Building Department

All building permits and payments must be done online at MyPermitNow, see link below.

MyPermitNow On-line Building Permits


  • Contact the adjacent neighbors (within a minimum 200ft from your property) during conceptual design to receive feedback, interests, or concerns for the proposed project.
  • Prior to the submission of the building permit application, invite the adjacent neighbors to comment on the project.
  • Provide property owner and contractor contact information to all neighbors so that they may inquire about the project.
  • Provide clean, detailed and legible plan documents for construction review.
  • Consider an artistic rendering of the proposed building project to facilitate understanding of what is to be constructed.
  • Inform adjacent neighbors as to potential disruptions during construction such as: project timeline, noise, construction parking, dust control, trash and debris, storage of materials and contractor contact information so these disruptions can be minimized.
  • Keep in contact with adjacent neighbors throughout duration of project to minimize complaints.

Permit Issued  

Building permits are issued weekdays from 8:30 am -12:00 noon and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. After a plan is submitted, a minimum of three (3) working days should be allowed for plan checking.

Permit Required
No building or structure shall be erected, constructed, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, improved, removed, converted, or demolished unless a building permit has first been obtained from the City of Olmos Park Building Official. 

Work Exempt from Permits       

- Please refer to section 105.2 of both the 2018 versions of International Building Code and the International Residential Code.  

  With the following exceptions:

   ALL fences whether new or replacement of existing.

   Swimming pools of any type. (above ground pools are prohibited by ordinance 8-160)

   Sidewalks, driveways, drive approaches or the addition of any other impermeable surfaces located within the front yard area as defined by 40-45.

Permit Requirements  
A survey/plat of the property shall be required prior to the issuance of any building permit for additions, garages, garage renovations, carports, swimming pools, fence construction or replacement and any new construction. All work must comply with the standards as set forth in the latest addition of the International Code Council adopted by the City.

Plans Required  
Blue prints/plans will be required      
- for any addition exceeding 400 square feet     
- for commercial alterations/finish out     
- for second story addition      
- for renovations exceeding $75,000 in total construction cost      
- at the discretion of the building official for any remodel/renovation.  

Note: Blue print/plan requirement may be waived at the discretion of the building official.  

Note: Contractor drawn blue prints/plans will be acceptable unless the total construction cost exceeds $100,000.00. These plans must be sealed in accordance with the architectural practice act.  

Zoning/Building Code Variances  
City building codes and zoning requirements must be followed. No exceptions to the codes may be made, except as obtained for hardship reasons through a meeting with the Board of Adjustment.  

Allowable Construction Times  
Construction and repair work shall only be permitted from the hours of 7:00 am to 6:00 pm on weekdays & 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturdays provided such activities do not create noise extending to any residence in Olmos Park, construction at other times may be conducted only upon issuance of a permit by the chief of police of the City of Olmos Park.

Bond Requirements  
All general contractors will be required to file with the City a $5,000.00 general contractors surety bond on a City of Olmos Park bond form. Home owners improving their own property and accomplishing the work themselves or acting as their own contractor can be exempt from posting a surety bond, unless the property is rental/lease property then a $5,000.00 surety bond will be required.  

Inspection Requirements
All construction or work for which a permit is required shall be subject to inspection by the building official and all such construction or work shall remain accessible and exposed for inspection purposes until approved by the building official. Two inspections shall be included in the cost of the building permit. Additional inspections, as needed, will be added to the cost of the Building Permit at the rate of $50.00 per inspection. Re-inspections, by ordinance, are double ($100.00) the normal inspection fee.

Permit Fees  
Any work started prior to first obtaining a permit will be charged a double fee.  

Permit Duration  
One year from the date of issuance. For more detail see City Building Code Ordinance Chapter 8 Section

Asbestos Survey and A.D.A. Requirements  
For renovation and demolition of public buildings and/or commercial buildings there is an asbestos survey report required by Senate Bill 509 effective January 1, 2002. If the contractor/owner has any question regarding the survey they can call the Texas Department of Health's Asbestos Program in Austin, Texas at 1.800.572.5548.

On commercial renovations (over $50,000.00) and new construction the contractor or owner must verify that the individual has submitted their facility for Texas accessibility standards review, as applicable, with either the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, a registered accessibility specialists, or an independent contract provider working on behalf of TDLR. A number for TDLR (512.463.3211 Architectural Barriers Division) Senate Bill 484. Effective Date June 17, 2001.


Design Manual for the Installation of Network Nodes and Node Support Poles



Olmos Park City Hall, 120 W. El Prado, San Antonio, Texas 78212 Phone:210-824-3281