
Development Services Director. Melissa has well over 20 years'
experience in land development and construction."
will continue to oversee the daily operations of the Land Development
Division, to include Policy Administration. She will be responsible
for land-use development through administration of the Zoning process
and Subdivision regulations, serve as the Administrator for the
Unified Development Code and Legislative procedures. As such,
she supports the review process of Master Development Plans, Rights
Determinations, Platting, Street Engineering, Tree Preservation,
Addressing and Street Name Changes, and manages a variety of boards
and commissions, to include Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment,
Zoning Commission and the Planning Commission Technical Advisory
Committee. Her team facilitates the horizontal land development
process in order to protect the health, safety and public welfare of
the residents of the City of San Antonio.
joined DSD in 1998 and has served in various capacities, such as
Building Inspector and as Planning Manager. Melissa holds a Bachelor
of Applied Arts and Science degree from The University of Incarnate
Word and an Associate's Degree from St. Philip's College in
been an integral part of re-design of programs and policies,"
Sanchez said. "She's widely respected with the development stakeholders."
The Development Services Department will follow the
City's holiday schedule; the
office will be closed on the following days:
Holiday: November 24 & 25
Winter Break: The week of Dec. 26 (Dec. 26 - 30
The Development Services Department and the
Fire Marshal's office will be closed
Dec. 26-30, 2016 in observance of the City Winter
Holiday. 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.
Construction Inspections - 207-0281
Inspections - 207-0220
System Inspections - 207-8410
Online scheduling for inspections will not be available during
the Winter Holiday Break.
Additional holiday schedule changes
Board and Commission Holiday
scheduled for Nov. 23 and Dec. 28, 2016 are canceled
meeting dates are Friday, Nov. 18 and Wednesday, Dec. 14
(deadlines subject to change)
scheduled for Jan. 3, 2017 is canceled
change to December schedule
date of Nov. 25 will be moved to Nov. 28 (deadline will be Nov.
23 at noon)
last regular recordation opportunity for this year is Dec. 23
regular recordation schedule will be suspended during the winter
26 - 30, 2016
recordation option will not be available during the winter break
recordation will resume Jan. 6, 2017
Building Standards Board:
dates are Dec. 1 and 8
Measures - FY 2017
Performance Measures Report is available online.
Bulletins and Other Resources
For a complete list of additional resources, visit the
sites shared below:
DSD held its first
Veterans Day recognition event on Nov. 10, 2016, and celebrated staff
who served our country. Our veteran-employees participated in the
event by wearing clothing items that represented their service
branch. Thirty-five (35) of the department's veterans participated in
the festivities and lined up for a photo in recognition of their
In line with the
celebration, Director Rod Sanchez thanked all veterans for their
service to our country. The event concluded with refreshments and a
small gathering of camaraderie in the break room.
THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED The city will be closed Nov. 24 & 25 to observe
the Thanksgiving Holiday.
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Other Department News
- Customer Comments, New Hires, Recognition, etc.
Here's what you said about us...
Rosa Garcia, Sr. Dev.
Service Rep., Customer Advocate, Plan Review
Miss Rosa Garcia was very
knowledgeable, friendly and professional. Very helpful too.
Luna, Code Enforcement Officer, Code Enforcement, Field Services
A citizen would like to
recognize Robert Luna for his great work ethic, professional and kind
demeanor; he is an asset to the department and would like to thank
him for his service to the community. Great job Robert!
Bruno Fey, Plumbing Plans
Examiner II, Plan Review, and Steve Voigt, Code Enforcement Officer,
A citizen phoned the
department to thank Bruno and Steve for their efforts with picking up
bandit signs in his area.
Margaret Pahl, Sr. Planner,
Zoning, Land Development
Margaret Pahl is a true
professional. She listens and addresses my concerns. She helped me
with the entire process and made it a wonderful experience.
to our DSD employees who received the following certifications:
Services is recruiting for the following positions; apply online
comments or suggestions regarding the Development Services
Newsletter, contact Kathy
City of San Antonio, Development Services,
1901 S. Alamo, San Antonio, TX 78204