Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Development Services Department Update October 2017

Partnering with our community to build and maintain a safer San Antonio  | Oct. 2017

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Development Services Department

Mike Shannon, PE, CBO

Development  & 
Business Services Center

Main Address:
1901 S. Alamo San Antonio, TX 78204

Office Hours: 
7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Mailing Address:
PO Box 839966
San Antonio, TX 78283

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 Department.  

For the past seven months, Amin has served in this role as Interim Assistant Director supporting the Field Services Division.  

Amin will continue to lead Field Services by directing, managing and overseeing the activities of the department's Building Inspections and Code Enforcement sections.

DSD Lends Support to Community Hit by Harvey
Aransas Pass, Texas, near Corpus Christi, felt Hurricane Harvey's full fury on Aug. 25, 2017, when the category 4 storm made landfall. 

As 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.

In an 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.

"This 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." 

Since 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. 

"I 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."

The inspections team was scheduled to return to Development Services on Oct. 27, but may be asked to stay into November.

Earlier 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. 

Pictured (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 Guajardo
Photo credit: Mike Shannon, DSD Director

DSD Holiday Schedule
The Development Services Department will follow the City holiday schedule; the office will be closed on the following days:

Nov. 10 - Veterans Day
Nov. 23 & 24 - Thanksgiving Holiday

Winter Break
Dec. 25, 2017 through Jan. 1, 2018 - Winter Holiday Break

The 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), per inspection.

Please call the following numbers to schedule an appointment.
  • Plat Construction Inspections - (210) 207-0281
  • Building Inspections - (210) 207-0220
  • 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 to note:

- 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:

PC Meeting
Public Hearing 
Regular Deadline
Nov. 13, 2017 - 2 p.m.
       Oct. 23, 2017
      Oct. 30, 2017
Dec. 13, 2017 - 2 p.m. 
       Nov. 20, 2017
      Nov. 27, 2017

- 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 available 
- Revised Zoning Commission Schedule is available online
- Revised Board of Adjustment Meeting Schedule, also available on line
- The Building Standards Board will meet on Dec. 7 and 14 

For more information, visit the  online holiday schedule.

SABCA Registration Still Open - Don't Delay, Enroll Today!


There is still time to register for the fall 2017 session. 

The 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 session.

The 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
Requests 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.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact us at SABCA

Online Resources

The latest Code Interpretation (CI) is posted below:  

CI2017-003 Alternative to 2015 IBC Under-Floor Ventilation and 2015 IECC Floor Insulation Requirement, posted 10/17/17
This CI amends the 2015 IBC Section 1203.4 & 2015 IECC Section 402.2.4, 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC); and answers questions regarding demand ventilation and floor insulation material.  

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

Performance Measures - FY 2017

The complete Performance Measures report is available online.

Permit Activity

Other Department News
- Customer Comments, New Hires, Recognition and more

Here's what you said about us...

Santos Dimas,  Plumbing Inspector, Field Services
After 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!

Andrew Espinoza, Development Services Manager, Plan Review
Mr. 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.

Angela Cardona, Planner, Land Development
Angela 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
Stanley 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.

Lisa McKenzie, 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, Land Development
I am 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 certifications: 

New Hires


40 Years of Service - Denise Hastings, Code Enforcement 

Job Opportunities

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 Center.


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