August 2014 
In This Issue...
2015 Building Codes Adoption
Performance Measures
Information Bulletins and Other Resources
SABCA Registration
City News
Tree-K Run and Arbor Day Celebration
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Other Department News


Roderick J. Sanchez

AICP, CBO-Director


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Proposed New 2015 Building Codes Adoption Schedule

The International Code Council (ICC) has released the new 2015 International Building Codes. In line with building and maintaining a safer San Antonio, it is Development Services' goal to update the City's building-related, fire and property maintenance codes this year to ensure their implementation in spring 2015.


The Development Services Department (DSD) will adopt the following codes: 

  •  2015 International Building Code, IBC
  •  2015 International Existing Building Code, IEBC
  •  2015 International Residential Code, IRC
  •  2015 International Fire Code, IFC
  •  2015 International Mechanical Code, IMC
  •  2015 International Plumbing Code, IPC
  •  2015 International Fuel Gas Code, IFGC
  •  2015 International Energy Conservation Code, IECC
  •  2014 National Electrical Code, NEC
  •  2015 International Property Maintenance Code, IPMC 

The proposed 2014 timeline for this initiative is outlined below: 

  • August-October - hold open public hearings and meeting with various development and neighborhood stakeholder groups throughout Building-related and Fire Appeals and Advisory Board (Super Board) and Building Standards Board (BSB) code review subcommittees
  • October to present - submit proposed amendments to the codes listed above to the full Super Board and BSB for their review and vote
  • November to present - submit proposed building-related and fire code amendments to the Infrastructure and Growth committee and present the proposed property maintenance code to the Quality of Life committee
  • December - submit the RFCA for all updated codes to City Council for adoption 


Adhering to this timeline, DSD can announce the new building-related, fire and property maintenance codes in March 2015.


To order your 2015 ICC codes and references books, visit the International Code Council Web site.


Performance Measures - FY 2014


To view the performance measures in their entirety, visit the Development Services 


The July 2014 metrics are as follows:


Performance Measures



Permit Activity     


Information Bulletins and Other Resources


For a complete list of resources, visit the following sites:     


Have you Registered for SABCA? 


The City of San Antonio and other area municipalities will adopt the 2015 building and fire codes. In preparation for the adoption, the San Antonio Building Codes Academy (SABCA) is hosting two seminars on the significant changes in these codes. 




Each one-day course is worth 6 hours of continuing education credit (0.6 CEUs).


Please note the training details below: 


Check-in:     7:30 a.m.

Seminar:      8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Registration fee:  $150

Deadline:     Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 4:30 p.m.                        

Register on-line:


The event will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 200 E. Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205, Room 001B.


If you have any questions or need additional information, please email or call Charlotte Barrett, Special Projects Manager, at (210) 207-8219.



City News 



City Hall and most municipal offices will be closed to observe the Labor Day holiday on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014.

Alamo Plaza Advisory Committee will hold a series of meetings to include Sept. 15 and Oct. 7.

The 2014 Community Survey Final Report shows the City's overall service delivery satisfaction level continues to improve; to learn more, review the report.



Tree-K Run and Arbor Day Celebration

Join us for this year's Arbor Day Celebration, Saturday, Nov. 8, from 8 a.m to noon, at Eisenhower Park. There will be pet adoptions, tree adoptions, Tree-K, and fun, fun, fun for everyone.


If you are interested in volunteering for this event, contact Mark C. Bird, City Arborist, at



DSD ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

On Aug. 18, DSD was challenged by KFW Engineers to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. 


The DSD management team accepted the challenge and in turn challenged other departments that reside at the One Stop, including TCI, OHP, and the Fire Marshal's office.  The event took place on Aug. 19 at 4:30 p.m. outside the One Stop building.  


Thank you to all who contributed to the event.

Before the challenge (left to right): Richard Chamberlin, Terry Kannawin,
Mike Shannon, Rod Sanchez, John Jacks, Martin Ruiz, Melissa Ramirez,
Bobbie-Rae Garcia, and Catherine Hernandez


During the challenge... 



After the challenge...
Other Department News
 - Customer Comments, New Hires, Promotions, etc.  
Here's what you said about us...


Leslie Ruiz, Plan Review 

Thanks Leslie for your help with my questions. Sometimes it can be frustrating dealing with city/county personnel, but you cared and got my problems solved. 


Mariano Martino, Land Development 

Appreciate the prompt and courteous service.


Eddie Torres, Land Development

Once I emailed, I heard from Mr. Eddie Torres, he was very nice and helpful from the very first email! I'm so glad I was able to work with him. He made this process stress free and easy! 


David Simpson, Code Enforcement, Field Services

This was an on line request to remove bandit signs on two occasions in July and August this year.  Both requests were taken care of in a matter of a couple of days. Thank you!


Sandra Garza, Plan Review
Had requested copies of open records.  Always receive good service. Have a wonderful week.


James Niebruegge, Field Services 

James Niebruegge has been a great help on the Herman Hirsch Elementary School project!


New Employees






Job Opportunities


Development Services is recruiting for the following position:

Apply on-line at:  jobs 



For comments or suggestions regarding the Development Services Newsletter, contact Kathy Quinones.