Code Updates

The City of San Marcos

The City of San Marcos is currently in the process of reviewing the San Marcos Development Code for potential updates. Information on Development Code updates as they are proposed will be posted on this page. If you have any questions, please contact

Past Code Updates:

October 17, 2023 Legislative Updates (Ord. 2023-72)

The City Council approved updates to the Development Code regarding several topics as follows:

  • 2023 Legislative Session: to address changes made in the 2023 Legislative Session.
  • Process Improvements: improved development processes related to development agreements, certificates of appropriateness, demolition by neglect, and parks and open space dedication.
  • Clarity and Discrepancies: add clarity, correct discrepancies within the Code.
  • City Council Direction: incorporate City Council direction including improved Historic District & Landmark Designation Criteria, increasing the Occupancy Restriction limit from two to three unrelated persons, creating a new business park zoning district, and making Waste Related Services a conditional use in all instances.

For details on the adoption, please utilize the below links: