Housing Fee Per Unit by Tier
Tier 1 $ 32.50
Tier 2 $ 61.75
Tier 3 $ 134.75
Required for all buildings on the Multiple Housing Roster.
Rent Controlled Units
Fee charged as authorized by Housing Department.
Non-Rent Controlled Units
Transfer Fee Per Permit
Transfer fee is applied when the Santa Clara County Assessor’s Office notifies Code Enforcement about an owner name change.
Charged for each reinspection after the first one if violations are not corrected by the due date.
Charged to reinstate permit after revocation pursuant to SJMC 17.20.640.
How do I request that Code Enforcement use an alternate mailing address?
If I have multiple buildings or locations, do I need separate permits?
Yes, a Residential Occupancy Permit is required for each building with three or more units. The reason each building is permitted separately is because large complexes may be built in stages. A separate invoice is mailed for each required permit.
3-Tier Service Delivery Model
What is the service level for each tier?
Tier Assessment Criteria
6-Year Cycle with Mandatory Annual Self-Certifications
Complaint response and audit 10% of self-certified units on a 6-year cycle
In order to maintain this status, repairs identified by the owner/manager must be completed in a timely manner prior to the audit. Uncorrected violations or substantiated complaints involving health and safety could result in reassignment to Tier 2.
Complaint response and proactive inspection of 25% of units.
Average less than 1 minor violation per unit inspected and repairs completed by due date to move into Tier I. Less than 2 minor violations per unit and repairs completed by due date to maintain this status. Uncorrected violations or substantiated complaints may result in reassignment to Tier 3.
Complaint response and proactive inspection of 50% of units.
Less than 2 minor violations per unit, repairs completed by due date and no substantiated complaints to move to Tier 2. Movement from Tier 3 to Tier 1 would be by approval of the Program Manager in extraordinary circumstances on a case by case basis.
What are the responsibilities of owners with buildings in Tier 1?
An affidavit must be completed online. The owner or owner’s agent must agree to inspect every unit in the building on an annual basis and upon change in tenancy, provide a copy of the inspection form to tenants within five working days of the inspection, and maintain electronic or hard copies of the records for seven years. The self-certification inspection may be conducted using a model form provided by Code Enforcement or a customized form prepared by the owner or property manager. However, the Self-Certification Inspection Form must include all the items from the City’s model form which is available online. The owner or agent must also notify Code Enforcement if any unit cannot be self-certified and the notification must occur no later than July 31st of each year.
Can an owner or the owner’s agent opt out of Tier 1?
Yes, the online certification includes an option to opt out of Tier 1 and reassignment to Tier 2. If an owner/owner’s agent does not complete the Self-Certification Affidavit by December 31st, then the building will automatically be reassigned to Tier 2 in January. A new invoice at the higher rate will be mailed to the owner or alternate mailing address.
What is the model form and can anyone use it?