Director's Office

Roderick J. Sanchez, AICP, CBO
Development Services
(210) 207-0171


Welcome to the City of San Antonio, Development Services Department. My department is responsible for protecting the health, safety and quality of life of San Antonio's citizens. Through regulation of land and building development and the enforcement of property maintenance and quality-of-life related codes, my department facilitates an efficient and effective development process that supports economic development.

In 2010, Development Services received accreditation by the International Accreditation Services (IAS). This accomplishment stems from my department's commitment to operating with the highest legal, ethical and technical standards; making San Antonio a great city to develop property and relocate or expand local businesses.

My department is made up of three divisions, Land Development, Plan Review and Field Services, all of which are accountable for and strive to always meet the highest performance levels available. Together, we are responsible for granting authority to develop land, construct and occupy buildings.  Specifically, my department is responsible for rights determination, subdivision mapping/parcel addressing, zoning and subdivision administration, building code enforcement, contractor licensing and registration, landscaping, tree preservation, sign regulation, and traffic impact analysis. Along with facilitating land and building development, my department also manages programs that support property maintenance, dangerous structures and graffiti, ensuring for a safer community.  

Additionally, Development Services provides administrative and technical support to boards and commissions that direct and review issues on land development, construction regulations and property maintenance. These boards include the Building-Related and Fire Code Board of Appeals and Advisory Board, Board of Adjustment, Zoning Commission, Planning commission, and Building Standards Board.

Partnering with our community to build and maintain a safer San Antonio is something I believe in, and together, we can achieve this. To help us, the department's fundamental goals are as follows:

1. Protect the health, safety, and quality of life of the San Antonio community - the department supports participation in the development of building-related codes at a national level and seeks best practices in the enforcement of building codes, while maintaining accreditation with IAS.

2. Improve cycle time for permits and inspections - staff strives to meet the department's performance measures for plan/plat review, inspections, and other customer service activities. Staff's performance measures are posted each month to the department's web site.

3. Ensure consistency and quality of inspections - the department has a keen focus on training and staff certification and operates the San Antonio Building Codes Academy (SABCA)SABCA was established to bring high-quality educators and necessary building-related codes training to not only City staff but also other code officials, design professionals, builders, tradesmen and building owners. SABCA is currently sponsoring training seminars in the spring, fall and winter of each year.

4. Maintain a customer service philosophy - the department upholds a strong commitment to customer service and seeks to enhance the development process. I invite you to share your experiences with my department through the use of our on-line survey. Your input is kept confidential and will be used to both reward staff who are doing a great job and evaluate and improve the department's delivery of service.

If you are new to this web site, I suggest you go to the site map to obtain an overview of all the information available to you. For example, the department has an on-line permitting system that allows you to obtain electrical, mechanical, and plumbing  permits on-line. You can also apply for new residential building permits and schedule inspections on-line. If you need assistance getting started using our on-line permitting system, complete the Request to Establish an On-Line Account and email it to us. In addition, please sign up to receive the department's newsletter. Each newsletter contains articles regarding new ordinances approved by City Council, new Information Bulletins and Code Interpretations issued by the department, and upcoming training events such as our monthly Lunchtime Learning  series.

Thank you for visiting Development Services' web site.

Roderick J. Sanchez, AICP, CBO

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