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Development Services Permit Center
Friday, September 20, 2019
Cashier window in the Permit Center will be closed after 11:30 am

Payment options during cashier closure:

Credit card payments for Planning, Building, Fire, and Public Works can be made:

All payments made by check:
  • Drop off check in the drop box located outside of City Hall at the 6th Street entrance near the newspaper stands. Payments will be processed on September 23.

Man helping customers at a counterThe Permit Center provides no-cost advice on what your project needs—just call or visit us and we'll gladly help you.  

Planning, Building, Public Works and the Fire Prevention Bureau are the four City divisions that assist with permits and plan review, as follows:

Planning Services
Planning permits are typically needed for projects that change the use of a site; the use or exterior of a building; or that affect a community's character or resources. City planners help ensure that your project complies with zoning codes, development standards, and other regulations. Learn more at

Building Services
From kitchen remodels to opening a café to constructing a high rise, our building staff are engineers and experts who review your plans and inspect projects to ensure they meet building codes. Learn more at

Public Works Services
Public Works permits are needed for construction that affects streets, sidewalks, storm and sanitary sewers, streetlights, traffic signals, and more. Services include grading permits, utility permits, providing information about flood and geologic hazards, transportation analysis, etc. Learn more at

Fire Prevention/Hazardous Materials Services
New construction, projects that affect the emergency access of a site, proposed uses that entail hazardous materials, or a project or use that entails any Life Safety issue, must be reviewed for code compliance by a fire protection engineer or hazardous materials inspector. Learn more at


Permits for ADUs-Granny Units Video from May 30Permits for Granny Flats: What You Need to Know - Video from May 30 Open House
A brief overview of ADU requirements in San José. See presentation slides and watch the video.Check out Planning's ADUs page for more information.

Energy-Saving Home Improvements Video from May 30Energy-Saving Home Improvements - Video from May 30 Open House
Information about solar systems, electric vehicle charging stations, and new systems for water heating and home battery backup See presentation slides and watch the video.

Food Preparation Businesses in Homes and Commercial Spaces VideoNew Video Guides Food Preparation Businesses Through Permit Process
Walk alongside an entrepreneur who specializes in coffee roasting as he learns about registering the business, filling out the proper forms, and considerations such as zoning, parking and accessibility compliance. Find the video on the San José Permit Center YouTube channel.

Visit the Permit Center

See our Hours of Service. Validated parking is available: From 6th Street, enter the parking garage under the City Hall Tower. Bring your stub with you for validation.
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