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Building Division
The Building Division oversees private construction to ensure safe buildings and to facilitate the City's economic development objectives. We accomplish this by ensuring compliance with building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, zoning, engineering, energy, and accessibility codes and laws.

Our bulletin How to Get a Building Permit provides an overview of the steps to getting a permit and helps you select the right service for your project. Visit our Permit Center web page for an overview of all permit services and hours of service. 

Got Questions?
Building Information Inspector - For questions regarding building permits, codes, inspections or plan review, leave us a message and we'll respond within two business days: 
     Voicemail: 408-535-7641

Planning, Zoning, Signs, Trees Ordinance Questions - Call 408-535-3555 - Ask to speak with a planner, who can answer your questions regarding ADUs, signs, tree removal, development and use permits, and other Planning Division procedures. Learn more at


2019 California Building Codes Go into Effect January 1, 2020
For more information about the changes, see the Adopted Building Codes page.

2019 Reach Code Initiative
The City of San José is exploring the development of reach codes to electrify buildings and transportation vehicles. Visit the reach codes page to learn more about the initiative and stay informed with upcoming public meetings.

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