Thursday, May 31, 2018

SA Development Service Department Update May 2018

In this Issue:

·     May is Building Safety Month
·     In the know - BuildSA
·     New PCTAC Appointments
·     Building Permits & Inspection Requirements
·     BOA is Accepting Applications
·     Introducing Easy Access
·     Online Resources
·     Performance Measures
·     Save the Date
·     Department News

May is Building Safety Month
May is Building Safety Month. This year's theme is Building Codes Save Lives. Like in the years' past, the Development Services Department (DSD) supports the International Code Council (ICC) with observing this month-long campaign.

All communities need building codes to protect their citizens from disasters like fires and structural collapses. As you may know, DSD is on schedule to present the 2018 ICC building codes for City Council consideration in June.

In line with Building Safety Month, our inspectors, code enforcement officers and customer advocate representatives participated in various activities throughout the city, engaging the community both in the office and at neighborhood association meetings. At the events, DSD staff built relationships with the community, while providing brief presentations on code violations, permits and building safety.  

In the know... BuildSA Survey Feedback
We appreciate your feedback and find it invaluable! As you may remember, we sent out a survey a few weeks ago asking for your input on preferred training methods for our new Land Development online system (BuildSA). The feedback you provided was extremely insightful.

Our goal is to make sure we incorporate your survey requests into our training plan, ensuring a smooth transition for our valued customers.

Your responses will not only help guide us in preparing the training methods that will best fit your needs, they also provide an understanding of the features that are most important to you.

To read more about the features you are requesting, and the online portal functions, click here.

Congratulations to our new PCTAC Appointments
On May 9, 2018, the Planning Commission made several appointments to fill expired terms on the Planning Commission Technical Advisory Committee (PCTAC). Applications were accepted from mid-March to April 13; with 26 individuals applying for the positions.
Our new appointments are listed below:

Thank you to all who applied for PCTAC, and a sincere welcome to our new members!

Building Permits and Inspection Requirements
Generally, warmer weather leads to more construction of residential decks, fences, additions and accessory sheds.  In line with Building Safety Month, be sure to know what permits and inspections are needed for your project, and do a contractor search to ensure they are licensed. For tips on permits, inspections and searches, visit here.

Get involved! Apply as an alternate for the City's Zoning Board of Adjustment (BOA)
The Zoning BOA hears and decides appeals where it is alleged there is error in any order, requirement, decision or determination made by an administrative official in the enforcement of the Unified Development Code (UDC), Chapter 35 of the San Antonio, Texas Code of Ordinances. To keep reading the complete article, click here.

Introducing Easy Access
Announcing our new web page, developed with you in mind. As a customer service enhancement, this page offers a place where you can navigate quickly through DSD's online tools.

With Easy Access, you can…
·     Sign up for department information
·     Obtain Boards and Commissions agendas
·     Find submitted permit applications
·     Conduct a permit history search
·     Visit the permit notification system
·     Assess daily inspection tracking
·     Review code enforcement cases

For easy access to the new web page, book mark it to your favorites. 

Online Resources
The following Information Bulletin (IB) was updated: IB 568 - Mandatory Low Impact Development Areas within the River Improvement Overlay District, posted 5/16/18 - Transportation and Capital Improvements issued IB 568 (new) for specific areas within the River Improvement Overlay (RIO) District where Low Impact Development (LID) is required. This IB includes the RIO District Mandatory LID Area Exhibits and was effective April 13, 2018.

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

Performance Measures and Permit Report

The performance measures report is available online.

Upcoming Events/Holidays
DSD Academy
·     June 16 - Code Enforcement: What happens when, and after, I receive or report a code violation?

City Holidays
·     Independence Day - July 4

Department News

Looking for a Career with DSD?
We are recruiting for the following positions; apply online at the City's Career Center.

For promotions, new hires, and certification news, click here.

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