Partnering with our community to
build and maintain a safer San Antonio | Oct. 2017
Development Services Department
Mike Shannon, PE, CBO
1901 S. Alamo San
Antonio, TX 78204
Daylight Saving Time Ends at 2 a.m. on Nov. 5
Amin Tohmaz, PE, CBO, Assistant Director Appointment
Congratulations to Amin Tohmaz, PE, CBO, on his
formal appointment to Assistant Director, Development Services
the past seven months, Amin has served in this role as Interim
Assistant Director supporting the Field Services Division.
continue to lead Field Services by directing, managing and
overseeing the activities of the department's Building Inspections
and Code Enforcement sections.
Lends Support to Community Hit by Harvey
Pass, Texas, near Corpus Christi, felt Hurricane Harvey's full fury
on Aug. 25, 2017, when the category 4 storm made landfall.
one might expect, this coastal community is working hard to recover
from the damage Harvey left behind. Many buildings were destroyed
beyond repair or had extensive damage.
effort to help our fellow Texans, the City of San Antonio's
Development Services Department sent some of our building
inspectors to assist in the cleanup effort.
storm hit close to home," said Mike Shannon, DSD Director,
"we are happy to offer our assistance to get our neighbors
back into their homes and buildings safely."
Sept. 13, the inspections team has conducted more than 200
inspections and completed over 20 plan reviews, assisted the
Aransas Pass building department by answering contractor questions
daily and met with hundreds of citizens who want to get back into
their homes. The team also generated close to 300 permits by
helping the one Port Aransas Code Enforcement Officer with
patrolling the area, while informing contractors and homeowners how
to obtain the necessary permits. During this time, our inspectors
have conducted several inspections for gas and electrical
reconnects and worked closely with the local utility company.
With our help, the Aransas Pass School District had children back
in school, reoccupying their buildings, on Oct. 16.
speak weekly with the Aransas Pass Interim Building Official and
she has expressed to me many times how grateful she is for our
assistance," said Mike Constantino, DSD Administrator.
"She has been very pleased in our overall efforts and in the
professionalism our inspectors have shown week in and week out. The
citizens and community members of Aransas Pass are very grateful to
DSD and the City of San Antonio."
inspections team was scheduled to return to Development Services on
Oct. 27, but may be asked to stay into November.
this month, the City Manager held a recognition breakfast to thank
the inspections team and other DSD staff, along with employees from
other city departments, for going above and beyond to assist in the
response to Hurricane Harvey.
(L - R): Jesse Vasquez, Al Niebruegge, Roderick J. Sanchez, Asst.
City Manager, Mike Constantino, DSD Administrator, Jose Ramirez,
Tyrone Farias, David Montalvo, James Johnson, Gregory Lehman,
Jose Frias, Arturo Silva, and Robert Cigarroa. Not pictured:
Frank Mance, Ximena Copa-Wiggins, Jenny Ramirez, and Alice
Photo credit: Mike Shannon, DSD Director
Development Services Department will follow the City holiday
schedule; the office will be closed on the following days:
& 24 - Thanksgiving Holiday
25, 2017 through Jan. 1, 2018 - Winter Holiday Break
Development Services Department and the Fire Marshal's office will be
closed Dec. 25, 2017 through Jan. 1, 2018 in observance of the City
Winter Holiday. The office will re-open on Jan. 2, 2018, with
the regular schedule of 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Inspections on Dec. 28
and 29 will be available if scheduled and paid for by 10 a.m.,
Friday, Dec. 22. The inspection fee over the holiday break is $100
per discipline (Building, Fire, Mechanical, Plumbing and Electrical),
call the following numbers to schedule an appointment.
- Plat Construction
Inspections - (210) 207-0281
- Building Inspections -
- Fire System
Inspections - (210) 207-8410 (Fire Inspection fee is $82.40/hour
with 2-hour minimum.)
Note: Online scheduling for
inspections will not be available during the Winter Holiday Break.
Additional holiday schedule changes
Planning Commission (PC) meetings scheduled for Nov. 8, 22 and Dec. 27, 2017
have been cancelled; the revised PC meeting schedule for November and
December is outlined in the table below:
- The recordation
date of Nov. 24 was changed to Nov. 27 (deadline is Nov. 22, at noon)
- The last regular recordation opportunity for
this year is Dec. 22, 2017
- Out-of-sequence recordation options are
- The Building
Standards Board will meet on Dec. 7 and 14
SABCA Registration Still Open -
Don't Delay, Enroll Today!
is still time to register
for the fall 2017 session.
deadline for a guaranteed reservation is 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 22 for the
Dec. 5 - 8 sessions. 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
registration fee is $150 per course. On-line registration is open. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE NOTE OUR CANCELLATION
for registration cancellation prior to the reservation date, Nov. 22,
at 4:30 p.m. will receive a full refund. Cancellation requests
received after this date are subject to a $50 cancellation fee.
have any questions or need additional information, please contact us
latest Code Interpretation (CI) is posted below:
complete list of resources, visit the following sites:
Performance Measures - FY 2017
The complete Performance Measures
is available online
Other Department News
Comments, New Hires, Recognition and more
what you said about us...
Dimas, Plumbing Inspector, Field Services
hearing how important this inspection was, Santos took it upon
himself to return after no one answered to inspect our project.
I am sure with his schedule he did not have to do that. His dedication
to service will assure the safety of our worshipers! WELL DONE SIR!
Development Services Manager, Plan Review
Espinoza's help has been great on my projects in your city. I have
worked with cities all over the country for the last 30 years. I have
found SA to be the most friendly and helpful city I have worked with.
Mr. Espinoza has been approachable, courteous and helpful.
Planner, Land Development
Cardona did an outstanding job in guiding me and my business partner
through the planning process and filling out the various forms. She
reviewed the application and made appropriate suggestions. I was very
impressed with Angela Cardona, her knowledge and understanding. She
is a great representative of Development Services!
Stanley Sells, Plans
Examiner II, Plan Review
was a life saver. He made himself available multiple times over the
phone and in person, allowing me to guide my engineer and help him
meet the building requirements. He took the time to discuss different
options and what might work out best, and he helped me get done
quicker and save money.
Graffiti Program Coordinator, Code Enforcement, Field Services
I just want
to let you know your folks did a great job abating the graffiti at
this property. They were prompt, called me back! (which no other
department has done in all my other requests), and did a great
job. Please share our thank you!
Pete Gomez, Planner,
very pleased with the prompt information he provided me. It is a
great relief that customer service can be offered without having to
go in person to the city offices. Thank you again for your service.
Congratulations to our DSD employees who received the following
40 Years of Service - Denise
Hastings, Code Enforcement
Development Services is
recruiting for the following positions. To learn more, or apply
online, visit the DSD jobs at the City of San Antonio Career
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