New Boarding Home Ordinances Go Into Effect March 1

Feb 19, 2013

Owners who register by March 1 will have until Jan. 1 of 2014 to install the required fire sprinkler system, but those who register after March 1 will have only 30 days from the date they register to meet all the stipulations of the ordinance.

After safety concerns about boarding homes reached the city council following last year's deadly fire, leaders began drafting tighter restrictions on the inspection of boarding homes throughout the city.

The ordinance becomes effective March 1 and focuses on the safety and upkeep of buildings and properties. It requires boarding home owners to follow city fire, building, health and zoning rules.

The city adopted the new rules in December, which makes San Antonio the third city in Texas to implement policies to tighten regulations on boarding homes.