The Development Services Department is responsible for protecting the health, safety, and quality of life of the citizens of San Antonio through regulation of land and building development. In addition, the department seeks to facilitate an efficient and effective development process that supports growth and economic development. These processes include granting authority to develop land, construct, and occupy buildings. More specifically, the department is responsible for rights determination, subdivision mapping/parcel addressing, zoning and subdivision administration, building codes enforcement, contractor licensing and registration, landscaping, tree preservation, sign regulation, and traffic impact analysis. Since City development involves partnerships with other City departments and outside agencies, the department seeks to facilitate the coordination of these reviews to provide responsive customer service throughout the development process.

The Department also provides administrative and technical support to boards and commissions that direct and review issues on land development and construction regulations. These boards include the Board of Adjustment, Zoning Commission, Planning Commission, and Building-Related & Fire Code Board of Appeals and Advisory Board.

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