As part of Field Services Section of the
Building Development Division, the School Team is responsible for the plans review and inspection of projects that fall under the scope of the City's Interlocal Agreement with twelve (12) Public Education Districts. This Interlocal Agreement between the City of San Antonio and the twelve (12) Public Education Districts was approved by City Council on May 16, 2004. The twelve (12) Public Education Districts that are included in the interlocal agreement, and therefore whose projects the School
Team is responsible for, include the following:
i Alamo Community College District
Alamo Heights Independent School District
East Central Independent School District
Edgewood Independent School District
Harlandale Independent School District
Judson Independent School District
North East Independent School District
Northside Independent School District
San Antonio Independent School District
South San Antonio Independent School District
Southside Independent School District
Southwest Independent School District
2009 Interlocal Agreement
The School Team, along with other
DSD Building Development staff, coordinates and performs intake, plans review, permitting, inspection and issuance of Certificate of Occupancy of those projects for the participating school districts. From preliminary plan review meetings to the issuance of Certificate of Occupancy, the School Team is an integral part of the design and construction team for these School District projects. This collective cooperation between COSA
DSD and the twelve (12) School Districts is intended to achieve the goals of expediting development service processes and maximizing use of tax dollars for the benefit of both parties.
Is the plans review and permitting process for School District projects under the School Team different than that for non-School District projects?
The School Team is a part of the Plans and Permits Section of Development Services. Therefore, the overall procedures for plans review, permitting, inspection and issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy are generally the same as those projects that do not fall under the responsibility of the School Team. However, there are a few important differences that have been established by City ordinance (in the form of the City Council approved Interlocal Agreement) and
DSD to expedite the development service processes and maximize the use of tax dollars for the benefit of the City and the School Districts. These key differences are listed below.
1. Required Preliminary Plans Review Meetings
- All new construction and major renovations require a Preliminary Plan Review (PPR) meeting.
"Major renovations" are defined as school projects that are Valuated at
$50,000 or more. This is different from non-School District projects due to the fact that these meetings are required for School District projects rather than offered as a voluntary service which is the case for non-School District projects.
PPR meetings allow the owner and/or owner's agent(s) to meet with the School
DSD staff to discuss preliminary design and/or construction issues. These meetings are essential to expediting the design, plans review and permitting process by assisting the owner, design team and
DSD staff identify items that need to be addressed or modified
before construction plans are submitted to the City for permit
review. Please refer to DSD
Information Bulletin No. 116 for the department's PPR procedures.
2. Intake Appointments - All School District projects that are to be submitted to
DSD for plans review and permitting are recommended to be submitted via an Intake Appointment. Please call one of the School Team members
(see contact information below) to schedule an Intake Appointment. Coordination and communication by the Owner and/or Design Team and the School Team will accomplish a date and time.
3. Modified plans review goals - The projects that are processed, reviewed and permitted through the School Team have expedited turnaround goals and commitments due to the staff dedicated to this team as outlined in the Interlocal Agreement. These are as follows:
- Plan review for new construction shall be completed in 30 calendar days;
- Plan review for interior finish out shall be completed in 15 calendar days; and
- Plan review for portable and commercial buildings shall be completed in 5
Can a school project not owned by one of the twelve
(12) School Districts listed above be processed through the School Team?
No. The School Team is dedicated to those projects that fall under the twelve
(12) School Districts included in the Interlocal Agreement.
Development Services Department
Field Services Section
Business Assistance Center
Engineer (School Team)
Crystal Kastner, P.E.
Sr. Building Inspector
James (Al) Niebruegge, Jr.
Sr. Plans Examiner
Forms and Applications:
Residential Building Permit Application
Commercial Building Permit Application
IB 103 - Plan Review Submittal (Commercial Checklist)
- Accessing Plan Review Comments Online
- Procedure for Submitting Responses to Plans Review Denial Comments
- Code Modification Requests
- Code Interpretation Requests
- Preliminary Plan Review Meetings
IB 124 - Administrative Exception Variance Request Procedures
- Partial and Conditional Permits
School Project Resources:
School District Plan Review Guidelines (under construction)
Copy of Interlocal Agreement
Unified Development Code
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