Building Development Division


Michael Shannon, PE
Interim Assistant Development Services Director

(210) 207-5006
Fax: (210) 207-3315
(Email) (Biography)
Development Services Department
1901 S. Alamo Street
San Antonio, Texas 78283-3966


Welcome to the Building Development Division's home page.

The Building Development Division of DSD is responsible for assisting customers in understanding and complying with the Building Code, Fire Code, Mechanical Code, Electrical Code, Plumbing Code, Signs and Billboards Code, Unified Development Code, and other ordinances related to the development process in San Antonio, Texas. The Building Development Division, is organized into two sections:  Plans and Permits Section to include the Business Assistance Center and Inspections Section, and has 162 full-time associates who strive to facilitate solutions to problems and to conduct themselves in accordance with DSD's Canons of Ethics. The Building Development Division also operates the San Antonio Building Codes Academy (SABCA) a regional training initiative and provides direct administrative and technical support to the following boards: Building and Fire Codes Board of Appeals, Mechanical Appeals and Advisory Board, Electrical Examining and Supervisory Board and Plumbing Appeals and Advisory Board.

-  Development Services Mission Statement
-  Building Development Division Organization Charts: Building Development Division, Plans and Permits
    Section; Business Assistance Center; Inspections Section all to include chain-of-command and key telephone 
Model Building-related Codes Adopted
-  Development Services Information Bulletins (IB's) that cover department policies, procedures, and
-  Code Interpretations (CI's)
-  How to request a formal Code Interpretations (see IB 115)
Links to Helpful Sites
-  Online Customer Satisfaction Survey



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