is the city planning tool with which a municipality is shaped. The term zoning refers to the authority a municipality has to regulate land uses, including the size, shape and permitted uses of lots and structures. The City of San Antonio has codified numerous types of allowable land-uses and the zoning in which said land-use is permissible.
The City of San Antonio Unified Development Code is flexible in order to accommodate the changing neighborhood dynamics and conditions that may necessitate a zoning district change. Property owners may initiate a zoning change at any time by filing an application with the Zoning Section of the Development Services Department.
To receive consultation concerning a potential zoning change request for your property, please
contact staff for assistance.
All zoning change requests will be considered by the City's Zoning Commission
for a public hearing and formal recommendation.
The Commission's recommendation, along with Staff's recommendation, is forwarded to City Council for final consideration at a subsequent public hearing.
Below, you will find helpful links including the rezoning application.
Description of Zoning Districts & Examples of Permitted Uses
Application Submittal Calendar
Zoning Commission Membership and City Council Districts
Neighborhoods and Urban Design Section
A non-conforming use is a land use that was legally existing prior to the effective date of a zoning district reclassification which no longer allows the use on that property, and that has not been discontinued for a period of twelve (12) consecutive months since. The City of San Antonio encourages property owners to register their non-conforming use(s) in order to efficiently facilitate the permitting process and to provide formal recognition of a legal land use.
Application for Determination and Registration of Non-Conforming Use
A zoning verification letter identifies a property's current zoning, based on the zoning map. It is common for a property owner to request a letter of zoning verification when attempting to acquire or sell property, or for a lender or title company to verify that a use is consistent with the current zoning.
Application for Zoning Verification
Variances, Special Exceptions and Appeals
Should a property owner, or interested party, believe that a strict interpretation of a zoning regulation creates an unnecessary and/or unique physical hardship a variance or appeal may be requested. This process includes a public hearing before San Antonio's Board of Adjustment.
The purpose of this process is to enable municipalities to maintain an effective zoning ordinance and still address hardships created by unique individual property characteristics. The creation of a board that considers such appeals is necessitated by the fact that every piece of property is different, as is the context in which each property is situated. Therefore, one city ordinance could not be applicable, in its entirety, to every piece of property. If the code were to be interpreted literally in every case, then an aggrieved property owner would be made to seek legal action in order to remedy their specific situation. The creation of a Board of Adjustment provides the citizens of a municipality with an efficient option to address their specific needs without immediately requiring legal action or requesting amendments to the City Code; both of which are time-consuming and costly.
San Antonio's Board of Adjustment has the authority to consider the following:
1. Variance Requests - Upon specific findings of fact, a variance
would allow a deviation from certain zoning ordinance
requirements. If granted, it permits the property to be used in a way
that is ordinarily not permitted by the zoning ordinance. It is not a
change in the zoning law but a waiver of a certain requirement of the
2. Special Exception Requests - The granting of a Special
Exception allows for certain specified land uses in a given zoning
district that generally require an in-depth study to ensure that the
proposed use is developed in harmony with the surrounding land
3. Appeal of Administrative Decisions - Appeals of decisions
made by staff of the City of San Antonio.
BOA decisions are final but may be appealed to District Court or County Court at Law.
Below, you will find helpful links including information on the Zoning
Board of Adjustments and various applications.
Zoning/Board of Adjustment Rules and Procedures
One-operator beauty/barber shop
Noncommercial parking lot
Ornamental-iron front yard fence
Commercial/Industrial district front yard fence
MLOD lighting plan
Application Submittal Calendar
We are always available to assist you with your customer service inquiries.
General zoning inquiries: (210) 207-1111
Please be advised that our staff receives numerous requests for information each day. Consequently, we may not be able to respond to you on the day of your inquiry. This is especially true if your request reaches our staff during the second half of the day. Be assured that, should we not have the opportunity to contact you on the day of your inquiry, you will be contacted on the next business day.
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