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.

To view amendments approved in 2021 which are not yet incorporated into the overall documents, use the following links:

ORD. 2021-16 Downtown Design Amendments Approved 3/16/21

Ord 2021-47 Misc. Amendments Approved 8/3/21

View a pdf version of the San Marcos Development Code:

San Marcos Development Code - Ordinance #2020-60 Effective September 1, 2020

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 
  • Midtown 
  • Signs
  • Master Planned Communities
  • Parklets
  • Sidewalk Cafes
  • Gateway Features
  • Downtown and Midtown Streetscapes
  • Commercial 
  • Residential
  • Signage
  • Sustainability
  • Guidelines
  • Preferred Plant List