Partnering with the community to build and maintain a safer San Antonio      │  October 2016
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Development Services Department


Roderick J. Sanchez

AICP, CBO-Director



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Grow Over Graffiti
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- Nov. 11 - 
Veterans Day

- Nov. 24 & 25 - 
Thanksgiving Break

- Dec. 26 to 30 - 
Winter Break
Development &
 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

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

  • Nov. 11 - Veterans Day
  • Nov. 24 & 25 - Thanksgiving Holiday
Winter Break:
  • Dec. 26 through Dec. 30 - Winter Holiday Break

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.
  • Plat Construction Inspections - 207-0281
  • Building Inspections - 207-0220
  • Fire System Inspections - 207-8410
Note:  Online scheduling for inspections will not be available during the Winter Holiday Break.
Watershed Wise Rebate
E ducation plays a large part in fulfilling the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) mission to protect and enhance our creeks and rivers through service, leadership and expertise. SARA provides information and examples to show how personal actions have an effect on our creeks and rivers.
Currently, SARA is funding the Watershed Wise Rebate project. The project provides funds to build stormwater treatment using a variety of Low Impact Development (LID) methods. The goal is to create awareness of the negative impacts stormwater runoff has on our creeks and rivers, as well as reducing stormwater runoff.

LID is a design approach modeled after nature to manage stormwater runoff in a manner that mimics hydrologic processes, providing benefits for water quality and mitigating negative impacts of stormwater runoff. LID includes the use of structural best management practices (BMPs) such as rain gardens, bioswales, cisterns and green roofs.
One focus of LID is to improve water quality by filtering nonpoint source pollutants washed off impervious surfaces before they flow through storm drains and into to our creeks and rivers. Nonpoint source pollutants come from the air, vehicles, roads/parking lots and lawns. The rebate provides an opportunity for landscape architects and engineers to learn the design process for LID including site assessment, BMP sizing, materials, plants and different methods.  Each project may qualify for up to $100,000.
All rebate details and application materials are available on the SARA web site. For questions regarding the program, please contact  Jake Aalfs , SARA, at (210) 302-3248.
DSD took advantage of the LID Rebate and qualified for more than $34,000 
toward the bio-swale in the new parking lot
located at 1902 S. Alamo St.
Performance Measures - FY 2016


Performance Measures



The complete Performance Measures Report is available online


Permit Activity      



Information Bulletins and Other Resources

The DSD Fee Schedule for FY 2017 is now posted and available at Fee Schedule

For a complete list of additional resources, visit the sites shared below:      
The DSD Resources web site also offers more information, including Document Search, Forms and Applications, and Latest News.
Online Municode now updated
The Unified Development Code (UDC) amendments approved earlier this year have been incorporated into the online Municode. 
To see the updated UDC in its entirety, visit the Municode  web site. 
The amendments, along with other UDC updated documents, will be available on the DSD web site through November for your review.
For questions, contact Mike Dice, Interim Policy Administrator.
SABCA Success

On Oct. 6 and 7, 2016, the San Antonio Building Codes Academy (SABCA) presented two training sessions on the book titled Inspector Skills. Written with a focus on facilitation skills for inspectors and code staff, the book applies to anyone working in a customer service environment. 

The sessions were presented by Steve Van Note, the book's author and Managing Director of Product Development for the International Code Council (ICC). He is responsible for developing technical resource materials in support of the International Codes. His role also includes the management, review, and technical editing of publications developed by expert authors. 
In line with facilitation, Steve and his wife Marcie provided tips on professionalism, conflict resolution, communication skills, and how to have productive discussions. 
DSD Director, Roderick J. Sanchez enjoyed
Mr. Van Note's training and agreed that his "topics on facilitation and communication are what our department emphasizes when providing great customer service."
DSD hosted the Fall SABCA training session to more than 234 customers, including staff from DSD, Transportation and Capital Improvement (TCI) inspectors, and from other city departments and municipalities.

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Other Department News
 - Customer Comments, New Hires, Recognition, etc.  
Here's what you said about us...
Debbie Gaitan, Planner, Land Entitlements, 
Land Development
Mrs . Gaitan always provides the information I requested in a timely manner. I really do appreciate her responding and providing all the details to SAWS to ensure my customer can move ahead with their projects .
Jacob Sanchez, Sr. Plans Examiner, Tree,Landscape and Irrigation Review, Plan Review,
Jacob  answered all my emails in a timely and courteous manner. He made time for me to visit the DSD office and to meet  in  person to further explain my many questions. The information he  provided answered  all of our  questions.  I look forward to working with Jacob in the future. 

Zeke Solis, St. Planner, Zoning, Land Development
Zeke  was incredibly informative and went out of his way to find answers to my questions, including ones that did not fall into his scope of work. He also made a follow up call to me within 2 business days of our contact - I cannot tell you how impressed I was that he did that. Thank you Zeke. This is truly unheard of in our world toda y!
Lori Campos, Administrative Assistant, Graffiti, Code Enforcement, Field Services
On occasion our church will get tagged with graffiti, so we are so happy the city offers services to paint over the mess... we really do appreciate you! Thank you ... Pastor Chris

Abel Barraza, Development Services Specialist, Customer Advocate, Plan Review
I want to compliment Mr. Abel Barraza.  He was so patient and it's clear he is knowledgeable of his job duties.  He is a great employee and he is very kind! 

Michael Bennet, Electrical Inspector, Field Services
With Mr. Bennet's  help, we  were able to reschedule an inspection  so that we could make some necessary  changes  once the homeowner was ready. 





Congratulations to our DSD employees who received the following certifications: 


New Hires


Job Opportunities


Development Services is recruiting for the following positions; apply on-line at:  jobs.


For comments or suggestions regarding the Development Services Newsletter, contact Kathy Quinones.