Codes & Ordinances

San Marcos Development Code

The City of San Marcos adopted a new Development Code on April 17, 2018. This new development code is the result of the Code SMTX process. Code SMTX was a four-year community collaboration that has provided San Marcos with a better tool kit for managing growth that is in line with Vision San Marcos Comprehensive Plan. In addition, various amendments and updates have been made to the Development Code and are reflected throughout the document. To view details on all amendments made to date and any upcoming amendments, visit the proposed updates webpage.

To view an interactive book version of the code, click the above image.

To view and download a PDF version of the San Marcos Development Code: San Marcos Development Code - Last Updated 11.3.21

Design Manual

The San Marcos Design Manual should be used as an aide in meeting the design related standards of the new San Marcos Development Code. The Design Manual addresses the following:

  • Downtown Design
  • Signs 
  • Planning Areas
  • Illustrative Plans
  • Parklets
  • Sidewalk Cafes
  • Gateway Features
  • Downtown and Midtown Streetscapes
  • Commercial 
  • Residential
  • Signage
  • Sustainability
  • Guidelines
  • Preferred Plant List
  • Invasive Species
  • Definitions